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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

The Oyster Bay community paid tribute to award winning journalist Marie Colvin at Oyster Bay High School on Saturday, Oct. 11. The school library was officially dedicated in her name and a portrait of the journalist who died on the frontlines in Syria in 2012 was proudly displayed at the entrance of the library. The event was put together by members of the Oyster Bay class of 1974 who held their 40th class reunion over the weekend.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dennis O’Hara gave a short speech in honor of Colvin’s name. Nassau County legislators Judi Jacobs and Donald MacKenzie also gave speeches, along with Colvin’s sister, Catherine Colvin, and Donna Fiore-Houman, who helped coordinate the event. Both were members of the class of ‘74. Founding dean of the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University, Howard Schneider, also gave a small speech at the end of the ceremony.

Some people deserve a long obituary: in a way, it is a tribute to the number of people’s lives they have touched, so for Dottie Brandt, it is a given. A long line of mourners stretched down the street from the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home, in Oyster Bay, where Dorothy R. Brandt, known to everyone as “Dottie,” was laid to rest, soon after her death on Friday, Sept. 12.

Dottie was a beautiful woman that age couldn’t change. When your warmth, spirit and love come from the inside, it keeps the outside looking bright and fresh. Dottie was always smiling, full of energy and always willing to help people.


Sports

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.

The Diane Whipple Foundation with the cooperation of Manhasset PAL, Manhasset School District and St. Mary’s High School Athletic program has announced a premier College Division I Women’s Lacrosse Scrimmage day on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Competing in this great event will be Columbia, Fairfield, Michigan, Sacred Heart, Stonybrook, UCONN, UMASS, and USC.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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