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Obituary: Helen Marie Lewis

Helen Marie Lewis

Helen Marie Lewis, known to her family and friends as Marie Lewis, died Feb. 21, 2009 at the age of 84 after a lengthy battle with heart disease. Marie was a native of Port Washington and this is where she lived her life.

It is most fitting that we, her family, publish this memoriam on Mother’s Day weekend, as Marie devoted her life to taking care of her family. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Edwin B. (“Bucky”); two sons, Edwin H. (“Hank”) and wife Bronnie, and John; two daughters, Susan and husband Claude Pardi and JenAnn and husband Martin Fideli; as well as seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Marie is also survived by two brothers, Edward and Charles Moshier, both of whom are currently living with their families in North Carolina. She was predeceased by two sisters, Sara Fuchs and Ann McKenna.

Aside from family life, Marie was a very devoted member of St. Stephen’s Church in Port Washington. She managed its Sunday School for many years. In 1985, she received Long Island’s Bishops’ Award for her accomplishments and dedication to St. Stephen’s Church. Marie’s last wish was that contributions be made in her memory to the St. Stephen’s Sunday School.

It is believed by many that aside from the devoted, loving care given to her by Dr. Francis Losito, MD, of Port Washington, Marie outlived the odds given her by some 20 years because of her courage and her deep religious beliefs.

Marie was also a dedicated employee of St. Francis Hospital, where she was supervisor at the switchboard, from 1974 until she retired in 1989.

Aside from her devotion to her family, her church and her career, Marie had many talents and interests. She completed a career course on doll repair and did much work on that, from repairing both new and antique dolls, to sewing and knitting entire wardrobes. She also painted in oil and did much work in ceramics, making her own pieces, painting them with the utmost of detail, and firing them in her own kiln.

Marie has left behind many a family heirloom and she will be greatly missed.

Services were held at Knowles Funeral Home followed by religious services at St. Stephen’s Church. Interment is to take place at Nassau Knolls Cemetery in Port Washington on May 9 at 11 a.m.