Peter W. Roraback, 80, of Port Washington, died on Jan. 25, 2000. A veteran of WWII, he served with the Marine Corps. Mr. Roraback was the head electrician for the Port Washington public schools for many years. Husband of Veronica R. Father of Jane Cassalia, Peter W. Jr. and Nancy De Marzo. Grandfather of Jason (Laura) and Kristin Cassalia, Jacklyn and Ernest De Marzo IV. Brother of Catherine M. Roraback. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Funeral Mass at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
Martha Erwin Rodger, an opera singer, pianist and music educator, of Roslyn Heights formerly of Port Washington, died unexpectedly at her home on Jan. 29, 2000. She was 87. Born in Mosheim, TN, she graduated from Tusculum College in nearby Greeneville where she later taught in the music department.
She received a full scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music in NYC after winning first prize in the Tennessee State Piano Competition. Also trained as a classical singer, Mrs. Rodger joined the Metropolitan Opera as a contralto after graduating from Juilliard. Her musical career also included work as a professional piano soloist and accompanist, a weekly radio show, many years as a classical vocalist and soloist and recordings of classical repertoire.
Later, moving to Port Washington, she became music director of the Vincent Smith School and later of the Greenvale School. For many years, she was the choir director of the First Methodist Church of Port Washington as well as the accompanist for the LI Gilbert and Sullivan Society. As well as her Tusculum and Juilliard degrees, she had a master's degree in music education from C.W. Post College.
For over 60 years Mrs. Rodger inspired her students as a music educator and loving teacher. A person of boundless energy and independence, she provided generations with a continuing love of music.
She is survived by her husband, Stuart J. Rodger; her daughter, Elizabeth Campbell of Sudbury, MA; her son, Erwin Rodger of Mattituck; daughter-in-law, Laurie Rodger; son-in-law Stephen Campbell; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Funeral service at the United Methodist Church. Burial Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Donations in Mrs. Rodger's name may be made to: the Juilliard Schol Scholarship Fund, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, Attn: Office of Development and Public Affairs.
Carol M. Dykes, of Tackora Trail, an accomplished greeting card designer who would treat friends to ornate, hand-crafted cards, died Jan. 29, 2000.
For 20 years Mrs. Dykes created Christmas cards, get-well greetings, Valentines and other cards that she'd send to family and friends. The finely designed cards made use of her talents at drawing, painting and crocheting. "She enjoyed doing these for folks for different occasions," said her son, James B. Dykes Jr. of Ridgefield. "They are keepsakes - they are something you keep and frame."
A native of LI, Mrs. Dykes was born on April 10, 1931, a daughter of the late John M. and Marcia Spaulding DuFlocq. She attended LI schools and graduated from Great Neck High School. A Ridgefielder for the last 21 years, she had previously lived in Port Washington. Mrs. Dykes was a homemaker who enjoyed her family. "She was a professional mom for five kids," her son said. "Her main focus was her family."
Besides her husband of 47 years and her son James and his wife, Lorri, Mrs. Dykes is survived by two other sons, John S. Dykes (Patti), of Fairfield and Christopher H. Dykes (fiancee Sarah Brown)of Ridgefield; two daughters, Nancy D. Corn (Jay) of Great Neck and Karen D. Lucas (Greg) of Manchester by the Sea, MA; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The Rev. R. Randy Day, pastor conducted services on Feb. 3 in Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church. Burial Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 75 Davis Dr., Hauppauge, NY 11788, Attn: Beth Sachs.
Frank F. Inguanta, 77, died at his home on Feb. 3, 2000. Mr. Inguanta was a postal worker in Port Washington for over 30 years. A member of the Manhasset Baptist Church, he was a WWII veteran who served with the Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife Mary whom he had been married to for over 50 years. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Funeral service at the Manhasset Baptist Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Contributions may be made in his name to the Sacandaga Bible Conference, Broadalbin, NY 12025.
Anny Hannig, 76, of Port Washington, died on Feb. 3, 2000. A resident of Port Washington since 1950, she was the owner of the Village Delicatessen from 1953 to 1973. One of eight children, she was born in Germany and relocated to the US in the late 1940s. Mother of Helga Iannucci. Mother-in-law of Robert. Grandmother of Mark, Robert and Kristina Iannucci. Sister of Gretel Gillhuber. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Funeral service performed by the Rev. Charles Vogeley of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.