Obituaries
Ruth Elizabeth Farmer (nee Gottschalk), age 94, beloved wife of the late James W. Farmer, loving mother of Kathleen S. Vincent and John W. Farmer, dear grandmother of James, Paul and David Vincent and Shelby King and John J. Farmer and great-grandmother of Madeline and Bergen King, sister of the late Norman Gottschalk, Marion Bode and Esther Westphal. Graveside services were held on March 15 at Lutheran Cemetery, Cleveland, OH.

Renee Grace Mayer (nee Miller), attorney, loving wife of 52 years, mother and grandmother, passed away on March 7, 2008 at the Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City surrounded by her family. She grew up in Elizabeth, NJ, and was valedictorian of her Battin High School graduating class. Renee attended The Industrial Labor Relations School at Cornell University and was graduated with the Class of 1955. She later went on to Hofstra University School of Law, where she served as an editor of The Law Review.

As an attorney, Renee had many accomplishments, notably the resolution of disputes during the Air Traffic Controller Crisis. She was president of the NC Women's Bar Association in 1985-86 and president of the Nassau Lawyer's Association of LI in 1996-97. She served as a law guardian and was active in local Democratic politics, including serving as a zone leader in Port Washington from 1980 to 1993. She also volunteered as an alumni interviewer for Cornell University.

As much as Renee was a zealous advocate for her clients, she was an inspiration and champion for her children, grandchildren and other friends and family. She is survived by her husband Joseph C. Mayer, MD; her four children, Douglas P. Mayer, Esq., Julie Mayer, Psy.D., Amy Lazar, MD, and Andy Mayer, Ph.D.; their spouses and 10 grandchildren.

George Robert Girardin, died on March 11, 2008, at a nursing home in Port Washington, after an extended illness with many heart problems. He was born Jan. 26, 1936, the son of Virginia Mary Anne Guck and George Paul Girardin. Husband of Marian Girardin. Also survived by his brother Robert Girardin of Wilmington, NY; his stepsons, Scott and Marc Johnston; grandson Kenneth; nephews, Andrew, Michael and James; and great-nieces, Ashley and Jessica.

George was born in, lived, worked and played in Port Washington all his life. He graduated from Port Washington High School in June 1954. He was very active on the tennis team, participated in The New York Times Youth Forum and played ping pong against a Chinese team.

George then served four years in the U.S. Navy and trained as an aviation electrician. He was part of a team of 12 living on and maintaining a seaplane as part of Navy Patrol Squadron 48. They were deployed to Iwakuni, Japan, where they patrolled the waters from Korea to Hong Kong, primarily on mining and open sea refueling buoy exercises as part of their primary mission of anti-submarine warfare.

After an honorable discharge in 1959, he joined his father in the local business Girardin's Auto Electric Shop on Main Street. Then in 1991 he worked for the Manhasset Public School System bus service driving exceptional children for 10 years.

George was a charter member of the PW Elks, a member of the Manhasset Bay Sportsmens Club for over 40 years, loving fishing, playing pool, cards, skiing and cruising all over the world. He was a 28-year volunteer member of Protection Engine Co. #1, Port Washington Fire Dept.

Send donations in lieu of flowers to Protection Engine Company #1, S. Washington St., Port Washington, NY 11050.


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