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Patrick J. McGauley, of Plantation, FL, formerly of Port Washington (for over 30 years (1950-83), died on Oct. 13, 2006 at age 91. His wife of 65 years, Edith Joan McGauley, predeceased him in 2004. Patrick earned degrees from University of Idaho (BSE) and University of Utah (MSE), and spent a career of 40 years working for a number of engineering firms on the design and construction of industrial plants in the US and abroad. He developed and was awarded patents on several proprietary processes, including an early method for extracting pollutants from power plant exhaust gases. He is survived by three children, Pegasis McGauley of BC, Canada, Kathryn Wallace of Plantation, FL and Richard McGauley of East Orleans, MA, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one brother, William McGauley of BC, Canada. Guy E. Fleming, age 70, of Port Washington, died on Oct. 23, 2006, peacefully with his family around him. He was a graduate of Columbia University and New York University and honorably served in the US Army. He was a retired vice president of CBS and avid gardener, cook, and investor, and a lifelong NY Yankees fan. Beloved husband of Victoria. Loving father of Michael (Kathleen) and Matthew (Carolyn). Adored grandfather of Michael, Harry, Sam and Jack. Dear brother of Gioia (Guido) Caputo, and survived by three nephews, Jean-Guy, Marco and Georgio Caputo. A memorial service was held at Austin F. Knowles Inc. Funeral Home, Port Washington.
Betty Mueller

Betty Mueller died on Oct. 25, 2006. Loving wife of Fritz; mother of four; grandmother of eight; elementary school teacher of hundreds; and good friend of many. Betty passed away peacefully after months of compassionate care by the staff of Cypress Court at Mesa and the comforting care of her final days at Mesa Family Hospice.

Betty Mueller was born, in Brooklyn on Oct. 27, 1926 to her loving parents, Lillian and Herbert Rocker, and is survived by her devoted husband of 58 years, Fritz Mueller; her children, Glen Mueller (Loretta) of San Diego, CA, Gail Fischer (John) of South Lyon, MI, Donna Finkelstein (Ray) of Roslyn Estates and Dawn Preston (Steve) of Port Washington. As a teacher and educator, Betty was a reading specialist who instilled the importance and joy of reading in her eight beloved grandchildren; Gretchen and Eric Mueller, Jaime and Danielle Stilson, Evan and Dana Finkelstein, and Andrew and Daniel Preston.

Betty graduated from Hempstead High School in 1944, received her bachelor's degree in education from SUNY Cortland, and later in her career received her master's degree in education at Arizona State University. Her teaching career began in Cornwall, NY for three years, followed by 22 years teaching second and third grades in the Port Washington Public School District. Betty loved her students and as an outstanding teacher she enriched the lives of each and every student; was a great peer to her fellow teachers; and served in the role of mentor to many student-teachers during the course of her career.

Retirement to Mesa, AZ in 1982 gave Betty the opportunity to enjoy traveling with Fritz in their RV; meet new friends in their Apache Wells retirement community, play golf, and continue serving the community through her extensive volunteer work. Betty's high energy level and desire to help others fueled her devotion to volunteer more than 5,000 hours as chairperson of the gift shop at the Valley Lutheran Hospital; volunteer for 20 years at the LPGA Tournament; and serve many years as a volunteer at the ASU Ladies Gold Tournament and in the scoring tent at PGA tournaments. Betty also served as President of the Apache Wells Golf Association 18 Hole and Nine Hole Swingers golf associations and as President of the Central Arizona District Golf Association.

A celebration of Betty Mueller's life will be held on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 12 Franklin Ave., Port Washington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice Family Care Center Foundation, 1550 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 102, Mesa, AZ 85210.

Cleo Mikedes, a resident of Port Washington for 25 years, died at 107 years old. She was born on Aug. 10, 1899. In 1923 she came to the US from Cyprus as a young bride to be with her husband James P. Mikedes, a mechanical engineer and a decorated WWI veteran. He worked for the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Babcock & Wilcox, Gibbs & Cox and Bechtel.

Together with her husband, Mrs. Mikedes lived in Cyprus, England, Venezuela and Holland and made many friends. She and her husband also started two Greek Orthodox churches, one in Rotterdam, Holland, and one in Florida. She was married for 53 years. When her husband died, she moved to Port Washington to live with her daughter Georgia Binns.

Mrs. Mikedes enjoyed going to her various charity functions and supported many charities. She was a member of St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Garden City and was a supporter of its Youth Group. She had always loved being with people of all ages and was known for her wonderful parties and great cuisine. An eternal optimist she never said anything bad about anyone. When she was young (up to 102) she loved to crochet (she made her own designs) and all four children, 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and many friends have bedspreads, tablecloths, runners, jackets, shawls and many household items.

She has a son, Peter Mikedes, and three daughters, Georgia Binns, Christalo Miller and Penelope Reilly.


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