Stanley Goldfarb, 86, died peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 14. He was the beloved husband of the late Barbara; incredible father of Janice, Alan, and Nancy; wonderful father-in-law of Leslie, Sue and Michael; fantastic grandfather of Aaron, Ariele, Claire, Jack, Rachel, and Sarah (Tony); and proud great-grandfather of Vaughn.
Stan, a 50-year resident of Great Neck (first residing at 45 Strathmore Road and then 100 South Middle Neck Road), is still remembered as the owner of Port of Call, a local gift store that was enormously popular in the 1970s. Stan was for decades an active member of Temple Israel, community theater, and numerous organizations and clubs. In September 2013, Stan was honored in Washington, D.C. for his service in WWII by Honor Flight Long Island. He lived a long and active life, filled with theater, travel, music and most important of all, friends and family who adored him.
Samuel Schiff passed peacefully in his sleep on July 11 in Catonsville, Maryland at the age of 93. Sam was a long term residence of Soundview Drive, Port Washington, for over 55 years. He is survived by his loving wife Ursula of 70 years and by his children; son, Dennis, daughter, Diane and son-in-law Bob Kramer.
Sam was born on May 3, 1920, in Brooklyn, New York. He attended PS 54, in Brooklyn, showed early school ability, and skipped three grades. In those days, children who showed school talent were allowed to skip grades. He went to Boys High School, Brooklyn (today it is Boys & Girls High School). On graduation, he applied for and was accepted at City College of New York, NYC, and a tuition free State University for able students. He traveled by subway to uptown CCNY, a 2 hour daily journey. “He used to say the subway was his campus”; he managed to do much homework while traveling. He received a B.S. degree at CCNY and entered military service for World War II in 1942.
Doris Weisbuch Soman was born in 1940 in Great Neck to Shirley Jane Mayers and Manuel Weisbuch, stepdaughter of Edith Glodt Weisbuch. She was a loving and devoted mother to Sophie Soman and the late Sylvie Soman. She was an animal lover and breeder of pedigree boxers, a supporter of liberal causes and a champion of local community projects. She was an avid reader, as well as an enthusiast of music and art. She died Sunday, July 14, 2013 at the age of 73, in Boston, MA in the presence of her loving family.
Educator Mary Bondarin, a Great Neck resident for almost 30 years, died recently in Los Angeles. Mary lived in Great Neck, on Allenwood Road, from 1963 to 1992.
A dedicated advocate and resource for early childhood education and child development for over 50 years, Mary served as teacher, administrator, staff developer and professor. She was a sought-after workshop presenter and inspiring keynote speaker. An active participant on state and national boards, Mary always lent her strong voice and vision for quality educational services for young children and families across New York State and on national forums and agendas.
Bernice DuBoff Goldfarb (nee Canarick), beloved wife of the late Herbert, devoted mother of Andrea Gordon of Westchester and Richard DuBoff (Beth) of Rockland, loving and beloved grandmother of Stefanie, Raphael, Philip, Spencer, Justin and Trevor, passed away on March 15 at age 89. Longtime resident of Great Neck and Plainview, Bernice was a beautiful and gracious lady who touched the hearts of all who knew her. Her passion for culture and the arts was surpassed only by her love and devotion to family. She was a founding member of the Nassau County Museum of Art and a charter member of Temple Beth-El of Great Neck and Pride of Judea. She is also survived by her loving brother Bennet Canarick (Beverly), nephews Steven and Lloyd, and niece Jill. Donations to Pride of Judea of Douglaston, New York.
Long-time former Great Neck resident Gertrude L. Alper, 102, passed away peacefully at 4:50 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013 at Bell Trace Health and Living Center. Born in New York City on Jan. 3, 1911, she was the daughter of Robert and Anna (Diamond) Landman.
Gertrude was a New Yorker for 100 years before moving to Bloomington to be close to her daughter. She was a wonderful homemaker, an avid reader, a longtime volunteer at North Shore Hospital, a canasta and bridge player, an accomplished knitter and a pianist who could play most tunes by ear.
Evelyn Horowitz Weinstein died peacefully in her sleep, at age 89. Her family was entranced by her beauty, love and devotion. Her many friends were bewitched by her empathy and allure. Her parents, Sam and Ida, emigrated from Poland. Scholarships and work paid for her studies at Brooklyn College (B.A. 1942) and Columbia University (M.A. 1944). Thousands of frail and poor were helped through her role as psychiatric social worker and advocate for the disadvantaged. During and after WWII she helped children with respiratory diseases, families of veterans and returning warriors with psychiatric issues. She was a social worker at Jamaica, Long Island Jewish and North Shore Hospitals. As ombudsperson she trained and supervised many volunteers protecting residents in institutional care. She organized and served on the boards of numerous social agencies. She was well known as an activist and as an amusing public speaker. She is survived by Jack, Seth, Marcie, Michael, Donna, Howard, Debora, Kelsey and Luke. Burial is private. Open house was held at Evelyn’s and Jack’s home. Memorial services at noon on June 24 at Temple Emanuel, Great Neck.
Daniel L. Gross died on May 7, 2012 at the age of 88. Loving husband to Suzanne. Devoted father of Harry, Elyse (Don Brown) and Janet. Beloved brother of Martha (Dr. Max Fink). Grandfather of Rachel and Dylan Brown and Jason Hanleybrown (Fay Hanleybrown). Great-grandfather of three. Services were held at Riverside Nassau North Chapels, Great Neck.
Minna (Sarrett) Panzer, 97, died peacefully in her apartment on April 15, 2012, with loving family by her side. Minna was most recently of West Hartford, CT, but she lived nearly all of her adult life in Great Neck. Minna, the youngest of five children, was born in Brooklyn and she was the widow of Irving Panzer after 55 years of an exciting and loving marriage. Minna is survived by four children, Carol Mihal and her husband Bill of Glastonbury, CT, Jill of Fairfield, IA, Jonathan of Ithaca, NY, and Kenneth and his wife Susan of Roslyn; and five grandchildren. She is also survived by her devoted niece Arlyne Valdes and family of Phoenix, AZ. Although Minna spent much of her life as a loving and attentive full time mom, she retired from full-time employment at the Great Neck Library at the age of 85 after over 20 years of service which she passionately enjoyed. She was a voracious reader and enjoyed travel, financial management, and time with family and friends, and was a lifelong member of Hadassah. Minna had an incredibly brilliant smile and terrific sense of humor up until her final days, and she will be missed by all who knew her. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Program at the Hebrew Health Care, 1 Abrahms Blvd., West Hartford, CT 06117.
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