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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

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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