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Obituary: Helen E. Kruger

Helen E. Kruger, of Greenport, NY, and originally of Floral Park, passed away on March 3, 2012. She was 94 years old and a resident of Peconic Landing retirement community for nearly 10 years. Prior to living in Greenport, Helen lived in Mattituck, NY, and was an active member of the Episcopal Church due to her appreciation of Father Jim, but Helen was a practicing Quaker most of her life.

Helen was a fiercely independent woman during a time when it was not popular to be so and remained so until her last day. As a 1938 graduate of Alfred University and Columbia University Teachers College, she was both an accomplished artist and dedicated art teacher at Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park for 33 years. Helen’s ceramic pieces have been displayed in New York, Philadelphia, upstate New York and across Long Island. One of her sculptures was recently accepted into the alumni art collection at Alfred. In addition to her artwork, Helen was known for her volunteer and philanthropic work with numerous organizations on the east end of Long Island.

Never having married, Helen made her own family from dear friends and relations. We will remember her for her strength of character, creative talents and generosity of spirit.  Donations may be made to Heifer International in Helen’s name.

News

Maybe not a scene from the rap song video, Thrift Shop, but the popular spot in Floral Park to score some of the best deals on lightly used goods and clothing, the United Methodist Church’s Thrift Shop, was just as exciting to watch when it re-opened to customers for the season. The thrift shop re-opened on Wednesday, Sept. 3 after being closed for the summer for restocking, cleaning and organizing the shelves and racks.

Thrift Shop Manager Dolores Rossi said more than nine volunteers helped throughout the summer to get the shop back into top shape for its re-opening, including her 17-year-old grandsons, Andrew Rossi of Floral Park and Jake Kennedy of New Hyde Park.

In 1963, Sewanhaka High School alumni and Floral Park resident, Adele Werthmuller pulled out her yearbook. She was on a mission and began paging through the pictures and names of her beloved classmates. She decided to look through the phone book for familiar names. She said, “I kept in contact with many of my girlfriends so I started looking for the men first.”


Calendar

Floral Park Memorial High School Class of 1964

Friday, September 12

Bellerose Village Day

Saturday, September 13

34th Annual Antique Motorcycle Show

Sunday, September 14



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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