Joseph Rudolf “Rudy” Gebhart, 96, of Port Washington, passed away peacefully at his home of 71 years on June 1, 2011. Rudy was born to Martin and Aline Gebhart on a farm in western New Jersey on Jan 6, 1915. He had a younger sister, Gertrude. Rudy spent much of his youth in Great Neck, where his father was employed as an estate gardener. Rudy enjoyed the “country life” with his childhood friends, and worked hard during the summers in the local marinas, scraping barnacles and maintaining the yachts.
Adelia Musa Williams was born the third of five children in the small town of Forlimpopoli, Italy, the daughter of an artist, Romeo Musa, and Valmire Sella. She spent her childhood in the central Italian town of Campobasso and moved at age 13 to Milan, the city she loved and considered her home town. The Musa family was very close and education-minded; her older brothers, Arnaldo was an architect, and Edmondo an attorney. Her sister Gilda was a well-known poet.
Athena Alonge, Port Washington resident for over 45 years, passed away on May 21, 2011. She was loved by many but most of all by her children, Melody, Paul, Lisa and Leslie. And adored by her grandchildren, Januari, Tyler, Kelsey and Juliet. A memorial service will be held to celebrate her life on June 4 at 1 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 48 Shelter Rock Rd., Manhasset.
January 16, 1919 – May 21, 2011
Frederick J. Reitter, 92, passed away at his home in Venice, FL, in the afternoon of May 21, 2011. A long-term resident of Manhasset, Mr. Reitter was born in Brooklyn, on Jan. 16, 1919.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Ruth Reitter, in 2010. Survivors include his daughters, Louise Thompson of Dayton, OH, and her husband John Thompson and their children, Jennifer, Christopher, Sarah and Rachel; Lynn Keffer of Chatham, NJ, and her husband Thomas Keffer and their children, Philip and Meredith; Lisa Finkbeiner of Port Washington and her husband Kurt Finkbeiner and their children, Carl and John; and five great-grandchildren.
Claire Luccaro Dorrell, 71, died peacefully on May 17, 2011 after suffering a stroke on May 12. Her daughter Marietta was by her side.
Ms. Dorrell, a 35 year resident of Alexandria, VA, was born in Brooklyn, on May 21, 1939. She began her education at SUNY College at Oneonta, NY, and completed her BS at New York University in New York, NY. She was first employed as an elementary school teacher in the South Huntington School District. She continued her education by receiving her MS summa cum laude in educational psychology at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, CA.
Hildegarde Stoeltzing, 98, died on May 16, 2011 of natural causes at her home in Kirkland, PA. Hildegarde was born in New York City, daughter of Augusta and Hjalmar Lundin. She lived most of her life on Long Island. Her first husband, Eric Osterberg, passed away in 1959, and in 1963 she married Richard E. Stoeltzing. The Stoeltzings moved to Bethlehem, PA, in 1994. Dick passed away in 2004.
Floyd D. Mackey, of Port Washington, was born to Cora Lee and George Mackey of Richmond, VA, in 1923. Graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point Class of 1944, deceased on Jan. 2, 2011. Beloved husband of June. Dear brother Bill predeceased him several years ago as did prior to that his two half-brothers, Eugene and Clarence and their wonderful sister Lucille. He was dear uncle to Lucille’s daughter Elizabeth Weakley and dear brother-in-law of Phoebe Mackey. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Floyd D. Mackey, of Port Washington, was born to Croa Lee and George Mackey of Richmond, VA, in 1923. Graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point Class of 1944, deceased on Jan. 2, 2011. Beloved husband of June. Dear brother Bill predeceased him several years ago as did prior to that his two half-brothers, Eugene and Clarence and their wonderful sister Lucille. He was dear uncle to Lucille’s daughter Elizabeth Weakley and dear brother-in-law of Phoebe Mackey. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Floyd was a true Southern Christian gentleman who loved and served his church, his country and his community of Port Washington which he dearly loved.
Marie C. Bacik, of Port Washington, lifelong resident of the area, died on Jan. 31, 2011 peacefully at home after 13 years of a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s at the age of 78. Marie donated her brain for research to help with studies. This was her wish to help prevent Alzheimer’s for future generations.
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