Donald R. May, 70, of Port Washington died on Aug. 26, 2000. Donald was the husband of Meryl May. He was the father of Donald Jr., Gerard and Betsy, Robert, Charles and Kelly, James and Cindy, Jennifer, and William and Jodi. Donald was the son of Ida May and the brother of Lillian Banks. He is also survived by seven wonderful grandchildren. Donald was active in the Elks and Masons. He was a past commander of the American Legion Post No. 509 of Port Washington. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Austin F. Knowels, Inc. Funeral Home. A religious service was held at St. Stephen's Church on Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. The interment followed at Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Donations to Cancer Care of Manhasset and Port Washington, or your favorite charity, would be greatly appreciated.
Ann (Anna) Petruskie, 92, a lifelong resident of Port Washington, died on Aug. 28, 2000. She is survived by nieces and nephews: Vincent of Manasses, Virginia; Dody of Port Washington, and Raymond of Flushing. She is also survived by two grand-nephews Brian and Eric Petruskie. Ann was a volunteer at St. Francis Hospital and the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults. She was a member of the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society. Ann worked for more than 40 years at the Port Washington Water District. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Austin F. Knowles, Inc. Funeral Home. A Mass was celebrated on Friday, Sept. 1 at St. Peter of Alcantara Church. The interment followed at Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury.
Charles ("C.T." or "Tom") Williamsen, P.E., born July 11, 1909, died July 8, 2000 at the age of 90.
A Houston resident since 1975, he was born and raised on New York's Long Island at Bellport and Port Washington. Mr. Williamsen was a chemical engineering graduate of the University of Notre Dame, class of 1935. He also studied at Tri-State College and Adelphi College.
C.T. retired from Grumman Aerospace on Long island in 1974 where his accomplishments included pioneering clean room practices used in assembly of the lunar excursion module (LEM) which first landed on the moon in 1969. His over 60 years of industrial experience also included metallurgical and related engineering positions with employers such as Bendix Aviation, General Motors, US Naval Ordnance and Eutetic Welding Alloys. In 1944, C.T. established his own consulting practice, Technical Consulting and Photography (TC&P), through which he did failure analysis work into his late seventies for Houston area clients including Anderson & Associates and Captain Derrick Marine Surveyors. He regularly pursued continuing technical studies and in 1975, at age 66, acquired his Texas Professional Engineer (PE) license. Throughout his career, he made leadership contributions in numerous metallurgical, welding and contamination control technical societies. C.T. also volunteered extensively in support of community activities such as Junior Chamber of Commerce, high school band pageants and speakers bureau for several area organizations. When not sharpening his professional skills or volunteering in the community, C.T. enjoyed raising Labrador dogs, gardening, boating, camping, hunting and greeting everyone who crossed his path.
Mr. Williamsen was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years; Harriet who died in 1997, a sister Dorothy Keen Rynveld and a grandson, C. Douglas Williamsen. His survivors include a son, Charles Williamsen III and wife Paula of Fort Myers, Florida and a daughter, Barbara Bowes and husband William of Houston, Texas. Additionally, he is survived by four grandchildren: William P. Bowes II, Kristy Williamsen Rigot, Kathleen Bowes Wilburn, Thomas Petersen Bowes and six great grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled by Rosewood Funeral Home of Humble, Texas. An open house to celebrate C.T.'s life was held on Saturday, July 15 at St. Dominic Catholic Church, Houston. Graveside services and burial were held on Aug. 12 at Nassau Knolls Cemetery, Port Washington, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Notre Dame or the Alzheimer's Association.