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Miriam L. Koch, 84, of Annapolis, MD, formerly of Port Washington and Denver, CO, died on Feb. 15, 2002, at the Ginger Cove retirement community after a brief illness. Her sons Robert of Galesville, MD, and Peter of Setauket, were by her side. Mrs. Koch was born in upstate NY, a daughter of the Rev. Wallace McWilliams, the minister of the Dolgeville, NY, Presbyterian Church and August MacWilliams, who directed all things musical in the church. (They disagreed on the spelling of his family name.) Her father, mother and older brother, Herbert, all succumbed to cancer in their middle years; her younger sister, Helen, lives in Massena, NY. Attending Wellesley College on a full scholarship, she graduated in 1938 with a major in French and a minor in Italian. She became a public school teacher in upstate NY when the impending war spoiled her plan and dream of going to Paris to teach.

She married Edward Koch in 1940. After moves necessitated by his wartime service as a reserve naval officer, they settled and raised their sons in LI, where she returned to teaching in the Port Washington public schools. (She was called in for subjects ranging from Latin to Shop, though she claimed minimal strengths in the latter.) After many years of singing in church and civic choirs, she joined her husband in racing their Rhodes 19 sailboat out of the PW Yacht Club, where they were active members. In later years they shifted their attention to golf, a sport that meshed nicely with their move to Denver in 1971. A few years after Edward's death in 1990, she moved to Ginger Cove.

In addition to her two sons and sister, she is survived by four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were private and were by Hardesty Funeral Home in Annapolis, MD. Her ashes will be laid to rest in Denver, next to those of her husband. Memorial contributions may be made to Wellesley College.

Angelo Mereu (also known as Gary and the G-man), 73, formerly of Port Washington and Glen Cove, died recently. Husband of Louise. Son-in-law of Mary DeMeo. Father of Linda Brandecker and Michael. Father-in-law of John. Grandfather of Debbie, Bruce and Ashley. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church. Contributions can be made to St. Gabriel's Catholic Church Building Fund, 2149 Hull Street Rd., Mosley, VA 23120. John N. Batsidis (John Bates), of Port Washington, died on March 4, 2002. Husband of Georgia. Father of Nicholas, Louis and Dennis. Brother of Anthony and Bessie Batsidis, Anthoula Zarkos and Arthur Batsidis. Brother-in-law of Anastasia and Stellos Katagas and James Kapsis. Son-in-law of Louis Kapsis. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements were made by the Fairchild Funeral Chapel, Manhasset. Funeral service at Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Port Washington. Barbara Rogier, of Port Washington, died on March 17, 2002. She was the sister of Elizabeth and Ann Rogier and sister-in-law of Mary Rogier of Charleston, SC. Barbara was the aunt of Jacqueline Fitts, Mary Ann Rogier, Nancy Johnson, Francesca Rogier and Juliette Barlage. Also survived by seven grand-nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter of Alcantara Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.

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