Nick Bellomo, age 85, of Port Washington, died on Jan. 26, 2012. He is survived by his wife Marianna, his children, Lillian Bianco (Thomas) and Frank, his grandchildren, Paul, Nicole and Jacqueline, and his sister Anna. Nick is also survived by nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were handled by Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church. He was entombed at Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
Gertrude Doyle Salerno, known as “Geret”, formerly of New Canaan, died peacefully at home at The Greens in Wilton, CT, on Jan. 5, 2012. She was 88 years of age.
She was born Dec. 27, 1923, in Philadelphia, PA, to Marie Lawler Doyle and John Thomas Doyle. She attended Little Flower High School in Philadelphia and worked for the Army Quartermaster Corp in Philadelphia before moving to New York to become a buyer for Helena Rubenstein Cosmetics. She met her husband at a church bazaar in Port Washington and they were married for almost 55 years before he passed away in 2010. After her marriage, she first lived in Louisville, KY, while her husband attended law school and then settled in Port Washington.
Selma Scherer a longtime resident of Port Washington, passed away on Dec. 4, 2011. Selma and her late husband, Saul, moved to Port in the late 1930s. After raising her two children, Selma and her sister-in-law founded the Port Telephone Answering Service which they successfully ran until it was sold in the mid 1970s. Active in her community, she and her husband were among the founders of the Community Synagogue. Selma Scherer is survived by her daughter Nancy Heller and Nancy’s daughters, Caroline Sberlati and her husband Richard and their son Jake, and Katherine Saltoun and her husband Andrew and Selma’s son Charles, his wife Micki and their daughter Elizabeth.
Former Port Washington resident, Jim Burke, 52, died Dec. 13, 2011 at Brookhaven Hospital. At his request, no service will be held. Jimmy was born March 11, 1959 on Long Island to Mimi and Joe Burke. At the age of 17 he convinced his parents that he could make a go of running and owning the Port Delicatessen. Knowing Jim as they did, they enthusiastically agreed. On a snowy December day Jim Burke literally became “the new kid on the block” and was the envy of all the seasoned store owners. He was an ambitious and successful entrepreneur at 17 years old. After many years of long hours in the Port Deli he decided to pursue other interests. He moved to Mastic Beach. Mr. Burke is survived by his parents, Mimi and Joe Burke; brothers, Tab and Alan; sister Robin; and his two children, Ashlee and Jim.
Glenn H. Brink, 94, a pioneer of commercial air transportation and an avid sailor, died peacefully Christmas morning 2011, at his daughter’s home in Southbury, CT. Prior to moving to Southbury, he lived for more than 50 years in Manhasset, NY. He was a sweet and loving husband, father and friend; and a gentleman, always. Born in Buffalo, OK, April 8, 1917, to Hazel Blanche Brownrigg and Earl Barrett Brink, he lived a full and accomplished life. A 1939 graduate of the University of Michigan College of (Aeronautical) Engineering, where he was president of The Flying Club and treasurer of the National Intercollegiate Flying Club, he spent the next 38 years at American Airlines. He was director of aircraft development/flight engineering, chief test pilot and the youngest commercial airline captain in the country at the age of 25, earning the “Million Miler Award” at age 33. He retired in 1977 and continued work as an aviation consultant.
William Edmund Blatz, formerly of Port Washington and a 35-year resident of Old Brookville passed away peacefully on Nov. 23, age 92. Bill was the beloved husband of the late Jeanne, devoted father of Linda of New York City, Susan of Old Brookville and Edward (Anne Marie) of Garden City; adored grandfather of Elizabeth, Jessica and Edward Jr., loving brother of Ethel and the late Robert. Bill retired as executive vice president of Babaco Alarm Systems. He was very active in the local community serving as president of the Visiting Nurse Association of Oyster Bay and board member of the Oyster Bay Historical Society. Bill was a long time member of Nassau Country Club and the Brookville Reformed Church. He served in the Army in WWII under General Patton. A graduate of Adelphi University, Bill received his master’s degree from Hofstra University where he served as an adjunct professor.
Elizabeth Smith-Johannsen, a longtime resident of Port Washington and Oyster Bay, died on Nov. 18, 2011 at her home in Highlands Ranch, CO, after a very brief illness. She was 89.
Elizabeth Smith-Johannsen was born in Ann Arbor, MI, on Feb. 17, 1922 to Ward and Elizabeth Davidson (nee Bostwick) where her father was a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Michigan.
Adam Gabriel Grzybek, 45, of Port Washington, passed away on Dec. 4, 2011 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro, NC, surrounded by his family.
Adam was born in Englewood, NJ, on March 24, 1966 to Krystyna Golabek Grzybek of Fremont and the late Waclaw Joseph “Walter” Grzybek. He worked as a plumber for Port Plumbing but had a great passion for car restoration, boating, golfing and racing cars. Adam was a member of the Port Washington Sportsman Club.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Dec. 7 at St. Mary RC Church with Rev. Tom Norris, O.S.F.S. presiding. Burial in Elmwood Cemetery in Fremont.
He was born in New York City on Feb. 3, 1922. Norman was the son of the late Nelson and Florence (Bannister) Seifts. He was the husband of Ingrid (Olson) Seifts, with whom she shared 19 years of marriage.
Leo Battista, who resided in Port Washington for more than 40 years, passed away on Nov. 28, in Sunrise, FL. He was 85 years old and died of complications related to kidney failure.
A familiar face for decades at Port Washington’s Manorhaven Park and Bar Beach Park, where he played competitive paddleball well into his 70s, Battista is survived by his wife of 59 years, Clara; their eight children and seven grandchildren, who knew him as ‘Poppy’; as well three-dozen nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Raffael and Nunziata Battista; his brothers Louie, Raffael, Pasquale, Frank, and his sister, Carmella.
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