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Hinda Squires Levy of Port Washington died on Oct. 26, 2004. She was the beloved wife of Gary Levy, mother of Peter and Amanda Squires and stepmother of Matthew Levy, daughter of Miriam and the late Arnold Frankel, sister of Janet (Shalom) and Alan (Jodi) Frankel.

A longtime member of the Sea Cliff elementary school staff, her love of children and her skill as a sensitive professional made her a treasured teacher. She was an active member and religious educator at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock. She especially enjoyed her participation in the women's a capella group "Willow."

Her funeral was held on Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Sunset Chapels in Manhasset. There was a memorial celebration of Hinda's life at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock.

Elizabeth Rogier, a lifelong resident of Port Washington and a graduate of Port Washington High School, died on Oct. 27, 2004, after a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Kay, Barbara, Ann, James, John, Robert and Joseph. Miss Rogier was the sister-in-law of Mrs. Joseph Rogier of the Isle of Palms, SC, and aunt to Jacqueline Fitts of Cohasset, MA, Mary Ann Rogier of Berkeley, CA, Nancy Rogier of Lexington, MA, Francesca Rogier of Lexington, KY and Juliette Barlage of Rochester Hills, MI. She is also survived by seven grandnieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter of Alacantara RC Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery. Concetta Maura, 84, of Manhasset, died on Nov. 5, 2004. She is survived by her daughters, Marianne Buzzitta and Antoinette Hasson of Manhasset and her sons, Michael of Manhasset and Mario of S. Woodstock, VT. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Michelle Grullon, Deborah Shertzer and Nicholas Maura; two great-grandsons, Gabriel Grullon and Eric Shertzer; and two sisters, Madeline Colantuono and Marie Tranfaglia. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Concetta came to Manhasset from New York City in 1925 with her parents Pietro and Mary LaPlaca. She graduated from St. Mary's Elementary School in 1934 and from Manhasset High School and Grace Institute in 1938. On Feb. 2, 1941 she was married to Mario Maura, who predeceased her in September 1997. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary's Church on Nov. 8. Contributions in her memory can be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro NY, 85 Old Shore Rd., Port Washington, NY 11050. Marjorie M. Westad, of Port Washington, died on Nov. 5, 2004. Wife of Per for 58 years. Mother of Christopher, Susan, Jeffrey (Linda), Nancy Butler (Jim) and Constance. Grandmother of Kimberly, Kristin, Jennifer, James, Allison and David. Great-grandmother of Siera and Nicholas. Born in Niles, MI, to Floyd and Frances and raised in Battle Creek, she worked as a court reporter where she met Per. After marrying in 1946, they lived in several locations before settling in Port Washington in 1953. Dedicated to raising her children, she always encouraged them to be the best at whatever they did. Arrangements were made by the Roslyn Heights Funeral Home. Graveside ceremony Nov. 10 at Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Donations in her name may be made to the Lakota Indian Children, c/o St. Joseph's Italian Indian School, Chamberlain, SD 57326.

Joseph W. Kropacek, of Port Washington and Port Charlotte, FL, passed away on Nov. 6, 2004 at the age of 86. Husband of his late wife Lois. He is survived by his three children, Lois Baslaw (Ronald), Joyce Kropacek and Robert Kropacek (Linda); seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; and his brother Emil (Dorothy) of New Jersey.

In the late '40s and early '50s Joe and his family spent the summers on their boat in Manhasset Bay. In 1953 he built his first house and moved his family here from Queens. While being a New York City school teacher he began a construction company building homes in the Port Washington/Manhasset area. During this time Joe also obtained his real estate and insurance brokers licenses and opened Colony House on Main St.

Joe was a member of various organizations, including the BPOE Elks Lodge, Manhasset Bay Sportsman's Club, NYC Teachers Association and a former trustee for the Village of Manorhaven. During his retirement years Joe and Lois spent their winters in Port Charlotte and the summers in Port Washington. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Al Whitney, of Englewood, FL, formerly of Huntington Station, died on Nov. 10, 2004. Fondly beloved as papa, he was a retired dean of students of Port Washington High School. Husband of Marjorie for 55 years. Father of Michelle (Victor) Pesco, Jeanette (Robert) Altenburg, Peggy (Clarke) Tolles, Patricia (Jeffrey) Matos, Lawrence, Lynne Nevins, James (Theresa), Anne (Robert) Carlin, Eileen Cabral, Lisa Piccolo, Kathleen (Daniel) Conklin, Robert and the late Joseph. Brother of Paul Whitney. Grandfather of 32. Great-grandfather of six. Arrangements were made by the M.A. Connell Funeral Home, Huntington Station. Donations may be made to the Al Whitney Memorial Fund, PO Box 80, Huntington, NY 11743. Elizabeth Rose Picardi, 83, of Port Washington, died in Calvary Hospital on Nov. 11, 2004. She was the sister of Anthony (Madeline), Julius (Mary) and Lester (the late Doris). Aunt of "Liza and 17 nieces and nephews, 34 great-nieces and nephews and 12 great-great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Alessandro and Rosina Picardi, a brother, Richard, who died at the age of 9 months and three sisters, Mena Ciminera of Port Washington, Eleanor Piatek of Gulfport, MS, and Edith Young of Cairo, NY. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Resurrection celebrated at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Burial Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Donations may be made to Calvary Hospital, 1740 Eastchester Rd., Bronx, NY 10461. Mary P. Hurder, 87, of Narragansett, RI, died on Nov. 15, 2004 at South County Hospital, Wakefield, RI. She was the wife of the late Capt. William R. Born in Hartford, CT, the daughter of the late John J. and Marguerite (Sullivan) Griffin, she lived in Port Washington before moving to the Narragansett in 1977. Mrs. Hurder was a member of the Kings Point Officers Women's Club and was a communicant at St. Thomas More Church in Narragansett. She leaves two sons, John S. Hurder of Coventry, RI, and David R. Hurder of Stuart, FL. Arrangements were made by the Fagan Funeral Home, N. Kingstown, RI. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas More Church. Burial Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter. Donations may be made to St. Thomas More Church, 53 Rockland St., Narragansett, RI.

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