Suzanne Basser died on Sept 24, 2004 at the age of 78 following complications from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. While she made her home in Lexington, Massachusetts since 1976, she had lived in Port Washington from 1964 to 1976, where she had been involved in many community-based organizations and where she had made many close friends.
Suzanne, who was known to everyone as "Susi," was one of the founding members of Residents for a Beautiful Port Washington. She was primarily responsible for one of their first successful projects---the planting of trees along Main Street and at the Port Washington railroad station. This activity actually preceded the celebration of the first Earth Day in April 1970. She successfully ran for the office of Commissioner of Garbage and Ashes Removal in Port Washington in order to effect a novel, comprehensive bottle, can and newspaper recycling program to reduce the load to the local incinerator; and a garden debris recycling program to reduce the need for landfill in the sand pits.
Susi was also active in the Community Synagogue, where she served on the Temple Board, and organized many ecumenical events through their sisterhood.
Susi is survived by her husband, Harold Basser of Lexington, Massachusetts, and her two children, Barbara Basser-Bigio of NYC and Peter Basser of Washington, D.C. (both graduates of Paul D. Schreiber HS). She also leaves five grandchildren, Zakieh, Rachel and William Bigio, and Etan and Jacob Basser.
Funeral services for Suzanne took place at the Cedar Park Cemetery in Emerson, NJ on Sept. 27, and a memorial service was held in her honor at Temple Isaiah in Lexington, MA on Oct. 3, 2004.
Elston F. Kern, age 98, of Port Washington, died on Oct. 18, 2004. He is survived by his wife Denise, his children Bill and Juel, nieces and nephews. Mr. Kern was preceded in death by his sons John and Kevin. Funeral arrangements were handled by Austin F. Knowles, Inc. Funeral Home. The interment was private.
Albert J. Miano, age 53, of Port Washington, did on Oct. 15, 2004. He is survived by his brother William and his sister Linda Falzone (Thomas). Funeral arrangements were handled by Austin F. Knowles, Inc. Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Oct 18 at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church. The interment followed at Nassau Knolls Cemetery.