Leonard Weintraub, attorney, community leader and WWII veteran, died at the age of 92 in Port Washington on Oct. 14, 2010. The son of immigrants from the Kamenets-Podolsk region of Russia, Mr. Weintraub was born in the Bronx and raised in Brighton Beach, the youngest of five children. He began college at age 16, completed it in three years and went on to graduate from St. John’s Law School, all the while working to support himself and fund his education.
Robert F. Garbarini, 91, a pioneer in the defense, aerospace and telecommunications industries, died Oct.12, 2010 at the Renaissance Gardens assisted living facility in Silver Spring. Before retiring to the Washington DC area, he was a longtime resident of Harbor Acres in Sands Point.
Vera Tietz, longtime resident of Port Washington, passed away on Oct. 7, 2010, just a few months shy of her 90th birthday. Devoted wife of Herman (deceased); beloved mother of Larry (Janet) and Gladys (David) Mercier. Cherished grandmother of Lauren, Geoff (Jaci) and Meredith (Pedro) Diaz. Doting great-grandmother to Rebekah. Dear sister of Edith and Arthur (both deceased). Also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Adeline Di Caterino (Laurenti), also know by many as (Lina), formerly of Port Washington, passed away at the age 64 on Sept. 27, 2010, in Cape Coral FF. Lina is survived by her husband Victorio; her beautiful daughter Annamaria (Domina); son-in-law Mark; three beautiful grandchildren, Andrea, Mikayla and Mark; her mother Maria Laurenti; three brothers, Guss, Dominic, John Laurenti and family; her two sisters, Donna Stevens and family and Flavia Schwartz and family; and all the extended Di Caterino Family.
Dorothy R. Whalen (nee Perkins), 82, of Gardner, NC, formerly of Port Washington, died on Sept. 29, 2010. Beloved mother of Kathleen Whalen, Sharon Verity and Kenneth Cummings. She was predeceased by her sons, Patrick and Howard Cummings. Adored mother-in-law of Beatriz and Judith. Loving “Gigi” to six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. She was a retired 32-year employee of Publishers Clearing House. Arrangements were made by the Fairchild Chapel, Manhasset. Memorial Mass at St. Peter of Alcantara Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Wake County, Inc., 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.
Judy Grissler died on Oct. 1, 2010 at Saint Francis Hospital in Roslyn. She was 73 and had lived in Port Washington for over 50 years. She is survived by her husband Charles; a daughter Brenda Wood (Barry); a grandson (Hayden Charles); two sisters, Susan Flynn Fornatale and Barbara Flynn (Mychal McNicholas); two nieces and five nephews, Maureen Flynn (Peter Stelman), Kelly Martens, Bob Flynn (Susan), Tom Flynn (Ann), Peter Thomas Fornatale (Susan Van Metre), Mark Fornatale, Steven Fornatale; and three dogs, Molly, Mackenzie and Mugs. She was retired from ALK-ABELLO, a research organization located in Manorhaven. Funeral arrangements were conducted by Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington, and she was buried at Nassau-Knowles Cemetery, Port Washington (919-828-0890).
Josephine Nofi, age 90, longtime resident of Port Washington, died on Sept. 21, 2010 in Boca Raton, FL, where she had lived for the past 20 years. She passed away almost 10 years to the day of her beloved husband Thomas.
Concetta Petruzzo, a resident of Port Washington for over 40 years, died of lung disease on Sept. 23, 2010 at NYU Hospital. Concetta, commonly known as Titina, was an inspirational role model who took pleasure in loving and caring for family and friends. She was blessed with the gift of turning even the simplest of moments into special events that live on as treasured memories. Some of the fondest memories took place over a bowl of homemade pasta, Titina’s famous meatballs and endless supply of homemade wine.
She is survived by her spouse Pietro; son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, Ralph, Jen, Michael and Mia; daughter Clementina and son-in-law Brendan; siblings, Fiorenza, Maria and Carmine.
Edmund C. Schwartz, 79, of Port Washington, died on Sept. 5, 2010. Edmund was a graduate of Manhattan College. He served his country as an officer in the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. He was also a Eucharistic Minister at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church.
Peter Norris Wezenaar was born Jan. 17, 1961 in Manhasset, to John and Elaine (Spink) Wezenaar. The family: John, Elaine and their sons John Jr. and Peter relocated to Port Washington from Middle Village, NY, in 1965. Peter would attend Flower Hill Elementary, Weber Middle School and graduate in 1979 from Paul D. Schrieber High School. Through the great storytelling of his school advisor, Peter attended and graduated in three and a half years with a BS in business administration from the University of Southern California in 1982.
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