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Dane Lee Hermansky, 53, of Fredricksburg, VA, passed away on Feb. 23, 2004 at Mary Washington Hospital. Born in Manhattan on July 18, 1950 Dane was raised in Port Washington. In addition to being a loving and proud father, he was an avid bass fisherman and a member of the Lake Orange Bass Masters Association. He was also a very accomplished guitarist with a love for blues. Dane is survived by his daughter, Madison Leigh Hermansky of Ashland, VA; his sister, Carole Rock of Port Washington; his niece, Rachel T. Rock of Port Washington; his companion of nine years and fianceé, Ellen H. Noblin; and her son, Robert C. Noblin Jr., both of Fredericksburg; several cousins; and his beloved cat, Cubby.

Services for Dane were held at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Chapel on Feb. 27 with Rev. R. Kenneth Brooks officiating.

Eleanor Piatek (Alexandria) (nee Picardi), 81, died on Feb. 28, 2004 in Gulfport, MS. She was formerly of Greenlawn. She was predeceased by her husband, James Walter Piatek. Eleanor was born and raised in Port Washington and later moved to Greenlawn. In 1983, she joined her children and moved to Gulfport where she had resided for the past 21 years. She was the cherished mother of Angela Styzenski (Al), BettyLou Piatek, Virginia Skopp (Allen) and Karin Caspar (Steve). She was the loving grandmother of 17 and great-grandmother of eight. She was the adored sister of Anthony Picardi, Julius A. Picardi, Lester Picardi and Elizabeth Picardi. She was predeceased by sisters, Edith Young and Carmela Ciminera. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph's Church in Gulfport. Burial Biloxi National Cemetery, Biloxi, MS. Robert T. Aurichio, 52, a lifelong resident of Port Washington, died on March 3, 2004 following a long illness. He is survived by his wife Barbara and stepson Bryan J. Gunty. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Liver Foundation, 88 Winchester St., Newton, MA 02461. Ksenija Matkovic, wife of the late Ivo (Gino) Matkovic, died after a brief illness on March 4, 2004. She is survived by her daughters, Lydia Klyver, Tina Spiro and June Goldfinger, along with eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was born the Countess de Cerineo, daughter of Count Dinko de Cerineo and Tinka de Cerineo in Brac, Yugoslavia in 1918. She and her husband, Gino, were longtime residents of Manhasset and members of the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. She was a loving, devoted mother, arbiter of style and owner of Artium Gallery in Port Washington. Her radiant memory is treasured by her family. Donations to the Jupiter Medical Foundation would be appreciated in lieu of flowers. Arrangements under the direction of the Aycock Funeral Home, Jupiter, FL.

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