Milton L. Mathews, 91, of Mt. Airy, formerly of Great Neck, died on Oct. 25, 2009. He was the widower of the late Gloria O’Neill Mathews who died in 1998. Born May 7, 1918 in New York, he was the son of the late William and Germane Longhurst Mathews.
Mr. Mathews served his country in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII. He was a member of the first graduating class of Queens College of Queens, NY. During his working career, Mr. Mathews was a primary school teacher for over 35 years at the Lakeville Elementary School in Long Island. He, along with his late wife, moved to Maryland in 1998. They were former members of Saint John the Evangelist RC Church and currently Mr. Mathews was a member of Saint Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church of Urbana.
Richard Weinmann, 91, of Great Neck, died on Oct. 10, 2009, just shy of his 92nd birthday. He was predeceased by his wife Bert and survived by his wife Ginger Rich; daughter Harriet; son-in-law Steve Slive; and granddaughters, Lauren and Casey Slive; daughter Elaine; son-in-law Peter Loreks; and granddaughters, Alicia and Simona Lourekas.
A WWII veteran, he enjoyed a long career as a respected labor attorney, mediator and guest lecturer. An advocate for peace, human rights and equality, he was a founding member of the Great Neck Committee for Human Rights and of an organization which promoted an ethical code for employers of domestic workers. He enjoyed politics, travel and sharing time with his family. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and friend to all.
A memorial service will be held Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 150 Hicks Lane, Great Neck, officiated by Rabbi Widom. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to MedPLUSconnect.org.
Donald Everett Axinn, a resident of Sands Point, died on Tuesday, Oct. 13 following a brave battle with cancer. He was 80 years old.
Mr. Axinn spent 50 years as a developer, writer, philanthropist and filmmaker. His parents emigrated from Russia during the Pogroms. A first-generation American, he built the Axinn name into one of the most respected with regard to building and investing in the New York metropolitan area. He designed and developed several million square feet of award-winning buildings and office parks before merging in 1999 with Brandywine Realty Trust, a NYSE company. He sat on their board of trustees for many years.
Mr. Axinn authored twelve volumes of poetry as well as several articles, and his essays were published in The New York Times and Newsday, among others. He wrote three novels, Allan, Burning, Spin and The Ego Makers. Mr. Axinn’s first novel, Spin, was produced as a full-length feature film. James Redford wrote the screenplay and directed, and Mr. Axinn served as producer. Redford has completed a screenplay based on Allan, Burning, which is currently being presented to production companies and financiers. He will direct this film as well.
Nathan Altman, 90, of Great Neck, died on Oct. 10, 2009. He worked at Albinder, Altman and Block. Son of the late Samuel and Anna Altman. Husband of the late Helene. Father of Susan Altman Feit (Victor) and Wendy Altman Rada (Zion). Grandfather of Ari Rada, Jonathan Rada and Rebecca Feit. Brother of the late Betty Chapkin. Services held at Riverside-Nassau North Chapels, Great Neck. Interment New Montefiore Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Laurence Lyons, 98, of Great Neck died on Oct. 8, 2009. He was employed by Allen & Co. Investment Banking, New York City. He was a longtime member of Temple Beth El of Great Neck. Son of the late Joseph and Bessie Lyons. Husband of the late Gertrude. Father of Jon Lyons of Katonah, NY. Father-in-law of Amy Lyons. Arrangements were made by Riverside-Nassau North Chapels, Great Neck. Services held on Oct. 9 with Rabbi Tara Feldman officiating. Interment Beth Moses Cemetery, Pinelawn.
Malcolm F. Nielson, 96, of Port Washington, died on Oct. 7, 2009. For more than 75 years he was a volunteer in the Great Neck Alert’s Fire Department, serving at various times as chief and member of the Alert Benevolent Association. He was also a member of The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York and Southern New York Volunteer Firemen’s Association. Father of Janet Capra, Malcolm S. Nielson, Katherine Grace and Patricia Nielson. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of 10. He was reposed at the Alert Fire Department. Arrangements were entrusted to the Fairchild Funeral Home, Manhasset. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Aloysius RC Church. Interment Flushing Cemetery.
(Evelyn) Lois Staat, 93, died on Sept. 30, 2009 in Sarasota, FL. She was born Jan. 23, 1916 in New Brunswick, NJ, and was a graduate of Ithaca College and New York University. She taught physical education and modern dance in Oswego, NY, Wappingers Falls, NY and Great Neck, retiring in 1971 as head of the Girls Physical Education Department at Great Neck South Senior High School.
After moving to Sarasota in 1973, she was an active volunteer for many years at Girls, Inc., and was a member of the Sarasota Garden Club, creating many of the designs and signs for the annual flower shows. An avid golfer, Lois chaired the scoreboard committee during the years of the LPGA Bent Tree Classic.
She is survived by her niece, Marjorie (Douglas) Deline of Midland, MI; a grand-nephew Christopher (Hollie) Deline of Denver; and a grand- niece Andrea Deline of Chicago.
Cremation has taken place and interment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in New Brunswick, NJ. Weigand Brothers Funeral Home, Sarasota was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Girls, Inc. of Sarasota, the Sarasota Garden Club or Tidewell Hospice.
Dorothy A. Havecker Tamraz, 94, of Brandon Oaks, Roanoke, VA, and formerly of New York, died on Sept. 22, 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Charles and Sophia Krieger Havecker and by her husband Clement Alvin Tamraz of Yonkers.
She was born in Brooklyn on March 3, 1915. She graduated from Brooklyn College in 1939 and earned her master’s degree in 1941 in personnel administration from New York University. Upon her retirement as director of personnel relations of the New York City Department of Social Services, she lived in California with her husband, a published writer, until her return to Great Neck. She later retired to Brandon Oaks to be near her dear cousin Sadie M. R. Boyle.
She is survived by her stepson and daughter-in-law, Clement P. (Bo) and Hope Tamraz of Carmichael, CA; stepgranddaughters, Victoria and Vanessa Tamraz of Sacramento, CA; sister-in-law Anne Tamraz Fredericks of Yonkers; step nephew and niece-in-law, Jonathan and Sonja Tamraz of Roanoke, VA; and cousin Barbara B. Lemon and her family.
Dorothy was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church and a member of Bryn Mawr Chapter #530 of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was an extremely intelligent and vibrant woman who made great advancements in the professional world in her time.
A memorial service was held Sept. 27 in the Brandon Oaks auditorium with the Rev. George Anderson officiating. Arrangements were made by Oakley’s Roanoke Chapel.
Vincenzina (Vincie) Economos, 73, of Hartsdale, NY, formerly of Great Neck, died July 29, 2009 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by her parents, Anna Duscher and Salvatore Bruschetti. Survived by her son, Salvatore Economos, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and daughter, Andrea Economos, son-in-law, Joseph Cervone and grandchildren, John and Catie, Scarsdale, NY.
Vincie touched many people with her loving and generous heart. She will be missed.
Funeral Mass will be held on Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 92 South Lexington Ave., White Plains. A memorial gathering will also take place at the home of her daughter later in August.
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