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.