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Marie Bunn Jackson, 68, of Port Washington, died on Sept. 5, 1998. Wife of Arthur. Mother of Gail Jenkins, Deborah Bohanon, Janice McKnight, Melissa Bunn and Kenneth Bunn. Grandmother of six. Sister of Carrie Menton and Elizabeth Roe. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funerla Home, Port Washington. Funeral service at the United Methodist Chruch. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Henrietta Conforte, 88, of Port Washington, died on Sept. 14, 1998. Wife of the late Teddy. Mother of William Conforte and Linda Rainaldi. Grandmother of Jacqueline, Scott, Elisa, Christina an Samantha. Sister of Henry Lori. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Funeral Mass at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.

Nellie Mae Seale, of Plandome Heights, died Sept. 14 in St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn. She was born on a small farm in Gravity, PA, the daughter of William and Verena Megargel Shaffer. From this home came family values, religion and a love for education.

After graduating from college, Mrs. Seale taught for 44 years before retiring in 1973. With 14 years of teaching experience, Nellie Mae took a position as a reading consultant in Port Washington where she was to become a pioneer in her field. She helped to organize the International Reading Association on LI and was the program director for several years. Since retirement, Mrs. Seale was actively involved in the American Association of University Women and the Great Neck Women's Club.

Nellie Mae is survived by a brother, Vance Shaffer of St. Simons, GA; one niece and four nephews. Private services will be provided by the Jenkins Funeral Home, Waymart. Interment East Canaan Cemetery, Wayne Co., PA. Friends may contribute to the Scholarship Fund of the Port Washington Teachers Association or the Wayne County Historical Society, PO Box 466, Honesdale, PA.

Marie Dodge Ross, 92, died at the Glen Cove Hospital on Sept. 19. She was born in Port Washington, the daughter of Charles "Chip" Dodge and his wife, Betsey Hults, of old Cow Neck families. The Dodges had come to the Mill Pond area early in the 18th century when Thomas Dodge built his home 1721. Seven generations of Dodges lived in that Dutch Colonial homestead which is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Marie sold the houses and property in 1991 to the Port Washington Water Control District and went to live at the Glengariff Health Care Center in Glen Cove. She recently became ill and died of pneumonia.

Mrs. Ross went to the Main Street School which was the local high school. There she met Don Ross. After graduating from the Potsdam Normal School, she and Don were married. He died shortly before their 50th wedding anniversary in 1983. Mrs. Ross taught in the Flower Hill School in Port Washington, later moved to Cranbury, NJ where she continued to teach until her retirement in 1968 when she and Don returned to live at their ancestral home, the Dodge House in Port. It is one of the community's oldest landmark home.

She had been active in the Republican Club and served as secretary for many years. She and Don were members of the Port Washington Yacht Club and they were both sailors, enjoying the waters of Manhasset Bay. She actively supported the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society which now maintains the Dodge Homestead for the P.W.W.P.C. District.

She is survived by her cousins, Frank Allen, Nina Blodgett, George McKee, Gordon (and his family) and Chip Stanley and her close friend Louise Hegeman Hutchinson. Donations in her memory should be made to the Dodge House Fund, Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society. Call Frank Allen, 883-8769, for additional information.




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