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Sirkka Laura Katz Hoffman passed away on Jan. 29, 2005, after having a cerebral hemorrhage in February 1995. She had resided in the Central General Nursing Home in Plainview. As a long time resident of Sands Point, Sirkka and her family are well known architects in the community. Sirkka's parents were Sid and Tania (Waisman) Katz. They were known as Katz, Waisman and Weber Architects. They were the design team of the Sands Point Synagogue in 1963 and numerous other designs. After the parents' passing Sirkka's sister Lisa and brother-in-law took over the firm and it is called Donald and Lisa Sclare Architects.

Sirkka graduated from Pratt Institute and joined the family business as an interior designer. Sirkka married Philip Hoffman on May 3, 1975 in the Sands Point Synagogue and they eventually made their home in Flushing.

Sirkka leaves her husband Philip; her sister and brother-in-law Lisa and Donald Sclare; nephew Jacob (Paige) and grandnephew Dove.

Services were held at the Sunset Mortuary in Manhasset. Burial New Montefiore Cemetery.

Jean A. Kurz, 75, life long resident of Port Washington, died on Feb. 2, at home. Wife of 56 years of Charles A. Kurz Jr. (Art). Mother of Ann, Chuck, Suzie and David. Sister of Wilma Hurst. She touched many lives and will be deeply missed. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington.

Robert A. Boxer, MD, passed away at home on Feb. 7, 2005, after a heroic battle with pancreatic cancer. Bob had been a resident of Port Washington since 1978. Dr. Boxer was a graduate of Rutgers University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He trained in pediatrics at Babies Hospital in NYC and Buffalo Children's Hospital. He spent three years at Babies Hospital training in pediatric cardiology and was subsequently an attending physician there.

Bob joined the Dept. of Pediatrics at North Shore University Hospital in 1980 as an attending physician in pediatric cardiology and subsequently became chief of pediatric critical care medicine. At the time of his death he was chief of both pediatric cardiology and chief of pediatric critical care medcine at Schneider Children's Hospital at North Shore.

Bob was instrumental in developing the Heart to Heart Program which brought children from underdeveloped countries to North Shore University Hospital for cardiac surgery. He and his colleagues implemented the EKG screening program in the Port Washington Public Schools. This program has spread to other school districts on LI. In addition, he participated in the yearly physical program in the Port Washington Schools.

Dr. Boxer was one of the first area physicians to take an interest in patients with Marfans syndrome. He had been a speaker at their national meeting and was recently honored by the foundation at the grand opening of its new Port Washington facility. He was the chairman of the Pediatric Advanced Life Support Committee of the NC Affiliate of the American Heart Association until his death. He also visited the Association for Children with Down Syndrome (ACDS) twice a year and provided medical care for children at the school. He was honored by ACDS for his many years of service. Dr. Boxer was honored by many associations over the years, most recently by Harbor Child Care for his many years of devotion and service to children. He had been recognized for many years in The Best Doctors in New York issue of New York Magazine.

Bob loved his adopted town of Port Washington. He enjoyed walks along the waterfront and visits to the library where he was well known. Bob and wife Harriet both enjoyed serving on the medical committee of the Senior Gambol when their children graduated from Schreiber.

Bob is survived by his wife, Harriet; son, Joshua; daughter, Sarah; and future daughter-in-law, Jessica. He will be missed by his four dogs, Sammy, Freddy, Rocco and Mikey P.

Donations in his memory should be sent to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Research, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714.

Emma E. Albini (nee Cappa), formerly of Sands Point, died at home, surrounded by her family, in Glen Cove on Feb. 8, 2005 at the age of 89. Beloved wife of the late Louis V. Albini. Loving mother of Louise Albini Tripoli (John), Alice Albini Whalen (Dennis), Marisa Albini, Daria Albini (Bruce Anderson) and Louis V. Albini Jr. Cherished grandmother of Darin and Matthew Tripoli, Emily, Philip and Daria Whalen and Thiana Anderson. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Hyacinth RC Church, Glen Head. Interment Mount St. Mary's Cemetery, Flushing. Donations may be made to Hospice Care Network, 99 Sunnyside Blvd., Woodbury, NY 11797. William "Arch" Kitley passed away peacefully on Feb. 4, 2005. Born in Great Neck, he served five years in the US Army during WWII. He had lived in Port Washington since 1950. He retired in 1981. His is survived by his wife Thea; daughter Lynn Quilty and son William J. Kitley; son-in-law Kevin M. Quilty and daughter-in-law Eileen Kitley; and grandchildren, Jim, Sean and Kate Quilty and Christopher and John Kitley. He will be remembered for his kind and gentle manner and his devotion to his family. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington.

Nancy Dougherty Cassidy, a lifelong resident of Port Washington, lost her year long brave and courageous fight against cancer, at home, surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her devoted husband Justin and her loving children Caroline Cassidy (Daniel) McBride, of Locust Valley; Alison Cassidy (Thomas) McCreary, of Summit, New Jersey and Justin, Jr. (Rosa) Cassidy, of Bethesda, MD; and nine adoring grandchildren: Keenan, Lucy and Liam McBride; Maddie, Claire, Tommy and Harry McCreary; Justin, and Isabelle Cassidy. She is also survived by her brother John W. Dougherty, III, also of Port Washington; and many nieces and nephews.

Nancy Cassidy, the daughter of the late Lucille and John W. Dougherty II, graduated from St. Peter's Parochial School, Port Washington, St. Mary's Girls High School, Manhasset and Trinity College, Washington, DC. Before her marriage she worked as secretary to North Hempstead Town Supervisor Henry E. Sprague. For many years she was a Real Estate Broker with McCrate Realty in their Port Washington office and most recently she was associated with Accents Real Estate in Port Washington. After her children were grown, she worked with her husband in the import/export business traveling extensively throughout the Orient.

Mrs. Cassidy was a longtime president of St. Peter's Guild and a St.

Peter's Girl Scout leader. She was an accomplished artist and studied under the direction of Aida Whedon and many of her paintings grace the walls of her home and the home of friends. Nancy Cassidy was a member of the Port Washington Garden Club and her floral arrangements were often displayed at the Port Washington Library. While she was ill and confined at home she created a floral calendar as a fundraiser for the garden club.

Arrangements were under the direction of Fairchild Sons, Inc., in Manhasset. A Mass of The Resurrection was celebrated on Feb. 14 at St. Peter of Alcantara Church. Interment was at Nassau Knolls Cemetery in Port Washington. In lieu of flowers the family has requested a donation be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 4747-20 Nesconset Highway, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776.


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