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Obituary: Florence W. Schuler

Florence W. Schuler was born on July 16, 1921 and died on May 16, 2014. Her parents were Al and Elizabeth Westee. She was born in New York City and resided in Mineola for most of her life.  She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Walter C. Schuler and her sister, June Enzel.

She is survived by her two brothers, Al Westee and Donald Westee. She is also survived by her two sons, Richard Schuler of Jupiter, FL and William Schuler (Madeline) of Mineola.

Her surviving grandchildren are, Allison Liebnitzky (Jason), Michael Schuler and Eric Schuler. Her great-grandchildren are Ella, Kylee, and Connor Liebnitzky. Florence was active in the local Lions Club in North Palm Beach and used to like to sing out the kitchen window. She was a loving, caring person who always put the needs and feelings of other above her own. She had a gift for making people feel good about themselves and was always there with a loving gesture, a compliment or encouragement.

As a young woman she was a talented musician and played the violin. She finished second place in the 1936 New York World’s Fair beauty contest where her talent for the violin was on display. She was, above all, a wonderful wife and mother who would truly rather light a candle than curse the darkness.

There will be no services at her request. The family would like to thank Beverly McLawrence, her caregiver of recent years for her kindness. Florence would prefer that each of her friends do an unexpected kindness for someone in her memory or send a donation to hospice.

News

Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.

 

“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - October 22

International Night - October 23

Village Halloween Party - October 24


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