Lucille Wells, a Port Washington resident since 1989, passed away peacefully on Dec. 21, 2001, just three months short of her 102nd birthday. Until entering the Sands Point Center for Health and Rehabilitation , Mrs. Wells resided with her daughter and son-in-law Penny and George Knight at their home in the Mitchell Farms section of Port and actively participated in the affairs of the community.
Born in Dows, IA, in 1900, Lucille spent her childhood at a time when the frontier environment was still a very real presence. Following her graduation from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, she taught high school prior to her marriage to Harry Wells, a department store executive. They made their home in Akron, OH, and then in Cleveland Heights, OH. Subsequently she was the executive director of the Akron, OH, Area Girl Scouts and then moved on to teach at a Lutheran school in St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. She traveled widely in the US and Europe in her later years.
She is survived by her daughters, Penny of Port Washington and MaryBeth of Mt. Shasta, CA, as well as seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by three generations of the immediate family and by numerous others who have been touched by her long and active life.
Wolfgang K. Guenther, 70, of Port Washington, died on Nov. 30, 2001. He was predeceased by his wife Gertrude (nee Koenig). He is survived by his daughter Nancy. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home. Religious service Dec. 5. Interment private.
Orlando "Scarry" Scarmucci was born on May 23, 1923 in Miner's Mills, PA, and grew up in Plains, PA. He served in the Army in WWII and married Jeanne Dettori in 1946. He resided in Port Washington with his wife and three children, John, Celeste and Jimmy. In 1990, he and Jeanne moved to Mattituck.
Scarry and his father-in-law started Gotham Sand & Stone Corp. in Port Washington. He later worked for NY Trap Rock Corp., Lone Star Industries and Port Dock & Stone. Scarry was a highly productive businessman in the aggregate stone industry, held in high regard by his peers. Throughout the years, Scarry was an active member of several civic and fundraising groups. He served as a water commissioner for the Port Washington Water District for many years and the president of Nassau Knolls Cemetery Association until his retirement in June 2000. As a active member of the Knights of Columbus he was instrumental in the planning and construction of LI's first statue of Christopher Columbus, and served as a model of the explorer for the sculptor. He was an active member of the Republican committee, Rotary International Club, John Michael Marino Lodge of the Order of Sons of Italy in North America and the Elks. He also served on the board of directors for the Don Monti Memorial Foundation. For 50 years Scarry was an active member of the Atlantic Hook & Ladder Co. #1 of the Port Washington Fire Dept. He was active in fund raising for St. Peter of Alcantara Church, St. Francis Hospital and other causes.
Scarry lost a long battle fighting the complication after coronary artery bypass surgery and died peacefully at St. Francis Hospital on Nov. 29. He is survived by his three children, two daughters-in-law, Cissy and Amy, one son-in-law, John Romano, and five grandchildren, Jason, Mark, Johnny, Alyssa and Jack.