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Marvin H. Sofield, 73, died on May 23, 2001 at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany. The son of Irene Baker and Herbert Sofield, Marvin was born and raised in Port Washington and attended its public schools. He served honorably in the US Army from 1951 until 1963 when he was wounded in Vietnam. He was interred on May 30 in Nassau Knolls Cemetery. The Rev. Charles Vogeley of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior officiated. An Honor Guard came from the US Army Garrison in Fort Dix, NJ. He was predeceased by his sister Joan in 1946 and is survived by his mother, Irene Baker Sofield Mesch of Huntington. Morris (Mickey) Soss, former owner of Brook Electric Company, passed away on July 3, 2001. He resided in Boca Raton, FL, for the last 15 years with his wife, Florence. Survivors include his children, Jeffrey Soss, present owner of Brook Electric Company, Gale Wallach and Pamela Soss. Grandfather of four. Services were held on July 4. Burial Wellwood Cemetery. Mary E. Mitchell was born in Owens Borrow, KY, on April 24, 1923. She was the only child of Winnie Jewel and Felix Lacey. Mary had no children but she was a nanny for many years to the Hobish family. She was a strong woman and she will not be forgotten for she was a friend to many and was always there when someone needed her. She was very special to Lavonne Bowers and helped her very much when her friend Anna Turner passed away. Mary Mitchell will always be that special someone. She closed her eyes for the last time on July 1, 2001 and now she is in a better place. Arrangements were made by the Roslyn Heights Funeral Home. John C. Stetson, a Port Washington resident since 1961, died on July 2, 2001. He was 68. Born in Canandaigua, NY, he was a gradute of Syracuse University and its College of Law. Most recently in private practice, he spent most of his career as an attorney with NY Telephone Co. He was a member of the Congregational Church of Manhasset, where he was a deacon and sang in the choir and the PW Yacht Club. He was active in numerous community affairs in Port Washington. An avid skier and golfer, he was also an ocean yacht racer who sailed in both a Bermuda race and a Transpacific race from Los Angeles to Hawaii. He is survived by his wife, Bette Blanc Stetson, a gradute of Schreiber High School and for many years a teacher in the PW School District; a daughter, Elise of Northfield, IL; two sons, Jonathan of Spokane, WA, and Craig of Scottsdale, AZ; a sister, Ruth Stetson Andersen of Escondido, CA; and four grandchildren. A memorial service was held on July 6 at the Congregational Church. Contributions may be made to the John Stetson Memorial Fund, Residents for a More Beautiful PW.

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