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Obituary: Betsy Lee McKay Commons

Friday, 08 July 2011 00:00

Betsy Lee McKay Commons, of Shelter Island, NY, and Jensen Beach, FL, formerly of Port Washington, passed away on June 28, 2011 at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, surrounded by her immediate family. She was 78 years old. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Leslie A. Commons, in November 2004. Betsy was born on Sept. 12, 1932, in Williamsport, PA, the daughter of the late Earl Z. McKay and Gladys Long McKay Fraser. She attended Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA, where her maternal grandfather, Dr. John J. Long was president. After attending Lycoming College, she enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, where she graduated with a degree as a dental hygienist. It was at the University of Pennsylvania that she met her future husband, Dr. Leslie A. Commons. Dr. Commons practiced dentistry in Port Washington with his brother, Dr. Richard G. Commons. Betsy is survived by her two children, Peter G. Commons of Shelter Island and John L. Commons of Oyster Bay, her sister Lynda McKay Browne of Heathsville, VA, and three grandsons, Kenneth, Mitchell, and Matthew. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Austin F. Knowles, Inc. Funeral Home, Port Washington. A religious service was held at the funeral home on July 2. The interment followed at Nassau Knolls Cemetery.


Obituary: Dorothy O’Rourke Byrne

Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00

March 15, 1920 – June 22, 2011

Dottie was a lively and beautiful lady who lived most of her life in Port Washington and died peacefully at age 91 at the Sands Point Health Center. Born in Queens, Dottie and her husband Joe moved to Port Washington in the 1950s to be close to her brother and his family. She started a long administrative career at Fairchild Corporation on Long Island, worked at her brother Frank O’Rourke’s real estate agency, and then for the Folan Agency until her retirement at age 80. She was known for her lively twinkle, her sharp memory, and her great family stories. She was a wonderful writer, loved to patronize local businesses, and was very close with family. During her 10 years at the nursing home she was visited regularly by relatives and friends.


Obituary: Lewis J. Merrim

Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00

Dec. 19, 1922- June 12, 2011

Photojournalist and video producer, sergeant in WWII First Special Services Force, Lewis J. Merrim, a noted photojournalist whose work appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Colliers, Life and Look magazines, died peacefully at home on June 12, 2011 in La Jolla, CA. He was 88.  He lived in Port Washington for 30 years.

A founding member of the American Society of Magazine Photographers, Mr. Merrim was also president of M&R Productions in New York, a producer of commercials and educational films for corporate clients. After a successful career in photography, Mr. Merrim moved to La Jolla in 1985. There he became an active volunteer in the media department of the Veterans Administration Medical Center.


Obituary: Gustave H. Lockerman

Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00

Gustave H. Lockerman, 63, died on May 2, 2011 at Elliot Hospital after a sudden illness. He was born in Glen Cove on Sept. 2, 1947 to Albert and May (Carlson) Lockerman. Raised in Roslyn, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. After his discharge, he resided in New York where he worked at Green Cab in Port Washington and California before moving to Manchester, NH.


Obituary: Shirley Stevenson

Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00

1918 - 2011

Longtime Sands Point resident Shirley Stevenson, 92, died on June 16, 2011 in Princeton, where she was living with her husband of 60 years, Nikolai Stevenson. They had first met in 1931 - in the seventh grade, in Montclair, NJ - and  shared memories for over 80 years, marrying in 1951. They moved to Sands Point in 1961 and lived in Port Washington until 1999. Shirley worked from 1970 to 1996 in the social work department at St. Francis Hospital, helping countless patients deal with their illnesses and their recovery. She was active in the League of Women Voters and St. Stephen’s Church. She is survived by her husband, Nikolai Stevenson (Princeton), her three children, Nanette (Anchorage, AK), Matthew (Geneva, Switzerland), and Julie (New Paltz, NY) and her seven grandchildren, Helen Stevenson, Laura Stevenson, Henry Stevenson, Charles Stevenson, Will Meyer, Andrew Meyer, and Natalie Meyer. Her house on Barkers Point Rd. had early associations with the Algonquin Round Table, and she kept those literary traditions alive with summer parties that involved softball, croquet, and long evenings of lively conversation. She loved the view of Manhasset Bay at sunset, and she made thousands of drives to the Port Washington railroad station, to welcome her family home from either a day in the city or a trip around the world. A memorial celebration will be held at the Windrows in Princeton on June 25 at 11 a.m. and her husband can be reached at 1-609-919-0353.


Obituary: Anna S. Heinzerling

Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

Anna S. Heinzerling

Anna S. “Lela” (Westergaard) Heinzerling, 89, passed peacefully at home on June 10, 2011. Anna, a longtime resident of Port Washington, leaves behind her husband, Ralph (also of Port Washington), sister, Thora Frank (Chevy Chase, MD), children, Laura Berzofsky (Westfield, NJ), Steve Heinzerling (Brooklyn), Nina Pepek (West Springfield, MA), grandchildren, Jessica Hellman, Sabrina Hellman Gewertzman, Scott Berzofsky, Caroline Pepek, great-grandchild, Clyde Gewertzman and dear friends, Kari Lynch (Ridge, NY) and Faith LeSauvage (Port Washington). She is predeceased by her parents, Johannes and Astrid (Stang) Westergaard (Port Washington) and by her brother, John Westergaard (New York, NY).


Obituary: John Nangle

Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

John Nangle

John Nangle, of Port Washington and Belfast, NY, died on June 8, 2011 at St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn. He was born on June 27, 1928 in Williamsport, PA, the son of the late Frederick and Margaret Dempsey Nangle. On Jan. 13, 1951 he married Mary Anne Klement, who survives him, at St. Aloysius Church, Great Neck. He was a member of the Vigilant Fire Company in Great Neck and retired as captain of the Nassau County Rangers. After retirement, he did extensive work on his family history and the town of Belfast, NY, which included St. Patrick’s Church and the Holy Cross Cemetery. John wrote three books; Nangle Costello Nangle and then some…, The Real Irish in America, and My Nangle Family History; which can be found on the Internet under He was a WWII and Korean Navy War veteran, serving aboard the Destroyer USS Taussig 746 in the Pacific, and the Flag Ship Mount Olympus AGC8 in the Mediterranean. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: William James and John Joseph Jr. of Lake Ronkonkoma, Lorraine Rosengarten of Miami, FL, five grandchildren, four nieces and one nephew. John is also survived by twin sisters, Mary Eggers of Baldwin and Margaret Meunier of Southbury, CT, and a sister Patricia Nangle of St. Paul, MN. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son Michael John Nangle, a brother Frederick, a niece Judy Eggers, and two nephews, Bill and Bob Nangle. Funeral arrangements were handled by Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated June 13 at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church. The entombment followed at Nassau Knolls Cemetery.


Obituary: Willard Bedell

Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

Willard Bedell

Willard “Winkie” Bedell, age 80, a lifelong resident of Port Washington, died on June 3, 2011. Bill was predeceased by his beloved wife Lina and his siblings Arthur, Arnold and Harold. He is survived by his loving daughter Pamela, his sisters Albertia, and many nieces and nephews. Bill was a United States Navy Korean War veteran, a 40 year employee of LILCO, a 40-year member and past Exalted Ruler of the Port Washington Elks and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Funeral arrangements were handled by Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church on June 6. The interment followed at Nassau Knolls Cemetery.


Obituary: Robert J. Coelho

Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

Robert J. Coelho

Robert J. Coelho, 82, of Lancaster, PA, passed away peacefully on May 31, 2011 at Lancaster General Hospital with his wife and family by his side. Born in Maui, HI, he was the son of the late Manuel and Teresa (Ventura) Coelho. Bob was the husband of Mary V. (Bialobryski) Coelho, with whom he celebrated 57 years of marriage this past Jan. 30.


Obituary: Edward S. Havasy, Esq.

Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

Edward S. Havasy, Esq.

Edward S. “Doc,” Havasy, Esq., died at his residence in Ft. Belvoir, VA, on May 23, 2011, two weeks after his 86th birthday, of respiratory failure and metastatic bone cancer. Born in Cleveland, OH, he was given the nickname “Doc” while in high school and it remained with him throughout his life. A 45-year resident of Port Washington, until he moved to Virginia eight years ago, Doc was most recently vice president and the assistant to the president of Value Line, Inc. While his undergraduate career was interrupted by service as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserves, during and after WWII, Doc subsequently received a B.S. in both mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado, followed by a master’s in business administration and a doctorate in law, both from the Ohio State University. Doc also was a certified public accountant, and accepted to the Bar in both Ohio and New York. Doc had a long and distinguished career as a consultant and advisor to numerous companies both in the U.S. and internationally. He was also a long-time civic and community leader in Port Washington, holding positions on the PTA, school board and the local council of the Boy Scouts of America, among other organizations. Doc and his late wife, Jan, whom he met at Ohio State, were the proud parents of three sons, Stephen Patrick of Port Washington, John Edward of McLean, VA, and Thomas Robert of Knoxville, TN. Doc is survived by his sons, their partners, and his seven grandchildren, all of whom will miss his advice, counsel, appetite for life, and fierce pride in his Hungarian heritage. Services will be in Xenia, OH, on June 25, 2011, with interment in the family plot beside his beloved Jan.


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