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Obituary: Margaret Oswald, 98

Margaret M. Oswald, 98, of Oxford, MI died peacefully at home on Nov. 21. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward, her eldest son Robert, daughter-in law Carole and son-in-law Bill Bellairs. Oswald is survived by her children: Susan Bellairs of Oxford and Paul (Kathie) Oswald of Shohola, PA.

Oswald, the daughter of the late Augustine and Margaret Ziminski; was a 30-year Mineola resident and very active in Corpus Christi Church. She was born on March 14, 1915 in Hempstead.

Oswald was also preceded in death by her sisters; Catherine Moore, Mary Goodwin, Helen Sammons and brother William Ziminski.  She is survived by brother Paul Ziminski of Scottsdale, AZ and sister Jane (Griesel) Lemoine of Fort Pierce, FL.

She was called “Gram” or “Grammy” by her grandchildren: Pam, Aimee, Lori, Karrie and Jamie, and by her great-grandchildren; Zach, Alyssa, Tobey, Dustin, Megan, Brady, Logan and Parker.

Oswald, called Kiddie by friends and family, led a wonderfully full and independent life. She was part of the first graduating class at Hofstra University in 1939.  She took pride in being a professional Girl Scout and a camp counselor.  She was also a dedicated teacher at St. Joseph’s School in Garden City.

 

In her spare time, Oswald loved to sew and was an excellent seamstress and quilter. She was also known for her love of baking by family and friends.  The family counted on her to organize and plan special celebrations and events which included all the cooking and baking.

 

Oswald was constantly on the move, busy doing things her way and always including a little quote or saying to keep you laughing. After the death of Edward, her husband of 46 years, she moved to Southampton where she was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish and became a secular Franciscan, spreading simple kindness where she could. In 1997 Margaret moved to Oxford where she spent the remaining 16 years near her family.

 

The family is requesting that any donations be made to the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse located at 775 West Drahner Road, Oxford, MI where Oswald loved to attend mass every Sunday morning.


News

Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.

 

“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


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