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Vera Allegretti (nee Zea), of Port Washington, died on April 22, 2005 in her 90th year. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas. She was born in St. James, MN on May 22, 1914 and moved with her family to Sioux Falls, SD in 1921.

She came to New York in January of 1940 when La Guardia Field opened and was secretary to the general manager of the airport restaurants which at that time were under franchise to the Hotel New Yorker and later became banquet manager for them. At that time she met Tom who worked for Canadian Colonial Airlines and they were married in 1942.

The Allegrettis moved to Port Washington in 1951, joined the Port Washington Yacht Club in 1960 and Thomas became Commodore in 1969-70. Vera remained active and bowled with their Ladies League for 43 years. She was made an honorary member of the yacht club in 2001 and was on the committee helping with plans for the centennial celebration of the yacht club in 2005.

Vera was a volunteer at the Corner Shop, part of North Shore Child and Family Services in Manhasset for 14 years and also was associated with 5 J's Jewelers in Port Washington. She was a member of the Manhasset Community Club.

She is survived by her son Ross (Nancy) of Hauppauge; daughter Donna Persson (David) of Shelter Island; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Arrangements were made by the Fairchild Funeral Home, Manhasset. In lieu of flowers, donations to your favorite charity would be appreciated.

Frederick H. Bruenner

Frederick Herman Bruenner died on April 19, 2005 at his home in Port Washington, NY. He was born in New York, NY on Feb. 27, 1920, the only child of Adolf and Marie Bruenner.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University in 1941, Mr. Bruenner served in the Pacific as an officer aboard U.S.S. Straus DE 408. Following the war, Mr. Bruenner studied law at Columbia University where he was a member of the Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar. In 1947, Mr. Bruenner joined the firm of Breed, Abbott and Morgan in New York City where he practiced for his entire career and served as senior partner.

Mr. Bruenner also served as a director of the Dime Savings Bank and National Distillers, and as an advisory director to Greylock Management Corporation, a venture capital firm in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Bruenner was also an advisor to The Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island, NY and the Shelter Island Library and a benefactor of several educational institutions. He founded the Grandparent's Fund at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut.

Mr. Bruenner's first wife, Euphemia M. Bruenner, predeceased him. He remarried in 1993 and is survived by his wife, Nancy Allen, his children, David F. Bruenner of Isle of Palms, S.C., Carol B. Parker of Hamden, CT., Eric W. Bruenner of Glen Head, NY; four stepchildren, Tayler Neville, Leslie Schechter, George H. Oestreich III and Jeannie Loeb; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Francis Hospital, 100 Port Washington Blvd., Roslyn, NY 11576.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2005 at Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church, Port Washington, NY. Another service will be held on Shelter Island, NY at a later date.


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