Caryl Brush Hooper, a 65-year resident of Port Washington, passed away last year on March 2, 2011. She was born Caryl Myra Brush to Edmund and Edna Brush on April 11, 1918 and spent her early years in the Bronx. She moved with her parents and her younger brother, Theodore, to Manhasset in 1929 when she was 11 years old. At that time, Manhasset had a population of 4,000, two stores, and only one school, Plandome Road School. Orchard Street and nearby Plandome Road were completely residential; there was no movie theatre or shops. She later moved to Great Neck with her family during her junior year in high school.
Helen Lyons, 96 years of age, formerly of Port Washington, died Feb. 26, 2012 at Greenspring Senior Living Community, Springfield, VA. Helen lived in Port Washington from 1951 to 2002 moving to Virginia to be near her daughter. She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Kraighman (Richard); her grandchildren, Terri Marchan (Mark), Richard Volpe (Heather), Cathy Moonis (Tom) and Philip Beaton (Karen); and nine great-grandchildren. Helen was predeceased by her husband Nelson and her daughter Mary.
During a family visit in Delaware, Leona died of a heart attack on Jan. 3, 2012 while peacefully sleeping.
Leona was born at home, Aug. 18, 1934, to Edward and Leona Hollman Kurtz in Allentown, PA. A beautiful “honey-blonde haired” child, she won local children’s beauty contests starting at age 4, thus attaining her “forever” nickname of “Honey.” In fact, throughout her adult life many new friends would ask to call her by this endearing nickname, as it so aptly reflected her sweet nature. She was educated in New York City and pursued a career on Wall Street with the brokerage firm, White, Weld & Company.
Cathleen Marie Singleton (nee Prior), 54, of Port Washington, died on Feb. 24, 2012. She is survived by her husband Thomas; her children, Meredith and Andrew; her parents, John and Joan; and her brothers, Kevin and Christopher. Cathleen is also survived by nieces and nephews. Arrangements were handled by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
Richard Joseph Peneski, 75, of Port Washington, passed away on Feb. 14, 2012. Beloved husband of Mary Ann (Salerno) for 50 years. Devoted and loving father of Donna (Sean) Ahern and Richard Jr. (Lee Ann). Adored grandfather of Katie, Sean and Michael. Survived by brother-in-law John E. Salerno (Barbara); sister-in-law May Salerno; sister-in-law Rose Abrams (Ken); and many nieces and nephews. Gone before him were his parents, Mary and John Penesky; brother John Penesky; and brother-in-law Jess Salerno Jr.
Michael Gross, 69, proprietor of Port Photo Supplies for 22 years, passed away on Jan. 21, 2012.
Port Photo, located on the corner of Port Washington Blvd and Willowdale Ave., was a familiar landmark to many Port residents who trusted Michael and his incredible photographic expertise. Michael’s personalized customer service was appreciated by professional photographers and weekend photo enthusiasts alike. Examples of his beautiful work can be seen at www.photosbymikegross.com.
Christina M. Corbett (nee Duque), of Port Washington, formerly of Glen Cove, died on Feb. 12, 2012 at age 49. Wife of Joseph M. Daughter of Irene and Fernando Duque. Sister of Katia D. Calamusa (John). Aunt of Logan. Arrangements by Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Mass held at St. Patrick R.C. Church. Interment private.
Margaret “Peggy” Record, who was raised in Port Washington, passed away in her new hometown of Brandon, FL, on Oct. 28, 2011. As a girl, she lived with her mother Marguerite Denton and her father (a sergeant in the Port Washington Police Department), Michael Denton. She attended Port Washington Senior High School and was married to her late husband, Captain Byron L. Record, USMM at the Port Washington Methodist Church on Nov. 8, 1944. Although she moved to Florida in 1959, her heart remained in Port Washington. In fact, it was her final wish that her remains be scattered from the Town Dock where she spent most of her childhood. Over the years she contributed articles to the Port Washington News and Fate magazine. She is survived by her daughter Pamela; son Michael and his wife Hedda; son Anthony and his wife Andrea; and three grandchildren, Anthony, Allison and Alex Record. Gone before her were her mother and father, her husband Byron, and her first grandchild, Matthew.
Robert Ellis Bilyeu, 90, of Cumming, GA, passed away on Feb. 8, 2012. Born in the Bronx, he was the son of the late Frank and Martha Bilyeu. Mr. Bilyeu served in the U.S. Army during WWII, and later retired as a police sergeant in Port Washington, after 38 years of dedication to Public Safety. He is survived by his beloved wife Dolores Bilyeu of Cumming, GA; son Randy (Leida) Bilyeu of Sandy Springs, GA; daughter Kathy (James) Leibold of Houston, TX; grandchildren, Carissa, Michelle and Chad; great-grandchild Faith; cat Bam Bam. A memorial service was held on Feb.10 McDonald & Son Funeral Home, Cumming, GA (770-886-9899). In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests donations in Robert’s name to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org or the National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org. Condolences may be expressed online at www.mcdonaldandson.com.
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