Florence M. Iacona, a longtime teacher for the Port Washington School District, passed away at St. Francis Hospital on June 25, 2009. She was a beloved and highly respected first grade teacher, having taught at Main Street School for many years before retiring in 1983. Her teaching career spanned three decades, and prior to teaching in Port, Florence taught first grade in both the East Williston and the Mineola School Districts. Known for her gentle and patient manner, Florence positively affected the lives of numerous students in our community. She was also thoroughly devoted to her family and spent countless hours enjoying and teaching her own grandchildren and attending their school events. Her love of teaching was evident in every aspect of her life. Florence grew up in Port Washington and was a lifelong parishioner of St. Peters of Alcantara.
Florence is survived by her husband of almost 54 years, Anthony; her daughters, Lynn Goidell and Diane Peyser; son-in law Mark Goidell; grandchildren, Kimberly, Matthew, Christopher and Lauren; and brother Matthew. She was predeceased by her dear son-in-law, Edward Peyser.
Arrangements were made by Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Following a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peters of Alcantara, Florence was interred at Nassau Knolls Cemetery in Port Washington.
Doris Eschmann, 89, a resident of Ventura, CA, since 1997, formerly of Port Washington, passed away on June 22, 2009 after a long illness. She was the widow of Richard Eschmann. She was born Dorothy Paula Barbara Szigethy on Jan. 17, 1920 in Brooklyn.
A very loving, giving and caring person, she was always known as the life of the party. She is survived by her only son Bruce Jonsson and daughter-in-law Carole Jonsson of Ventura; and five grandchildren, Tiffany Jonsson, Jeffrey Jonsson, Sean (and wife Brandy) Jonsson, Sable and Kristina Jonsson; and one great-granddaughter Lydia Rose Jonsson.
A memorial was held in her remembrance on July 11 at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, Ventura.
Genevieve Shorin passed away unexpectedly on June 5, 2009 after a brief illness. A resident of Port Washington for over 52 years, she was the beloved wife, mother, grandmother and loyal friend to many.
Born in Charleston, WV, on June 9, 1928, she graduated from Linden Hall School in Lititz, PA and Ohio State University. She also attended Teachers College at Columbia University. For the past decade she was a dedicated participant attending Hutton House lectures at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University and was actively involved in scholarship programs designed to assist undergraduate students. She shared those interests with her husband who continues to serve as a member of the university’s board of trustees.
Mrs. Shorin genuinely enjoyed her many relationships with people from all walks of life. Her sense of humor and warmth were well regarded by all those with whom she had contact, endearing herself to neighbors, friends and colleagues.
After 56 years of marriage, she is survived by her husband Edward; her sons, Richard (Andrea) of Ambler, PA, and James (Michelle) of Palo Alto, CA; and six grandchildren.
A scholarship fund at Long Island University has been established to perpetuate Mrs. Shorin’s dedication to student financial needs. Donations may be sent to Lisa Mulvey, Associate VP Development, Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, Brookville, NY 11548.
At 92, Marion “Tess” Teslik was an independent, quick-witted, working woman with a flair for fashion.
Growing up in Jamaica, Queens, Ms. Teslik attended finishing school after her high school days and later enrolled at Fordham University.
She attended three years of college before meeting her husband, Alexander, Jr., while on a train traveling between New York and Connecticut. They later married and Ms. Teslik, an only child, went on to have three children, Alexander, Steven and Melanie.
Henry A. Zebroski, age 97, a life-long resident of Port Washington, unexpectedly died on June 22, 2009. Henry was predeceased by his wife Mary; brothers, Walter and Sigmund; and sister Gabriella (aka Jenny). He is survived by his children, Henry, Harold (Elynor) and Alexander (Ellen); his grandchildren, Henry (Carla), Irene, Andrew John, Harold Jr., Elin Antonori (Patrick), Katie, Megan and Thomas. He is also survived by many nephews.
During WWII, Henry was employed at Grumman Aircraft in Bethpage as plant supervisor. After the war, he worked in Local Union 66 for Pollock and Wyson Construction until 1977. He later worked another 15 years for the Village of Sands Point as vehicle maintenance supervisor. In 1980, the newspaper, Polish American World, named him as its Citizen of the Year for his seemingly endless support of the Polish American community on Long Island since the end of WWII. Henry also served 14 yeas as mayor and secretary-treasurer of the Town of Port Washington North. As a racing pigeon enthusiast, Henry enjoyed many championship racing seasons. He gave back by serving as secretary, treasurer and president of many racing pigeon clubs. He was very proud of his gardening skills developed while working at the Christian Holmes Sands Point estate. He constantly reminded his children and anyone else who would listen about the tasty hot peppers and tomatoes he grew each year. He shared his aromatic flowers with anyone passing his home.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A religious service was held June 26 at the funeral home. The cremation was private. Donations in his memory to the PW Police Athletic League, Inc., PO Box 765, Port Washington, NY 11050 would be greatly appreciated.
Joseph C. Mayer, M.D., psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, passed away on June 14, 2009 peacefully in his home in Long Beach. Dr. Mayer was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was married to Renee G. Mayer, Esq., for 52 years until her death in March, 2008.
Dr. Mayer grew up in Linden, NJ, and attended college and medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1955. He did his residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, NJ, and completed his psychoanalytic training at the Psychoanalytic Association of New York.
Dr. Mayer lived and worked in Port Washington for 43 years. He was a dedicated, hard working psychoanalyst who was committed to the conscientious treatment of his patients. He strongly believed in providing for his family and furthering the education of his children and grandchildren. He will be remembered for his broad range of intellectual and cultural interests and his sharp sense of humor. He is survived by his four children, Douglas P. Mayer, Esq., Julia L. Mayer, Psy.D., Amy D. Lazar, M.D., and Andrew J. Mayer, Ph.D., their spouses, and 10 grandchildren.
Donations may be sent to the Long Island Psychoanalytic Society, 395 Chestnut Dr., Roslyn, NY 11576.
Mae R. DeMeo passed away on May 28, 2009, at her home in Lantana, FL. Born on Oct. 7, 1909, she was 99 years old. She was the daughter of Antonio and Rosa Giresi and moved to Port Washington from Elizabeth St. in New York City, when she was 3 months old. Her parents, Antonio and Rosa came to America through Ellis Island, when they were 9 and 13 years respectively. They met in New York City and were married in the late 1800s. She was the beloved wife of Mickey DeMeo, also of Port Washington. They were married for 55 years until he predeceased her in 1988. They had resided in Port Washington until 1981, when they moved to North Carolina and Florida. Mae loved to travel and had traveled all over the world. She was an active participant of all areas of her life right up until her peaceful passing.
Affectionately known as Nana, Mae is survived by her daughters, Carole Moores of Oakwood, GA, and Dorothy Martin of Lake Worth, FL; 8 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and her sisters, Josephine Klem of Port Washington and Jane Coffrini of Greenacres, FL. Her brothers, Frank and James, sisters Marie and Annette predeceased her.
A private memorial service was held at St. Peter of Alcantara Church followed by a graveside service at Nassau Knowles Cemetery. She was a devoted wife and mother and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Audrey Slavinsky (nee Jones), a lifetime resident of Port Washington, died on June 10, 2009. Audrey was predeceased by her husband Matthew. She is survived by her sons, Raymond (Marilyn) and William (Carol); her sister Anita Sheridan; and her grandson David. Audrey was the youngest of 18 children and will be missed by all who knew her. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. The funeral was private.
Kathy Timothy died peacefully in her home on Sunday May 31, 2009. She was 66 years old. She was born Kathy Shanahan in Chicago, IL, in 1942 to Elaine and William Shanahan. The family moved to Chappaqua in the 1950s.
She worked at NBC TV in the early 60s where she met Ray Timothy and they were married in 1964. The NBC job required the family to move every two to three years and Kathy raised her boys, Matt, Pat and Luke in Cleveland, Washington DC, Cleveland (again) and Los Angeles. The final transfer brought Kathy and her family to Port Washington in 1976 when Ray was tapped as the vice president and general manager of WNBC TV (Channel 4) in New York City.
When she arrived here in Port, she had no college degree and no significant work experience. That soon changed. She went back to college, graduated from St. John’s University receiving an undergraduate and law degree- all while her boys were still in the Port school system. She subsequently opened a law practice with a classmate and friend; Timothy and Gill in Jamaica, Queens.
In addition, Kathy became an avid runner, an early morning fixture throughout the town. She eventually completed the New York City marathon twice and the wacky Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco. She also set her sights on mountain climbing, having achieved summits at the highest peak in the lower 48 states (Mt. Rainer in Washington State ) and the highest peak in Africa (Mt. Kilimanjaro). She most recently completed an arduous 14-day backcountry trek to Machu Pichu in Peru in May of last year.
Through the NBC experience, she met two US presidents, attended Wimbledon, the Super Bowl, the World Series and the Seoul Olympics.
In retirement, she and Ray built an island home in the San Juan islands, north of Seattle, WA. From there they traveled the world. Ireland, England, Italy, France (her favorite) Eastern Europe, South America, Central America, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and every state in the union.
After the death of her husband in late 2007, Kathy moved back to Port Washington to be near family.
The life of Kathy Timothy is an inspiration to those that knew and loved her. Her Port Washington roots were bookends on a remarkable life and a boundless energy that had only one direction; forward.
She is survived and missed by her three sons, Matt and Pat Timothy of Port Washington and Luke Timothy of Forest Hills, Queens; her two daughters in-law, Lee Anne Vetrone-Timothy and Mary Bell Timothy; her four grandchildren, Maggie, Sam, Jake and Anabel; her brothers, Richard and Bill Shanahan and her father William Shanahan, all of Connecticut. In addition, she is survived by her partners in grand-parenting here in Port Washington, Karen and Cosmo Vetrone, not to mention the countless wonderful friends both locally and across the world.
A private service was held on June 6. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Family and Children’s Organization of Long Island; www.familyandchildrens.org.
Judith LeVeen White, of Vero Beach, FL, former 6-year resident of Port Washington, passed away on May 14, 2009. She was born in Jamaica, NY, on April 15, 1937 to William and Virginia LeVeen. She was the loving mother of Kelly Lowe (Timothy) of Port Washington and Kerry Pedersen (Glen) of North Carolina.
Judy was affectionately known as Jupy to her four grandchildren, TJ and William Lowe and Rileigh and Connor Pedersen.
She was predeceased by her brothers, Jerry and Jeffrey. She is survived by her sister Janice Wright of Phelps, NY, and her partner Patrick White, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
She graduated from Paul D. Shreiber High School in 1955 and attended Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. Judy was an employee of Lord & Taylor in Manhasset for 43 years where she was the manager of several departments. She was active in the PTA in the Port Washington school district and a long time member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
A loving and caring lady, she developed a wide circle of life-time friends. She was especially fond of her high school classmates, with whom she continued to maintain strong friendships over the years.
A memorial service in remembrance of Judy’s life will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Port Washington on June 13 at 10:30 a.m. Memorial donations may be made in her name to St. Peter of Alcantara School, 1321 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington, NY 11050. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
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