Pauline Momot-Backstatter (nee Faust), beloved mother and grandmother, passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2013 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
Pauline was born on Dec. 25, 1925 in Glen Cove Community Hospital and because her father, Captain Carl Faust, worked as the manager of the boatyard for Seawanhaka Yacht Club, she was blessed to grow up on the property. Along with her mother, they lived in the small, two-story white house down by boatyard.
This is where she fell in love with the water and developed a great appreciation for nature. She used to sail her 30-foot boat, the “Felicity” over to Cooper Bluff Cliff. Her pets included cats and dogs and for awhile, they even owned Alice Roosevelt’s horse.
In the early ‘40s she was a fashion model for the Newark Magazine, and after raising three children she received her bachelor of arts degree from C.W. Post College. It was at a time when there was an excess of teachers so she went to work for and eventually retired from the Social Security Department in Garden City.
Anyone who knew her also knew that she would be the first to rescue a small bird, or a chipmunk and because of her great appreciation for our wetlands, she would take it upon herself to bring an empty bag and a pair of scissors to Bayville bridge and remove all of the fishing line that was left by the fisherman. She would continue to fill the bag with trash on her walks from Mill Neck to Center Island. One time, she managed to drag home a very heavy trash bag that was left by someone traveling on West Shore Road. Whenever going for walks along the beach, her children and grandchildren continue to do the same.
Pauline is survived by her three children, Stuart Backstatter, Vicki Beilharz (Craig) and Laurie Dooney (Gerard) and her two grandchildren, Meghan and Thomas Dooney, as well as her cousins Margaret Faust and Peggy Tryon.
Her Memorial Service will be held sometime in August and you can contact her family for more information. If you wish to offer a donation on her behalf, Pauline Faust, please consider the Humane Society and the Audubon Society.
Further information Whitting Funeral Home, 300 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Head, NY 11545 www.whitting.com