Longtime resident Mary C. Tangerman, better known to old Port Washington as "Molly," died peacefully in her home on Dec. 3, 2006 at 98 years of age. She had come to Port Washington in the early '30s to build the house on Ivy Way with husband, the late Elmer J. Tangerman, and two of her eventually three children. During her years in Port, she was a PTA president, a founding member of Port Singers, member and past president of Port's Play Troupe, a volunteer costume restorer for the Cow Neck Historical Society, a seamstress for her family and friends, a wonderful cook and a terrific mother. In later years she joined the Manhasset Unitarian Universalist Congregation and became a staunch member of the tenor section of the Sunday choir, an interest she enjoyed for over 25 years. In a marriage spanning almost 70 years, she joined her husband on world travels to every continent except Antarctica, but did get to Tierra del Feugo and Patagonia. While her husband taught at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, Molly developed her skill as an enamallist and continued her love of jewelry making, a course she first took in the local Adult Education Program.
Molly never worried about her name in lights. She excelled at being a comforting, non-judgmental listener, compassionate friend and thoughtful helping hand to all she encountered. She read widely well into her 80s, continued her study of Spanish, enjoyed cultural events here and in New York City and had a wicked clever wit when she got to know you. Her husband Elmer and first born son John T. (Jack) predeceased her by several years. She is survived by her two daughters, Mary T. Salerno (Jill) of Ghent, NY, and Judit T. Hickson (Judi) of Port Washington; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
An open house celebration of Molly's life is planned at her home in mid-January. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Good Shepherd Hospice of LI.
Maria F. Komljenovich (nee Fichera), 75, of Port Washington, died on Dec. 4, 2006. Maria was predeceased by her husband Bogdan. She is survived by her son Joseph and sister Angela Fichera. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church. Entombment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Donations in her memory to the American Diabetes Association, 149 Madison Ave., Room 701, New York, NY 10016.
Richard E. Zeltman, 62, of Port Washington, died on Dec. 4, 2006 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Richard is survived by his wife Roberta, his aunt Josephine Gailing and his uncles, Albert (Dorothy) and Reinhardt Diekroger. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Georgia and many cousins. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Religious service at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, LI Chapter, 200 Parkway Dr. South, Suite 101, Happauge, NY 11788.
After a lengthy illness, Ruth (Gilmartin) Sweeney, aged 90, died on Dec. 5, 2006 at Harbor Beach Nursing Home in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The wife of the late John C. Sweeney, Mrs. Sweeney was born in Queens, the daughter of John and Julia (Wolfe) Gilmartin, sister of the late John Gilmartin of Norwalk, CT. Mrs. Sweeney was a long-time resident of Port Washington before retiring to Pomfret Center, CT, and Fort Lauderdale.
Mrs. Sweeney is survived by her children and their spouses, Meg and James Hartnett of Wellesley, MA, Mary Ellen Sweeney of Fort Lauderdale, John (Skip) and Wendy Sweeney of Narragansett, RI, and James and Elaine Sweeney of Essex Fells, NJ, as well as four grandchildren, Christine Keefe of Mansfield, MA, Ian Hartnett of Sonoma, CA, Daniel and Allison Sweeney of Essex Fells and two great-grandchildren, Brendan Keefe and Harold Finnigan Hartnett.
A 1939 graduate of the College of New Rochelle, Mrs. Sweeney was a communicant of St. Sebastian Church, Fort Lauderdale. For many years in Port Washington she was active in church activities as well as with organizations devoted to retarded children and adults. She was a woman of great faith and an inveterate traveler, who even when hobbled by illness, spoke of places she would still like to see while fondly recalling the many parts of the world she had visited.
Arrangements were made by the American Burial and Cremation Center at Jennings Funeral Home, Fort Lauderdale. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Sebastian Church on Dec. 9. Burial private. Donations may be made to Hospice Care of SE Florida, 309 SE 18th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 or St. Sebastian Church, Marietta Dr., Fort Lauderdale, FL.