Obituaries

Anne Stackpoole Wilson, a long time Port Washington resident, passed away on Oct. 2 at age 87. Anne was born in the Arizona mining town of Oatman, and grew up in Kingman. She joined the Navy after college, serving in WWII. She attended the Navy Wave Management Training Program at Radcliffe and attained the rank of Lieutenant.

Her subsequent career took her into the United States Information Service (USIS) where she served at American embassies in Africa and the Middle East. While abroad, she married George Wilson and started a family. She continued to work in Jordan, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iran, teaching English to students and professionals in those countries.

Anne moved to Port Washington in 1967 where she took up teaching English as a second language in the adult education program. Her students were often foreign nationals whose work had brought them to New York. She retired to Mineola, where she became active in Hofstra University's PEIR program.

Anne is survived by her daughter, Jill; her son Anthony and his wife Beate; and her granddaughters, Claire and Melanie. Her brother Keith passed away in 2002 and her husband George died in 1977.

Joanne Keck

Joanne Keck, 78, of Franklin, NC, passed away on Nov. 21, 2007. Born in Kendallville, IN, she was the daughter of the late Harry E. Culbertson and Rosa Calkins Culbertson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Grant Keck who died in 1975 and a sister, Rosemary Gregory Matthews.

Joanne grew up in Manhasset and graduated in 1950 from Southern Seminary and Junior College (currently Southern Virginia University) with an associate's degree. Joanne and John raised their three sons in Port Washington, where she worked as a nursery school teacher. Grandchildren brought her to Franklin and she continued her work in early childhood education as a preschool teacher for Macon Program for Progress Head Start. Joanne was an active member of the Franklin Covenant Church and helped in the church office using her computer skills. After retirement, she published the Pruitt House Adult Daycare Newsletter and volunteered at South Macon Elementary. She was an energetic, loving grandmother. Her hobbies included shopping, reading, puzzles, and collecting recipes.

She is survived by three children, James Grant Keck of Redwood City, CA, William Harry Keck (Georgette) of Franklin and Richard John Keck and (Danni) of Houston, TX; one sister, Susan Berran (Robert); one sister-in-law, Carol Barone; seven grandchildren: Mei-Le, Laura, Jennie, Billy, Carolyn, Kathryn, and Caitlin and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service was held Nov. 28 at Franklin Covenant Church, Rev. John Makinson officiating. Burial Nassau Knolls Cemetery, Port Washington. Arrangements were made by the Macon Funeral Home, Franklin. Online condolences @www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Herman Tietz, longtime resident of Port Washington, passed away on Nov. 26, 2007 in his 87th year. Devoted husband of Vera. Beloved father of Larry (Janet) and Gladys (David) Mercier. Cherished grandfather of Lauren, Geoff and Meredith. Dear brother of Rosalie Jasen. Also survived by several nieces, nephews and a great-granddaughter.

Herman emigrated from Germany in 1933 and served in the U.S. Army. He was the grandson of Oscar Tietz, the founder of Hermann Tietz Department Stores, which, prior to its Aryanization in 1934, was the largest privately-held retailer in Europe. In his younger days Herman enjoyed skiing, tennis and traveling and in his later years became an avid bridge player. For those wishing to make a donation in Herman's memory, the family suggests the Anti-Defamation League or a charity of your choice.


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