Obituaries
Florence Fertig, 79, died on Oct. 5, 2008. Wife of the late David Fertig. Loving mother of Scott (Ingrid), Lee (Amy). Sister to Helen. Devoted grandmother to Adam, Micah, Sam, Hannah and Brenna. She was a long-time resident and community member of Port Washington.
Fay Alper

Fay Alper died on Oct. 30, 2008 after a long battle with Alzheimer's at the age of 93. She was predeceased by her husbands, Morris and David Alper. Fay left behind her children and their spouses, Doris and Mark Novick, Sheryl and Lew Cohen and Marvin and Daryl Alper; and grandchildren and their spouses, Rachel and Brian Fogel, Adam Novick, David and Jessica Cohen, Daniel Cohen, Matthew Cohen, Jodi and Jay Lauron and Stephanie and Mickey Elbaum. Fay was also blessed with five great-grandchildren, Diana, Hayden, Avery, Mason and Derek.

From 1939 to 1996 she was always found at Alper's Hardware in Port Washington watching over the books and keeping everyone in line. Fay was also an active member of Temple Beth Israel and was the treasurer of its Sisterhood for 16 years. She was also a concerned local citizen, supporting many local charities. And she made sure her children learned to do the same. If you would like to make a donation on her behalf, send to the Herricks Community Fund, Alzheimer's Fund, 999 Herricks Rd., New Hyde Park, NY 11040.

Gina Marie Stival

Gina Marie Stival was born in Port Washington on Feb. 28, 1962 and died unexpectedly of a sudden cardiac arrest on Nov. 1, 2008. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ann and Edward Stival, and brother Gene Stival. She is survived by her aunt and uncle in Tucson, AZ, and several cousins.

Most of Gina's life was spent in New York, attending Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington, followed by four years at New York State University in Buffalo, majoring in graphic art design. She returned to Port Washington to pursue her profession with various companies on Long Island and in New York City. Her passions were love of family, her large circle of friends and compassion for animals. She contracted Scleroderma in her thirties and became a strong advocate for finding a cure for the debilitating autoimmune disease. In 2003, she accepted the challenge to be the chairperson for the first Scleroderma Foundation Walk-a-Thon on Long Island.

For those who knew Gina, the lights have dimmed and we have lost a very special person. The void she leaves can never be filled and the tragedy of her early death will always hurt, but the wonderful memories of how she touched our lives will be with us forever.

Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles, Inc. Funeral Home, Port Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church on Nov. 7. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Scleroderma Foundation, Tri-State, Inc. Chapter, 59 Front St., Binghamton, NY 13905-4772 in the memory of Gina Stival.

Joseph M. Hughes

Port Washington lost an authentic one-of-a-kind hero. Joseph M. Hughes,"Big Joe" to many of his friends, was a 21-year resident of Port Washington. He was also affectionately known as "Bad News Hughes" to his legions of friends at the Plandome Country Club in Manhasset and the fine establishments he frequented in New York, across the U.S. and in Ireland. One of his favorites, Finn Mac Cool's on Main Street in Port Washington, has been the site of enthusiastic reminiscing since Joe passed away peacefully Nov. 3, 2008. Proprietor Connie O'Reilly said all at his restaurant were saddened at the loss of such a remarkable man and a regular at Finns where he would have a reserved seat at the corner of the bar where he appeared to be holding court-there was always a crowd around him.

Mr. Hughes owned and ran several successful graphic arts companies, Nassau Photo-Engraving on Long Island and Belvedere Graphics in New York, Richmond and Roanoke, VA, for many years before retiring. He was passionately loved by all generations and remembered as a proud veteran. He was seriously wounded defending his beloved country at the Battle of the Bulge, the decisive but costly battle leading to the end of WWII.

He was also best friend, mentor, "father, grandfather and great-grandfather" to the Schlaefer, Hill, and McAuley families and "Uncle Joe" to so many others. Hughes was known as a consummate gentleman for his sense of humor and generosity. And, he always helped people in need.

Joe Hughes leaves behind a sister-in-law, wife of his brother Richard (deceased), and their four children, Rick, Joe, Jerry and Kathy, all of Atlanta, GA. A Memorial Mass celebrating his life will be held on Nov. 15, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church, Port Washington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to his favorite charity, the Physically Challenged Irish and American Youth Team, 7 Dey St., NY 10007 http://pcirishteam.org (checks payable to PC Irish Team).

Joe Hughes will be greatly missed by all - his legend and spirit will live forever.


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