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Gladys Finley, of Port Washington, died on Aug. 22, 2006 at the age of 73. Gladys was the wife of the late George Finley and mother of Beth (Antonelli), Amy (Andresakes) and the late Bonnie (Clarkson). Grandmother to Christine Antonelli and sister to Judith Leitz.

Gladys was at least a fourth generation resident of Port Washington. For the past 14 years she worked as a page in the children's section at the Port Washington Library. She had an affinity for books, gardening and cooking. Gladys will best be remembered as a trusted friend, dedicated employee and passionately devoted to her family.

On Aug. 29 a private internment service was held at Nassau Knolls cemetery, under the direction of Deacon Elizabeth Belasco of Saint Stephen's Church.

Bob Kehlenbeck, a longtime resident of Port Washington, died on Aug. 28, 2006. He was 79. He enlisted in the Marine Corp upon graduating from Great Neck High School in 1945. After serving in China, he was honorably discharged in 1946 and remained a life long member of the American Legion. He started working for the Great Neck Post Office in 1948, served 37 years and retired in 1984 as Assistant Postmaster. In 1961 he married Dorothy Reed from Great Neck and started a family.

A resident of Port Washington for 52 years, Kehlenbeck enjoyed supporting PYA, PAL and PW School District sports programs. When his children were young, he coached them in baseball, basketball and football. Having been a Boy Scout as a young boy he also supported the local Boy Scout troop. He greatly enjoyed raising his family in the wonderful, tight-knit community of Port Washington.

Kehlenbeck enjoyed camping, fishing, swimming and walking along Long Island beaches. During his retirement you could always find him at Bar Beach with his many dear friends where he would eagerly invite you for a walk, a swim or a competitive game of bocce. He was considered the unofficial organizer of many fun activities at the park. After his beloved wife Dorothy passed away in 1995, he was remarried in 1997 to Ida Radi from Inwood who remained his devoted and loving wife.

Kehlenbeck was an outdoorsman, athlete, talented gardener, great cook, creative handyman (nicknamed "MacGyver Pop") and gifted artist. He will be remembered by many for his outgoing personality, good humor and genuine friendliness. He was a devoted husband, a proud father and grandfather. Kehlenbeck was quoted as saying at his GNHS reunion that "raising a family" was his highest achievement in life. His children think of him as their "hero" and the greatest father anyone could have had and, along with his many friends, will sorely miss him. As a devoted parishioner of St. Peter of Alcantara Church, he was given a Mass of Christian Burial offered by Father Bob on Sept. 1.

Survived by his loving wife Ida; his five children, Bobby (Judy), Brad (Michele), Larry (Sharon), Laurie (Sam) and Scott; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Also his brother Henry (Mary Alice) of Ft. Meyers, FL, one nephew and two nieces.

Nicolina "Lena" Lamas (nee Marra), 93, died on Sept. 9, 2006. She was predeceased by her husband Ernest C. and six brothers and sisters. She is survived by her children, Ernestine Cruz (Jack) and Ernest J.; her grandchildren, Elena Colon (Nelson), Jack M. and Ernest Cruz (Jenn); and her great-grandchildren, Jason, Jema, Vincent and Cailey. Lena is also survived by her sister-in-law Ida Marra and many nieces and nephews. 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.


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