Steven H. Gruber, Esq., formerly of Flower Hill (Schreiber High School class of 1971), died on Nov. 21, 2010, of an extremely rare small-intestine cancer at the age of 57 in Coconut Creek, FL. Predeceased by his father Dr. Seymour Gruber and his brother Michael, he is survived by his mother Ruth of Coconut Creek and his sister Joanne, of New York City.
This past Thanksgiving weekend, longtime Port Washington resident Mary Juliette Smith, nee Kimmerly, died at her grandson’s home in Virginia. She had been in poor health and would have been 96 years old on Feb. 22, 2011.
Jane Van Dyk Joyce died peacefully at home on Nov. 15, 2010 from natural causes. She was 91 years old. Jane lived in Port Washington for 45 years before moving to Amherst, MA, in 1994. She had been living again in Port Washington with her daughter and son-in-law for the past year and a half.
Frank Lubin, a longtime resident of Port Washington who was a Korean War veteran and 55 year member of the Port Washington Fire Department, died on Nov. 10, 2010 from complications due to cancer. He was 80.
Robert W. “Rab” Rankin, a U.S. Navy veteran (who proudly served on the USS Washington), a retired Port Washington police lieutenant, and a 63-year member of Protection Engine Company #1 of the Port Washington Fire Department, died on Nov. 16, 2010. “Rab” was predeceased by his wife Mary, his son Robert Neil “Bobby” and his sister Margaret “Peg” Robertson/Norcross. He is survived by his son Daniel (the late Janie); his siblings, Agnes “Nancy” Burdick and James; his longtime friends, Jean Morris and her daughter Pam Story; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Nov. 19 at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery. Donations in his memory to the Rankin Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO Box 685, Port Washington, NY 11050, would be greatly appreciated.
Joseph N. Canigiani, a well-known and respected local real estate developer and philanthropist, passed away on Nov. 9, 2010. Mr. Canigiani was born in Fayette, PA, and was raised in Monongahela, PA.
Anita Henriksen, of Port Washington, died on Nov. 8, 2010. Beloved wife of the late John. Loving mother of Lisa (Peter) Doherty and grandmother of Bridget, Emily, Daniel, Kevin and Brendan. Also survived by her brother David Erik Petrelius and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at Church of Our Savior, Lutheran, Manhasset.
Joseph Patrick Kane passed away Nov. 2, 2010. He was born March 21, 1935 in Mineola, to the late Patrick and Delia Kane. Before moving to New Orleans in 1999, he was a longtime resident of Port Washington. He is survived by three sons, David J. Kane, Kevin P. Kane (Lesley) and Timothy S. Kane; and two granddaughters, Molly and Vivian Kane. Two sisters, Alice Zwerlein and Dorothy Eaton, preceded him in death.
Marcia Ann Lustgarten Hammer, 68, avid reader, gifted quilter and calligrapher and disciple of the Dewey Decimal System, died on Oct. 22, 2010. Marcia was intelligent, informed, and extremely well-read, loved to browse the shelves at Dolphin Bookshop, and routinely did the New York Times crossword puzzle in ink. She had a keen and good-natured sense of humor and was incredibly quick-witted, leading her to be dubbed by her friends as “the queen of the one-liners.”
Bill Englander, age 84, of Port Washington, died peacefully on Oct. 19, 2010. Bill was an attorney and a photographer. He was the beloved husband of Harriet Englander, proud father of Shepard (Hayley) and Carrie (Vincent) Taibi and doting grandfather of Gabriel, Lila Rose, Jacob and Benjamin. Please visit www.BillEnglander.com for a celebration of his photography and life.
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