Obituaries

Francis Joseph Lofaro (Frank), beloved son of Anna Marie and Michael Lofaro, died suddenly in his home in New York City on Sept. 10, 2007. He was 32 years of age.

Frank lived most of his life in Port Washington and graduated from Chaminade High School in 1993. He received a bachelor's degree in computer science from NYU and recently completed a paralegal course at LIU with the intention of continuing on to law school.

He was a kind, gentle, personable man with a warm smile who would always find the time to help with the computer problems encountered by family and friends alike. He was also a great baker! His cookies and biscotti were par excellence! When he wasn't glued to the computer or whipping up something in the kitchen, he could usually be found with a pair of knitting needles in his hands making blankets to welcome all the new babies to the family.

Most of all this gentle man loved his family, especially his brother Michael Jr. of Maui, HI, and his three nephews; Shea 6, Paytn 4 and Niam 2. He is also survived by his grandmother, Theresa Ida Buchholz of North Carolina, and a large extended family.

Words cannot express the sorrow we all feel at his passing. He will be forever in our hearts and memories. God speed my Frankala! We love you always.

A gathering of all who care to join us in celebrating Frank's life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park So., New York, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Shriner's Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114 to the attention of the "Donation Department" or to the St. Francis Breadline, 135 W 31st St., New York, NY.

Frances (Eaton) Sarro, lifetime resident of Port Washington for 87 years, passed peacefully on Sept. 27, 2007. She was lovingly cared for in her home by her devoted family during a long and difficult journey with Alzheimer's.

Frances was once the dedicated co-owner of Town Delux Taxi in Port Washington and could be found dispatching and even driving a cab, as the first female cab driver in Port Washington and loving it. Years later she became a proud employee and retiree of Otto's Pastry Shop (now Steiners Pastry Shop) in Manhasset. However, Frances' proudest and most endearing accomplishment was that of raising her seven "wonderful children" (as mom would say).

Besides her children, Barbara (Oliver), Robert (Lucille), Edith, Theodore (Cindy), Lorraine, Shirley (predeceased) and Nancy (Douglas), Frances is survived by her devoted brothers, Wesley (Marian) Brower of Port Washington, George (Phyllis) Brower of Pennsylvania, Clifford Brower and Hank Golden (predeceased), dear sisters-in-law, Frances Brower and Dorothy Golden of Port Washington and many nieces and nephews.

Frances Sarro's legacy of love and family will live on through her children, 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Claire Manning FitzGerald, 74, passed away suddenly of heart failure on Oct. 1, 2007 in Annapolis, MD, where she had resided for the past four years. Claire was a longtime Port Washington resident for over forty years. She was a devoted mother who raised four children and loved to entertain family and friends. Going to the beach was one of her favorite places to go, especially Bar Beach and Jones Beach. Her loving husband, Bernard FitzGerald, passed away nine years ago. Claire is survived by her children, Jonathan of Fairfax, VA, Bernard Jr., of Port Washington, Sarah Stevenson, of Clifton, VA, and Michael of Annapolis, MD, her grandchildren, Scottie and Shelby Stevenson.

A burial service for Claire will be at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, 210 Princeton Blvd., Calverton, NY on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, 1 p.m. A reception will take place right after the service at The Carving Board in Calverton.

Felice J. "June" Weidner (nee Mayer), 89, passed away Oct. 21, 2007 in Elgin, IL after a long illness. Mrs. Weidner was born June 27, 1918 in New York City to Peter Béla and Kornelia (nee Ramm) Mayer. She was a graduate of Port Washington High School and attended the Juilliard School of Music as a voice major. She married Victor P. Weidner Aug. 22, 1940, also of Port Washington and a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

After her husband returned from service in WWII they lived in London, Perth and Rio de Janiero for his company, M. W. Kellogg. In the early sixties they returned to the U.S. and resided in Manhasset for many years where they were active members of the Plandome Country Club.

In the early seventies the Weidners moved to Texas and resided in the Sugar Creek community in Sugarland, TX, where they lived for another twenty-five years.

Mrs. Weidner was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Survivors include her sister Gloria L. Jasuale, two nieces Gigi (Jim) Carroll and Tina (Tom) Baer, two grand-nieces and one grand-nephew.

Her remains will be transferred to Woodlawn Cemetery Bronx, NY. Funeral arrangements were made by Laird Funeral Home in Elgin, IL.


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