Elizabeth J. Bogen, a 1961 Scheiber High School graduate and former editor of the Great Neck Record, died unexpectedly on Oct. 17, 2011 of complications after knee surgery. She was 68 years old.
Milton Heller, 89, and Dorothee Heller, 88, of Delray Beach, FL, passed away on Jan. 15 and June 8, 2011, respectively. They were married for 65 years. The Hellers were longtime residents of Port Washington, moving to the newly developed Soundview Village when a sand pit still bordered their back yard. WWII veteran Milton Heller was a health inspector with the New York City Health Department, and, upon retiring, started his own consulting firm, with many of New York City's most notable restaurants as clients, as well as being corporate sanitarian for the Waldbaum’s supermarket chain.
Tom Harkins, age 59, passed away suddenly on Oct. 21, 2011. Tom was a resident of Port Washington since 1981 and had been involved in his community through his instrumental efforts in support of the PYA ballfield and his custom painting and wallpapering business offered to many residents over the years. Tom grew up in Uniondale and was a graduate of Chaminade High School and Niagara University. He was the loving, former husband of Port Washington-native Stacey (Long). He was loved by many but most of all by his children, Michael and Emily Harkins, both of Port Washington. Tom was a wonderful brother to nine siblings, Colleen Reid, Mary Ellen Saasto, Terri Harkins-Jaisle, Eilleen Boyle, Ken, Pat Hogan, John, Elizabeth Sansone, and Anne Franzino. His special wit and humor will never be forgotten by his 25 nieces and nephews, Michael, Scott and Brian Reid, Ryan and Kim Saasto, Matthew and Dan Jaisle, Tim, Caitlin and Erin Boyle, Jessica and Sean Harkins, Chris, Brendan and Kelly Hogan, Sarah and Kate Harkins, Kyle and Kira Sansone, Thomas Franzino, Kristen, John, Christopher, Jessica and Erica Zahn. Tom will also be deeply missed by numerous cousins including Jessica McManus and her children Jacquelyn, Jordan and Julianne McManus and cousin Suzanne Andersen and her children Cody and Natalie Andersen. Additionally, first cousins from the McGinley and Condon families were always an important part of Tom’s life. Tom was considered a second son to a special uncle, Jack Rininger. Tom was predeceased by his parents, Ann and Thomas Harkins, and a treasured niece, Caitlin Boyle.
Virginia Blakeslee, a longtime resident of Port Washington and devoted member of the League of Women Voters, who was honored as Port’s Woman of the Year in 1996, died Oct. 7, 2011 at her home in Santa Fe, NM. She was 93. The cause was complications from a fall she sustained 10 months ago, her daughter, Sandra Blakeslee, said.
Virginia was a league member for 59 years, serving as president of the Port Washington/Manhasset chapter from 1959 to 1962. In 1967, she wrote a comprehensive history of the chapter for its 50th anniversary.
Milton Heller, 89, and Dorothee Heller, 88, of Delray Beach, FL, passed away on Jan. 15 and June 8, 2011, respectively. They were married for 65 years. The Hellers were longtime residents of Port Washington, moving to the newly developed Soundview Village when a sand pit still bordered their back yard. WWII veteran Milton Heller was a health inspector with the New York City Health Department, and, upon retiring, started his own consulting firm, with many of New York City’s most notable restaurants as clients, as well as being corporate sanitarian for the Waldbaum’s supermarket chain. Similarly, he served as Commissioner of Sanitation for the Village of Port Washington North, 1964-75. He was very active in unions and professional organizations, as well as local Boy Scout troop 241. Over a decade from the mid 1960s to mid 1970s, Dorothee Heller served as PTA President for Guggenheim Elementary School and then for Sousa Junior High School; and subsequently, the couple served as joint PTA presidents for Schreiber High School. Dorothee worked close to their home for a decade at the Publishers Clearing House. The Hellers were longtime members of the Community Synagogue. They retired to Florida in 1994, reconnecting there with friends and neighbors from Port Washington. They are survived by sons Jonathan, Joshua, Robert, and Billy, and sisters Annette Slotnick of Searingtown and Sherry Schweitzer of Commack; along with eight grandchildren, and loving nieces and nephews in Port Washington, elsewhere on Long Island, Manhattan, and the northeast U.S.
Helen Bilanski (nee Michalowski), age 98, of Edgewater, FL, formerly of Port Washington, died on Sept. 30, 2011. She is survived by her children, Arlene Amato (Gerard) and Ronald (Susan), many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Helen was predeceased by her husband Alexander, her sons Edward, Alfred, Richard, Robert, and Gary, and her grandsons Michael, Edward Jr. and Barry. Funeral arrangements were handled by Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Oct. 5 at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. The interment followed at Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
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