Elizabeth Smith-Johannsen, a longtime resident of Port Washington and Oyster Bay, died on Nov. 18, 2011 at her home in Highlands Ranch, CO, after a very brief illness. She was 89.
Elizabeth Smith-Johannsen was born in Ann Arbor, MI, on Feb. 17, 1922 to Ward and Elizabeth Davidson (nee Bostwick) where her father was a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Michigan.
Adam Gabriel Grzybek, 45, of Port Washington, passed away on Dec. 4, 2011 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro, NC, surrounded by his family.
Adam was born in Englewood, NJ, on March 24, 1966 to Krystyna Golabek Grzybek of Fremont and the late Waclaw Joseph “Walter” Grzybek. He worked as a plumber for Port Plumbing but had a great passion for car restoration, boating, golfing and racing cars. Adam was a member of the Port Washington Sportsman Club.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Dec. 7 at St. Mary RC Church with Rev. Tom Norris, O.S.F.S. presiding. Burial in Elmwood Cemetery in Fremont.
He was born in New York City on Feb. 3, 1922. Norman was the son of the late Nelson and Florence (Bannister) Seifts. He was the husband of Ingrid (Olson) Seifts, with whom she shared 19 years of marriage.
Leo Battista, who resided in Port Washington for more than 40 years, passed away on Nov. 28, in Sunrise, FL. He was 85 years old and died of complications related to kidney failure.
A familiar face for decades at Port Washington’s Manorhaven Park and Bar Beach Park, where he played competitive paddleball well into his 70s, Battista is survived by his wife of 59 years, Clara; their eight children and seven grandchildren, who knew him as ‘Poppy’; as well three-dozen nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Raffael and Nunziata Battista; his brothers Louie, Raffael, Pasquale, Frank, and his sister, Carmella.
Jan. 1, 1922-Nov. 20, 2011
Robert (Bob) a current resident of Boynton Beach, FL, and long time resident of Port Washington and Sag Harbor, died peacefully on Nov. 20, 2011. Born in Jersey City NJ, He was a veteran of WWII having served in Army infantry and support for the Flying Tigers, in China Burma India Battalion. A senior manager with IBM for 30 years. A former president of PW Rotary and active in local youth athletic leagues. A member of St. Peter’s and St. Andrew’s Churches. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gloria, three children Eileen Brush, of Garden City, Robert Jr. of Bronxville and Karen Forsyth of Jupiter, FL, as well as six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is now reunited with his dear mother Sadie and his brother Francis. Services will be held at the Thomas Dalton Funeral Home, 125 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 2 to 8 p.m. with a memorial service at 5 p.m. Donations to veteran’s charities in lieu of flowers, please.
Dr. Leo Botwinick, 92, of Port Washington, formerly of Great Neck, died on Oct. 29, 2011. He was an endodontist with an international practice. He is survived by his wife Libbie Botwinick; daughter Lisa Botwinick; son Howard Botwinick, MD. Son of the late Sam and Bessie. Services were held on Oct. 30 with Rabbi Barry “Dov” Schwartz officiating. Entombment Old Mount Carmel Cemetery, Glendale, Queens.
Virginia Emerson Steibel, of Port Washington, died on Nov. 2, 2011. She is survived by her daughters, KM Doner and Linda Kennedy (Andrew), her granddaughters, Lisa and Patricia Kennedy, her brother William Wenstrom, and many dear friends, especially Edith Van Raalte and Saul Ferdman. A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25 at the Roslyn Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Actor’s Fund and/or Save the Children Long Island Council.
Bee Hickson, a longtime resident of Port Washington, quietly passed away at his home on Nov. 9, 2011 after a long illness. Bee was born Sept. 3, 1919 in Roslyn and graduated from Roslyn High in 1937. He served with the U.S. Army during WWII in the China-Burma-India Theater. During the war he married the late Eileen Hassett Hickson of Port Washington. After the war Bee and Eileen settled in Port Washington and raised their two sons, the late Geoffrey and Kevin. Bee graduated from Hofstra College in 1954 under the G.I. Bill and worked for the Long Island Lighting Company for 35 years.
Born in New York in 1919, she graduated from St. Savior High School and received her bachelors degree in mathematics from Hunter College in New York City. She was employed by the Mutual of New York and managed their actuarial department. She was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Manhasset and later of the Church of St, Peter of Alcantara in Port Washington where she was a lector and Ministry of Consolation volunteer. Carmel was an active member of the American Association of University Women, the Plandome Women’s Club and the Flower Hill Women’s Club. The Barrys were longtime members of North Hempstead Country Club.
Lisa Marie Villard, 54, of Frederick, MD, formerly of Port Washington, died at her home on Nov. 3, 2011, after her battle with cancer. In her end days she was surrounded by family and close friends. Lisa was born July 22, 1957 in Port Washington, a daughter of the late Arthur Edward and Jean Walton Villard.
Lisa graduated from Mount St. Mary’s College in 1979. She often said some of her happiest days were spent there. After graduating from college, she spent most of her working career in human resources. She held the position of director at her last job.
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