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Frederique Reich

Frederique Reich, 64, of Port Washington did on Nov. 18 after a long illness at her home in Lutz, FL. She was a strong woman and will not be forgotten.

She is survived by her husband Heio Reich, daughter Christine (Ronnie): Steffen (Ronna Marie), and grandchildren Anthony, Christian and Natalie, RJ, Tiffany and sister Ann (Kiki) Van Casteren.

Frederique was born in Antwerp, Belgium January 1, 1941 and came to the US with her husband in 1967. They bought their first house in Port Washington in 1971.

She has two children, Christine and Steffen. Christine is married with three children and Steffen just got married on Oct. 29 of this year. With courageous effort and fight, Frederique was there to enjoy her son's wedding. She is also leaving behind her only sister living in Belgium. They would travel back and forth to visit each other.

Frederique was an avid golfer at North Hempstead Country Club and was club champion. She was also a great skier. She had a home in Windham, NY and skied every weekend for 15 years.

In 1996, they moved from Port Washington to Tampa, FL. She fought cancer for nine years and set an example for many other cancer patients. The last few weeks of her life were very hard for her, but eventually she passed very peacefully surrounded by her husband and three of her best friends.

Arrangements were made by Fairchild Funeral Homes and a funeral Mass was held at St. Peter of Alacantara on Nov. 23.

George Conklin

George Taylor Conklin Jr. died peacefully on Nov. 4 in his home in Port Washington. A memorial service will be held Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. in the Congregational Church in Manhasset. He was the loving husband of Julie Pokorny Conklin, and the loving parent of four children, Sandra Conklin-Wright, Dr. George T. Conklin III, Heather Conklin-Raduazzo and Holly Conklin-Graham, and of nine grandchildren, Juan Thompson, George T. IV and Andrea Conklin, Megan, Kelsey and Jonathon Raduazzo, Callum, Ethan and Grace Graham and great-grandson William Thompson. George Conklin was the CEO and chairman of the board of the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America in New York City. He retired from active service in 1980 and from the board in 1995. A summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, who earned advanced degrees in finance and economics from Amos Tuck, Columbia and NYU. He will always be remembered for his wisdom and humor.

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