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Victoria Calvin Schall

Victoria Calvin Schall, of Hicksville and Port Washington, born March 11, 1966, died peacefully, in her sleep on May 8, 2006.

Victoria, known to her family and friends as Pooky, Frieda or Vicki, was born in Pittsburgh, PA but lived most of her life in New York. She graduated from P. D. Schreiber High School in 1984 and has attended Scripps College and Nassau Community College. She has worked at NatWest Bank, Louie's Shore Restaurant, as deli manager at Grand Union in Port Washington and most recently as deli manager of the Little Neck Stop & Shop.

A natural humorist, Pooky began punning with her family before her third birthday. A talented story-teller with a beautiful voice, Pooky has spent the remainder of her life helping to lift the hearts of those around her with her remarkable, insightful and kind sense of humor.

Victoria was a New Yorker at her core. As a lover of music, she had attended numerous performances on Long Island and in Manhattan and has sung with the Unitarian Church choir for some of their performances. As a great art appreciator, she has relished her many visits to the wonderful museums of Long Island and New York City. She has always enjoyed the beaches, the parks and the wonderful shopping available to her here.

Victoria is survived by her parents, Paula, of Port Washington, and William (Virginia) of Knoxville, TN; her sisters, Pam (Chris Philpotts) of Cincinnati, OH, Katy, of Port Washington, and Amy Gorsuch (Greg) of Beaufort, SC; three nieces and two nephews. She will be dearly missed by everyone who has known her.

A memorial service will be held on June 4 at 1:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, 48 Shelter Rock Rd., Manhasset. A reception will immediately follow the service at the church.

Because of Victoria's dedication to the beautiful water birds of New York, in lieu of flowers, the family would like for donations to be made to the Science Museum of Long Island where she loved to walk on the grounds and enjoy the Leeds Pond Preserve. Science Museum of Long Island, 1526 North Plandome Rd., P.O. Box 908, Plandome, NY 11030

Martha Keech Seidel died peacefully in her home on May 9, 2006 after a nine-month fight with pancreatic cancer. Martha was born in Ohio and graduated from Miami University of Ohio. After graduation, she moved to New York City where she worked for Time magazine. Following a period in Geneva, Switzerland, where she worked for the UN, she rejoined Time and wrote for the Music and Education sections for many years.

She moved to Port Washington after her marriage to Paul Seidel and became involved in community affairs. She was president of the Main Street School PTA, a Scout leader and a member of the Hispanic Outreach Committee. She served as executive director of the Port Washington Community Chest and was involved in the League of Women Voters, the Great Books Discussion Group and the Tap Root Writer's Workshop for many years. She was recently a co-founder of a political action group in Port Washington. She was a longtime active member of St. Stephen's Church. One of Martha's passions was the study of Roman and Greek classical history and literature, which she pursued over the years at Columbia University and at Oxford University in England.

Martha is survived by her husband, Paul, of 41 years; her son Victor of London, England; and her daughter Anna (Hollie) of Astoria. She was the loving grandmother of Dart MacVeagh. She was the sister of Dart Keech of Santa Cruz, CA, and Sarah Berg of Cleveland Heights, OH. She was predeceased by her parents and her loving brother Nial Keech of Elyria, OH. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at St. Stephen's Church on May 20 at 11 a.m. Interment will be held in Huron, OH, on Aug. 21.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Martha Keech Seidel Classics Book Fund at Columbia University. Donations made out to Columbia University and with a note indicating her fund, may be sent to: Director of Development, 508 Butler Library, MC 1103, 535 West 114th St., New York, NY 10027.

Joseph Francis King, 87, of Port Washington and Hobe Sound, Fl, died at his home in Port Washington on May 12, 2006. He was born on May 14, 1918 in Manhasset, son of the late James and Margaret (Kavanagh) King. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Mabel (Donno); his three children, Barbara (M. Kevin O'Connor), Thomas (Patricia) and David (Lynn); eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and by his brother Monsignor James P. King, Vicar General Emeritus, Diocese of Brooklyn.

He attended St. Mary's Elementary School and Manhasset High School, where he played on the football, baseball and basketball teams. Mr. King served in the US Army from April 1941 until December 1945 as a 1st lieutenant in the combat engineers in the European and Pacific Theatres, receiving the following medals: Philippine Liberation, American Campaign, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, European African Middle Eastern Campaign and WWII Victory.

He was co-owner and president of Donno Company in Great Neck. He was actively involved in his local community as president of the Lions Club and president of Plandome Country Club. An avid golfer and sports enthusiast, he was loved for his wonderful sense of humor, his generosity and his gift for storytelling.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held May 17 at St. Peter of Alacantara Church. Arrangements were made by Fairchild Sons Funeral Home, Manhasset. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. The family requests memorials to St. Peter of Alacantara Parish Building Fund, 1327 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington, NY or Lions Club of Port Washington in lieu of flowers.


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