Obituaries

Fricis Paberzs, husband of the late Marija Paberzs, passed away on June 24, 2008 at the age of 99. He was born on Feb. 22, 1901 on the shores of the Baltic Sea near Riga, Latvia. His family was engaged in commercial fishing. After graduating from high school, he worked as a seaman.

In1935 he graduated from the Latvian Merchant Marine Academy as an engineer and sailed worldwide on Latvian merchant ships as an engineering officer. At the outbreak of WWII, his ship was docked in New York. The captain refused the order from the Soviet government, then occupying Latvia, to sail for Murmansk and the ship instead remained in the USA. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Paberzs joined the US Navy. He served throughout the war as a chief machinists mate aboard troop transports and supply ships in the Pacific Theater. He participated in a number of the island hopping campaigns, including the invasion of Okinawa.

After the war, he remained an active member of the Naval Reserve. He sailed as an engineering officer for Moore-McCormack Lines, retired as a chief engineer. In 1951, he married the former Marija Kazalovskis, also from Latvia, and settled in Port Washington. He was a member of the Port Washington Masonic Lodge and was the oldest active member of American Legion Post #509.

Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.

Elizabeth (Rodger) Campbell

Elizabeth (Rodger) Campbell, former Port Washington resident and 1963 graduate of Schreiber High School, has died at 62. She passed away quietly at home in Sudbury, MA, in the arms of her beloved family, early July 4, 2008. She had fought a long battle with Lymphoma and Leukemia.

Libbi, as she was known to family and friends, was the daughter of the late Martha Rodger, longtime choir director of United Methodist Church. Libbi was active in Port music education, playing in the High School Orchestra, as well as at Main St. School and Weber Jr. High, and community performances in Port's a' Poppin.

Born in New York and raised in Port, Libbi often recalled the pleasure of a childhood in a place with the uniqueness of a small town, yet the New York skyline was so clearly visible. There was quiet and there was excitement, both at once. She returned to town countless times to visit with family and friends, and just to visit the old neighborhood.

Libbi received her education at C.W. Post College and Northeastern University. Occasionally working in modeling during her student years, she went on to get a degree in Counseling, and had begun her career on the staff of Marlborough and Emerson Hospitals in Massachusetts. She was a longtime special education counselor in the Sudbury Schools and an award winning leader in the adoption reform movement.

Known for her dedication, her kindness and her steady counsel, Libbi's 20-year career in special education at Lincoln-Sudbury High School won her many friends among her colleagues, students and high school staff. Those who knew Libbi remarked on her resolve and professionalism, qualities always tempered with sympathy and humor. Libbi's confident commitment gave strength to those who knew her. Her affection for her students, her ability to understand their needs, made her a respected and valued advisor and friend.

Libbi also had a noted career in the adoption reform community, serving both birthparents and adoptees for over 30 years. Besides her work in education, she also worked counseling at a variety of agency postings in the Boston area.

In 2003 Libbi was a recipient in Washington D.C. of the Angel in Adoption Award, sponsored by Congressman Marty Meehan, and just this April received the 2008 Recognition Award for Significant Contribution to the field of Adoption by the Adoption Community of New England at their annual conference. Despite her illness, she was able to speak before the keynote assembly, receiving a long and standing ovation.

Libbi loved the thrill of travel, and had spent much time in Europe with her family. She treasured the beauty of the ocean and of nature, and was a gifted singer. Above all, she was a tender and devoted mother, wife, and grandmother.

Libbi is survived by her loving husband Stephen and their children John, Kiera, and Monica, four grandchildren, her brother Erwin Rodger and his wife Laurie (Harper) Rodger of Mattituck, her aunt and uncle Margaret and Wentworth Fling of Port Washington, and a large and close extended family. Those who knew her will not forget her.

Sylvia S. Chollet, 89, of Appleridge at Bethany Village and formerly a longtime resident of Port Washington, passed away July 17, 2008. She was born Sept. 18, 1918 on Long Island, the daughter to the late Salvatore and Vera (Stromburg) Salerno. She is survived by her devoted husband, Louis Chollet; sons, Gary (Bonnie) Chollet of Elmira, NY, Ray (Barb Wright) Chollet of Lincoln, NE; half brother, John Salerno of Florida; daughter-in-law, Sue Chollet of Peterborough, NH; grandchildren, Chris Chollet, Becky Chollet, Michelle (Marc) Spar, Danielle (Jack Unrue) Chollet, Marc Chollet, Derek (Heather Hostetter) Chollet, Cadi (Mike) Thyne, Porter Chollet, Eric Wright; great-grandchildren, Morgan Spar, Lucas Chollet Hostetter, Sam, Jack, and Annie Thyne. She was predeceased by her oldest son Richard Chollet of Peterborough, NH and sister Vivian Van Sise.

Mrs. Chollet received her RN from Flushing Hospital, BS in education from SUNY Oneonta and masters in education from LI University. Sylvia was a retired school nurse and director of health services with the Port Washington Public School System. She was a past member and director of the Sunday school program of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Port Washington. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Family and friends are invited to attend a service in celebration of her life on July 26 at 11 a.m. in Appleridge at Bethany Village, 3005 Watkins Rd., Horseheads, NY, with her friend and pastor of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Port Washington, the Rev. Dr. Charles R. Vogeley, officiating. Family and friends are further invited to attend a time of fellowship at Appleridge immediately following her service. Those wishing may remember Sylvia with memorials in her name to Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, PO Box 848, 12 Franklin Ave., Port Washington, NY, 11050 or the The Fresh Air Fund, 633 Third Ave., 14th floor, New York, NY, 10017 (800) 367-0003) or www.freshair.org.

Arrangements with Barber Funeral Home, Horseheads, NY.


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