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Howard B. Klein

Howard B. Klein, age 78, of Port Washington, died on Dec. 27, 2005, two days after a skiing accident at Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire. Howard and his wife of 55 years, the artist Marion Klein, had lived in Port Washington since 1958, and all three of their children, Matthew, Amanda and Josh, graduated from Port Washington schools.

He enjoyed many winters of skiing in New Hampshire once he and his wife bought a house in Bradford, NH in 1965, although Port Washington remained their home. In February 2005 Howard placed second in the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge Giant Slalom race at Sunapee and was awarded a Silver medal.

After he retired from Klein-Simon Associates, the insurance brokerage and financial planning firm he had co-founded, which specialized in developing insurance and pension programs for corporations, his son, Josh, took over the business.

Besides his wife and children, he is survived by his sister, Lila; his son's wives, Dr. Debra Adler-Klein and Beatrice Weinberger; and eight grandchildren, Max and Alice Gottesman, Josh, Rachel and Samantha Klein and Will, Theo and Augusta Klein.

A graduate of Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan and the City College of New York, Howard was a pioneer in the launching and support of a project that encourages high-achieving Stuyvesant graduates to attend City College. The program pays full tuition and gives each student a laptop computer, a monthly stipend and free admission to cultural institutions in New York. Since the program's inception in 2002, 41 students have been enrolled in the program.

Contributions in memory of Howard Klein may be made to City College Fund/Stuy and sent to Elana Sturman, Project Director, Stuyvesant-CCNY Scholarship Program, 160 Convent Ave., Shepard Hall, Room 166, New York, NY 10031.

Natalie Kremski, of Glen Cove, died on Jan. 3, 2006. Wife of the late John. Mother of Lois Stemcosky. Grandmother of John and Michael Stemcosky and Sherry Butindari (Joe). Great-grandmother of Lindsay, Evan, Kelly and Erik. Sister to Antoinette Kuntz and Madeline Szaja (Karol).

Natalie was the owner and operator of the Polonaise Shoppe and Catering Service located in Port Washington. She catered many events for many, many years in Glen Cove, Port Washington and surrounding areas and was known to her friends and co-workers as "Mrs. K." Natalie and her husband were among the original founders of the Polish American Citizens Association of Port Washington in the 1930s. She served as president of the Ladies Auxiliary of that organization for several years and was the NC Grand Marshal of the Pulaski Day Parade many years ago.

The family received friends at the McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral Mass Friday at St. Hyacinth Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.


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