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Minerva (Smith) Strockbine, 85, died on March 1, 2005. She was born on March 18, 1919 in Port Washington, the daughter of the late Thomas S. Smith and Lillian (Hults) Smith. Her family was well known in Port Washington with generations that go back to the 1600s.

She grew up in Port Washington and Manhasset and later moved to Camarillo, CA, and shortly before her death moved to Redding, CA. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her son Robert Strockbine, her brothers Montroville (Monte) Smith and Carl Smith.

For many years, while residing in Port Washington, she was a member of the Marguerite Rebekah lodge.

She is survived by her son Douglas Strockbine of Oxnard, CA, and a brother Robert Smith of Brownsville, VT. She is also survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements and a memorial service were conducted in California.

Bertram B. Daiker, a renowned attorney who practiced in Port Washington for over 50 years, died a his home in Port Washington on May 22, 2005 at the age of 90. During his illustrious career "Bert," as he was known, was a school law specialist having represented many school districts including, Port Washington, Great Neck, Roslyn, Harborfields, Locust Valley, Bellmore, Bridgehampton and Herricks. He was also the attorney for Chaminade High School, Kellenberg High School and the Lexington School for the Deaf. He was past president of the NYS School Board Attorneys Association.

Mr. Daiker was nationally known for his representation of the Herricks School District landmark School Prayer case, Engel V. Vitle, which he argued before the US Supreme Court in 1962. The 1962 decision of the Supreme Court declared recitation of the Regents Prayer in the Herricks School District to be unconstitutional.

In 2004, Chaminade High School honored Mr. Daiker with its Founders Award for his almost three decades of invaluable advice and service as Chaminade's school attorney.

Mr. Daiker was also a municipal law expert having been a deputy town attorney for the Town of N. Hempstead and attorney for several villages and special districts, including the Village of Roslyn, the Manhasset Park District, the Port Washington Water District, the Port Washington Sewer District and the Port Washington Public Library. He was a partner with Gunn, Neier and Daiker, and its successors, from 1954 through 1977. Since 1977, he has been associated with Reed P. Whittemore with their offices at 14 Vanderventer Ave. He received his LLB from Fordham University and his LLM from NYU.

During WWII, Mr. Daiker served in the Signal Corps and retired from the Army in 1952 as a first lieutenant. In addition to his professional activities, he was a member of the Boy Scouts of America. In 2001, he was honored by the Shelter Rock District of the Theodore Roosevelt Council, Boy Scouts of America upon the occasion of his 75th year of participation in the Boys Scout program, which included the key leadership positions as a Scout and the adult positions of Scoutmaster, district chairman and vice president of Nassau County Council.

An avid golfer as a member of N. Hempstead Country Club, Mr. Daiker was known for his two holes-in-one, albeit separated by more than a year. A dedicated churchman, he served as president of the St. John's Lutheran Church in Williston Park and was a leader of the construction of the church located on Willis Ave. More recently he was an active and beloved member of the Community Reformed Church in Manhasset. He was also attorney for the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Port Washington Elks, Manhasset Kiwanis and the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club.

He is survived by a large, extended and loving family, including a son, Dennis Daiker of Mattituck; his stepdaughter-in-law, Linda Birch Ross; five stepchildren; and 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A memorial service was held at the Community Reformed Church on May 27 officiated by Pastor Stuart Clark. Donations may be made to Chaminade High School or the Community Reformed Church.

Anthony C. "Tony" DeFeo Sr., 80, of Port Washington, died on May 30, 2005. He was a member of the Port Washington Senior Citizen's Center, VFW Post #1819, American Legion Post #509 and a sergeant in the Port Washington Special Police. Husband of the late Josephine. Father of Maria L., Anthony C. Jr. and Augustine (Barbara). Grandfather of Christine, Jennifer, Michael, Amanda, Matthew and John. Brother of Salvatore and Marie Scaramucci (Alexander). Godfather of Salvatore DeFeo Jr. and David Alexander Scaramucci. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by Fairchild Sons Funeral Home, Manhasset. Funeral Mass at St. Peter's RC Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.

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