John Herman Loret (Nov. 8, 1928–Aug. 12, 2011) lived a life of adventure, scientific exploration, and continuous curiosity. Throughout his life he loved learning and making it exciting for his innumerable students.
His love of science began early. He falsified his birth date in order to enlist in the Coast Guard where he served for three years, ending in 1949. While on Arctic duty, his ship achieved “farthest north” and then was trapped in the ice for an extended period. During this experience the ship circumnavigated Baffin Island- the first time that had been done.
Dominick Badolato, age 81, of Port Washington, died on Aug. 5, 2011. Dominick was predeceased by his wife Margaret and his son John. He is survived by his children, Michael, Stephen (Dina), Dominick (Antonia), Patrick (Anne) and Robert (Lisa); 11 grandchildren; his brother Frank; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were handled by Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Aug. 9 at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Interment Long Island National Cemetery, Pinelawn.
Ernest Jenkins, 96, a resident of the Willow Valley Retirement Communities, died Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at Arbor View at Willow Valley.
He was the husband of the late Ivy E. Eadie Jenkins who died in 2006. Born in Port Washington, NY he was the son of the late Frank A., Sr. and Madeline D’Agostino Jenkins.
Matthew W. Scott, age 80, passed away on July 13, 2011. He fought a challenging battle against an aggressive cancer known as multiple myeloma. He passed away at home while receiving hospice care.
Born in Manhattan on Oct. 20, 1930 and raised in Queens, Matt was a hardworking, spirited man throughout his life. He first worked as a pressman for the New York Journal American, where he met his wife of 60 years, Dolores Reilly. When that newspaper closed in 1966, Matt became a pressman for The New York Times. Matt served for 12 years as a member in the New York National Guard during this time in his life as well.
Hiroko Smart (nee Fujikawa), age 41, of Port Washington, died on July 12, 2011. She is survived by her husband Roy, her daughter Lisa, her parents Toshio and Masako, her siblings Akiko, Keiko and Takuya, nieces, and nephews. Funeral arrangements were handled by Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Interment was private.
Marie Butcher, age 80 and former 32-year Port Washington resident died suddenly on July 8, 2011 at her home of two years in Knoxville, TN. She was a former member of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Port. Marie was a graduate of St John’s University and received her master’s degree from C.W. Post University. She was a retired teacher from the New York City School System with over 30 years service. Marie, a lifelong devout catholic, was active in her church, the Red Hat Club, and AARP while in New York. Marie is survived by her loving family: husband of 47 years, Lawrence “Larry” Butcher; sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Kathy Butcher of Knoxville, Michael and Claudia Butcher of Syosset, Terrence Butcher of Pasadena, CA; sister, Myrna Farrington of Knoxville; brother and sister-in-law, Joseph “Joe” and Pat Robinson of San Diego, CA; several nieces and nephews. A remembrance and celebration service will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Manorhaven on Saturday, July 23 at 11 a.m. with food and refreshments following in the church hall. Online condolences may be made at www.rosemortuary.com.
Albert Allen Patterson, age 75, of Port Washington from 1970 through 2010, died on June 29, 2011. To be closer to family, he moved to Dallas, TX. He was born in Chappaqua, NY, on Sept. 22, 1935. He graduated from Cornell University and received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering in 1957. He was married to Elizabeth (Betsy) Hyde Patterson. He worked for Stone & Webster Engineering.
Eric Frank Gerst passed away on June 21, 2011 in Venice, FL, where he lived since 2001 after residing for many years in Port Washington. Born March 23, 1918 in Nuremberg, Germany, he attended textile school in Reutlingen. Due to the rise of the Nazi party and Hitler’s anti-Jewish policies, in 1937 he emigrated to the U.S. and worked in the textile industry at American Bemberg Corp. in Tennessee.
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