Jan. 1, 1922-Nov. 20, 2011
Robert (Bob) a current resident of Boynton Beach, FL, and long time resident of Port Washington and Sag Harbor, died peacefully on Nov. 20, 2011. Born in Jersey City NJ, He was a veteran of WWII having served in Army infantry and support for the Flying Tigers, in China Burma India Battalion. A senior manager with IBM for 30 years. A former president of PW Rotary and active in local youth athletic leagues. A member of St. Peter’s and St. Andrew’s Churches. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gloria, three children Eileen Brush, of Garden City, Robert Jr. of Bronxville and Karen Forsyth of Jupiter, FL, as well as six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is now reunited with his dear mother Sadie and his brother Francis. Services will be held at the Thomas Dalton Funeral Home, 125 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 2 to 8 p.m. with a memorial service at 5 p.m. Donations to veteran’s charities in lieu of flowers, please.
Dr. Leo Botwinick, 92, of Port Washington, formerly of Great Neck, died on Oct. 29, 2011. He was an endodontist with an international practice. He is survived by his wife Libbie Botwinick; daughter Lisa Botwinick; son Howard Botwinick, MD. Son of the late Sam and Bessie. Services were held on Oct. 30 with Rabbi Barry “Dov” Schwartz officiating. Entombment Old Mount Carmel Cemetery, Glendale, Queens.
Virginia Emerson Steibel, of Port Washington, died on Nov. 2, 2011. She is survived by her daughters, KM Doner and Linda Kennedy (Andrew), her granddaughters, Lisa and Patricia Kennedy, her brother William Wenstrom, and many dear friends, especially Edith Van Raalte and Saul Ferdman. A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25 at the Roslyn Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Actor’s Fund and/or Save the Children Long Island Council.
Bee Hickson, a longtime resident of Port Washington, quietly passed away at his home on Nov. 9, 2011 after a long illness. Bee was born Sept. 3, 1919 in Roslyn and graduated from Roslyn High in 1937. He served with the U.S. Army during WWII in the China-Burma-India Theater. During the war he married the late Eileen Hassett Hickson of Port Washington. After the war Bee and Eileen settled in Port Washington and raised their two sons, the late Geoffrey and Kevin. Bee graduated from Hofstra College in 1954 under the G.I. Bill and worked for the Long Island Lighting Company for 35 years.
Born in New York in 1919, she graduated from St. Savior High School and received her bachelors degree in mathematics from Hunter College in New York City. She was employed by the Mutual of New York and managed their actuarial department. She was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Manhasset and later of the Church of St, Peter of Alcantara in Port Washington where she was a lector and Ministry of Consolation volunteer. Carmel was an active member of the American Association of University Women, the Plandome Women’s Club and the Flower Hill Women’s Club. The Barrys were longtime members of North Hempstead Country Club.
Lisa Marie Villard, 54, of Frederick, MD, formerly of Port Washington, died at her home on Nov. 3, 2011, after her battle with cancer. In her end days she was surrounded by family and close friends. Lisa was born July 22, 1957 in Port Washington, a daughter of the late Arthur Edward and Jean Walton Villard.
Lisa graduated from Mount St. Mary’s College in 1979. She often said some of her happiest days were spent there. After graduating from college, she spent most of her working career in human resources. She held the position of director at her last job.
Elizabeth J. Bogen, a 1961 Scheiber High School graduate and former editor of the Great Neck Record, died unexpectedly on Oct. 17, 2011 of complications after knee surgery. She was 68 years old.
Milton Heller, 89, and Dorothee Heller, 88, of Delray Beach, FL, passed away on Jan. 15 and June 8, 2011, respectively. They were married for 65 years. The Hellers were longtime residents of Port Washington, moving to the newly developed Soundview Village when a sand pit still bordered their back yard. WWII veteran Milton Heller was a health inspector with the New York City Health Department, and, upon retiring, started his own consulting firm, with many of New York City's most notable restaurants as clients, as well as being corporate sanitarian for the Waldbaum’s supermarket chain.
Tom Harkins, age 59, passed away suddenly on Oct. 21, 2011. Tom was a resident of Port Washington since 1981 and had been involved in his community through his instrumental efforts in support of the PYA ballfield and his custom painting and wallpapering business offered to many residents over the years. Tom grew up in Uniondale and was a graduate of Chaminade High School and Niagara University. He was the loving, former husband of Port Washington-native Stacey (Long). He was loved by many but most of all by his children, Michael and Emily Harkins, both of Port Washington. Tom was a wonderful brother to nine siblings, Colleen Reid, Mary Ellen Saasto, Terri Harkins-Jaisle, Eilleen Boyle, Ken, Pat Hogan, John, Elizabeth Sansone, and Anne Franzino. His special wit and humor will never be forgotten by his 25 nieces and nephews, Michael, Scott and Brian Reid, Ryan and Kim Saasto, Matthew and Dan Jaisle, Tim, Caitlin and Erin Boyle, Jessica and Sean Harkins, Chris, Brendan and Kelly Hogan, Sarah and Kate Harkins, Kyle and Kira Sansone, Thomas Franzino, Kristen, John, Christopher, Jessica and Erica Zahn. Tom will also be deeply missed by numerous cousins including Jessica McManus and her children Jacquelyn, Jordan and Julianne McManus and cousin Suzanne Andersen and her children Cody and Natalie Andersen. Additionally, first cousins from the McGinley and Condon families were always an important part of Tom’s life. Tom was considered a second son to a special uncle, Jack Rininger. Tom was predeceased by his parents, Ann and Thomas Harkins, and a treasured niece, Caitlin Boyle.
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