Sad News

Doris Wells, retired Norwood Avenue School social worker, passed away on January 2 at the age of 92. She is survived by Edwin, her husband of 64 years, her children Mary Ellen, Suzanne, Christy, Kenneth and six grandchildren. Doris and Ed raised their family, and enjoyed their retirement living in Fort Salonga in a home designed by Ed.

Doris adored visiting new places and she and Ed had many adventures traveling the world when they retired. They traveled to China, Australia, South America, Europe, and Alaska. They took numerous cruises with their friends and family. Doris loved a good party and emceed the annual Marina Isles’ St. Patrick’s Day party in Englewood, FL where she and Ed spent their winters.

Visitation at Nolan Funeral Home on January 7 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., with a funeral service at 3:00 p.m. There will be a closing prayer at 10:30 a.m. on January 8, followed by burial at the Northport Rural Cemetery.

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Steve Almansi, retired Northport High School science teacher, passed away on December 10 at the age of 79 after a long illness. After retiring in 1999 Steve and his wife Shelia moved to West Palm Beach Gardens Florida. Steve is survived by his wife, son Seth, daughter Sarane Wolf and their spouses, six grandchildren and his sister Susan Gootzait.

Due to the pandemic, private funeral services will be held on Monday, December 14 in New York. Condolences may be sent to Steve’s wife, 3317 Devonshire Way, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418. Donations may be made MSA Coalition (

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We recently learned that Harriet Middlebrook, retired Fifth Avenue School teacher, passed away on April 11 at the age of 88. She is survived by Victor, her husband of 62 years, sons Craig and Todd, and four grandchildren.

After college Harriet served with the United States Navy as a registered nurse with a rank of Lieutenant ( junior grade). After leaving the Navy she returned to school and earned at Master of Arts in Education from Hofstra before beginning her career as an elementary school teacher in East Northport. In retirement Harriet and Victor moved from East Northport to Oldsmar, Florida and later to Landsdowne, Virginia, to be near family. 

Her family requests donations in Harriet’s memory be made to the American Cancer Society,

Sad News

We just learned from the daughter of Doris Maury, R-UTN member and longtime school nurse at Ocean and Norwood Avenue Schools, died in February at age 90. Doris made her home during her retirement years in The Villages, Florida.

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Susan Beyer, retired art teacher,  passed away on October 1. Sue is survived by two younger sisters, Anne B Juncadella (Enrique) and Beth Beyer, along with a niece and several nephews.

Sue taught Elementary Art at Bellerose Avenue School from 1971 until her retirement in 2004. She will be remembered or her tireless efforts helping with stage design for Bellerose theatre performances and at the Northport Art & Music Festival each June.

A Northport native – Sue’s mother’s maiden name was Scudder –  she graduated from Northport High School and received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Studio Arts. Sue also completed post graduate courses on Prehistoric Britain at Oxford University, England and her study of prehistoric history became a lifelong interest that inspired numerous travels throughout Europe and Central America. 

In retirement she devoted her time to gardening, painting and writing. She was the keeper of family history and worked extensively on her memoirs which started when she joined a Tap Root writing workshop.

Visitation October 31: 1-4:30 p.m. with services at 4:30 p.m. at the Nolan Funeral Home, with limited attendance. Visitation is with limited attendance with social distancing and masks required, per the funeral home. Due to the pandemic there will be no reception following the funeral 

Memorial donations in her memory can be made to the Arthritis Foundation Long Island Chapter or the charity of your choice.