Edward Poole, 86, formerly of Port Washington, died on March 31, 2000. A WWII veteran, he served as a sergeant in the Pacific. He was a member of Protection Engine Co. #1 of the Port Washington Fire Dept. Husband of Margaret. Father of Karen Matthews, Sandra Allecia and Susan Reiman. Father-in-law of John, Frank and Richard. Brother of Harold and hte late Esther Gagne. Grandfather of Jack, Kelly, Jason, Amy, Brad, Kyle and Kurt. Great-grandfather of Riley, Jimmy, Taylor and Morgan. Arrangements were made by the Donohue Funeral Home, Westbury. Religious and Firematic services. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Contributions can be made, in Edward Poole's memory, to the Fireman's Home, Hudson, NY.
Maria Ragusa, 90, of Port Washington, died on April 17, 2000. She was born June 18, 1909 in Caltanissetta, Siciliy, the second of four children. In 1912, at the age of 3, she emigrated to America with her mother, father and older sister Louisa (six), arriving at Ellis Island. her father, Salvatore, coughed once as they climbed up the stairs from the "Great Hall." As a result, the entire family was detained for two days before being released. The family then traveled to East 104th St. in the East Harlem Section of NYC, settling with other family members, friends and neighbors that had emigrated from Caltanissetta. Maria spent her childhood in East Harlem. She attended St. Lucy's Parish, graduated 8th grade from Public School 168, both on East 104th St. Maria started early as a seamstress at the age of 9, assisting her mother Lena in sewing homework after school, nights and weekends. In later years she was introduced to Louis Ragusa, also from Caltanissetta. They were married in 1930, had their only child Michael, and lived in a building next to St. Lucy's Church. After WWII, Maria and Louis visited Port Washington and eventually purchased a home in Manorhaven which she considered a beautiful village by the water. Like so many immigrants then, she led a life of tough times and sacrifice. She enjoyed and lived solely for her husband, son and family in the true Sicilian tradition. She touched everyone with her love and kindness. Maria is survived by her son Michael of Port Washington, daughter-in-law Santa, grandchildren Linda DeMeo, Michael Ragusa Jr. and Louis, and great-grandchildren Nick, Nicole, Michael Robert, Gregory Louis, Steven, Matthew, Justin and Danielle. Maria was buried beside her husband Louis on April 19 at Nassau Knolls Cemetery after a funeral Mass at Our Lady of Fatima.