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Donald Marsella, 81

Donald Marsella, 81, passed away on Feb. 7 at Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness. He was born on Aug. 11, 1934 in Detroit, MI, to Janet Marone and Donato Marsella.

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Jean Rabinowitz, 63

Jean Rabinowitz of Great Neck, 63, died peacefully at home on Jan. 26 after a courageous battle. Devoted wife for 43 years to Steven. Loving mother to Scott (Alisa) and Evan. Proud grandmother to Juliette. Adored stepdaughter of Milly Weintraub. The family requests that donations be made in her honor to Child Abuse Prevention Services of Roslyn, where she worked for 20 years. She will be sorely missed by her cousins and friends who loved her very much.

Emanuel Kline, 94

Emanuel Kline, 94, a resident of Great Neck for almost 60 years, died on Dec. 12, 2015 at North Shore University Hospital.

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Riva Kramer, 92

Riva Kramer passed away at her home at the Sarasota Bay Club, Sarasota, FL, on Dec. 24. She was 92 years old. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Cornell, she was a ping-pong champion and a math tutor to legions of students who fondly remember her “shortcuts.” Her husband of 53 years, Jay Kramer, died in 1996. Before moving to Longboat Key and then to Sarasota, they lived in Great Neck. She is survived by her son, Michael, her daughter, Laura Lowell, and her grandson, Benjamin. Her intelligence, wit and outsized generosity will never be forgotten.

Beverly Goldman, 92

ObitGoldman_110415.ABeverly Goldman died peacefully at the age of 92 on Oct. 4, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. [Read more…]

Sheldon Goodman

plazatrusteeShelly Goodman, PhD, former Village Trustee, passed away early on the morning of Oct. 19, according to his wife, Patricia Goodman.

A longtime Great Neck resident, Goodman was a a clinical psychologist and an active member of the community.

The funeral took place Oct. 20 at Riverside-Nassau North Chapel, 55 North Station Plaza.

Rosalie “Mickey” Greenberg, 97

OBITRosalie_102815Rosalie “Mickey” Greenberg, who was very much a part of the Great Neck history from 1946 until 1997, died on Oct. 14. She was born on Nov. 27, 1917, and would have been 98 next month. She grew up in Floral Park, where her family members were community leaders. They were founders of the temple and involved in the local public library and the school hot lunch program. She was in the first graduating class of the then new Sewanhaka High School, and was a leader at Adelphi College which had recently moved to Garden City from Brooklyn.

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Millicent Hope Treiber

Millicent Hope Treiber

Millicent Hope Treiber

Millicent Hope Treiber died peacefully (or as Hope would prefer, “gathered”) on Sept. 14, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Hope was predeceased by her husband, Howard, who was an insurance executive with major influences on Long Island and New York through his family-owned third-generation insurance agency, The Treiber Group. Their children all worked in the agency at one time or another. She is survived by her brother, Henry C. Haer and her sister-in-law, Sally Haer; her children John H. (Carol-Ann), H. Craig (Lora), Bruce D. (Virginia), Peter S. (Irene), Scott R. (Jo-Ellen), Pamela H. Treiber Baldwin; 18 grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and loving friends. Hope was also predeceased by her sister Joan, her niece Robin Gross and her parents Henry C. and Mae Lillian (Murphy) Haer.

Hope was born in Morristown, NJ, and raised in Sayville, where she played soccer and was a Sayville High School cheerleader. She was proud of her participation in the war effort as a plane spotter in the tower of the old Sayville High School. She went on to graduate from St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Nursing School as an RN. Hope married Howard F. Treiber on Nov. 25, 1949, and moved to Old Brookville in 1955 where they raised their six children.

Hope loved her home most when it was filled with her children and their friends and, in later years, with her grandchildren. She enjoyed being very active all her life with golf, tennis, jogging and until only several years ago, working out at the YMCA in Glen Cove.

Hope’s love of nature and living things was a passion all her life, whether feeding birds, watching baby birds in her birdhouses, butterflies, insects, bird nests and her ever-blooming garden and house plants. Hope was an accomplished crossword aficionado and a dedicated Jeopardy fan. She was a fiercely independent lady with an indomitable spirit and will, and she always put other’s needs and sensitivities ahead of hers throughout her life. Hope’s unconditional love and support became the strength of her family. She was a remarkable mother and grandmother and will be missed so very much.

Hope did not believe in death but rather in life, and in accordance with her wishes, there will be no wake but a memorial service on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Highland Avenue in Glen Cove.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Hope’s memory may be made to: SCO Family of Services, One Alexander Place, Glen Cove, NY 11542, or YMCA at Glen Cove, Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove, NY 11542.

Howard Bauman, 95

Howard Bauman

Howard Bauman

It is with sadness that Troop 10 announces the death of Howard Bauman, 95. Howard was a former Scoutmaster of Troop 10 and was beloved by all with whom he came in contact. Howard was recently honored at Troop 10’s Centennial Brunch at Leonard’s Palazzo. In fact, Howard was the Scoutmaster during Troop 10’s 50th anniversary dinner, which also was held at Leonard’s of Great Neck. Howard maintained an active role in troop doings and was, currently, the troop’s publicist. He guided countless youth and mentored many men in the service of teaching leadership and service to others.

Edith Bermaine Drake, 93

Edith Bermaine Drake

Edith Bermaine Drake

Edith Bermaine Drake passed early on the morning of Sept. 30 and was laid to rest the same afternoon in a private ceremony surrounded by her three sons, their spouses and her grand­children. Her career as a model, showgirl, business woman, teacher, mother and muse spanned over 70 years.

The daughter of Russian émigrés was born in Harlem on Feb. 7, 1922. She worked as a showgirl in the 1939 World’s Fair and as a model. She married Norman Edwin Berman in 1944, just before he was sent overseas. They lived in Manhattan, Levittown and finally, Great Neck.

She created a course in self-empowerment for women, and taught adult education while still modeling and raising three sons. In 1958, she created Bermaine Cosmetics, an institution for more than 35 years in Great Neck, as well as in Wilmington, DE.

Norman died in 1974, and in 1982, she married songwriter Ervin Drake, best known for his Edith-inspired songs “Good Morning Heartache” sung by Billie Holiday and “It was a Very Good Year” recorded by Frank Sinatra.

She lived an active, happy life, biked daily until the last week of her life, and was a major supporter and fan of the theater and cabaret. Her husband Ervin, sister Alice and brother Abraham predeceased her. She is survived by her sons, Neil, Roy, Jed, their spouses and seven adoring grandchildren.