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H. Virginia Swift, 76, of Longmont, CO, formerly of Port Washington, died on Dec. 1, 1999. Wife of the late Howard. Mother of Peter (Longmont) and Christopher (Phuket, Thailand). Grandmother of Benjamin, Matthew, Anna, Sarina and Nick. Great-grandmother of Megan. She delighted her cats and was an expert at small scale needlepoint miniature rug making. She grew up in Port Washington. Her father was chief of police in NYC. Her life in Port Washington was filled with sailing and gardening. She will be missed.

Myra Elizabeth (Grant) Loughney, born Feb. 21, 1010, passed away on Feb. 10, 2000 at age 89. She was a longtime resident of Port Washington and Roslyn having moved to Port at age three with her family and parents, Charles and Emily Grant. Hers is a deep history in Port Washington with her mother Emily having sung in St. Stephen's choir for 40 years and her sister Dorothy (Grant) Ford owning and operating the Port Washington Reporter newspaper.

Myra worked for her sister Dorothy helping get out the paper every Thursday and also in Port's Borman's Gift Shop and Marsh Appliance. For 20 years she worked as an accountant for the NC Medical Society, retiring in 1985 at age 75. She then left the area to live with her daughter Jane and family in Ontario, NY.

This past fall Myra very proudly rode in the "Pride in Port" parade representing her sister Barbara (Grant) Copp when Barbara was inducted in the Paul J. Schreiber Athletic Hall of Fame.

She was predeceased by her husband John Loughney; brother Gordon Grant; sisters Dorothy (Grant) Ford, Sydney (Grant) Fairbanks and Barbara (Grant) Copp. Myra is survived by her daughter Jane and son-in-law Allan Cotsonas and grandchildren John, Christopher, Thomas and Kenneth, many nieces and nephews and wonderful friends.

Elizabeth Traynor, 89, of Port Washington, died on March 5, 2000. She had been a nurse's aide for many years at Donnelly's Adult Home in Flushing. Wife of the late Bernard. Mother of James and Bernard Traynor and the late Elizabeth Long. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of two. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Funeral Mass at St. Peter of Alcantara Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Lester Wright, 83, of Port Washington, died on March 8, 2000. He was an executive for the Overseas Division of General Motors at the time of his retirement in 1976. He had worked for GM since 1939. Husband of Mary Jane. Father of Patricia K. and Peter S. Wright. Grandfather of Corrin, Rosemary, John, Alissa, Christina and Jacqueline Wright. Sister of Barbara Wright. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Memorial service on March 11 at the Roslyn Presbyterian Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.

Marion Seraphine, 78, of Hampton Bays, died in Southampton Hospital on March 16, 2000, after a long bout with cancer. Born in Williamsport, PA, she was one of five daughters of John and Teresa Scopelliti. She was a graduate of the Lycoming School of Business where she matriculated with full credits in secretarial and bookkeeping academics.

She later was secretary to the head of service department in the technical division of the Lycoming Aviation Engine Corp. during WWII. After marrying and moving to Port Washington, she served as a bookkeeper for the Latham Bros. Lumber Company and after moving to Hampton Bays in 1985 she worked as a bookkeeper for a marina.

She is survived by her husband, Eugene D. Seraphine of Hampton Bays, a public relations consultant and formerly of Port Washington; a son, Eugene D. Seraphine Jr., also of Hampton Bays; two daughters, Ann Lombardo of Port Washington and Nancy Plunkett of Barrington, RI; and six grandchildren.

Cremation services were held at St. Rosalie's RC Church, Hampton Bays. Urn burial services at the Seraphine family grave site, Holy Rood Cemetery. Donations can be made to East End Hospice.


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