Elinor Marie Geidel passed away on February 2, 2009. She was born to Henry A. Geidel Sr. and Marie Pretz Geidel on Dec. 14, 1927 in Valley Stream. From the age of 3 until her last 4 years of life, Elinor resided in her childhood home, one of the first houses built on Highland Road in Glen Cove. That house stood down the road from St. Paul's Episcopal Church, which is so much a part of her long life.
She could remember asking the Bell Telephone switchboard operator, located on Charles Street, to ring the Parish House, at Tel. #15. Elinor was in sales for 28 years at the Manhasset Lord & Taylor and retired to care for her ailing mother, Marie, who passed away in 1991. Her father, Henry "Harry", was a long time Glen Cove Volunteer Fireman and tennis professional at Nassau Country Club for many years and passed away in 1974. Elinor graduated form Glen Cove High School in 1946. She enjoyed her many trips and family reunions in Potsdam and Lowville, NY, where her older brother and only sibling, Henry A. Geidel Jr. DDS practiced dentistry for many years. He and his wife, Elizabeth (nee Wait, also formerly of Glen Cove) raised their children, Christopher, Gwen, Henry III and Gail there and later retired to Manteo, North Carolina.
A quiet person in life, Elinor was a fighter from the start. In 1930, Elinor was the third child diagnosed with infantile paralysis (Polio) in Glen Cove and successfully fought that disease after spending many weeks in an iron lung at the New North Country Community Hospital, now Glen Cove Hospital. Elinor overcame many possible debilitating ailments throughout her life. She succumbed to cancer in her final days at Sunrise Assisted Health Facility at Glen Cove where her last four years had made many new friends and was quite a hit with the staff due to her friendly nature. In addition, Elinor is survived by many grand-nieces and nephews and church friends, especially Rev. Gary Parker. Elinor will be laid to rest with her parents in Flushing Cemetery. Arrangements made by McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home Inc., Glen Cove. Memorial Service at St. Paul's will be announced in the future. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 28 Highland Rd., Glen Cove, NY 11542
Michael A. Grieco, of Glen Cove passed away on February 24, 2009. Husband of Ethel M. Father of Dr. Michael B (Christine), Gail M (Tom) Wandzilak, Susan J. (Joe) Durdaller. Grandfather of eleven and great-grandfather of two. Brother of Mary (Al) Guerra. Religious Services at McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home. Donations in his name may be made to the Montauk Historical Society, PO Box 943, Montauk, NY 11954.
Ethel Ginsberg Eckstein, formerly of Glen Cove, passed away in Culver City, California on February 20, 2009 at age 93. Wife of the late Henry Ginsberg and the late Walter Eckstein. Mother of Sheila Ginsberg and Nisan Sugar (Ronald), sister of Henry Zendle, Edna Pearlmutter, and the late Edward Zendle. Also survived by nieces and nephews. She taught in the Glen Cove Schools for many years until her retirement. Graveside service was held Thursday, February 26 at New Montefiore Cemetery in Farmingdale.