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Obituary: Tina F. Mercogliano

Tina F. Mercogliano, a former resident of Port Washington, passed away on Nov. 17, 2011 in Sun City, AZ. Funeral preparation was handled by Menke Funeral Home of Sun City. A visitation was held on Nov. 25, 2011 at Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church and a burial service at Nassau Knolls Cemetery. A memorial Mass was held on Feb. 11, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Sun City.

Tina F. Mercogliano was born Philomena Buonocore on Nov. 16, 1922 in Neptune Township, NJ, the only child of Michael and Rosa Buonocore. Tina grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from New Utrecht High School in 1940. She worked as a stenographer and translator for the Italian Consulate in Manhattan. Also, she worked as a bookkeeper for the former Manero’s Steak House in Roslyn. Tina married Michael Mercogliano on February 8, 1947 in Pompeii, Italy. Michael was an Italian prisoner of war during World War II, who wrote many love letters to Tina during his captivity. Michael and Tina settled in Port Washington after their marriage. They retired and relocated to Sun City in 1980. Michael and Tina leave behind three children: Rose (Arthur) Simpkin of Phoenix, AZ; Joseph (Patricia) Mercogliano of Fort Salonga, NY; and Paul Mercogliano of Sun City, AZ. Also, seven grandchildren: John, Andrea, Erika, Jason, James, Ashlee and Michael; and eight great-grandchildren: Dylan, Brooke, Cameron, Sydney, Katrina, Lennon, Damon and Devin.

Tina cherished her family and friends. She blessed and was blessed by many during her lifetime. Earth has lost a precious person and Heaven has welcomed a beautiful soul.

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


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