Obituaries
Barbara Claire Barker

Barbara Claire Barker (Aszody), age 81, lead June Taylor dancer and founder of the Barbara Barker School of Dance of Sands Point, died on April 11, 2008. Daughter of the late Paul and Clara. Beloved wife of Robert. Loving mother of Jeffrey Stogner (Elvira) and Van Stogner (Sandra) and step-mother of Robin Bridges. Adored grandmother of five grandsons, four step-grand children, and great-grandmother of one great grandson.

As Babs Claire, she was the lead June Taylor dancer on the Jackie Gleason Show and danced on the Jimmy Durante, Milton Berle variety shows, and on Broadway in As the Girls Go. She modeled in over 30 TV commercials in the late '50s and '60s and was featured in over 50 print advertisements during that period. She was a 44-year resident of the Sands Point, Port Washington, Manhasset area and was active in the Sands Point Garden Club, Manhasset Club, Music Study Club of Port Washington, and sang soprano in the choir of the Congregational Church of Manhasset.

A memorial service was held at the Congregational Church of Manhasset.

Margaret Gruger

Long-time residents of Port Washington may remember Margaret Gruger from the 1960s, '70s and '80s, when she was a dedicated volunteer at St. Francis Hospital, an active sailor at the North Shore Yacht Club, and a frequent visitor at the home of her sister, Lucretia Harrison. Margaret and her husband Ted retired to South Carolina some 20 years ago and she passed away on Jan. 27 of this year. Her wish was to have her ashes scattered on Manhasset Bay, where she so loved to sail.

Friends and family are invited to gather at 10 a.m. on May 3 at the North Shore Yacht Club, to remember Margaret and fulfill her request.

Barth Healey, a nearly 30-year resident and community leader in Port Washington, passed away March 29, 2008 after a 20-month battle against prostate cancer.

Barth was president of the Park Civic Association in the Port Washington Park section for several years in the 1980s. During this time, he served as the civic group's representative on the Citizens' Advisory Committee that dealt with problems surrounding the Town of North Hempstead landfill in the former sandpits. He was also the first man to serve as co-president of the Port Washington-Manhasset chapter of the League of Women Voters, together with his partner, Jane Thomas. In recent years, he also volunteered as an ESL tutor at the Port Washington Public Library.

John Bartholomew Healey was born in New York City on Sept. 22, 1939. He graduated from Regis High School in New York in 1956 and received a B.A. in mathematics and philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, in 1960. He and his wife, Lee, and their two sons moved to Port Washington in 1979.

Barth and Lee had previously lived in Italy, where they both worked as journalists, and Bangladesh, where they were married while Barth worked for the aid organization Catholic Relief Services. Barth also spent two years teaching in southern Africa after graduating college. After settling in Port Washington, Barth continued his journalism career as an editor and stamps columnist for The New York Times.

Lee died in 2003 while she and Barth were in the Czech Republic, where he had been awarded a Fulbright grant to teach journalism for six months. Barth is survived by his sons, Matthew, of Port Washington, who is a page designer at The Times, and Adam, of Charlottesville, VA, who is an entrepreneur; his sisters, Beth Kossuth of Massachusetts and Kate Sheehan of Michigan; a daughter-in-law Dagmar and grandson Nicolas, who also live in Port Washington; and his partner of four years, Jane Thomas.

Longtime Port Washington resident Lucy Stetz, age 84, passed away on April 9, 2008 in Evergreen, CO, following a short illness. Lucy was the beloved daughter of the late Albino and Elisa Bruni and wife of Edward who also predeceased her. She is survived by daughter Rina Peck (Tom), son Edward (Buddy) Stetz (Mary Alice), grandchildren, Audra Peck-Chapleski (Steve), Mattew Peck, Clayton Stetz, and great-granddaughter Annika.

Interment of her cremated remains at Knowles Cemetery in Port Washington will be at a later date.


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