Violet Mae Pechar, age 87, passed away following a short illness while spending the winter in St. Augustine, FL.
A native of Astoria, Violet thoroughly enjoyed living in Port Washington for the past 55 years. She was a dedicated and caring secretary at Weber Junior High School where she touched the lives of many students and co-workers throughout her 27-year career. After her retirement in 1998, she remained active with the Port Washington Retired Educators Association. Along with lunching on a weekly basis with friends, she continued to enjoy traveling and visiting family. She was a devoted and loving grandmother and great-grandmother.
She is survived by her son Gary (Carol) Pechar of Macungie, PA; daughter Corinne A. (Jan) Voparil of Hutington Station; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by the Craig Funeral Home, St. Augustine. Inurnment will be held at St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst, NY, at a later date. In lieu of flowers you may make a memorial donation to Community Hospice Foundation for the Bailey Center 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257.
Louis G. Picciano, affectionately known as “Lou,” was a warm-hearted, traditional gentleman with a mischievous sense of humor. He passed away after a short illness on July 8, 2009 at St. Francis Medical Center in Roslyn. He was 96.
Lou was born at home on Mott Street in Manhattan’s Chinatown on Oct. 27, 1912. His family moved in 1926 to Manhasset where he attended Manhasset High School, graduating in 1931. After being discharged from the Army following his service during WWII, he and his wife, Ann Ciminera, whom he married on June 25, 1944, moved to Port Washington, where they raised their two children.
Mother Plummer, the daughter of George S. Hills and Alice Shaw Hills, was born in New Rochelle, on Nov. 28, 1935. She attended Thornton Donovan Primary School and Rye Country Day School and graduated from Vassar College in 1957 and Mercer Theological Seminary in 1990. In the period after graduation from Vassar, she was employed by the Ladies Home Journal and the National Council of Churches.
Dr. Charles E. Rogers passed away at his Port Washington residence at the age of 88 on July 8, 2009. Chuck, as he was known to his friends, led a privileged life helping members of the community as a physician, mentor, friend and leader.
Born Feb. 23, 1921 in Milwaukee, WI, he received his doctor of medicine from Marquette University. In 1954 he retired after 20 years of service from the US Navy with the rank of captain. The medical career continued with a successful practice in surgical oncology. Dr. Rogers was on the staff of several hospitals and in 1966 joined the medical staff of St. Francis Hospital. While with St. Francis he focused his efforts on improving the quality of health care and established one of the first ambulatory surgery units (day op center) in the county. He served as director of surgery at St. Francis from 1970 until his retirement in 1995.
Chuck was very active in the Port Washington community serving on a variety of boards and councils. He loved the Port Washington area and often remarked how beautiful the sunset was on Manhasset Bay. When he retired from the Navy, he immediately knew this was where he wanted to stay for the rest of his life.
He is survived by Zita, his wife of 44 years; son Charles “Peter”; daughter-in-law Debbie; and two grandchildren, Michelle Porrill and Christopher Rogers.
Arrangements were made by Fairchild Sons Funeral Home, Manhasset. Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church.
Florence M. Iacona, a longtime teacher for the Port Washington School District, passed away at St. Francis Hospital on June 25, 2009. She was a beloved and highly respected first grade teacher, having taught at Main Street School for many years before retiring in 1983. Her teaching career spanned three decades, and prior to teaching in Port, Florence taught first grade in both the East Williston and the Mineola School Districts. Known for her gentle and patient manner, Florence positively affected the lives of numerous students in our community. She was also thoroughly devoted to her family and spent countless hours enjoying and teaching her own grandchildren and attending their school events. Her love of teaching was evident in every aspect of her life. Florence grew up in Port Washington and was a lifelong parishioner of St. Peters of Alcantara.
Florence is survived by her husband of almost 54 years, Anthony; her daughters, Lynn Goidell and Diane Peyser; son-in law Mark Goidell; grandchildren, Kimberly, Matthew, Christopher and Lauren; and brother Matthew. She was predeceased by her dear son-in-law, Edward Peyser.
Arrangements were made by Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Following a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peters of Alcantara, Florence was interred at Nassau Knolls Cemetery in Port Washington.
Doris Eschmann, 89, a resident of Ventura, CA, since 1997, formerly of Port Washington, passed away on June 22, 2009 after a long illness. She was the widow of Richard Eschmann. She was born Dorothy Paula Barbara Szigethy on Jan. 17, 1920 in Brooklyn.
A very loving, giving and caring person, she was always known as the life of the party. She is survived by her only son Bruce Jonsson and daughter-in-law Carole Jonsson of Ventura; and five grandchildren, Tiffany Jonsson, Jeffrey Jonsson, Sean (and wife Brandy) Jonsson, Sable and Kristina Jonsson; and one great-granddaughter Lydia Rose Jonsson.
A memorial was held in her remembrance on July 11 at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, Ventura.
Genevieve Shorin passed away unexpectedly on June 5, 2009 after a brief illness. A resident of Port Washington for over 52 years, she was the beloved wife, mother, grandmother and loyal friend to many.
Born in Charleston, WV, on June 9, 1928, she graduated from Linden Hall School in Lititz, PA and Ohio State University. She also attended Teachers College at Columbia University. For the past decade she was a dedicated participant attending Hutton House lectures at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University and was actively involved in scholarship programs designed to assist undergraduate students. She shared those interests with her husband who continues to serve as a member of the university’s board of trustees.
Mrs. Shorin genuinely enjoyed her many relationships with people from all walks of life. Her sense of humor and warmth were well regarded by all those with whom she had contact, endearing herself to neighbors, friends and colleagues.
After 56 years of marriage, she is survived by her husband Edward; her sons, Richard (Andrea) of Ambler, PA, and James (Michelle) of Palo Alto, CA; and six grandchildren.
A scholarship fund at Long Island University has been established to perpetuate Mrs. Shorin’s dedication to student financial needs. Donations may be sent to Lisa Mulvey, Associate VP Development, Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, Brookville, NY 11548.
At 92, Marion “Tess” Teslik was an independent, quick-witted, working woman with a flair for fashion.
Growing up in Jamaica, Queens, Ms. Teslik attended finishing school after her high school days and later enrolled at Fordham University.
She attended three years of college before meeting her husband, Alexander, Jr., while on a train traveling between New York and Connecticut. They later married and Ms. Teslik, an only child, went on to have three children, Alexander, Steven and Melanie.
Henry A. Zebroski, age 97, a life-long resident of Port Washington, unexpectedly died on June 22, 2009. Henry was predeceased by his wife Mary; brothers, Walter and Sigmund; and sister Gabriella (aka Jenny). He is survived by his children, Henry, Harold (Elynor) and Alexander (Ellen); his grandchildren, Henry (Carla), Irene, Andrew John, Harold Jr., Elin Antonori (Patrick), Katie, Megan and Thomas. He is also survived by many nephews.
During WWII, Henry was employed at Grumman Aircraft in Bethpage as plant supervisor. After the war, he worked in Local Union 66 for Pollock and Wyson Construction until 1977. He later worked another 15 years for the Village of Sands Point as vehicle maintenance supervisor. In 1980, the newspaper, Polish American World, named him as its Citizen of the Year for his seemingly endless support of the Polish American community on Long Island since the end of WWII. Henry also served 14 yeas as mayor and secretary-treasurer of the Town of Port Washington North. As a racing pigeon enthusiast, Henry enjoyed many championship racing seasons. He gave back by serving as secretary, treasurer and president of many racing pigeon clubs. He was very proud of his gardening skills developed while working at the Christian Holmes Sands Point estate. He constantly reminded his children and anyone else who would listen about the tasty hot peppers and tomatoes he grew each year. He shared his aromatic flowers with anyone passing his home.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A religious service was held June 26 at the funeral home. The cremation was private. Donations in his memory to the PW Police Athletic League, Inc., PO Box 765, Port Washington, NY 11050 would be greatly appreciated.
Joseph C. Mayer, M.D., psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, passed away on June 14, 2009 peacefully in his home in Long Beach. Dr. Mayer was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was married to Renee G. Mayer, Esq., for 52 years until her death in March, 2008.
Dr. Mayer grew up in Linden, NJ, and attended college and medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1955. He did his residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, NJ, and completed his psychoanalytic training at the Psychoanalytic Association of New York.
Dr. Mayer lived and worked in Port Washington for 43 years. He was a dedicated, hard working psychoanalyst who was committed to the conscientious treatment of his patients. He strongly believed in providing for his family and furthering the education of his children and grandchildren. He will be remembered for his broad range of intellectual and cultural interests and his sharp sense of humor. He is survived by his four children, Douglas P. Mayer, Esq., Julia L. Mayer, Psy.D., Amy D. Lazar, M.D., and Andrew J. Mayer, Ph.D., their spouses, and 10 grandchildren.
Donations may be sent to the Long Island Psychoanalytic Society, 395 Chestnut Dr., Roslyn, NY 11576.
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