Otto M. Buerger III died on Jan. 5, 2008 after a long illness of complications from Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 68. A long time resident of Sands Point, he graduated from Sands Point School (Now John Daly School) and Port Washington (now Carrie P. Weber) Junior High School.
Mr. Buerger was first recognized in Port Washington for his intellectual ability when he was co-winner of the 5th-grade American History Prize given by the American Legion. He received honors in classics at Phillips Academy, Andover, where he graduated in 1957, BA from Harvard College, MA in classics/Greek from Columbia University and MA in classics/Latin and C. Phil from UCLA. He taught Latin, English and history for a number of years at the Webb School in Claremont, CA.
Returning to Sands Point in 1985 and unable to find a teaching position in Latin, he finished his working career as an associate butcher at Grand Union and King Kullen supermarkets. Mr. Buerger was well known to Port Washington residents for his love of literature, his support of favorite political and environmental causes and his love of and knowledge about sports.
He is survived by his sisters, Helene E. Peck of La Jolla, CA, and Anne Luise Buerger of Sands Point.
Edward J. Clark
Edward J. Clark, a resident of Port Washington for 45 years, passed away peacefully on Jan. 10. 2008. Ed and his family lived in Harbor Acres for 42 years. Ed and his wife Edythe moved to Mill Pond Acres three years ago where she still resides. He graduated from Columbia University in 1947. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII as a ball gunner in a B-24 Liberator. He was a district manager of the East Coast for Parker Pen for over 40 years.
Ed was very active in volunteering for the youth of our community for many years. One of his proudest accomplishments was coaching St. Mary's girl's basketball in Manhasset. He continued to coach there for over 25 years. His love of coaching continued with his own three children and many others with our local PYA program. Ed was either on the baseball field or football field guiding and instructing with the fundamentals of the game and good sportsmanship. He was honored and inducted into the PYA Hall of Fame for his many years of dedication. He was also on the board of directors of Harbor Acres for a number of seasons on the beach committee.
He leaves behind his loving wife Edythe, of 59 years of marriage, his devoted three children, Audrey Krastins (Reinis), James (Elizabeth) and Kevin (Susan). He was a loving pop-pop to his 10 grandchildren, Bryan, Amy, Lisa, Kevin, Alexandra, Madeleine, Dillon, Griffin, Jesse and Julie.
He was reposed at Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home and Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Interment private. Donations in his memory to Hospice Care Network, 99 Sunnyside Blvd., Woodbury, NY 11797, would be appreciated.
Clara Goodwin died on Jan. 19, 2008 after a year-long illness, at the age of 78. A long time resident of both Manorhaven and Sands Point, she first came to Port Washington in the 1940s when her parents built a summer home here. Clara was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, entertaining and caring for her many pets. She was a songwriter and member of ASCAP, who had had two songs published. Clara was known for her kindness, generosity and her senses of humor.
She was predeceased by her husband Charles and her children, Claire, Robert and William. Clara is survived by her children, James and Julie; her son-in-law Lucian Vasu; her daughter-in-law Angela Goodwin; her grandchildren, Christine Benzinger and Daniel and Marina Goodwin; her great-grandchildren, Matthew, Michael and Nicholas Benzinger. She is also survived by her sister Josephine Gianusso and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Clara was laid to rest at Nassau Knolls Cemetery.