Warren R. Darress, 82, died on Feb. 6, 2002. He was a long time resident of Port Washington. Warren was a well known ice boater and catamaran sailor. He is survived by his wife Dorothy; his children Warren Jr. (Maureen), Anne Kroon (Anthony), Gilbert Perry Mose, Jr. (Jeannie) and Jeffery Mose; grandchildren Karen, Kristen, Kerrie, Jessica, Gabrielle and Christa. He is also survived by his brothers Bart and Rony. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church at a later date. Donations to the United Methodist Church, 1515 Middle Neck Rd., Port Washington, NY 11950 would be greatly appreciated.
Dr. Irving Kupfermann died a peaceful death at his home since 1970 in Port Washington surrounded by his family on Feb. 19, 2002. He was a scientist and professor at Columbia University. He was admitted on Jan. 4 to the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, NY, where a diagnostic procedure ended in the devastating diagnosis of the so far not curable Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease.
From near and far, a constant stream of relatives, friends and colleagues came to see him to show their love, compassion and revere for this truly unique human being. He is particularly missed by his wife, Kerstin Kupfermann, son David with his wife Patti and his daughter, Celina and her husband Jonathan Poole and their son little Justin.
Instead of flowers contributions in his memory can be given to organizations of special interest to Irving such as: Planned Parenthood, 26 Bleeker St, New York, NY 10012; Amnesty International, 322 Eight Ave., New York, NY 10001; Sierra Club, 85 Second St., San Francisco, CA 94105; Hospice Care Network, 900 Merchants Concourse, Westbury, NY 11590; US Regents University of San Francisco, 44 Montgomery St., Suite 2200, San Francisco, CA 94104 (Research for the Study of Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease). A memorial service will take place March 3 at the Faculty Club of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, 630 W. 168th St., New York, from 1 to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Emil Michael Oncay, 95, born in Kingston, PA, and resident of Port Washington since 1987, died on Feb. 20, 2002. He was predeceased by his wife, Areta, daughter, Rita Joan Monnet, and 10 brothers and sisters. Emil, also called Mike, is survived by his daughter Sandra de Singly and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Emil liked to work in the garden and sit outside waving to neighbors as they went by. Catching an ear he would talk about the good 'ol days and his experiences as a graduate of the US Marine Radio School, Quantico, and the US Marine Engineering School, Anacostia, where he was a radio operator and instructor. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A memorial service will be held on March 2 at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 9 Carlton Ave. Memorials in his name may be made to Hospice Care Network, 900 Merchants Concourse, Westbury, NY or to St. Stephen's Memorial Fund, 9 Carlton Ave., Port Washington, NY.
Mina Block, cherished member of the community, passed away on Feb. 23, 2002, at the age of 78. She is survived by her husband, Mike Block, her children, Ellen, Karen and Doug, her grandchildren, Lucy, David, Beth and Josh, and her brother Joshua Vogel. Mina was born in the Bronx in 1923. She attended Hunter High School and then left the Bronx for distant Brooklyn in 1940 where she graduated from Brooklyn College. She worked at the Econometric Institute of America during WWII.
In 1947 she married Mike Block, also of Brooklyn, and began a new chapter in her life that was to last 54 years. In 1951 Mina and Mike moved to Port Washington where they were among the founding members of Community Synagogue and later Port Jewish Center. She served as Hadassah president at Community Synagogue for several terms.
Mina was a passionate activist for peace, nature conservancy and other local and national social causes. In 1997 the LI Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives presented her with the Kairos Award, given in recognition for her significant contributions toward a more just and peaceful world.
An active lifelong learner, her many interests included travel, nature walks, Elderhostel experiences, literature, theater and music. Her primary love, however, was always for her family and friends, all of whom will miss her lively presence.