Lina M. Bedell (nee Petretta), 72, a life-long resident of Port Washington, died on May 5, 2007. Lina is survived by her husband Willard and her daughter Pam. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
Wallace M. Monsell, a former resident of Greenport, died at his home in Huntington on May 8, 2007. He was 77 years old. Mr. Monsell was born in Greenport on July 24, 1929 to Albert Kenneth Monsell Sr. and Hazel (nee Tuthill) Monsell. He attended Greenport schools and Hofstra University. He served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict and for 20 years was a dedicated school teacher in the Port Washington School District. He was a founding member of the Dix Hills United Methodist Church and played the organ for many different religious organizations. He was also an active member of the Masons and the Eastern Star. In his free time, Mr. Monsell enjoyed camping and attending jamborees all over the country. Surviving are his nieces and nephews. He was predeceasd by two brothers, Albert K. Monsell Jr. and John H. Monsell. Arrangements were made by the DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home, Mattituck. Services with Rev. Dorothy Weigert of the Dix Hills United Methodist Church officiating. Internet Calverton National Cemetery.
Frances Zirpolo Fello, 90, passed away peacefully in Venice, FL, on May 9, 2007. Born in Waltham, MA, she lived most of her life in Port Washington with her husband of 43 years, Virgil Zirpolo Sr., who passed away in 1973. She was also predeceased by her husband of 16 years Joseph Fello. Loving mother of Michael (Noel) Zirpolo of Huntington, Virginia Bonafino of Venice, FL, and Virgil (Gail) Zirpolo of Port Washington. Grandmother of Michael Jr., Donna, Joseph, Matthew, Peter, Gary, Virgil III (Chip), Margo and Deborah. Great-grandmother of 17. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date at St. Peter of Alcantara Church with interment at Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, PO Box 96173. Washington, DC 20077-7456.
Doris McGrath, 80, died on May 12, 2007. Doris is survived by her daughter Deirdre Heapps (William); her grandchildren, Samantha and Sabrina; and her brother Joseph Toomey. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A memorial service was held on May 19 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.
Charles Cary Rumsey Jr., 96, died on May 15, 2007. He was born in 1911. He is survived by his wife Mary; his children, Charles, Peter and Celia; his grandchildren, Celia and Alita; and his great-grandchildren, Ian, Nicole, Kevi and Dean. He was the son of Charles Cary Rumsey, the noted sculptor and polo player, and Mary Harriman Rumsey, sister to Governor Averill Harriman. Charles attended St. Paul's School and graduated from Harvard in 1934. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A memorial service was held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
George O'Dowd, 81, of Port Washington, died on May 17, 2007. He was a WWII US Navy veteran. He is survived by his wife Alice; his children, George, Dennis (Gail), Kenneth, Muriel C. Clapman (Barry), Mark (Christina) and Edward; and 11 grandchildren. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A VFW service was held on May 20. Interment private.
Dr. Joseph M. Teta
Dr. Joseph M. Teta, 94, died on May 20, 2007 near his home in Sebastian, FL. He was formerly a long-time and well-known resident of Port Washington. Born to Carlo and Louise Teta on June 16, 1912, Dr. Teta lived in Port Washington for the majority of his life. After high school graduation, he attended Alfred University in Alfred, NY, and graduated from New York Medical College in 1938.
Dr. Teta met his wife, Sophia Dawn, while at Alfred University. They were married in 1933 and enjoyed 63 wonder years of marriage before Dawn predeceased him in 1996. Throughout their life together in Port Washington, the couple shared many common interests. Playing golf at the North Hempstead Country Club and socializing were some of their favorite activities.
Besides having a full-time medical practice as family physician, Dr. Joe, as he was affectionately called, was a Port Washington public and parochial school doctor for nearly 30 years as well as the police surgeon for Port Washington, Manhasset and Roslyn districts for many years. He was especially proud of the numerous babies he helped bring into the world.
Dr. Teta is survived by his sons, Joseph Jr., James and Robert and their respective wives, Linda, John and Barbara as well as his sister-in-law Margaret Kamakaris. In addition seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His lovely daughter, Mary Lou, predeceased him at the age of 20 as did his six sisters, Theresa, Rose, Mary, Camilla, Josephine and Mildred and grandson Monty.
Services will be held at the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, 128 Main St., Port Washington, on May 24 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial May 25 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., PO Box 631047, Baltimore, MD 21263-1047. http://www.lupus.org/newsite/index.html.