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Obituary: Mary D. Schaefer

Mary D. Schaefer, of Brookville, a summer resident of Sag Harbor for more than 50 years, died at Glen Cove Hospital following a short illness on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. She was 93.

Born in Brooklyn on Oct. 14, 1920, she was the daughter of Melbourne and Mary (Considine) Lucas. The family relocated to Oceanside, Long Island, in 1926. Mrs. Schaefer was the second in her family to graduate from Oceanside High School, a high school that her offspring attend to this day.

During World War II, Mrs. Schaefer worked in retail in Hempstead. She married John E. Schaefer on her 25th birthday, Oct. 14, 1945. They spent their first few years of married life living in Rockville Center before moving to Brookville in the 1960s. There, Mrs. Schaefer was a founding member of St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church.

Mrs. Schaefer was a homemaker who enjoyed her family, gardening, her Golden Retrievers and Collies.

She is survived by her sons, James K. Schaefer, of Brookville;  Robert L. Schaefer of Rockville Center; and John E. Schaefer of East Quogue; and daughter Mary E. Stabenfelt of Larkspur, CA. She is also survived by four siblings, 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband who died on April 13, 2013.

A funeral service was held at St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Brookville on Dec. 17, 2013. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville.

News

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


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Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

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