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Obituary: Margaret Oswald, 98

Margaret M. Oswald, 98, of Oxford, MI died peacefully at home on Nov. 21. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward, her eldest son Robert, daughter-in law Carole and son-in-law Bill Bellairs. Oswald is survived by her children: Susan Bellairs of Oxford and Paul (Kathie) Oswald of Shohola, PA.

Oswald, the daughter of the late Augustine and Margaret Ziminski; was a 30-year Mineola resident and very active in Corpus Christi Church. She was born on March 14, 1915 in Hempstead.

Oswald was also preceded in death by her sisters; Catherine Moore, Mary Goodwin, Helen Sammons and brother William Ziminski.  She is survived by brother Paul Ziminski of Scottsdale, AZ and sister Jane (Griesel) Lemoine of Fort Pierce, FL.

She was called “Gram” or “Grammy” by her grandchildren: Pam, Aimee, Lori, Karrie and Jamie, and by her great-grandchildren; Zach, Alyssa, Tobey, Dustin, Megan, Brady, Logan and Parker.

Oswald, called Kiddie by friends and family, led a wonderfully full and independent life. She was part of the first graduating class at Hofstra University in 1939.  She took pride in being a professional Girl Scout and a camp counselor.  She was also a dedicated teacher at St. Joseph’s School in Garden City.

 

In her spare time, Oswald loved to sew and was an excellent seamstress and quilter. She was also known for her love of baking by family and friends.  The family counted on her to organize and plan special celebrations and events which included all the cooking and baking.

 

Oswald was constantly on the move, busy doing things her way and always including a little quote or saying to keep you laughing. After the death of Edward, her husband of 46 years, she moved to Southampton where she was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish and became a secular Franciscan, spreading simple kindness where she could. In 1997 Margaret moved to Oxford where she spent the remaining 16 years near her family.

 

The family is requesting that any donations be made to the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse located at 775 West Drahner Road, Oxford, MI where Oswald loved to attend mass every Sunday morning.


News

As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

 

Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.

Swaths of nearby and local residents flocked to the sixth annual Mineola Street Fair on Sunday, Sept. 14. With vendors lined up and down the streets featuring local businesses and restaurants, live performances and various entertainment for kids, the Mineola Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event didn’t disappoint Mary Cheung of Great Neck.

 

“These fairs are always fun,” she said. “It’s not too hot, not too cold. The music is the best part.”


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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