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Harriet B. Engel (nee Berman) of Bethesda, MD, formerly of Sarasota, FL, and Port Washington, died on Jan. 23, 2007. She was born on May 21, 1922. Harriet was a long-time third grade elementary school teacher in Uniondale public schools, a devoted wife to her husband Harold, and a strong and loving mother to her daughters. She will be missed dearly by her daughters, Jane Engel and Julie (Manuel) Manga and grandson, Gabriel. Her tender and feisty way will remain in their hearts forever.

Elizabeth (Perry, Wright) Wise, of Port Washington and Weston MA, 61, died on Jan. 27, 2007 at Sunrise Assisted Living in Weston. She is survived by her son, William Frederick Wise of Port Washington; her mother, Virginia B. Perry-Senior and husband Frank Senior of Weston; her brother Winthrop Scott Perry and wife Christine Fox Perry of London, England; her brother Edward S. Perry and wife Nancy Matthews Perry of Acton MA; her brother Philip S. Perry and wife Laura Fernandez Perry of Buenos Aires, Argentina; her sister Virginia Perry Clerkin and husband Eugene J. Clerkin of Bedford MA. She also leaves aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth was predeceased by her father Fredric Scott Perry of Weston and Buenos Aires. Services will be private. A graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Elizabeth Perry Wright Wise to Parmenter VNA and Wayside Hospice, 266 Cochituate Rd, Wayland, MA 01778.

Martha M. Baker, a long time resident of Port Washington, passed away after a long illness. She was predeceased by her husband Don E. Baker. Survivors include her daughter R. Linn Baker; her son Brad Baker; his wife Lisa and their two children, Yolan and Ramsey. Private arrangements made through the Roslyn Heights Funeral Home.
Irene Mesch

Born Irene Baker in Manhasset on Jan. 12, 1912. Irene's mother Julia was born in Manhasset too in 1880. Irene's father was born on O'Gorman's Island now called Manhasset Isle in Port Washington in 1878. Irene's family moved to Port Washington on a boat in 1913 disembarking at the town dock. Irene attended the Main Street School and remembered when the end of WWII was announced in class.

Irene was also predeceased by her brothers and sisters, Edna "Patty," George, Roy (Pat), Alice, Willard "Willie.

Irene's first marriage to Herbert Sofield ended in divorce. Two children Marvin and Joan Sofield predeceased Irene in 2002 and 1946 respectively. Irene was a telephone operator in Port Washington and Great Neck for many years. The telephone company gave her a bonus every time she could sign up a neighbor for a home telephone.

Irene married John H. Mesch from Port Washington and had three children, Judith, John and Sherry. Judi died in 1992. John owned Independent Auto repair service station and Packard new car dealership at the bottom of the road located on Main St.

Irene died three days after her 95th birthday after taking a turn for the worse four days before her death. She died of old age.

Irene loved Port Washington from her days of swimming off the town dock as a child to later in life where her family made a life for themselves. Her husband John H. Mesch died on 1961 after two years of retirement in the Adirondacks at the age of 49. Irene returned to Port Washington with her children shortly afterward. She worked at B. Altman and Company later in life as a telephone operator.

Irene was buried with her husband John and next to her children Marvin, Joan, Judith at Nassau Knolls cemetery where her grandson Doug Schlaefer said at the graveside ceremony surrounded by many family members and good friends that "Irene gave of herself fully and carried herself with dignity and grace. Other family members spoke lovingly of her also. Irene has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


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