Ruth Schneck Martin Davis died on Feb. 28, 2010. Born in Great Neck on Dec. 3, 1922, she was a daughter of Moses R. and Jessie Lauretta Ellard Schneck. Mrs. Davis graduated from Great Neck High School and Catherine Gibbs Secretarial School in New York City. For many years she was employed by the Great Neck Public School System and retired in 1965.
She was married to John C. Martin on Nov. 17, 1941. He predeceased her on April 21, 1965. On March 12, 1966 she married Strahan Davis who predeceased her on May 10, 1994. In the early 1970s, the Davis’ began to spend summers in Mountain View and wintered in Florida. Later they moved to WHippleville.
Mrs. Davis was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Great Neck and a former member of St. Catherine Guild of All Saints Episcopal Church, St. Marks in Malone and the Episcopal Church Women of St. Marks and the Malone Golf Club.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, David B. (Georgianna) Martin of Newburn, NC; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Mrs. Thomas (Joanne) Kemp of Malone and Mrs. Michael (Peggy Ann) Lorello of Waterbury, VT; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son James J. Martin and sister Jay Williams.
Arrangements were made by the Spaulding Funeral Home, Malone. Funeral service held at St. Marks Episcopal Church, Malone. Interment All Saints Episcopal Cemetery, Great Neck. Memorial gifts may be given to All Saints Episcopal Church, Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck, NY 11021-5009 or St. Marks Episcopal Church, Malone.
On Jan. 28 2010, Alex Eliassof, an original founding member of A & D Offset Printers, Ltd., which opened in the early ‘80s, passed away. Coincidentally, it was on his 89th birthday. Alex was a very well-known, liked and respected man. He will be missed very dearly by family and friends and will forever remain in their hearts and minds. Alex was also a member of many clubs and organizations.
Alex was a WWII veteran in the United States Navy.
Alex is survived by his wife Nina (Sarah) Eliassof; his son Mark Eliassof; grandson Adam Eliassof; and granddaughter Tara Eliassoff.
William Biel, former English teacher and track and field coach at Great Neck South Senior High School and English professor at Hofstra University, passed away at age 82 on Jan. 24, 2010. After his retirement from teaching, he continued to coach track at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Garden City High School.
Born in Canton, OH, he starred in football and basketball in high school and played for Ohio State and Northwestern Universities. He went to the 1949 Rose Bowl with his Northwestern team. As a young man, he was a camper, counselor and mountain guide at Camp Paradox in the Adirondacks.
He leaves behind his wife and three children and a lifetime of devotion to his students and his profession. Donations may be made in his honor to the Special Olympics, www.specialolympics.org, 202-824-0373.
Seymour (Sy) Luba, 87, died on Jan. 13, 2010. He was the owner of Sy Luba Air Conditioning since 1949. He was a UCF Tennis champion and was a major supporter and participant of the United Community Fund. He won a Gold Medal for the US in the Maccabee Games in Israel in tennis. Husband of Florence. Father of Doug and Thea, Kenny and Jill. Grandfather of Mike and Lalena, Scott and Tara, Lauren and Carly. Great-grandfather of Harrison, Fisher, Bennett, Jake and Stella. Brother of Vivian Rosen. Arrangements were made by Riverside-Nassau North Chapels, Great Neck.
Jane M. David died on Jan. 12, 2010. Wife of the late Alexander. Mother of Joan Gillespie. Arrangements were handled by the Martin A. Gleason Funeral Home, Bayside. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Josaphat’s RC Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery. Donations can be made to Hospice Care Network, 99 Sunnyside Blvd., Woodbury, NY 11797.
Irene V. Galdston died suddenly on Dec. 29, 2009 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She was 93, in excellent physical and mental health and remained vital to the end. She resided at Lasell Village in Auburn, MA, after moving there in 2007 from her home in Lake Success, where she had lived for more than 50 years.
She was the widow of Morton Galdston, a physician, who died in 2003. She is survived by her children Elsa Galdston of Boston, Kenneth Galdston of Newton and Philip Galdston of New York City; her daughters-in-law, Janet Saglio of Newton and Nancy Tarshis Galdston of New York City; and her grandchildren, Jesse Galdston of Chicago, Molly Galdston of Cambridge and Daniel Galdston-Saglio of Newton; her brother, Irving Miller of Glen Cove; her sister-in-law,Vera Simms, of East Hampton, NY; and more than 100 nieces, nephews, and great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Bertrand V. Reed died Dec. 29, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Hospital with family at his side.
Bert was born in Great Neck on June 4, 1912. He worked for Nilsson Signs and was a 47-year volunteer fireman with the Vigilant Fire Department. He was a 30-year resident of Centerville Court, North Syracuse.
Surviving are his daughter Helen (Patrick) Daly of Cicero, NY; his son, James Reed of Orlando, FL; four grandchildren, James (Susan) and Eileen Daly, Brian (Meridith) Reed and Kathleen (Phil) Redinger; five great-grandchildren. Bert was predeceased by his wife of 43 years, Helen, in 1981. He will be missed by many friends and family including his best friend, Barbara Ryan of North Syracuse.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, Cicero, on Dec. 31. Arrangements were made by the Sears-Middleton-Jones Funeral Home, N. Syracuse. Burial Pine Plains Cemetery, Clay. Donations may be made to Anna’s Pantry, 8229 S. Main St., Cicero, or NAVAC.
Mary L. Beier, of Manhasset, died on Dec. 30, 2009. Mrs. Beier is survived by her son Christopher Rourke Beier, who now lives in Fort Collins, and by her daughter, Jean Clare Beier Murphy and son-in-law Chuck Murphy (also of Manhasset), who now live in Chicago. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, and dear friends.
Born Mary Louise Cregan on Nov. 13, 1941 in Elmhurst, Mrs. Beier was the daughter of Patrick and Mary (O’Rourke) Cregan, immigrants to New York from Ireland. She attended St. Bartholomew School in Elmhurst and was graduated in 1959 from Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School in Brooklyn.
She moved to Manhasset with her husband and mother in 1972. Until the birth of her children, she worked as an executive assistant at the FBI Offices at the World Trade Center in Manhattan. Her children, Jean and Chris, graduated from Manhasset High School. She later worked for many years in the office of Dr. William Shea in Manhasset.
She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Beier and her sisters, Kathleen C. Mallison, formerly of Manhattan, and Eileen C. Twomey, formerly of Port Washington.
A memorial gathering will be held at the family home on Saturday, Jan. 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Charities USA, at P.O. Box 17066, Baltimore, MD 21297-1066 or at www.catholiccharitiesusa.org.
Jeffie L. Flowers, 85 son of Lesler Lloyd Flowers and Leila (Williams) Flowers, passed away on Christmas, Dec. 25, 2009.
From Alabama, Jeff graduated from the USMMA in Kings Point, NY, and played on their first football team. He served as a Lieutenant JG in the Merchant Marine and Naval Reserve, protecting shipping during and after WWII. He worked as a carpenter and contractor, running his own construction business in Great Neck, retiring to Slaughter Beach, DE, Muncie, IN, and eventually Garner, NC.
Jeff served as a Grand Knight and Fourth Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus, as Exalted Ruler in the BPOE, and as a member of the board of trustees in Great Neck. He was a scoutmaster for his first son’s scouting pack, and a head football coach for his second son’s team.
Jeff was a kind and generous soul, and the many lives he touched will carry his gifts. He is survived by his beloved wife and partner of 64 years, Frances (Binkiewicz) Flowers. Fran and Jeff have four children, Rev. Christine F. Reed of Princeton, NJ, Marie Haulenbeek, married to Walter Haulenbeek, of Garner, NC, Jeff Flowers, married to Kathy McCune, of Dickerson, MD, and Jim Flowers, married to Annette Rose, of Muncie, IN. He leaves behind eight grandchildren: Pheobe Reed, Alicia Reed, Gabrielle Reed, Kishor Haulenbeek, James Haulenbeek, Emily Flowers, Sebastian Flowers, and Loretta Rose, and one great-grandchild, Seamus Haulenbeek. Jeff was predeceased by his brothers, Luther Flowers, Emmett Flowers, George Flowers and Robert Flowers, and by his sister Myrtle Booher. He is survived by his brother, David Flowers, and his sisters, Earlene Young and Annie Smith.
Arrangements were made by the Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner. A Mass was held at St. Mary Mother of the Church Catholic Church in Garner, NC.
Nat Hoffman, aged 93, formerly of Lake Success, passed away peacefully on Dec. 12, 2009 at his home in Laguna Woods, CA. Known for his warmth, integrity and a great sense of humor, Nat was a staunch supporter of peace and equality for all people. He served the peace and civil rights movements in many ways, through his work and his life, including performing alternative service as a conscientious objector during WWII. Nat was a partner at Garlick & Hoffman, CPAs, and later Edward Isaacs & Co., CPAs, until his retirement in 1992, when he and his wife, Lotte, moved to California.
Nat is survived by his beloved wife of 61 year, Lotte (nee Goldberg); their three children, Carol, Peter and Janice; Carol’s partner Russ Jennings; Nat’s daughter’s daughter-in-law Pam Hoffman; three grandsons, Jeremy, Adam and Daniel; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his three siblings, Milton Hoffman, Bert Witt and Pearl Mandel.
A memorial service will be held on Dec. 25 at 3 p.m. at University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Dr., Irvine, CA. His remains will be interred and a memorial service held at Ferncliff Cemetery in Westchester, NY, at a date to be announced. Donations in Nat’s memory maybe sent to the Jewish Peace Fellowship, PO Box 271, Nyack, NY 10960 and South County Adult Day Services, 24300 El Toro Rd., Building A, Laguna Woods, CA 92637.
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