Vincent Irwin Meier, formerly of Port Washington, died on Aug. 16, 2000, at Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield, MA. Vince was born Nov. 18, 1918 in Grundy Center, IA, the son of George and Mary Neessen Meier. In 1938 he receive an appointment to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis.
He moved to Port Washington in 1950 with his son Vincent and his wife Marie Meier and was self-employed as a design engineer. He became active in youth sports activities, including Little League Baseball, Midget Football and Boys Basketball. In 1963, he helped to found Port Washington Youth Activities, which brought together several existing youth sports programs under one administrative umbrella, and in subsequent years added additional activities and programs for children. Vince served as the executive director of PYA from its inception until his retirement in 1985. During that time, he also served on the school board, was involved in the founding of Port Alert, served on the board of the Port Washington Youth Council and was a founding member of the North Shore Athletic Club.
Vince moved to Lenox, MA, after retiring in 1985 and lived there for the remainder of his life. He leaves two sons, Vincent T. Meier of Tucson, AZ, and Michael W. Meier of Santa Ana, CA; a daughter, Mary Meier Bauer of Eugene, OR; and three grandchildren, Amy Meier, Mike Bauer and Caroline Bauer. Services were held on Aug. 19 at the Kelly Funeral Home in Lee, MA.
Gracie Louise Owens, daughter of Sydney and Catherine Peebles, was born June 30, 1934, one of six children. She grew up in Freeman, VA, where she was raised and received her early education. Gracie had a son Jasper and then left for greener pastures and arrived in New York where she met and fell in love with William Owens Jr. The two married, and from their union had four more boys. Gracie was a 30-year employee of the Sands Point Nursing Home in Port Washington. She worked hard and diligently for her family. Gracie went to sleep Aug. 2, 2000.
Her love and respect were to the highest degree and there wasn't anything Gracie wouldn't do for you. Gracie leaves to mourn her five sons, Jasper, Jeff, William III, Allen and Keith; three daughters-in-law; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of friends and family.
Beverly Weber Luntey died Aug. 14, 2000. She was born and grew up in Spokane, WA. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in journalism and worked as a reporter for the Spokane Chronicle. She also took graduate work at Northwestern University and wrote a weekly column for the Spokane Chronicle for 20 years.
She and her husband moved to NY in 1948. For many years, Beverly was a social secretary for Mrs. William (Babe) Paley. Later, she filled the same responsibility for Mrs. Fosberg, another of the famous Cushing sisters. Beverly has been active in the community, serving as president of the North Shore Branch of the American Association of University Women, member of the Sands Point Garden Club, the Plandome Women's Club and an elder of the Roslyn Presbyterian Church. She was an active participant in women's golf at the Sands Point Golf Club. She served on the board of Helen Keller Services for the Blind and was co-chairman of the Operating Committee. She was on the board of the University of Idaho Foundation. She participated for many years on the Student Loan Committee for Port Washington. She has been a member of the Shelter Island Yacht Club, the Gardiner's Bay County Club and the Shelter Island Union Chapel for nearly 20 years. She was also a member of the Fiscal Advisory Committee for the Village of Sands Point.
She is survived by her husband, Eugene H. Luntey; and her son , Kirk of Ardmore, PA. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. The funeral service will be private with a memorial service planned for September. She wanted and had her flowers in her lifetime. Donations in her honor can be made to the Beverly and Eugene Luntey Scholarship Fund, Office of the President, LIU, 700 Northern Blvd., Brookville, NY 11548.
Harold G. Anstey, 79, died on Aug. 15, 2000, after a long illness. Harold was the husband of the late Eleanor Anstey. He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Anstey of Port Washington; his sisters, Audrey Holwell and Joan Sharpe of Twillinggate, Newfoundland; and his brother Carl Anstey of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Mr. Anstey, a native of Newfoundland, served Great Britain, in Scotland, during WWII, after which he immigrated to the US (directly to Port Washington) with his wife and daughter. He has been a Port Washington resident since 1949. Mr. Anstey was a longtime employee of the Sands Point Water Dept. He retired in 1991, but remained a consultant to the water district for many years. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Religious service on Aug. 18. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
Jennifer Effertz, of West Islip, died on Aug. 19, 2000. She was the daughter of Lucille and the late Dirk Effertz. She was the sister of Dirk Jr. She is survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass celebrated on Aug. 26. Interment Nassau Knowles Cemetery.