Obituaries
Joseph Charles Betz, 72, of Locust Valley, formerly of Port Washington, died on Oct. 5, 2007. Husband of Mary Ann. Father of Karen Vigilis (Guy), Chuck Betz (Danielle), John Betz (Janice) and Greg Betz. Stepfather of Donald, Kimberly, James and Thomas (Kate) Koch. Papa of Gavina, Suse, Jack, Madeline and Mary Catherine Vigilis; Joe, Elizabeth and Charlotte Betz and Jack and William Koch. Son of Alice Betz and brother of Lorraine Salamone (Vincent). He has also left behind his heart broken extended family. He was a former vice president of the Port Washington School Board. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass at St. Peter of Alcantara. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Swim Across America, One International Place, Suite 4600, Boston, MA 02110 or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, 120 Wall St., 19th Floor, New York, NY 10005.

Bob Sentner, 77, passed away on Oct. 6, 2007 following a brief illness. He lived in Port Washington for 75 years, graduating from Port Washington High School in 1948. There, he played football, basketball and baseball with his friends, who included Charlie Mayer and Danny Biro. He graduated from Williams College in 1952. Following college, he served in Korea with the United States Army. Following the Army, he returned to Port Washington and married Nancy McDonough, who, like him, grew up in Beacon Hill. He was married to Nancy and together they lived and raised their family in Port Washington. He worked as a stockbroker and Development Director for The Conference Board.

Bob had many interests. He loved and followed all sports - both men's and women's. Music, both classical and jazz, were part of his everyday life and he read prodigiously about his many interests and fiction. His family and friends loved his wonderful sense of humor and optimistic attitude.

He is survived by his wife Nancy, of 52 years; his children, Linda Fracchia, Robert, Nancy Day and Betsy Cannon as well as eight grandchildren - Sean, Gillian, Mary, Alexandra, Jack, Matthew, Hunter and Kristen.

Contributions to the American Cancer Society or the Fire Medic Company 1 of the Port Washington Fire Department, in lieu of flowers, would be appreciated.

Edward J. Peyser (Ned), managing director of Rabobank International and chief of the Plandome Fire Dept, died at North Shore University Medical Center in Manhasset. He was 48. He was the son of Robert and Marie Peyser, both now deceased. The Peyser family resided in Port Washington and Ned attended that community's schools. In the 4th grade, he met the former Diane Iacona, who would later become his wife.

Peyser attended Dickinson College and was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. He graduated from Dickinson in 1981, Phi Beta Kappa. He later attained a master's degree in business administration from Adelphi University.

After graduation, he married his childhood sweetheart and the couple later settled in Manhasset. Peyser started his banking career at Manufacturer's Hanover Trust and began working at Rabobank International in 1992. At the time of his death, he was managing director of Rabobank and managed the New York, Dallas and San Francisco offices of that institution.

A volunteer firefighter since 1994, Peyser became chief of the Plandome Fire Dept. in 2007.

Known for his level-headed and generous approach to life, Peyser was a devoted family man. Among his greatest joys was watching hi son, Chris, a defenseman for Princeton, play lacrosse. He adored his daughter Lauren and greatly anticipated following her lacrosse career at Bucknell University.

Peyser is survived by his wife of 25 years, Diane; his son Christopher, 20, and his daughter Lauren, 18; two brothers, Robert Peyser of Charleston, SC, and John Peyser of Wantagh; an aunt and uncle, Cathy and John Sommers of Boston, MA; and three cousins, John Sommers of Wayland, MA, Robert Sommers of Southboro, MA, and Kenneth Sommers of Walpole, MA.

Arrangements were made by Fairchild Sons Funeral Home, Manhasset. Following a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's in Manhasset, Mr. Peyser was interred at Nassau Knolls Cemetery in Port Washington.

Alphonse A. Pesce, 75, of Port Washington, died on Oct. 13, 2007. He is survived by his wife Lenora; his children, Stephen (Maria), Mark, Leonard (Joy) and Lenora Delmarco (Leon); his grandchildren, Nicholas and Alexander. He is also survived by his siblings, Lucy, Phyllis, Martin and Frank; and many nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church. Interment St. Charles Cemetery. Robert E. Wharton, 74, of Port Washington, died on Oct. 13, 2007. He is survived by his wife Edna; his son David; nieces and nephews. Robert was predeceased by his sister Mary Lou. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A service was held at the funeral home. Interment All Saints Cemetery.

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