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Alice D. Giles passed away at her home in Port Washington on Jan. 26, 2001. She was 96 years old. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Walter, and survived by two loving children, Edward Giles and Barbara Jenkins and six loving grandchildren, Walter, Carolyn, Stephen, Suzi, Chip and Jeanne; and four loving great-grandchildren, Robin, Elizabeth, Kristin and Sarah.

Alice Giles was born on Oct. 19, 1904 and was raised in North Collins, NY by her beloved aunt, Mary Kopf. She married Walter Giles on June 16, 1934. They moved to Port Washington in 1944 and lived for many years in Port Washington and Manhasset before moving to Shelter Island upon his retirement from NY Telephone in 1967. Walter passed away in 1975. Alice continued to live at her Shelter Island home on the water until 1997, driving frequently to and from Manhasset until 1994 to visit her family.

A family service was conducted at the Congregational Church of Manhasset on Jan. 28 and burial service on Shelter Island Jan. 29. Memorial donations may be made to the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church.

William C. Hamm III, 58, of Port Washington, died on Jan. 28. 2001. William was predeceased by his wife Bonnie. He is survived by his sons William C. IV and Thomas E. and by his mother Helen G. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Religious service. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.

William J. Rennert, a retired executive and corporate attorney, died on Feb. 2, 2001, at his home in Manhasset. He was 83. Mr. Rennert was born in NYC and graduated from Forham University and Harvard Law School. He served in the US Army from 1941 to 1945. Following his military service, he joined the NYC law firm of Wickes, Riddell, Bloomer, Jacobi & McGuire, eventually rising to the post of presiding partner. In 1979, the Wickes, Riddell firm was merged into the national law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Mr. Rennert served as the senior partner in its NY office. In 1980, Mr. Rennert became chairman of Publishers Clearing House, one of the largest direct marketing companies in the country. He retired from that position in 1987, but remained a member of the firm's executive committee until his death.

Mr. Rennart was active in community affairs and charitable activities. He served as an associate trustee of North Shore Hospital in Manhasset and was a member of the Sands Point Golf Club.

Mr. Rennert is survived by his wife, the former Gloria Spamer, and two daughters, Sherry Rennert Kreek and Brooks Rennert Wright; three grandchilden; and his favorite dog, Belle.

Nathalie Reeves Shipley (Howie) died in Port Washington on Feb. 3, 2001 after a brief illness. Nathalie was the beloved wife of the late Desmond Shipley and the mother of Brison Shipley of Boston. She is also survived by her sisters, Janet Starr of New Hampshire, and Catherine Potter of New Jersey. Mrs. Shipley was raised in New Rochelle and moved to Port in 1946. A graduate of Radcliffe, she volunteered extensively in the public schools and at St. Francis Hospital. She also worked at Louie's restaurant in Port. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17, at a.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 9 Carlton Ave., Port Washington.

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