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Obituary: Evelyn McNamara

Evelyn McNamara, formerly of Oyster Bay, passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 7, 2013 at her son Steven’s house in West Milford, New Jersey, after a long illness.

Evelyn was born in Elmont on March 23, 1924 to Rose (Poklop) Prach and Dr. Thomas Prach. She graduated from Bayside High School and the Central Park School of the Arts. She was married to the late Thomas McNamara for 51 years and they were loving parents to six children: Thomas Jr. (Corinne), Pasadena, CA; Barbara Gibson (Gary), Mohnton, PA; Christopher, deceased (Christina) Boulder, CO; Mark (Shani), Merrick, NY; Steven (Lise), West Milford, New Jersey and Defiance, MO; and Richard (Anne), Oyster Bay, NY.

Evelyn is survived by a sister, Doris (Prach) Zalis, Bayside, NY; and Thomas (Naomi) Prach, South Setauket, NY.

Evelyn was blessed with 17 grandchildren: Marie Therese (McNamara) Watson, Thomas McNamara, Michael McNamara, Stacey (Gibson) O’Brien, Gail (Gibson) Donlan, Laura Gibson (deceased), Kyle McNamara, Paige McNamara, Tyler McNamara, Jessica (McNamara) Cozzolino, Joseph McNamara, Katy McNamara, Matthew McNamara, Ryan McNamara, Kelsey McNamara, Christopher McNamara and Gavin McNamara; and 11 great grandchildren:  Alexandra Marshall, Robert Marshall, Ethan Marshall, Kellen O’Brien, Patrick Donlan, Rachel Donlan, Sean Donlan, Steven McNamara, Sam Watson, Katie Watson and Henry Watson.

Evelyn retired from the Oyster Bay Public Library after 20 years and was a past treasurer of the Catholic Daughters of America Court Sacred Heart at her home parish of St. Dominic Church in Oyster Bay.

Evelyn enjoyed reading, music, knitting, cooking and most of all family. Her door was always open and she loved inviting people for dinner and music. The house always rang out with love, laughter, and babies and children running around. Evelyn taught her family to love God, to love family and to love their neighbors. The family will try to pass on her legacy, and will all miss her very much.

News

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

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Sunday, November 23



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