Dr. Madeline Atkins and her husband Bob.
Madeline Smith Atkins, 75, of Port Washington, died on July 17, 2007 of complications from abdominal surgery. Dr. Atkins grew up in Laurelton, Queens, and attended St. Mary Magdalene School and The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica Estates. She attended Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia where she majored in English and music. She taught both subjects in New York City high schools until her marriage in 1962 to Dr. Robert A. Atkins, chairman of the mathematics department in John Adams High School in Ozone Park, Queens. She shared her husband Bob's interest in pipe organs and after he and friends restored the pipe organ in the Beacon Theatre in Port Washington (now the Port Washington Multiplex) she became house organist until the theatre was multiplexed. She was also associate organist at St. Mary's Church in Manhasset and also played in many other churches in Nassau County. She was heard frequently playing Long Island's only theatre pipe organ at Chaminade High School in Mineola. Other interests which she shared with her husband included opera, both the Metropolitan and New York City Opera, and travel.
Madeline was active in a number of organizations; she was secretary of the Nassau Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, sang with the LI Choral Society, was a member of the executive board of the Mary Louis Academy Alumnae Association and served in various capacities in other local organizations. After her children were grown she decided to go back to college where she earned a master's degree and a doctor of arts degree in English literature from St. John's University. Her doctoral dissertation formed the basis of her book The Beggar's Children: How John Gay Changed the Course of England's Musical Theatre, published in 2006 by Cambridge Scholars Press of London, England.
Dr. Atkins is survived by her husband of 45 years, Bob; two sons, Thomas of Sherman Oaks, CA, and Richard of Port Washington; and a daughter Eileen who resides in Oyster Bay. She also leaves two grandchildren, Ciara Marie Atkins and Robert Cormac Atkins of Port Washington. The funeral Mass was held at St. Peter of Alcantara Church with interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Westchester County.
Donations in her memory may be made to The Mary Louis Academy, 176-21 Wexford Terrace, Jamaica Estates, NY 11432.
Stephen R. Santoli, 53, of Port Washington, died on July 23, 2007. He is survived by his parents, Carmine and Teresa Santoli. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Austin F. Knowes Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
Mary DeVito, 94, of Port Washington, died on July 26, 2007. She is survived by her daughters, Marie DiLeo (Louis) and Sallyann Craig (William); seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.