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Janis Krasts, of Port Washington, died on April 5, 2000 at the age of 93. He was born on March 28, 1907 in the port city of Liepaja, Latvia, the youngest of four children. His father was a mechanic at the government-owned railroad maintenance center. At the outbreak of WWI, the family was split up when the father was transferred by the Czarist government to Gomel in what is now Belarus and took the two youngest children with him. The family was reunited six years later in 1920 back in Latvia.

After completing the equivalent of a junior college education, Mr. Krasts worked as a furniture salesman, and eventually became a partner in a thriving furniture business in Riga, Latvia. He was married in 1935 to the former Milda Lusis. In 1938 a son, Aivars, was born in Riga. The new family survived occupations by both the Soviets and the Nazis at the outbreak of WWII. In 1944, they escaped from Latvia to the US-occupied zone of Germany. In 1947 the family was blessed with the birth of a daughter, Aija Mara and saddened by the passing away of Mrs. Krasts.

In the winter of 1948, Mr. Krasts and his children emigrated to NY. He found work in the building trade on LI, and in 1950 moved to Port Washington. In 1958 he was married a second time to the former Ina Milda Stolcers who died in 1991. Mr. Krasts was buried at Nassau Knolls Cemetery beside his wives. He is survived by his daughter Mara, his son Aivars and his sister Marija Paberzs. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home.

Anne Boehm, 71, of Matthews, NC, died on April 9, 2000 at her home. She was born Sept. 16, 1928 in Brooklyn, a daughter of the late Charles and Mae Thompson Nardello. She worked as a crossing guard for the City of Port Washington Police Dept. where she resided before she moved to Charlotte three years ago. Mrs. Boehm was a active member of the Fairfield Plantation Pool Committee where she lived. She is survived by her children, Michael Gavigan of Shirley, Frances Scrofani of Mint Hill, NC, Tom Gavigan of Whitehall, PA and Patrichia Bohnel of Charlotte; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Noreen Brown of Houston, TX. Arrangements were made by the McEwen Funeral Service, Mint Hill Chapel. A prayer service was held on April 10. Committal will follow at a later date.

Judge Alphonso M. LaPera, former NC Court Judge, died on April 12, 2000 at the age of 92. Judge LaPera was born in Brooklyn on April 19, 1907 and was educated in local public schools in Brooklyn. During his attendance at St. John's Law School, he was a member of the first graduating class at the university. He went on to practice law in Brooklyn for several years. In 1939 he and his family moved to Nassau County and he started a law practice in Port Washington with former Supreme Court Justice Manny W. Levine. He practiced law in Port Washington for over 40 years.

Judge LaPera started his political career when he was first elected in 1952 as police commissioner to the PW Police Dept. After that, he served several years as a councilman in the town of N. Hempstead. He also served as an assistant district attorney for the County of Nassau under both Frank Gulotta Sr. and Manny W. Levine. In 1963 he was elected to the District Court in NC and served in that capacity until 1974 when he was first elected to the NC Court. Judge LaPera served as a NC Court Judge from 1974 until 1977 and during his tenure he served as Acting Supreme Court Justice and Acting Family Court Judge. During his tenure on the bench, he became highly regarded in Nassau County legal circles for his tireless work ethic and his love for the courtroom.

Judge LaPera was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor T. LaPera in 1984 and by his second wife, F. Calabrese LaPera in 1994. At the time of his death, he was survived by his sons, Alphonso M. LaPera Jr. and Judge Richard A. LaPera. He is also survived by six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Funeral Mass celebrated at St. Peter of Alcantara Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.


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