Friday, 24 September 2010 00:00
Meta Calise died peacefully on Sept. 2, 2010 in Houston, Texas at the age of 97. Born in Brooklyn, she excelled as a teacher at the West School in Long Beach and the Greenvale School in Old Brookville.
A longtime resident of Plandome and Munsey Park, she will be remembered for her tireless community involvement as head of the SCA at Manhasset High School and as president of the Manhasset chapter of the United Nations Association, which she joined soon after it was founded. Her gregarious nature led her to organizing tours of the UN where she met such luminaries as Eleanor Roosevelt.
After her husband Vincent died of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 1970, she put all her energy into founding the ALS Association in New York, which is now a national organization in search of a cure for this deadly disease.
Her curiosity and zest for living took her traveling to many countries with her family and friends. Even in her late 70’s she enjoyed touring the U. S. in an R.V. and spent many happy years in Boca Raton, Florida, finally in her 80’s coming to rest in Houston, Texas near her daughter, Rima.
Fondly known as Oma, her life will be joyfully remembered by her daughter and son-in-law Rima and Bob Blanc, son Ronald and daughter-in-law Madelaine, and her grandchildren Christopher Blanc, Melissa Glätlli, Kate Calise Strotmeyer, Timothy Calise and Claire Calise, together with great-grandchildren Ella Glätlli and Olivia Calise.
Interment will be private. Donations in her memory may be sent to ALS Association Greater N.Y. Chapter, 42 Broadway, Ste. 1724, New York, NY 10004.