Obituaries
Johanna "Margaret" Salerno

Johanna "Margaret" Salerno, 84, a long time resident of Port Washington, died on Dec. 11, 2008. Margaret, as she became know to family and friends, was born on Nov. 9, 1924 to Peter and Johanna Oosterom. She was a graduate of Roslyn High School and was employed by General Electric in New York City during her early twenties. After WWII, Margaret married her high school sweetheart, Ralph Salerno, and together they raised their family in Port Washington.

She is survived by her four children, Carolyn Rieseberg and husband Eric of New Castle, NH, Susan Grube and husband Jay of Apopka, FL, Michael Salerno of Port Washington and Dianne Schulman and husband Eric of Port Washington. Margaret is also survived by four grandchildren, Kristine Evans and husband Bill of Longwood, FL, Kevin Grube of Atlanta, GA, Jennifer Gagne and husband Merrill of Turners Falls, MA, and Adam Schulman of Port Washington in addition to a great grandchild Maya Evans and soon to be great grandchild to be born in February. She was predeceased by her loving husband Ralph Salerno.

We remember Margaret as a loving and caring mother and friend. Her greatest joy in life was her family - spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchild. She will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her.

Irwin Scherago, 76, died at home on Jan. 27, 2009. Irwin grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Lafayette High School. He received a BA from the University of Connecticut and a JD and MBA from New York University. He moved to Port Washington in 1955. In 1959 he married Bertien Jacobs in the first wedding ceremony at the Community Synagogue. His daughter Nina was born in 1960 and his son Randy in 1962. Bertien died in 1997 and in 1999 he married Marilyn Schapiro.

Irwin worked in the financial industry at William Pollack & Co. and subsequently for Eastman Dillon. He then pursued a career in the law as a trust and estate tax specialist. He taught for five years at Adelphi University. Irwin practiced law on Main Street in Port Washington for about 25 years in his own practice as well as with Kimball & Salamone, Leonard Weintraub, and Ressa, Nappi. He then shifted his practice to Garden City. For the last seven years he was a partner at Meltzer, Lippe in Mineola.

Irwin was a gifted lecturer who knew how to pack the house with his knowledge of the law and renowned joke-telling ability. He was the author of numerous tax articles. He was active in local Democratic politics. Irwin was treasurer for Congressman Lester Wolff in his campaigns.

He was an avid Brooklyn Dodgers fan and later New York Mets fan and could recall the most arcane baseball plays and statistics. Irwin was a voracious reader of politics, history, the United States presidencies and an occasional mystery.

Irwin is loved and survived by Marilyn, Nina Scherago Jones, Randy Scherago, and grandchildren Parker and Cara Jones, step children, step grandchildren and by his Ullman cousins in Port Washington. His family and friends were greatly enriched by his wonderful humor and joyfulness.

Andrew F. Paulik, 62, husband of Katherine H. Paulik, died on Feb. 2, 2009 at his residence. Mr. Paulik was born on Dec. 11, 1946 in New York City, a son of the late Andrew Paulik and Helen Wigren Paulik. He was a veteran of the US Army and served as a New York police officer for 33 years. He retired to Datwa Island in 2004 and was a member of the South Carolina Fraternal Order of Police.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years of Dataw Island; two sons, Andrew R. Palulik of Northport and Matthew W. Paulik of Lindenhurst; a daughter Shannon McCartney (husband Kenn) of Highland Lakes, NJ; a sister Pamela Rahner of Omaha, NE; a brother Richard Paulik of Peterborough, NH; and a granddaughter Cassey McCartney.

Arrangements were made by the Anderson Funeral Home, Beaufort, SC. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Lowcountry, PO Box 3827, Bluffton, SC 29910.


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