Ida Ioanna, of Port Washington, died peacefully on Oct. 16, 2009. She is survived by her husband of 37 years Leo Ioanna; her three children, Grace Bischoff (Tim) of Port Washington, Anthony (Kristine) of New Hyde Park and Robert (Restituta) of Port Washington. She is also survived by the joys of her life, her three grandchildren, Julia, Michael and Anthony Joseph.
Born Aug. 16, 1930 in Great Neck, Bruce graduated from Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA, in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He settled in Port Washington with his wife Marilyn Dietz Buckley in 1956. He worked for Citibank in New York City for most of his career. He received his master’s of finance from New York University. In his later years, he worked for the law firm of Cullen and Dykman in Garden City. In 2004, he retired to Viera, FL. In his retirement years, Bruce enjoyed reading, dining out and traveling the world with his wife Marilyn. After a noble eight-month battle with pulmonary fibrosis, he died on Oct. 11, 2009 at age 79.
Richard W. Sonnenfeldt, who fled Nazi Germany a teenager, became the chief interpreter for American prosecutors at the Nuremberg war crimes trials and interrogated some of the most notorious Nazi leaders of WWII, died of complications from a stroke at his home in Port Washington on Oct. 9, 2009. He was 86.
Shirley Barsky passed away on Sept. 21, 2009 at the age of 88. A resident of Port Washington for 49 years, she was an active and widely known member of the community who inspired those around her with her love of life, passion for social causes and the enjoyment of a rich cultural and intellectual life. She died peacefully at her home.
Mark Olds, a radio executive in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland and St. Louis, died on Oct. 8, 2009 at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, after suffering a stroke on Oct. 4. He was 88 years old and had lived in Port Washington for 41 years.
Mr. Olds had a long career in broadcasting. When he retired in 1982 he was the president of Riverside Broadcasting Company and general manager of the New York radio stations WRVR and WWRL. He had previously served as general manager of WMAQ in Chicago, WINS in New York and KATZ in St. Louis. He also served as program director of WNEW in New York, KYW in Philadelphia and KYW in Cleveland.
Lucretia M. Harrison, 88 years of age, passed away quietly at her home on Oct. 4, 2009. She was the widow of Paul F. Harrison and of Samuel Bogen. She is survived by her four children, Margaret Ida Havens, Laura Lucretia MacDermott, Paul Theodore Harrison and Charles Frederick Harrison; and by 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
After a long illness, Jim Vigilis passed away at North Shore University Hospital on Sept. 22 at the age of 89. Jim was born on 125th Street in New York City and moved to Port Washington in 1952 where he resided for over 50 years. He owned and operated Ditmars Lumber and Millwork in Jackson Heights, Queens, for several years, a family business his father started in 1926. Jim served in the United States military as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division during WWII. He also served as an usher and collector at St. Peter’s Church.
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