Jerry Shapiro, Port Washington, died on June 16, 2006 of complications from emphysema. He was 76 years old. In the 1970s, Jerry was president of the Hertz Corporation. In the 1980s he was president of Carl Ally Advertising, Inc. Most recently, he owned and operated several businesses headquartered in Port Washington. Throughout his life, he was a superb chef, delighting his friends and family with wonderful dinners. He loved the beach, fishing and sailing. He was devoted to Ayla, his new grandchild; his wife June, his daughter Kit and her husband Serdar Demirdelen. Services will be private. Donations may be made in his name to The Emphysema Foundation, Claycomo, MO.
Joanna M. Jeffrey was born in London, England, on Sept. 26, 1918. Her father was an actor and sometimes worked on scenery and her mother was a dancer. She had a sister and a brother who passed away four years ago. When Joanna was 8 her father died and the children were sent to orphanages. She and her sister were together but they were separated from their brother.
In those days, young people went to work at the age of 14, and so at that age she left the orphanage and became a nanny until her employer left for France. Joanna chose not to go with them.
Some time later she began work as a housekeeper at St. Georges Hospital in London. She was there when the war began and throughout the difficult years of bombings and destruction that followed. It was there, however, that she met her husband Vernon who also worked at the hospital. They were married in 1940 and they had their only child, Ann, in 1943. Sadly, in 1955 her husband died of cancer at the young age of 39.
In 1956 Joanna received an offer from a wartime friend, singer Mimi Benzell, to work for her as a housekeeper in America. So Joanna and her daughter came to America. When her daughter reached high school age, Joanna felt it was time that she had her own place and so they moved from Manhasset to Port Washington and Joanna became employed at Thompson Industries until she retired in 1984.
Joanna was noted to be a proficient seamstress and loved doing alterations. She often said that the only "fresh" work she enjoyed doing was making her daughter's wedding gown.
Joanna leaves behind her daughter Ann and grandson Jeffrey. She always had a smile on her face and was always ready with a good joke. She will be missed terribly but she is finally with the man she loved for 65 years.
Donations in her memory to Cancer Care, Inc., c/o Catherine and John Caramanica, 15 Sands Pl., Port Washington, NY 11050, would be greatly appreciated.
Madeline Szaja (nee Truskzowski), 78, of Port Washington, died on June 19, 2006. Madeline is survived by her husband Karol; her children Karol Jr. (Joanne) and Kathy McKinney (William); her grandchildren Jennifer and Melissa; her sister Antoinette; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings, Natalie, Sophie, Constance, William, Alexander, Alfred and Julian. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
Gaynell Lola Olsen (nee Smith) passed away on June 20, 2006. Gaynell was born on May 18, 1913 to Nicholas and Agnes Smith in Port Washington. She was married to Albert D. Olsen in 1930 and had three children, Albert D. Olsen Jr. (Elfreide), Agnes Olsen and Susan Wunder (Robert). Gaynell was grandmother of Sylvia, Richard, Elizabeth and Christine and great-grandmother of Leia, Lilly and Eva. She lived in Port Washington for 73 years, then moved to Oregon to be with her daughter. During her life she was active in the Port Washington Girl Scouts, Our Savior Lutheran Church and Publishers Clearing House. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years and her son. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Religious service at the funeral home. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.