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Thomas F. Bracken, of Laurel Hollow, died on April 13, 2001. He was the husband of Katherine, father of Kevin. He was the son of Edward and Jeanne and brother of Susan DePeter, Nancy Moothart, Edward III, Michael, Jane and Kathleen Plagge. He is also survived by 17 nieces and nephews.

He graduated from St. Dominic High School and then attended C.W. Post College, as a business major. Mr. Bracken was the owner of Stilwell Dodge for six years. "Being in the car business was in his blood," said his wife Kay.

"He liked talking to people, he was very interested in people. He remembered great stories about the history of East Norwich and Oyster Bay. He was a great raconteur," she said.

His son Kevin, 14, is a freshman at Cold Spring Harbor High School.

The Bracken family came to East Norwich soon after Tom was born. He was the fifth of seven children born to Edward and Jeanne Bracken. He was born at Glen Cove Hospital, his siblings were born in Mercy Hospital in Rockeville Centre.

His father Edward Bracken was an attorney, and a member of the East Norwich Civic Association. His mother grew up in Roslyn and received her degree in library science at SUNY Old Westbury in 1978. She worked in libraries in Oyster Bay, Farmingdale and then the Shirley-Mastic-Moriches Library.

Kay Marzuk Bracken is a member of the Oyster Bay Chapter of the DAR. Her grandmother Clara Kipp was a member of Goshen DAR.

Arrangements were made by the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home, Oyster Bay. Funeral Mass at St. Dominic's RC Church. Donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Saidie E. Scudder, of Mill Neck, died on April 24, 2001, in her 94th year. Daughter of the late P. Halstead and Sarah Townsend. Sister of the late Hazel L. Arrangements were made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Service conducted at Matinecock Friends Meeting House. Interment Roslyn Cemetery.

Ann Kerr Franklin, of Locust Valley, died on April 25, 2001. Mother of Jeanne F. Ferrer, Remmi F. Lyon and Philip A.S. Franklin Jr. Grandmother of Beau, Andrew, Addison, Sidney, Philip, Keeley and Cain. Aunt of E. Coe Kerr III, Chauncey and Samantha. Arrangements were made by the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Rev. Paul E. Gilbert of St. John's of Lattingtown conducted the service. Entombment Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, NY.

Matthew J. Ersing, of Uniondale, died on April 27, 2001. Foster brother of John, Terrance and Joseph Rozzo. Friend of John and Janice Paider, Claire and Walter Vohs and Marianne Florence. Arrangements were made by the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home, Oyster Bay. Funeral Mass at St. Gertrude's RC Church. Interment Calverton National Cemetery. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Nicholas J. Mavros, 75, lifelong resident of Oyster Bay, died on May 2, 2001. Husband of Rosemary. Father of John (Lynn), Elaine McKeown (Stephen) and Nicholas (Tina). Grandfather of John, Lindsay, Stephanie, Ryan, Nicholas Jr. and Dylan. Brother of Theodore of Bayville and Jerry of Oyster Bay. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at St. Dominic's RC Chapel. Interment St. John's Memorial Cemetery. Donations can be made to St. Dominic's RC Church, 96 Anstice St., Oyster Bay, NY 11771.

The Theodore Roosevelt Association announces with regret the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, III. Anne Mason Babcock Roosevelt died after a long illness on Jan. 29, and her husband of 61 years, Theodore Roosevelt, III, grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, died on May 2, 2001 at the age of 86. They are survived by a son, Theodore Roosevelt, IV, daughter-in-law, Constance Lane Rogers Roosevelt, and grandson, Theodore Roosevelt, V.

Theodore Roosevelt, III was born in New York City, June 14, 1914, the son of Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. and Eleanore Butler Alexander Roosevelt, and a grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt and Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt. Theodore Roosevelt, III was the second and the last surviving of four children born to Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. and Eleanor Butler Alexander Roosevelt: Grace Green Roosevelt (Mrs. William) McMillan, Ted, Cornelius Van Schaack Roosevelt and Quentin Roosevelt, II.

Theodore Roosevelt, III went to Groton and graduated from Harvard in 1936. He was a Navy flier in World War II, serving as a flag lieutenant in the Pacific. Ted was awarded the Air Medal and left the Navy as a lieutenant commander. He joined the Philadelphia brokerage firm of Montgomery, Scott, becoming a partner in 1952. He served as Secretary of Commerce of Pennsylvania, 1949-1951, appointed by Governor James Duff. He was for many years president of the Competitive Enterprise System, Inc., a nonprofit group that promoted free markets in the United States. Mr. Roosevelt was a trustee of the Theodore Roosevelt Association for many years and a generous supporter of the organization. In recent years, he attended TRA Police Awards ceremonies in Boston and Philadelphia as well as TRA annual meetings in Boston and Norfolk, VA. He was an honorary plankowner in the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), and a strong supporter of the efforts to preserve the Pine Knot site in Virginia, his grandparents' presidential retreat.

President Theodore Roosevelt's father was also named Theodore Roosevelt, and the president dropped the denominator of "junior" after his father's death. In 1914 when the president's grandson was born, there were three Theodore Roosevelts living. The president's son did not personally use "junior" after his father's death in 1919 - his stationary said, "Theodore Roosevelt," and his books listed "Theodore Roosevelt" as the author. But the public and press persisted in calling the president's son Theodore Roosevelt, Junior, and thus his descendants became known respectively as Theodore Roosevelt, III, IV, and V. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. died a Brigadier General in France not long after D-Day during World War II, and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. His former home, "Old Orchard," is now the museum at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay.

Anne Mason Babcock was born Dec. 3, 1917 in Glenco, KY, and she and Theodore Roosevelt, III were married in Louisville, Feb. 3, 1940. Ted and Anne Roosevelt lived for many years on a 76-acre farm near Paoli, PA. Ted enjoyed flying his own plane, and the couple travled extensively. Both enjoyed life in the outdoors. Ted and Anne were deeply committed to conservation, and were the donors of the property forming the Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area State Park on the coast of North Carolina, not far from Morehead City, NC. After Ted retired from business, the couple lived at Mount Desert, ME, returning to Pennsylvania in recent years as their health declined. Anne Roosevelt was a dynamic lady with a vivid personality and zest for life. Ted Roosevelt was a man of quiet dignity, with impeccable manners, a warm smile, and a deep resonant voice. They will be greatly missed by all who knew them.


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