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Obituary: Anna Goidell

Anna Goidell, 93, a 60-year resident of Plainview, passed away on March 13, 2014. She was born October 12, 1921, in New York City to Max and Bessie Merer. She graduated from Brooklyn College in 1941 with a degree in English, and taught for several years in New York City, as well as working in other jobs in the entertainment and insurance fields. She married Eugene Goidell in January 1947 and they moved to Plainview in February 1954. She was very active in the Plainview community, especially early on with PTA at the schools her children attended. She returned to the classroom in the Plainview-Old Bethpage school system in 1968 and taught until she retired. She then was elected to the Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education, serving for nine years, including three years as president.  She was also past president of the Woodbury chapter of ORT and of the Friends of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library.

Goidell is survived by her two sons, Lewis (Pam) and Mark (Lynn), four grandchildren, Adam (Kim), Andrew, Kim, and Matt, two great-grandchildren, Emmelyn and Hayley, and a sister, Sylvia Skoller of West Palm Beach, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents, Max and Bessie Merer, and her husband, Eugene Goidell. Services were held at I.J. Morris funeral home of Dix Hills and interment was at New Montefiore Cemetery.

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The Columbus Day Parade played host a to a very special group this year. The Family Residences and Essential Enterprises’ (FREE) Players Drum Corps made history as they became the first special needs drum corps to march in the New York City Columbus Day Parade.

The group marched up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd Street with a red carpet performance on Fifth Avenue between 67th and 69th Streets.

Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

Massapequa resident and event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event.


Calendar

4th Annual Harvest Festival

Saturday, Oct. 25

Health and Wellness Senior Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Haunted Halloween

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