Obituaries

Nick Tassone died on Nov. 17, 2007 with his family by his side. He was born in Calabria, Italy, and came to Port Washington in 1947 when he was 19 years old. He worked with his father in the landscaping business until he was drafted in the Korean War. Upon his discharge, he started his own construction company (Tassone Construction Co., Inc.) doing small concrete work as well as asphalt driveways. The company grew into building homes as well as commercial buildings. For the past 12 years since his retirement, he had spent time between Port Washington and his beloved home town in Italy. He was buried in Calverton National Cemetery, as he wanted. He leaves behind his sister Brunina (Bernice) Pino and two sisters in Italy. He was a devoted uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington.

Nancy Greco

Nancy Greco, 80, of Port Washington, passed away on Nov. 26, 2007. Born in Llandudno, Wales in the United Kingdom, she immigrated to New York in 1953 on the Queen Mary. The family she was sponsored by that enabled her to get her green card and pay her passage to New York just happened to be the District Attorney of Brooklyn at the time, Miles McDonald. Her first residence in the U.S. was a penthouse apartment overlooking Prospect Park West.

Upon visiting a friend Nancy had met on the Queen Mary, who worked in Port Washington, she fell in love with our community right away as it reminded her of her seaside home town back in Wales. She soon found a job with a family in Port and made this her home for most of the rest of her life.

After her husband Eugene passed away in 1980, Nancy moved back to Wales, but returned several times a year to visit her children. After the births of her fourth and fifth grandchildren, she decided to move back to Port Washington permanently.

She is survived by three children, Allan Greco of Garden City, Debbie Greco-Cohen of Port Washington and Julie Greco-Gamman of Bethpage, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial gathering was held at the home of her daughter, Debbie Cohen, with whom she lived for the past seven years. Per her wishes, her cremains will be spread on Manhasset Bay and Llandudno Bay in Wales. Donations in her memory can be made to the Port Washington Senior Citizens Center at 80 Manorhaven Boulevard.

Ruth A. Zwerlein passed away in her Port Washington home on Nov. 29, 2007 at the age of 85. She was born to John and Edith Sustman in Baldwin on April 8, 1922 and moved to Port Washington following her marriage to William C. Zwerlein in 1941.

Ruth and Bill met while roller skating at the Mineola Skating Rink and were married on August 22, 1941. They were a loving and devoted couple for over 66 years. Ruth was a member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of Protection Engine Company No. 1. She and Bill owned and operated the Tastee Freez soft ice cream store at the entrance to Manhasset Isle from 1956 to 1971. Until recently they divided their time between Port Washington and Cape Coral, FL.

One of Ruth's favorite activities was to visit the Town Dock to enjoy the sunset and meet old and new friends. She also enjoyed concerts at the Sousa Band Shell and Saturday luncheons at the Manhasset Bay Sportsmens Club. Ruth was a proud Gold Star Mother having been predeceased by her son Robert L. Zwerlein (USN) who lost his life while serving in Vietnam aboard the USS Forrestal (1967).

Along with her husband, Ruth is survived by her children William G. Zwerlein (Kristin) and Peter J. Zwerlein (Leslie) as well as her three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Anne Marie Kelly, 68, of Wayne, MI, formerly of Port Washington, died on Dec. 4, 2007. She is survived by her brothers, John (Cheri) of Port Washington and Francis (Jerrie) of Caton, MI; one nephew, two nieces and one great-niece. Anne was a devoted daughter and caregiver to her parents, the late John and Marie Kelly. In her youth she attended St. Peter of Alcantara Parochial School where she was honored to be named the Queen of May in 1954. Anne was a former employee of the Sands Point Nursing Home. She was active in church charitable works and in her local senior center, but her true love was bingo. Her eternal optimism touched everyone she knew. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A religious service was held Dec. 12 at the funeral home. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.

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