Rosemary Bain, long a resident of Monfort Hills in Port Washington, died at her home on Sept. 10, 2006, with family members by her side. She had recently marked her 86th birthday.
Born on Aug. 16, 1920 in Junction City, KS, the daughter of Charles and Rose Haward, she was raised in Kansas City, MO, where she attended local schools. She graduated from Fontebonne University in St. Louis in 1941, majoring in drama and literature and editing the yearbook. While working as an on-air radio show host and continuity writer at Station WHB in Kansas City, she met David Bain, a broadcast equipment representative for RCA. They married in 1948 and moved to the East Coast, living in the New Jersey suburbs of Philadelphia near the RCA home office and in the Maryland outskirts of Washington, DC. In these years she was active in community theater productions, usually as director.
With their four children they finally moved to Port Washington in 1959. Her husband worked for Muzak and Fairchild Recording before founding David Bain Associates, broadcasting manufacturers' representatives, which she co-administered until his death in 1984, and ran herself for some years thereafter. Mrs. Bain also worked at various times for the Port Washington School District, the United Nations Association and the Macular Association of NY. A liberal Democrat, she gave much of her time to the League of Women Voters, for which she served many years as newsletter editor. She was also involved in the Monfort Hills Association and the Foreign Policy Association and was a longtime congregant at St. Peter of Alcantara Roman Catholic Church. An avid reader, Rosemary was in earlier years an accomplished pianist and artist; she took great care of her garden. In her children's youth she was actively involved in their education in and out of school and was deeply interested in their adult accomplishments as well as the upbringing of her grandchildren.
She is survived by her four children, David H. Bain of Orwell, VT, Terry Bain (Marc Santiago) of Rockville Centre, Christopher Bain (Andrea) of Port Washington and Lisa Bain (William Schwarz) of Rockville Centre; nine grandchildren; and her cousin Dorothy Haward Lortie of Corona del Mar, CA.
Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Donations in her name are suggested for the League of Women Voters, PO Box 305, Port Washington, NY 11050.
Carol L. Roe, 80, of Oviedo, FL, who had resided in Port Washington for 30 years before moving to Florida, passed away on Sept.13, 2006. She is survived by her husband George; son Kenneth (Mary); daughters, Lorraine Roe, Kathleen Silva (Alan), Sharon Caputo (Jay); sister Mildred Bednasz; and five grandchildren. Arrangements were made by the National Cremation Society, Oviedo. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Winter Springs, FL.