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Helen Victorchuk, of Port Washington, died on March 13, 2002, at the age of 85. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Friedrick (Robert E. IV) of North Carolina and Florida; grandchildren, Leila Schultz (Jeffrey), Robert E. Friedrick V (Heather); great-granddaughters, Kayla and Kelsey Schultz, all of Florida; and her beloved companion of many years, Nicholas Simeone of Port Washington.

She was an active member of the PW Community Services Center, served on the board of their Site Council and had been involved in numerous volunteer activities. Friends and family gathered at a memorial in her honor at the center on March 19.

Peter C. Pirrone, 91, of Port Washington, died on March 17, 2002. Husband of the late Tina. Father of Diana. Grandfather of Elisa and Robert Garcia. Brother of Frank and Angela. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Gift of Life Foundation, 10 Kenmore Rd., Valley Stream, NY 11581.

Stephen Winthrop Alexander died on March 18, 2002, of complications stemming from leukemia treatment. He was born in Port Washington on April 18, 1941 to Eben Roy Alexander and Mary Louise (Webb).

A graduate of St. Peter of Alcantara School and St. Mary's High School, he went on to St. Louis University where he earned a BS in history. He also met Marian (Burda) on her first day of school, where he was on the college's Welcoming Committee. They married in 1962. A stint in the armed forces followed, with Alexander rising to the rank of captain in the US Marine Corps from 1962 to 1965.

He then found his way to Time Inc. His father Roy, a longtime managing editor for Time magazine, hired him for his first job - a writer for the company newsletter. It was not his calling. After seeing his son struggle with his first story on the new company bike rack, his father mercifully fired him. Alexander found his calling in advertising sales. His work credentials were substantial. He ran the Chicago office for People magazine advertising for years, serving as Midwest sales manager from 1976 to 1982 (as well as '87 to '89). He moved to Time magazine where he worked his way up the ranks to the head of US ad sales, from 1982 to 1987. The years that followed, he served as vice president of sales for The Sporting News (1990 to '993), Official Airlines Guide and Modern Maturity.

First and foremost, he was a family man, little league baseball coach, religious instructor at St. Mary's Church in Lake Forest, IL, and, eventually, doting grandfather. He leaves behind eight children, 12 grandchildren, six brothers and sisters; along with his beloved wife Marian.

Doris G. Roethgen, 86, formerly of Port Washington, died recently. Wife of the late Carl. Mother of Brian and Mary, Nanci and Bob and the late Peter. Grandmother of Michael and Melissa. Arrangements were made by the Branch Funeral Home, Smithtown. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.

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