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Obituary: Adena Margarita Anderson

Adena Margarita Anderson died March 22, 2013, at 105 years. She was born on a farm in Rosendale, Wisconsin March 14, 1908 to Anna and Herman Haberkorn, the youngest of seven. Adena attended the University of Wisconsin, majoring in home economics, and that is where she met her husband, Albin (Andy). It was he who nicknamed her Dean. They were married in 1934, and moved to New York in 1936 when Andy was transferred by the A&P Tea Company to establish its quality control laboratory. They settled in Manhasset in 1941. Adena was very active in the Manhasset Girl Scouts where she was a leader for many years. She started the Turnover Shop (resale of secondhand clothes), which raised money in support of Manhasset Public Schools. Adena taught at Grace Institute and was a substitute teacher in high school home economics. 


Adena was a member of Church of Our Saviour Lutheran since 1941 where she was active in the Ruth Circle and other areas of the church throughout her life. Her greatest pleasure was establishing memorial plantings at the church where she met her “second son” Gregory Suridis. Dean loved life and was a consummate storyteller, particularly about her own foibles. She was a masterful hostess and loved entertaining. She had a wide circle of friends who brought her incredible joy especially in the last several years as her health declined. She loved giving to others and spent her entire life reaching out to those around her in many different ways.  Until the day she died she was thinking about how she could thank others for their kindnesses. 


Adena is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Carolyn and Al Rasch and Lauren Preston of Seattle, her son, Thomas Anderson, daughter-in-law, Gina and granddaughter, Erica of Brooklyn, and her niece Sonja Pluess of Edgerton, WI.  Andy, her beloved husband of 56 years, and her cherished grandson David Rasch of Seattle predeceased her. She died peacefully at her home. Her memorial service was held at the Church of Our Saviour, Lutheran, 1901 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, NY, on March 28. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Adena’s memory may be made to the Church of Our Saviour, Lutheran.


Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders. 


“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”

A new Child Care Centerfor children ages eight weeks through Pre-K—opened at Farmingdale State College this week, which will be open to the community and the college campus. 


“The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen. “This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff.

Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education.”


On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.

In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.

Second at Counties, State Quals as Weilep Qualifies for State Meet

The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.


Champions for Charity

Thursday, December 5

Mens' Club Luncheon

Thursday, December 5

Holiday Tree Lighting

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