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Joyce Tazbin

Joyce Tazbin passed away on Nov. 15 at the Atrium Senior Living in Princeton, NJ. Joyce was 88-years-old. Joyce was raised in Maplewood and West Orange, NJ. Joyce resided in Port Washington for 55 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in social work from Adelphi University with a BA in social science and literature. Joyce always had a very positive attitude and enjoyed life to its fullest. She will be deeply missed by all of her family and friends.

Joyce is survived by her husband of 64 years Albert, her sons Andrew and David, and her grandchildren: Matthew, Allyson, Scott, Rachel, Daniel and Emily. Her son Steven passed away in 2000.

Rose Zabicki

OBITZabicki112515ARose Zabicki (nee Chmela), a resident of Port Washington for 64 years, passed away on Nov. 4 at the age of 87.

Rose is survived by her son Frank, daughter Rosemary, sister Maryann, granddaughters Victoria and Denise, and great granddaughters Amelia, Abigail and Gwendolyn, as well as nieces and nephews. Rose is preceded in death by her husband Frank and brother Stephen Chmela.

While raising a family, Rose worked for a local caterer to assist families with their special events and holiday celebrations. Later in life she worked at Publishers Clearing House and Lord & Taylor in Manhasset.

Rose supported and raised funds for St. Peters Church as a Booster Club captain for many years. She was a longtime member of the Port Washington Senior Center where she made many friends and enjoyed the activities and trips she participated in. In recent years, Rose started back up on an old hobby of crocheting. She spent her days crocheting afghans for charity, family and friends. On the weekends, while crocheting, she could be found enjoying another old time favorite of hers, listening to polka music on the radio or her iPad.

Funeral services were held at Knowles Funeral Home on Nov. 7 and 8 with a funeral mass at St. Peter’s and burial at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury on Nov. 9. Donations may be made in memory of Rose to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005 or via phone at 800-242-8721.

Albert M. Weis

OBITWeis120215AAlbert Martin Weis, 88, of Sands Point, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 17. Al is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 60 years, Pepi (nee Hasnas), and his four children, Russell (and wife Lara) of Fletcher, VT, Marshall of Floral Park, Rebecca (and partner Billy) of Port Washington and Monica of Port St. Lucie, FL. He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Brian, Daniel, Melanie, Kiraleigh and Caleb.
Albert was born in Queens on Nov. 20, 1926, to Ann (nee Cycleman) and Irving Weis and raised on the south shore of Long Island. He graduated from MIT in 1948, and went on to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard and in the Air Force. He then returned to join the family brokerage business, Irving Weis and Company. Thus began Al’s long and storied Wall Street career, during which he achieved notable success in a number of areas ranging from stock and commodities trading to investment banking. He served as the chairman of the New York Cotton Exchange from 1977–78, 1981–83, and 1997–98, and was instrumental in the formation of the New York Board of Trade, where he served as chairman from 1998–2000. He was also chairman of the Commodity Clearing Corporation. Al served on numerous boards of directors, where he made a significant impact over the course of his distinguished career.

Al was an avid golfer and served as president of North Shore Country Club in Glen Head and later of Sands Point Golf Club. He also enjoyed racing and breeding horses, achieving several notable wins.
His philanthropic interests were wide-ranging. He was a longtime supporter of North Shore University Hospital and St. Francis Hospital, both in Manhasset, as well as of the MIT Council for the Arts in Boston. His generosity also extended to charities such as the Humane Society, reflecting his lifelong fondness for dogs.

Al placed family above all else and cared deeply about his wide circle of friends. He possessed a subtle, wry humor, and a truly generous nature—qualities which endeared him to all who knew him. He was a true gentleman who made a substantial difference in many lives and who will be sorely missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund-Albert M. Weis Annual Scholarship Fund (199 Water St., 18th flr., New York, NY 10038;, which awards college tuition to children of the victims of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.

Alternatively, contributions may be sent to the St. Francis Hospital Foundation-in memory of Albert M. Weis (St. Francis Hospital, Office of Development, 100 Port Washington Blvd., Roslyn, NY 11576; to support continuing education for the nurses who work there. A memorial service for Al will be held at Sands Point Golf Club (130 Middle Neck Rd.) on Monday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m.

Lisa Kamilla Saretzky

Lisa Kamilla Saretzky, 90, died on Oct. 14. She was a native of Vienna, Austria, who was sent to England with thousands of other Jewish children to escape the Nazis.

Saretzky was 14 when she traveled to England on the Kindertransport train in 1939. She was later reunited with her family in the U.S. Throughout her life, she told her story at schools, churches, synagogues and business offices.

She earned a nutrition degree from Simmons College in Boston and worked as a dietitian at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital in New York. She married Dr. Bernard Cappe, with whom she had three children. She lived in Flower Hill. After his death in 1969, she became reacquainted with a friend from Boston, Simon Saretzky, and they were married and lived together in Sands Point and Florida until his death in 2008. They were married 37 years.

Saretzky lived in Florida until a year and a half ago, when she moved to Tracy, CA, to live with her daughter because of declining health. She participated in activities at Lolly Hansen Senior Center and the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts and enjoyed visiting the farmers market and concerts in the park.

She is survived by two daughters, Susan Richardson and her husband, Steve, of Tracy, CA, and Pamela Silverstein and her husband, Jeff, of New York City; a son, Leonard Cappe, and his wife Lisa, of Maui; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral was held at Temple Israel in Stockton followed by burial in the Temple Israel Cemetery.

Joan I. Frappaolo

OBITFrappaolo111115AJoan I. Frappaolo (Santaniello) passed away on Sept. 26 at the age of 89 after a brief illness. Wife of Mauri Frappaolo for 60 years; mother of Joan DeMeo (Richard) and William (Elise Romagna). She was born in Port Washington on Feb. 14, 1926, in her parents’ house that was built by her father at 38 Davis Rd. Joan graduated from Port Washington High School in 1944 and married in 1949. She lived at 20 Main St. for many years.

While in high school she worked for Port Plaza department store. After her children were born she started working for a new children’s shop called Bo Peep, which was bought by Irwin Wise and renamed Kiddie Village and was later known as Wise Village. She then became the cook at the Main Street Deli, which was owned by her son Billy and John Lewis for two years. Upon leaving the deli she was a sales person at Tina’s Place, a local women’s apparel shop, and when it closed she became employed at The Cow Bay Gift Shop, which she loved, especially at Christmastime.

Joan was the last member to pass on from the first generation of two large old Port Washington families. She is survived by many nieces and nephews, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren who loved her very much. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Daniel Maurice Simon

OBITSIMON111115Daniel Maurice Simon, beloved father, grandfather, uncle, engineer, coworker, sailor and friend, died peacefully on Nov. 1 at the age of 90 at the Amsterdam in Port Washington. Dan’s kindness, humor, generosity, honesty and wisdom left an impression on everyone he met and he will be missed dearly.

A resident of Port Washington and Plandome Manor for 57 years, Dan was born in 1925 in New York City to William and Mildred Simon and grew up with his brother Robert. [Read more…]

Frank Scobbo

Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

Those words were written in about 1624 by John Donne, a poet. I believe his point is that when we lose someone, all of us are less. And now, with the death this past Saturday of a Port Washington icon, Frank Scobbo, we are all the less for it.

My dear old friend, Phyllis Scobbo, asked me to write an obituary for Frank, who has been my pal and confidant for more than 50 years. When those little voices we have inside that talk to us every now and then, asked, “But aren’t obituaries written for someone who has passed? How are you going to do that when you know in your heart, as far as you’re concerned, Frank will never pass away?”

You know, that is true. Frank is probably up there with the angels teaching them how to barbecue. But what I have is like one of those obsequious camera phones that your friends stick in front of your face to see the great photo they’ve taken. But my remembrances of Frank Scobbo are locked in the camera of my brain. And they will be there to recall at will until my brain and I are no more.

How can a community like Port Washington ever forget a benevolent police commissioner who served them for 27 years—and took time away from his business and other responsibilities to travel our country meeting with law enforcement leaders to find ways to make our police department as good as it can be. Frank Scobbo was the poor son of an Italian immigrant. He became a successful businessman and never stopped volunteering whenever his strong back or his determined leadership were needed. He was a Marine, volunteer fireman who drove a fire truck, the Island representative of the USO, a Rotarian, a 14-year chairman of the Community Chest parade on Long Island. In his prime, Frank Scobbo, was built like a fullback and strong as a bull. But I never saw him use his strength or even threaten anyone harm. Only a strong man like Frank could be as gentle, thoughtful and affable—and live with his kind of high values.

To borrow one from the Bard:

“Good night, sweet prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

Frank is survived by his wife, Phyllis, and seven children: Pamela Alvi (Ijaz), Patricia Scielso (Nick), Christopher, Dina Marie, Faithe Ann, Frank Jr., Andrew, plus eight grandchildren: Abraham Alvi, Sophia Alvi, Sarah Alvi, Nicholas Scielso, Joseph Scielso, Amanda Azus (Scielso), Jonathan Azus, Lily Scobbo, Riley Scobbo; a great grandchild: Zoe Azus; and Frank’s sister, Marie Hahn (Scobbo). A funeral will be held at St. Peter’s on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 10:30 a.m.

—Howard Blankman

Katharine Nicholson Medlock

OBITMedlock102115AKatharine (“Kappy”) Nicholson Medlock of Wilmington, NC, passed away on Oct. 8. Kappy was the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Augustus Washington Knox of Raleigh, NC, and the daughter of Paul and Katharine Nicholson of Port Washington. She was born on April 11, 1928.

Kappy received her degree from Stephens College in Columbia, MO, in 1948. She worked for American Airlines and McCann Erickson Advertising agency in New York City.

In 1955, Kappy married Donald L. Medlock. They lived briefly in New York City, then moved to Port Washington where they raised their family. In 1995, they moved to Wilmington, NC, to enjoy their retirement. [Read more…]

Peter Faiella

ObitFaiella102815APeter Faiella, a former Weber biology teacher and subsequent “legendary” principal of Daly Elementary School, passed away peacefully on Oct. 26 at the age of 88 in Jupiter, FL.

Brooklyn born, he was a spunky, witty and a highly amicable man, Pete’s love of education was second only to his love of family. Surrounded throughout his life by a family of women that included four daughters Teresa Murphy, Amy Taylor, Rosemary Faiella Francine Faiella, as well as his lifelong mate, Carmela, Pete was a blessed man, indeed.

He brought his family to Port Washington in 1951 after summering at the same home on Oldwood Lane since the 1940s. He loved Port Washington and Port Washington loved him.

Family, food and “anything Italian” permeated his life and filled his nearly century-old existence with laughter and joy. He is predeceased by his former wife and was happily married for 53 years.

He is survived by his four daughters, three sons-in-law, nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements will be Nov. 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Park Chapel in Garden City; Nov. 2, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to Don Monte Cancer Foundation or Trust Bridge Palm Beach. For more information email


Charles M. Fertitta

OBITFertitta102115ACharlie Fertitta, a Port Washington resident for 30 years, passed away on Sept. 14. Born on May 2, 1930, in Astoria, Queens, he devoted his life to his passions, family, music, boating, community service and faith. As a young trumpet player, he led his own band and continued his interest in later life by participating in several bands, including the Community Band and the Pilsner Band, both of which played summer concerts at the Sousa Band Shell.

Charlie was a life-long boater on Long Island Sound waterways and a proud member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary for 50 years. Opening a contracting business in Corona, Queens, led him to join the Corona Lions Club where he remained a member until his death. He was a faithful participant at the 10 a.m. mass at Our Lady of Fatima in Manorhaven. [Read more…]