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Erwin H. Ray, a member of the Port Washington community and owner of Carnels Printing & Copy Center on Main St., died on May 1, 2004 at St. Francis Hospital. Erwin came to Port Washington in 1972 when he opened Carnels Stationery with his wife Kay and son Allen. Although a Merrick resident, he fell in love with the Port Washington community. Because of the location of Carnels Stationery, on the corner of the Weber Jr. High School and Schreiber High School, he got to know and enjoy the children going to the schools. He always kept a watchful eye out for them, enjoyed hearing about their accomplishments, and because he was known for his sense of humor joked with them and the adults as well. They enjoyed many good stories together in the store.

In 1979 Erwin and family started Carnels Printing and with son Allen and son-in-law Bob, in 1980 moved Carnels Printing to Main St. and sold the stationery store. His daughter Judy, a graphic designer, joined the staff and handled the design end of the business. Erwin was a board member of the Chamber of Commerce of Port Washington. He was active in the Merrick community as well, as a Democratic committeeman, president of the Optimist Club and formed the Merrick Civic Association upon moving to Merrick. His wife says, as a member and past president of the Rolling Jacs, an R.V. club, his fondest memories were of traveling throughout the US in his recreational vehicle with his family enjoying the sights.

He served his country in the Korean War as a Marine. He was actively involved in veteran's affairs in Nassau County acting as senior vice commander of Jewish War Veterans Post 652, vice commander of Merrick American Legion Post 1282 and active in the Korean War Veterans.

At his service conducted by Rabbi Marvin Tokayer at Gutterman's Funeral Chapel, his friend David Guerin of Merrick gave a eulogy for Erwin commenting there is an expression "Once a Marine always a Marine." That expression describes Erwin. He was the catalyst that saw the rebirth of the Merrick Jewish War Veterans. He was in charge of fund raising and instituted a poppy program, raising money for the veteran's hospitals. He applied for and received grant money from NYS for Jewish War Veterans and American Legion, and through his efforts, a Veteran's Monument dedicated to all branches of services now stands on Merrick Ave. in Merrick, in a beautiful landscaped park setting. He designed a journal for the monument as well. "He was a born leader and will be sorely missed. Not soon we shall see his like."

Although he lived in Merrick 42 years he always felt Port Washington was his home as well. He was very fond of the community and happy when the children he saw grow up in Port stopped by to say hello and tell him what they were doing with their lives. Carnels Printing became a hub of meeting and greeting of adults as well and sharing of accomplishments.

His wife, Kay, and children say he was highly responsible, dependable, dedicated, creative individual always thinking about his family. He was the life of the party. He leaves two daughters, Norman Ray Egic and Judy Ray and son Allen Ray, son-in-law Robert Egic, daughter-in-law Lisa Ray and four grandchildren, Alison, Danielle, Steven and Ariel.

Donn Coffee, 69, died unexpectedly at his home in NYC on May 24, 2004. He is survived by his wife, Toni, and his children, Peter, Susan and Eve (Jeffers). Grandfather of six, he is also survived by his five brothers and sisters. Donn lived in Port Washington with his family from 1960 to 1981. In recent years, he and Toni had lived in NYC and Oxford, England. Donn was an active member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. He had a distinguished career as a consultant in organization development. After his retirement, he dedicated countless hours to Columbia College, raising funds, creating scholarships and counseling students. Next to his family, he loved Columbia best. Contributions to the Columbia College Fund would be welcome (Columbia College Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, 475 Riverside Dr., Suite 917, Mail Code 7730, New York, NY 10115). Toni Coffee can be reached at tonicoffee@aol.com or 160 West End Ave., #4D, New York, NY 10023. Hortense L. Gronim, devoted wife of the late William and dear mother of Judith A. Gronim and Dennis P. Gronim. She was a registered occupational therapist at St. Francis Hospital. Arrangements were made by Gutterman's Funeral Home, Woodbury. Henry William Malewicz, 95, a lifelong resident of Port Washington, died on June 23, 2004. Henry is survived by his wife Jenny; his son Louis; his daughter-in-law Lisa; granddaughters, Lesley and Larisa; and four great-grandchildren, Jason, Jessica, Jacob and Zachary. He is also survived by his grandsons-in-law, Jack and Greg. Henry was preceded in death by his parents, William and Catherine, one brother and two sisters. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.

Richard E. Stoeltzing, 95, of Kirkland Village, Bethlehem, PA, died on June 29, 2004 at the Muhlenberg Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was the husband of Hildegarde (Osterberg) Stoeltzing for 41 years. He was predeceased by his first wife, Alice Barbara (Draper) Stoeltzing and by his stepson Eric L. Osterberg.

Mr. Stoeltzing was born April 22, 1909 in Brooklyn. He retired from the Brooklyn Union Gas Company where he served as an engineer for 41 years. He was a graduate of Pratt Institute and Penn State University.

He loved reading, traveling and volunteer service. His motto was that service is the rent you pay for the space you occupy. He served on the board of the United Presbyterian Home in Syosset and was declared a director emeritus in 1992 after 43 years of service. He was a member of the LI Health and Hospital Board, an Elder and Deacon of three churches and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem. He served as director of the Central Queens YMCA and was on the NYC YMCA Board of Managers. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America.

The Stoeltzings were both very active in their community, Beacon Hill. She was membership chair from the inception of the Women's Club in 1959. Dick was president of the Beacon Hill Residents Association. In 1992 the Community Chest of PW named them "Citizens of the Year" for both the PW Community Chest and a similar honor was bestowed by the Manhasset AARP in 1993. The intersection where they lived at Stratford and Longview Rds. was designated, by the Town of North Hempstead, as "Stoeltzing Corner" on the permanent sign post.

For almost 40 years #10 Stratford Rd. was "Open House" to one and all of their annual Glogg Party, a traditional Swedish Christmas drink.

In August 1992 Hildegarde was devastated when her son, Eric L. Osterberg, died. He and his wife Rose Marie Osterberg and their daughter Eva and son "Rick" also lived in Port.

Soon after that the couple decided to move and, at the suggestion of his daughter, Barbara Schroeder, they chose to live in Bethlehem, about 10 miles from her home in Nazareth. Kirkland Village, a retirement complex, was a very wise choice.

He is survived by his wife; a son Richard H. Stoeltzing of Sacramento, CA; his daughter Barbara Schroeder; a stepdaughter Greta Troy; five grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by the Pearson Funeral Home, Bethlehem. A memorial service was held at the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem. Burial will take place at Nassau Knolls Cemetery.

John Wright Andrews, of Venice, FL, passed away July 5, 2004, after 80 years of life. Mr. Andrews was a former resident of Westhampton Beach, Manhassett and Oyster Bay. He leaves behind a long list of loving memories to his wife of 58 years, Patty, his brother Peter, his children, Chris, Melinda and Karen, his daughter and sons-in-law, Karen, Marlin and Mark, and his cherished grandchildren, Lizzie, Patti, Marlyn and C.J.

Before retiring, John worked 40 years in the publishing industry selling advertising space. He began his career at The New Herald Tribune and ended it with 17 years at his dream job with Sports Illustrated.

John was an avid golfer and sports enthusiast. He loved reading, music and will be remembered by family and friends as a man of strength, honor and integrity. We're all going to miss him very much.

Memorial services were held July 9 in Venice at the Epiphany Cathedral Chapel and will be held Aug. 6 at 11 a.m. at the Westhampton Country Club after the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to East End Hospice, PO Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.


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