Helene D. (Lanie) Signorile passed away peacefully on July 10 at her home in Port Washington, surrounded by her family and close friends. Lanie was born in Queens on July 6, 1953 and grew up in Miami and Great Neck. She lived her life to the fullest extent possible and was an inspiring, courageous, and determined survivor of brain disease for more than two decades. She was a loving and devoted daughter, wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her. Lanie was predeceased by her parents, Mildred (Schneider) Erbstein and Jerome Erbstein. She is survived by her husband, Stephen, her daughters Melanie and Elizabeth, her sisters Susan and Valerie, her granddaughter Molly and grandson Harrison, her niece Megan and her numerous friends. A memorial visitation was held Tuesday, July 16 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Austin F. Knowles, Inc. Funeral Home. A memorial service was held Wednesday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior. In lieu of flowers donations in her memory to The Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20037 would be greatly appreciated.
A long time resident of Sands Point, Nancy Lewis died peacefully surrounded by her family on July 3 from acute leukemia at the age of 85. She was the daughter of Lawrence Lewis and Daisy (Flusser) Lewis of West Orange, New Jersey and was born February 12,1928. A graduate of William Smith College; she became an elementary school teacher. Nancy was married on July 14, 1953 to Alan Warshow of New York City, after they fell in love at first sight on the beach in Hollywood, Florida 60 sixty years ago. Nancy was a loving and dedicated wife and mother of Leslie, John and Susan.
Nancy enjoyed the New York Philharmonic, all types of music from the Beatles to Beethoven, gardening and flower arranging, exercising, reading, tennis and traveling. She loved the ocean and the beach, especially her yearly trips to the Caribbean with her family. She hosted wonderful themed parties for her children, friends, relatives, and even for the family labrador retreiver Happy. Among her passions were volunteering for the Port Washington Public Schools, and the Health Education Department at North Shore University Hospital.
Lee Sanderson of Westminster, Vermont passed away suddenly on July 3, 2013. He was born in New York City on April 3, 1949, the son of Louise Breyer and Leo Sanderson. He attended school in Port Washington, and college at The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.
Lee followed in his father’s footsteps as an artist, creating Shaker style furniture for most of his career. Later in life he published editorial cartoons with the Brattleboro Reformer and many regional papers. Lee was a musician and singer for the band Django, which recorded and performed in the Netherlands for several years in the 1970’s. In his recent retirement, he took great pleasure landscaping his property in Westminster.
John Hartwell Bennett, 84, of Burlington, VT passed away on July 3 at home. He was born May 13, 1929 in New York City, son of the late Jon Hartwell Bennett and Isabel (Patterson) Bennett.
John attended Syracuse University and Pratt Institute, studying engineering and architecture, after which he became Clerk of the Works for I.M. Pei’s projects. He became a Registered Architect in New York and Vermont. He lived and worked in Port Washington for over 30 years. He was a Director of Long Island Northshore YMCA, Trustee of the Manhasset L.I. Congregational Church, arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and AIA Emeritus. John loved sailboat racing — built his own Comet at age 15 and graduated to the Rhodes 19, Shields and sonar classes with which he won many trophies on Long Island Sound.
Moritz Velleman, 50-year resident of Port Washington, died on April 28, 2013, in Greenport, New York, at the age of 96. Moritz was born in Amsterdam and grew up in Antwerp. On May 12, 1940, he and most of his family fled from the German invasion of Belgium, eventually making their way to the United States. After basic training in the U.S. Army, Moritz served in the Office of Strategic Services as head of intelligence for Belgium. It was while working in Washington, D.C., during the war that he met his future wife, Ruth, to whom he was married for 68 years, until her death in 2012. Moritz is survived by sons Paul, J. David, and Dan J.; grandsons Daniel B., David J., Evan, and Zev; daughters-in-law Sue Michlovitz, Kitty Bridges, and Shelley Velleman; granddaughters-in-law Caitlin Stuff, Katharine Velleman, and Alexandra Graves; and great-grandson Elias Henry Graves Velleman.
Emily Ruth Wilson, age 88, of Port Washington died April 28, 2013. Ruth was born in Canada but grew up in the United States where her father was an Old Testament professor at the University of Chicago.
Ruth studied English at Victoria College in the University of Toronto. She served as Associate President of the Victoria College Union, the highest elected U-of-T position a woman could then hold.
Victor P., Kawiecki Sr., Korean War medic and retired electrician Manhasset School District, age 83, of Port Washington, on January 30, 2013. Beloved husband of Eileen.
Loving father of Kathleen Lewis (William), Alice Feldt (David), Victor Jr.(Graciela), Elaine, Patricia Weber (Matthew), Eileen Orpheus (Edward), and Nora. Adored grand- father of William Jr, Victor and Catherine Lewis, Crystal, Andrew and David Jr Feldt, Shannon Kawiecki, Joanna and Monica Weber as well as one great-grandchild, Sean Feldt. Dear brother of Wanda Simoroski.
Douglas J. “Doug” Dreghorn, age 72, a longtime resident of Naperville, IL, formerly of Port Washington and Buffalo, NY died Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Edward Hospital in Naperville. He was born January 3, 1941 in Brooklyn, NY.
Beloved husband of Susan Lea (nee Vosseller) Dreghorn, whom he married August 8, 1964, loving father of Kathryn D. “Katie” (William Jr.) Linden of Bronxville, NY and David (Liza Melecio) Dreghorn of Chicago, adored grandfather of Finn Andrew Dreghorn, devoted son of the late James E. and Marion F. (nee Lawson) Dreghorn, dear brother of Patricia M. (the late Stephen) Walter of Topsail Beach, NC, loving brother-in-law of Geoffrey (Jane) Vosseller of East Aurora, NY, fond uncle of many.
Ann Marie Karo of Port Washington passed away on April 15. Beloved wife of the late Clifford. Loving mother of Jean Karo and Daniel(Krista) Karo. Cherished grandmother of Joseph, Olivia and Roman. Devoted sister of Kathryn Bookspan and the late Peter and Jeffrey Schmidt. Visitation was held on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week at Fairchild Funeral Chapel,1570 Northern Blvd.,Manhasset. Funeral Mass was held at St Peter of Alcantara Church, Port Washington with interment following at Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
Eric Shepcaro, 54, CEO of The Telx Group in Manhattan, passed away on Saturday, May 4 at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey, surrounded by his loving family. Eric was the loving husband of Kim Obuch Shepcaro and the devoted and loving father of Jenna and Dylan and the two family dogs Moo Moo and Cali. Born on May 22, 1958 in Little Neck, Queens, he grew up in Port Washington. He was the cherished son of Charlotte Salmansohn who also survives him, and Seymour Shepcaro who predeceased him. He is also survived by his two brothers, Gary of Los Gatos, CA and Marc of Rye, New Hampshire. Eric and his family lived in many places in the United States before moving to Westfield, NJ eleven years ago.
Eric held a B.S. in Human Relations from SUNY Albany and an M.B.A. from San Francisco State University. He was an executive with Sprint, AT&T and CEO of Digital Island before becoming the CEO of Telx. As CEO of Telx, he was recognized as the Best Up and Coming CEO by the Executive Council of New York in 2008 and awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year award by Ernst & Young in 2012.
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