Jeanette Brooks, of Great Neck, died on July 11, 2011. Beloved mother of Leslie, Curtis, Ina, Patricia and Dawn. Cherished grandmother of Jeffrey, Adam and Erica. Devoted sister of Blanche Wolff. Visitation was held at the Fairchild Funeral Chapel, Manhasset. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Sherman Wolfson, of Great Neck, died on June 15, 2011. He was 82 years old. Sherman was born on Jan. 29, 1929 in Brooklyn. He met his beloved wife Adele at the age of 18 while folk dancing. He and a friend flipped a coin to determine who danced with the two girls waiting across the room. Sherman got Adele, and they have been together ever since that fateful coin toss.
Funeral services were scheduled for June 26 for Dr. William S. Grauer, the consulting dentist for the Great Neck public schools for more than 20 years and a civic leader for a half-century, who died on June 24 in Bettendorf, IA. He was 95 and had Alzheimer’s Disease.
A resident of Great Neck from 1926 to 1993, Dr. Grauer was a leader of every organization to which he belonged. He was a member of the Steppingstone Masonic Lodge from 1956 to 1993 and served as New York Master in 1977. He later received the Scottish Rite Legion of Honor. A member of the Lions Club of Great Neck from 1952 to 1993, he served as its president in 1975. He also was president of the Russell Gardens Association in 1982 and served as the incorporated village’s official historian for 40 years. He also was secretary of the Glenhead, N.Y., No. 336 Rifle and Pistol Club for 16 years.
Phyllis Haas, 83, of Great Neck, died on June 24, 2011. She worked at Great Neck House. Wife of the late Charles Haas (first husband) and Larry Sokoloff (second husband). Mother of Wendy Neuberger, Phoebe Gistrak and Carrie Rebenfeld. Daughter of the late Henry Sherman and Bertha Sherman. Sister of Claire Hirschfeld and Jerry Sherman. Grandmother of Lindsey, Justin, Jason, Alex, Stephanie and Danielle. Arrangements were made by Riverside-Nassau North Chapels, Great Neck. Services were officiated by Cantor Nitza. Cremation Garden State Crematory, N. Bergen, NY.
John Landy, owner of Kolson Korenge decorative hardware and plumbing in Great Neck, passed away on June 17, 2011. He was 83. He was predeceased by his wife Ruth. They had been married for 47 years. He is survived by his daughter Dale. John was indeed part of the Greatest Generation - after serving twice in the U.S. Army he worked for several hardware establishments until buying Kolson in 1960 with his father Louis. John was a pioneer in the decorative hardware industry—traveling with Ruth to trade shows throughout Europe and the U.S., searching out manufacturers to import their goods. He found styles and designs no one had ever seen before and was able to offer customers unique and unusual products. Around 1970 he merged with Henry Korenge and moved from 60 Cuttermill Road in Great Neck to its present location at 653 Middle Neck Road. His wife Ruth and daughter Dale worked side by side with him, a true family business, until Ruth’s death in 2003. Services held at Fairchild Sons, Manhasset. Burial with Military Honors at Pinelawn, Farmingdale.
Stephen Kollisch, long-time Great Neck resident, died at age 87 in San Diego, CA, on May 10, 2011. He lived in Great Neck Village from 1952 until retiring to San Diego in 2005. An avid sailor, he raced and day-sailed his well-maintained Rhodes-19 The Loon on Long Island Sound. He served as Commodore of the Steppingstone Sailing Club and helped to promote sailing in the region. Steve was memorialized in a published essay called “The Old Man at the End of the Dock” and a functional remembrance of him will be erected next year at the Steppingstone dock. In addition to sailing, Steve was active in Boy Scouting and in Amateur (Ham) Radio. He marched regularly in the Memorial Day Parade (with either the Scouts or the sailors) and ran in the annual Great Neck UCF 5-mile Run. Steve was born in Austria and escaped from the Nazis in 1939 on the Kindertransport with his sister Eva and brother Peter. He was married for 63 years to the love of his life, Betty (Kahn) of Staten Island, whom he met on the ferry. Steve served in the Army Signal Corps in WWII, graduated from CCNY as a mechanical engineer, and worked in plastics for 55 years. A fine handyman, he was meticulous with his tools. Steve was a terrific father to Nancy Kollisch, M.D. (Jeffrey Pressman, M.D.) of San Diego and Donald Kollisch, M.D. (Patricia Glowa, M.D.) of Manhattan and New Hampshire. In addition to his wife and children, he also leaves his four beloved granddaughters; Sarah, Anya, Mindy, and Shelley.
In loving memory of Charles Louis Fells, 1945-2011, who passed away after a lengthy illness on June 7, 2011 in Sunrise, FL. He was 65 years old. He was born in Great Neck and attended Great Neck schools. He is survived by a daughter, two granddaughters, a brother, sister, sister-in-law, three nieces, one nephew, one grandniece and three grandnephews.
Erika Hess Merems passed away peacefully at an assisted living facility in Tucson, AZ on May 28, 2011. She is survived by her ex-husband Bernard H. Merems, their three children, Julie Albrecht, Paul Merems (wife Katrina) and Claudia Merems. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and her brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Marlene Hess.
Anne Singer, a Great Neck resident for over 50 years who was born in New York City, died on March 3, 2011, one month short of her 96th birthday. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Peggy Hunt Glowinski, longtime Great Neck resident, died May 9, 2011 in Cape Coral, FL. Born Margaret Greer on Aug. 7, 1943 to Gladys and William, she married the late Martin Joseph Hunt Jr. of Great Neck on Dec. 11, 1961. They had five lovely daughters, Christine, Barbara, Donna, Kellie and Carlene, who all attended GNNHS. She is survived by her second husband Gary Glowinski, her brother Billy Greer, her five girls, and her 14 grandchildren.
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