Obituaries
Pat Slesinger

Pat Slesinger died on May 3, 2008. She was born on Nov. 23, 1926 and grew up on Central Park West when Manhattan was the center of the world in fashion society, theater and literary achievement and her family was at the center of it all. From their home in Sands Point, her father, Lawrence Slesinger, went to work by boat to his Manhattan factories. Her mother Estelle Slesinger's gracious parties and famous dog shows were storied among high society. New Yorkers even listened in each time Pat paused her radio show to say good night and sweet dreams to my daughter Patsy on WNBC Radio.

Her uncle, Stephen Slesinger, showered his young niece with private screenings in the ships room of her home of Winnie the Pooh toys, books, etc., which his business produced. Pat Slesinger was the model for her uncle Stephen's character Tess in the Red Ryder comics and on both coasts she was the socialite who captured the hearts of gentlemen with her statuesque movie star beauty, refined wit and stunning intelligence.

Pat attended Ethical Culture and Barnard College. She is survived by her daughter Kim Eichelbaum and the true love of Pat's life, her grandson Joshua and her son-in-law Michael Langa.

Jane Carleton Santoro, a former resident of Port Washington and Manhasset, passed away on April 24, 2008. Her two daughters, Jane Santoro of Vermont and Lee Della Corte of Phoenix, AZ, survive her.

Born and raised in New York City, Jane was proud to have attended the Spence School. Before her marriage to Dr. George Santoro, she worked as a lab assistant. After his death in 1966 Mrs. Santoro worked in Bonwit Teller's gift department. Many local residents would remember her for her knowledge and help choosing and purchasing gifts, especially Boehm or Cybis porcelain. After retirement, Jane spent much time participating in the activities at the senior center in Port Washington. Eight years ago she moved to Scottsdale Arizona, where she became known for her watercolor paintings.

A memorial service was held in Scottsdale and on June 9 at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx where she was buried with her family. Donations in her name should be made to the American Cancer Society.

Virgil Joseph Svobodny, 86, of Port Washington, formerly of Manhasset, died on June 1, 2008. A WWII Navy pilot, he was an international manager, consultant and diplomat. Virgil is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dolly; his children, Dr. Thomas Peter Svobodny (Anne Marie) of Dayton, OH, Dane Christian of Port Washington and Dr. Nicole Svobodny Yoshino (Eichee) of St. Louis, MO; and his grandchildren, Gabriel and Sophie. He is also survived by his sister Mary Arth of St. Paul, MN; and his brothers-in-law, Nicholas and Michael Drazich of Los Angeles, CA. Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial were held in Salt Lake City, UT. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Jane M. "Janie" Rankin (nee Corrigan), 51, of Port Washington, died on June 1, 2008. She is survived by her husband Daniel; her father Bernard "Barney"; her stepmother Joan M.; her siblings, Patrick (Kate), Eileen Worcester (Steve), Kevin (Christi) and Christopher (Elizabeth). Janie is also survived by many nieces and nephews, short and tall, and her father-in-law Robert. She was predeceased by her mother Veronica. Janie will be missed by Zip. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Donations in her memory to the Janie Rankin Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO Box #652, Port Washington, NY 11050, would be greatly appreciated. Juliette Brownell, 100, of Port Washington, died on June 3, 2008. She was predeceased by her husband Charles. Juliette is survived by her son John McRae (Michele); her grandchildren, Elizabeth Lampus (Thomas), Sarah McRae, Megan Hastings (Kelly) and Nathan McRae; and her great-grandchildren, Andrew, Kasey, Chelsea and Julian. She is also survived by her niece Peggy Appel and her nephew Dennis Schaub. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church. Interment LI National Cemetery.

Marie De Santis, 67, life long resident of Manhasset and Port Washington died on June 3, 2008. Wife of the late John Battista De Santis. She was a dedicated and loving mother to children John, Michael, Annie and Catherine; mother-in-law to Robert and Silvia. Beloved "Ga Ga" to grandsons, Robert and Giovanni. A service was held June 6 at St. Mary's RC

Church in Manhasset. Interment at Nassau Knolls Cemetery.

Jessica P . Palasek (nee Cichanowski), of Port Washington, died on June 5, 2008. Daughter of the late Sophie and Bruno (Bronislaw) Cichanowski. Sister of the late Joseph Cichanowski and Hedwig Fetiak. Wife of the late Alexander Stephen Palasek Sr. She is survived by her children, Alexander S. Palasek Jr., Karen Palasek, Brenda Walton and Deborah O'Connor; and by eight grandchildren, Brian, Kate, T.J., Alex, Stephanie, Stephen, Erin and Christopher. Also survived by her sister Jennie (Jean) Chodkowski of Port Washington.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Peter of Alcantara Church on June 11. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. In remembrance of Jessica, donations are requested to the Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc. (MVAC), PO Box 587, Mineola, NY 11501.


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