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Mourning Those We Lost in 2012

Some of the people we miss who lived and worked in the community.

In 2012 we said goodbye to members of the community who had been active in everything from the school districts to the fire department.

Joseph Erland -  a member of the Port Jefferson community who played a part in local government sitting on the village board of trustees and serving as deputy mayor, died on Thursday at the age of 55. Mr. Erland was a retired Long Island Railroad engineer as well as a 38-year member of the Port Jefferson Fire Department and fire commissioner.

Isak Prohovnik - Residents of the village and the Port Jefferson School Distric mourned the passing of one of their own after Isak Prohovnik died suddenly in October.

Joan Hughes - a Port Jefferson resident since 1993, died on Oct. 14 at home with her husband at her side, according to various reports. She was 59.

Laurabelle Zack Oatis - the wife of William N. Oatis, an Associated Press reporter who was held by the Czechoslovakian government in the 1950s at the height of the cold war has died in a Port Jefferson Station nursing home, according to a story in The Seattle Times. She was 88 and from complications of a stroke.

Anne Murray - A memorial service for Anne Murray – the 87-year old woman who died when her car plunged into Port Jefferson Harbor – was held at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church on Route 112 in Port Jefferson Station.

Louis H. Rowehl - World War II veteran and longtime Mt. Sinai Fire Department volunteer and Captain, Louis H. Rowehl, of Mt. Sinai, passed away on Feb. 24 at the age of 92.

Alice E. Moraitis - an East Setauket native who was the daughter of the family who owned the Poulos Farm on Pond Path, died Jan. 19 at the age of 84 in Ikaria, Greece.

Karen Graham -  Graham47, of Lake Grove, a math teacher at Mt. Sinai High School, died on Aug. 24 of ovarian cancer, according to an obituary in Newsday.

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