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Alice Akers Themm, 88, was preceded in death by husband John Themm and eleven brothers and sisters. Born in Charlotte, TX in 1918, she lived in Port Washington for over 50 years before moving to Wilmette, IL in 1999. During WWII, she and two of her sisters were Red Cross volunteers in Port Washington, and after her husband's death in 1971, she volunteered many hours at St. Francis Hospital. Additionally, she was a loving caregiver to many family members and friends. She was a longtime member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church. After being told she would never have children, her proudest accomplishments were her son and daughter.

She is survived by her son, Jeff (Linda) Themm of Nashville, TN, and daughter Laurie (Scott) Walker of Wilmette; grandchildren Jason, Erik, and Megan Themm, and Shawn, Kelly, and Ryan Walker; and great-grandsons, Jonathan, Nicholas, and Kolby Themm, and many nieces and nephews.

Her remains were interred alongside her beloved husband, Johnny at Mission Burial Park in San Antonio, TX. Memorial contributions can be made to The Janet Pomeroy Center, a recreation center for the handicapped founded by her sister, Janet in 1952, located at 209 Skyline Dr., San Francisco, CA 94132. www.janetpomeroy.org

Leslie Osterman (nee May), of Morris Plains, NJ, passed away on Feb. 5, 2007 after a 2 1/2 year battle with cancer. Leslie, the daughter of the late Roz May and Lynn and Eric May, was born at North Shore Hospital on Nov. 21, 1962 and lived in Port Washington until she graduated from Schreiber High School in 1980. She attended Ithaca College and graduated in 1984. Leslie worked for Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns and ADP. Leslie is survived by her husband Scott and two children, Reed (9) and Aimee (7).

Robert Shaver Rutherford, a former long time resident of Port Washington, died at Oak Hollow Nursing Center in Middle Island on Feb. 8, 2007. He was 90 years old. He was born on June 26, 1916, in Watertown, NY, to Leslie Ferrier Rutherford and Lois Shaver Rutherford. The family moved to Port Washington in 1926. After graduating from Port Washington High School, Robert attended Pace Institute, in New York City. He married Gertrude Gardner in 1940. During WWII, he served in the US Army in the Third Army under General George Patton and was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries he received during the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, he worked first at the Royal Insurance Company in New York City, before leaving to form his own business in Manhasset - Bryon and Rutherford, Inc. - with George Bryon. In 1977 he retired to Jamesport. He was a life member of the Port Washington Masonic Lodge 855 and the Jamesport Lions Club. He was also a member of the Little Neck Bay Power Squadron. He enjoyed boating and woodworking.

Mr. Rutherford is survived by his wife of 66 years, Gertrude; by his three daughters, Susan, of Berkeley, CA; Diane, of Beverly, MA; and Joyce, of Morrison, CO; by his five grandchildren, Jay Bryon, Charles Higgins IV, Tara Horinko, Hannah Rutherford, and Eliza Finney; and by one great-grandson, Charles Williams Higgins.

Those who wish to remember him in a special way may make donations to the First Parish Church, United Church of Christ, PO Box 898, Jamesport, NY 11947; to the Bread & More INN, First Congregational Church of Riverhead, 103 First St., Riverhead, NY 11901; or to the American Red Cross. Funeral arrangements: Tuthill Funeral Home, Riverhead.


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