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Known as "P.J." to everyone, died March 4, 2006 of a brain aneurysm. He was 11 years old.

P.J. Furlong

PJ was born September 26, 1994, and lived in Port Washington and Manhasset his entire life. PJ was a student at Munsey Park Elementary School and an alumnus of Our Lady of Grace Montessori School. We remember his love for life, freedom of movement, hunger for learning, joy of reading and commitment to family and friends.

PJ was a fifth-grader at Munsey Park in Mrs. Ellie Gordon's class. He was particularly active in Manhasset baseball, basketball and lacrosse. His friends spoke about how they knew PJ, the way he touched their lives, the music and History Channel he loved, basketball, lacrosse and baseball that he played and the way he was an inspiration to his friends. "He was a great kid," "He was so kind," were sentiments shared by all. Children remembered how he loved to have fun and what a good friend he was, how he tried to include everyone and would never make fun of another kid. In fact, many stories surfaced about PJ speaking up for children who were maligned by others. "We want everyone to remember him," said the students who suggested ways to memorialize him. Teachers and staff, too, know what a terrific young man he was.

P.J. was the son of Sandra and Padraic Furlong of Manhasset and the brother of Alessandra and Philip. He was the loving grandson of Vittoria and S. Joseph Domina of Port Washington and Mary and Padric F X. Furlong (dec.) of MA. He was nephew and godson of Patricia and Robert Felice of Ramsey, NJ and nephew of Victoria and Bill Gordon of Port Washington, Brenda and David Slottje of Ithaca, Jann and Myles Furlong, Carolyn and Edmond Furlong, Maria and Matthew Furlong of MA. He was the beloved cousin of Andrea, Andrew, Anna, Christian, Daniel, David, Elizabeth, Lianna, Maggie, Mairen, Michael and Sarah and a good friend to many.

Services were held at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior on Tuesday, March 7, 2006, with burial at Nassau Knolls Cemetery in Port Washington.

The P.J. Furlong Memorial Fund has been established to support youth sports and charitable causes that PJ cared for. For information, you can log onto www.pjfurlong.com or send an email to wlgordon@optonline.net.

Charlotte Marie Biddle Francis, 66, of Dacula, GA, formerly of Port Washington, died on Feb. 11, 2006. Charlotte was the first African American majorette in Paul D. Schreiber High School. She was a member of the Mt. Olive AME Church. She worked for Chase Manhattan Bank of LI and later American Airlines. She is survived by her husband Evan Sr.; her children, Evan Jr. and Christopher Steven; her grandchildren, Austin, Michael, Camille and Madison; her siblings, Freda Wilson, Llewellyn Simpkins, Roberta Nixon and Frederick Biddle Jr. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Arrangements were made by the Gregory B. Levett and Sons Funeral Home. A religious service was held at the Pleasant Baptist Church, Lawrenceville, GA. Interment Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville.

Frieda (Schoener) Meltzer passed away peacefully on Feb. 21, 2006 in Great Neck, at the age of 103. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Samuel Meltzer, who died in 1983. Frieda Meltzer was the loving mother of Joel Meltzer, Henry Meltzer and Susan (Meltzer) Bagnini; mother-in-law of Gloria Zotti-Meltzer and Rosemary Kent and Carl Bagnini; grandmother of Michael Meltzer, Amy Starr, Jenna Bagnini, Karen Bagnini, Robert Meltzer and Jonathan Meltzer and great grandmother of Adam Starr, Connor Hufnagel and Basie Bagnini- Nagel.

Born in Ostrowa, Poland and raised in New York City, Frieda married Samuel Meltzer in 1925 and they moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1926 where Sam established an export business. They returned to the United States in 1929 and stayed until 1935 when Sam started a new export business in Santiago, Chile, and moved his family there. They lived in Chile until 1949 when the family moved back to the United States and settled in Great Neck, NY. Frieda was the executive secretary of Temple Judea of Manhasset, NY from 1962 until her retirement in 1977.

Classy, unpretentious and optimistic, Frieda lived a full, adventurous life with a keen interest in the arts, education, travel, politics and feminism. Upon retirement, Frieda became active in many organizations such as the Reformed Democrats of Great Neck, the Gray Panthers, REAP, and Women-space.

Funeral and internment were private.

Frieda Meltzer's memory can be honored by donations to the Evans Medical Foundation for the New England Centenarian Study, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center 88 East Newton St., Robinson 2, Boston, MA 02118-2393.


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