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Eugene V. Calvelli, MD, 81, a lifelong resident of Port Washington until he retired to Orlando, FL, in 1987, passed away June 20, 2005 in Orlando. Born in Port Washington in 1923, he graduated from Port's public schools, Dartmouth College and NYU College of Medicine. He served in both the US Navy during WWII and the US Army in Korea, where he was in charge of hospital trains running to and from the frontlines transporting the seriously wounded from the MASH units and evacuation hospitals to the port of Pusan.

Upon returning to the US in 1953, he practiced medicine in Port Washington (as his father had from 1919). Volunteer civic involvement was always his strongest interest, and as such he was chairman for many years of the Nassau/Suffolk County Emergency Medical Services Committee, organizing ambulance services, introducing cardiac monitoring of patients and training its AMTs and EMTs. In his hometown he was active in the Lions Club, active with the school board, and for many years was surgeon for the town's Volunteer Fire Dept.

After retiring to Orlando, he served nine years as a volunteer on the Central Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Council, including a two-year term as chairman. This group investigates patient's complaints in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, with membership requiring an appointment by the governor.

Survivors include six children with his first wife, Harriet Heffernan Calvelli, who predeceased him in 1981, Helen, Patricia, Gina, John, Mary Ross and Cara; his second wife Jacqueline Burke Calvelli (a 30-year Port resident) and her two children, Janet Burke and Eileen Mirchel; sister Mary Prendergast; brother Richard Calvelli; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to an organization providing all-expense paid holidays in Orlando for desperately ill children and their families: Give Kids the World, 210 S. Bass Rd., Kissimmee, FL 34746. A memorial service will be held at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 12 Franklin Ave., Port Washington, on July 9 at 11 a.m.

Elizabeth S. Schaefer, 88, a longtime resident of Port Washington, died June 21, 2005. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband Emil. She is survived by her son Joseph (Nancy); her granddaughters, Melissa, Monica and Nicole; her sisters, Gloria, Helen and Pamela; nieces and nephews. Elizabeth owned and operated Bay Bootery, a shoe store on Shore Rd., from 1966 to 2000. She was a devoted wife and mother and will be deeply missed. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial June 24 at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. The Siconolfi family is mourning the sudden death of their beloved sister Louise and adored Aunt "Weeza," 82, who died on June 24, 2005. Born in Port Washington, a lifelong resident, Louise was the ninth of 13 children born to Raffaele and Raffaela Siconolfi. Louise was predeceased by her brothers, Charles, Frank, Joseph, John, Anthony, her sister Angela Brackin (the late Jay) and her devoted nephew, NYC/PW Fireman Anthony Siconolfi. She is survived by her sisters, Annette of Port Washington, Florence Renaldo (the late Thomas) of Martinsburg, WV, Mary Krieks (Simon) of Irvine, CA, Rosemary Farfaras (George), of NYC, and her brothers, Alphonse of Ormond Beach, FL, and Louis of Port Washington; and her many nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.

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