Mae R. DeMeo passed away on May 28, 2009, at her home in Lantana, FL. Born on Oct. 7, 1909, she was 99 years old. She was the daughter of Antonio and Rosa Giresi and moved to Port Washington from Elizabeth St. in New York City, when she was 3 months old. Her parents, Antonio and Rosa came to America through Ellis Island, when they were 9 and 13 years respectively. They met in New York City and were married in the late 1800s. She was the beloved wife of Mickey DeMeo, also of Port Washington. They were married for 55 years until he predeceased her in 1988. They had resided in Port Washington until 1981, when they moved to North Carolina and Florida. Mae loved to travel and had traveled all over the world. She was an active participant of all areas of her life right up until her peaceful passing.
Affectionately known as Nana, Mae is survived by her daughters, Carole Moores of Oakwood, GA, and Dorothy Martin of Lake Worth, FL; 8 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and her sisters, Josephine Klem of Port Washington and Jane Coffrini of Greenacres, FL. Her brothers, Frank and James, sisters Marie and Annette predeceased her.
A private memorial service was held at St. Peter of Alcantara Church followed by a graveside service at Nassau Knowles Cemetery. She was a devoted wife and mother and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Audrey Slavinsky (nee Jones), a lifetime resident of Port Washington, died on June 10, 2009. Audrey was predeceased by her husband Matthew. She is survived by her sons, Raymond (Marilyn) and William (Carol); her sister Anita Sheridan; and her grandson David. Audrey was the youngest of 18 children and will be missed by all who knew her. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. The funeral was private.
Kathy Timothy died peacefully in her home on Sunday May 31, 2009. She was 66 years old. She was born Kathy Shanahan in Chicago, IL, in 1942 to Elaine and William Shanahan. The family moved to Chappaqua in the 1950s.
She worked at NBC TV in the early 60s where she met Ray Timothy and they were married in 1964. The NBC job required the family to move every two to three years and Kathy raised her boys, Matt, Pat and Luke in Cleveland, Washington DC, Cleveland (again) and Los Angeles. The final transfer brought Kathy and her family to Port Washington in 1976 when Ray was tapped as the vice president and general manager of WNBC TV (Channel 4) in New York City.
When she arrived here in Port, she had no college degree and no significant work experience. That soon changed. She went back to college, graduated from St. John’s University receiving an undergraduate and law degree- all while her boys were still in the Port school system. She subsequently opened a law practice with a classmate and friend; Timothy and Gill in Jamaica, Queens.
In addition, Kathy became an avid runner, an early morning fixture throughout the town. She eventually completed the New York City marathon twice and the wacky Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco. She also set her sights on mountain climbing, having achieved summits at the highest peak in the lower 48 states (Mt. Rainer in Washington State ) and the highest peak in Africa (Mt. Kilimanjaro). She most recently completed an arduous 14-day backcountry trek to Machu Pichu in Peru in May of last year.
Through the NBC experience, she met two US presidents, attended Wimbledon, the Super Bowl, the World Series and the Seoul Olympics.
In retirement, she and Ray built an island home in the San Juan islands, north of Seattle, WA. From there they traveled the world. Ireland, England, Italy, France (her favorite) Eastern Europe, South America, Central America, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and every state in the union.
After the death of her husband in late 2007, Kathy moved back to Port Washington to be near family.
The life of Kathy Timothy is an inspiration to those that knew and loved her. Her Port Washington roots were bookends on a remarkable life and a boundless energy that had only one direction; forward.
She is survived and missed by her three sons, Matt and Pat Timothy of Port Washington and Luke Timothy of Forest Hills, Queens; her two daughters in-law, Lee Anne Vetrone-Timothy and Mary Bell Timothy; her four grandchildren, Maggie, Sam, Jake and Anabel; her brothers, Richard and Bill Shanahan and her father William Shanahan, all of Connecticut. In addition, she is survived by her partners in grand-parenting here in Port Washington, Karen and Cosmo Vetrone, not to mention the countless wonderful friends both locally and across the world.
A private service was held on June 6. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Family and Children’s Organization of Long Island; www.familyandchildrens.org.
Judith LeVeen White, of Vero Beach, FL, former 6-year resident of Port Washington, passed away on May 14, 2009. She was born in Jamaica, NY, on April 15, 1937 to William and Virginia LeVeen. She was the loving mother of Kelly Lowe (Timothy) of Port Washington and Kerry Pedersen (Glen) of North Carolina.
Judy was affectionately known as Jupy to her four grandchildren, TJ and William Lowe and Rileigh and Connor Pedersen.
She was predeceased by her brothers, Jerry and Jeffrey. She is survived by her sister Janice Wright of Phelps, NY, and her partner Patrick White, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
She graduated from Paul D. Shreiber High School in 1955 and attended Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. Judy was an employee of Lord & Taylor in Manhasset for 43 years where she was the manager of several departments. She was active in the PTA in the Port Washington school district and a long time member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
A loving and caring lady, she developed a wide circle of life-time friends. She was especially fond of her high school classmates, with whom she continued to maintain strong friendships over the years.
A memorial service in remembrance of Judy’s life will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Port Washington on June 13 at 10:30 a.m. Memorial donations may be made in her name to St. Peter of Alcantara School, 1321 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington, NY 11050. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
Florence L. Merjan, born May 14, 1929 in Hyde Park, MA, passed peacefully on May 23, 2009 in the presence of her family. A resident of Port Washington for 54 years, she was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.
She was a graduate of Pembroke College and worked as a clinical psychologist for the Navy and the Army. She later worked for the Community Services of Nassau County in the Meals on Wheels program. She also served as president of the Flower Hill PTA and the Weber PTA.
She is survived by Stanley, her loving and devoted husband of 55 years; her sister Sue Allen of New Haven, CT; her children, Barbara of Ossining, NY, David of Glencoe, IL, and Alice (Hirsch) of New York, NY; and her grandchildren, Jake, Julia, Alexandra and Olivia.
Donations may be made in her memory to The Heart Fund or St. Francis Hospital.
Dr. Elizabeth Ufford, of Southbury, CT, passed away on May 13, 2009. Born in Elmira, NY, on Aug. 19, 1909, she graduated from Dana Hall in Wellesley, MA, Vassar College in Poughkeepsie and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Ufford moved to Port Washington in 1939 and opened a pediatric practice. Along with her private practice, she was the Manhasset and Port Washington school doctor for several years and worked for the Department of Health in Freeport. She was also part of a research team at Columbia which followed the lives of 40,000 babies. In 1975, Dr. Ufford retired from pediatrics in Port Washington, moved to Southbury, CT, and worked for several years as the assistant director of health.
She is survived by her son Joe Carpenter of Port Washington; daughter-in-law Pat; granddaughter Jacqueline Carpenter Ivory and her husband Chris of Miami, FL; two great-grandchildren, Cameron and Laurel.
Graveside services will be held in Elmira, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to Columbia University, Attn: Laura Tenenbaum, 630 West 168th St., Suite 2-430, New York, NY 10032. The Southbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere, 235 Main St. North, is in charge of arrangements. To place an online condolence, visit www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com.
Ethel K. Gebhart, 88, a resident of Port Washington for the past 69 years, passed away at home on May 20, 2009 . She was born on Aug. 22, 1920 , the daughter of Joseph and Marie Steinle. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Rudolf; her five children, Ellen Weingart and husband John of Kentfield Hills, CA, Lorri Erion of Nashua, NH, Kristin Ryan and husband Casey of Santa Fe, NM, Neil Gebhart and wife Maureen of Verona, WI, Curt Gebhart of Woodside, NY; her sister Alma Costello of Santa Barbara, CA; nephew Frank Heath of Santa Barbara, CA; eight grandchildren and 16great-grandchildren
Pasquale (Tony) Solomita died on May 12, 2009. He was Grand Knight of the Port Washington Chapter of the Knights of Columbus. He had many dear friends in Port. He even ran for mayor of Manorhaven many years ago. Although he lost, it was not by many votes.
Frances Gallic Maher, loving wife of Richard D. and mother of Richard (Marianne), Brian (Jeanne Basior), Michael (Pam), Mary Frances Sauvigne (Mark), Elizabeth Marx (John) and Peter died peacefully on May 11, 2009. Frances grew up in Bayridge, Brooklyn, and Queens Village.
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