Obituaries

Claire M. Fearn (nee Ruppel) passed away on Sept. 2, 2007 after a long illness. She was a Manhasset resident for over 40 years, moving to Port Washington in 2003. She was a parishioner at St. Mary's Church, Manhasset, since 1962 and was active in the Rosary Society for many years.

She is survived by her four children, Sharon Whelan, Dennis Fearn, Maryanne Fearn and Susan Brown (Daniel); her grandchildren, William Whelan, Megan Whelan, Melissa Brown and Kelsey Brown; as well as extended family and friends. She was predeceased by her husband George Fearn, he son Kevin Fearn and her brother Harry Ruppel.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Sept. 5 at St. Mary's RC Church. Interment St. Charles Cemetery.

Alexandra Jewsejew (nee Semenov), 96, of Kannapolis, NC, died on Sept. 7, 2007. She was predeceased by her husband Edward. She is survived by her son Rolf Arndt (Jeanette); five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 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.
Jacqueline Clemente Spellman

Jacqueline Clemente Spellman, passed away on Sept. 14, 2007 after a 14-year battle with breast cancer. Jackie was very active in the Port Washington community and was the driving force in establishing the Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society that has since become an annual event. Over the last six years, close to $700,000 has been raised for cancer research through Relay. It has also become a major Port Washington event and inspired extensive community and student participation.

Jackie's volunteer work also extended to the difficult task of counseling individuals recently diagnosed with cancer, a service for which she several times was recognized with the American Cancer Society Volunteer of the Year Award. In addition, she sat for some years on the ACS Eastern Region Advisory Board.

She had attended Hofstra University and worked as a researcher and writer at the famous advertising agency Wells, Rich and Greene. Eventually she went on to establish her own company (JCS Research) and for many years was a consultant to J. Walter Thompson Advertising, advising on future trends and products.

In Port she had been on the board of the Child Guidance Center and the Sands Point Garden Club as well as working as a mentor in the Manhasset Schools.

One of her fondest activities was editing the award-winning PTA newsletter of the Manhorhaven Elementary School. She produced 60 issues over the six-year period her son was a student there, each of which ran 24 pages and contained her original articles on parenting.

Jackie is survived by her husband Harold; her son Douglas; her stepchildren, Robert, Steven and Sandra; and two grandsons, Brian and Mathew. She was predeceased by one brother, Armand Clemente, and is survived by her devoted sisters, Rita Polito, Constance Barbieri, Elenor Melville, Marion and Nick Vissichelli; brother Rudolph Clemente; sister-in-law Theresa Clemente; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Funeral services are private for the family but a public memorial service will be held on Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. in the Jeanne Rimsky Theater on Main St.

Born in Wheeling, WV, (December 1932), Margaret Chaffin attended Schreiber High School. It was there that she was introduced to Dan Biro and they became high school sweethearts. She was an alumna of Wellesley College in Massachusetts, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in 1954. She and Dan were married on Aug. 14 of that same year and relocated to Denver, CO. At this point, Dan resumed his studies at the University of Denver and continued to play football. Dan and Margaret loved the western landscape but decided to move back to New York in order to be closer to their families. Margaret raised two children and created a loving and supportive environment for her husband. She enjoyed gardening, entertaining, reading, traveling and interior design.

Daniel Biro was born in Port Washington (April 1930) and enjoyed playing varsity football and basketball. He completed a tour of duty with the US Marine Corps and then received a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Denver. He began his teaching career back at Port Washington in 1956, where he became the head varsity coach in 1960. Between 1960 and 1970, Coach Biro's teams had the best "won/loss" record in Nassau County. After 26 years of coaching, Dan's last season was in 1986; he continued to teach social studies until 2006. He officially retired in February 2006 due to illness.

Out of his love of working with youth, Dan co-owned and directed the Rolling Hills Day Camp in Albertson for over 20 years (until 1987), and later, for several years, he and his children and son-in-law ran several day camps in Suffolk County.

Dan and Margaret's two children are Lee Biro-Marcley of Blue Point, and Daniel Biro of Broomfield, CO. Lee teaches special education within the William Floyd School District and Daniel is a fire protection engineer for the Brighton Fire Department.

A private memorial service was held for Dan and Margaret on Sept. 15. Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head.


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