Educator Mary Bondarin, a Great Neck resident for almost 30 years, died recently in Los Angeles. Mary lived in Great Neck, on Allenwood Road, from 1963 to 1992.
A dedicated advocate and resource for early childhood education and child development for over 50 years, Mary served as teacher, administrator, staff developer and professor. She was a sought-after workshop presenter and inspiring keynote speaker. An active participant on state and national boards, Mary always lent her strong voice and vision for quality educational services for young children and families across New York State and on national forums and agendas.
Bernice DuBoff Goldfarb (nee Canarick), beloved wife of the late Herbert, devoted mother of Andrea Gordon of Westchester and Richard DuBoff (Beth) of Rockland, loving and beloved grandmother of Stefanie, Raphael, Philip, Spencer, Justin and Trevor, passed away on March 15 at age 89. Longtime resident of Great Neck and Plainview, Bernice was a beautiful and gracious lady who touched the hearts of all who knew her. Her passion for culture and the arts was surpassed only by her love and devotion to family. She was a founding member of the Nassau County Museum of Art and a charter member of Temple Beth-El of Great Neck and Pride of Judea. She is also survived by her loving brother Bennet Canarick (Beverly), nephews Steven and Lloyd, and niece Jill. Donations to Pride of Judea of Douglaston, New York.
Long-time former Great Neck resident Gertrude L. Alper, 102, passed away peacefully at 4:50 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013 at Bell Trace Health and Living Center. Born in New York City on Jan. 3, 1911, she was the daughter of Robert and Anna (Diamond) Landman.
Gertrude was a New Yorker for 100 years before moving to Bloomington to be close to her daughter. She was a wonderful homemaker, an avid reader, a longtime volunteer at North Shore Hospital, a canasta and bridge player, an accomplished knitter and a pianist who could play most tunes by ear.
Evelyn Horowitz Weinstein died peacefully in her sleep, at age 89. Her family was entranced by her beauty, love and devotion. Her many friends were bewitched by her empathy and allure. Her parents, Sam and Ida, emigrated from Poland. Scholarships and work paid for her studies at Brooklyn College (B.A. 1942) and Columbia University (M.A. 1944). Thousands of frail and poor were helped through her role as psychiatric social worker and advocate for the disadvantaged. During and after WWII she helped children with respiratory diseases, families of veterans and returning warriors with psychiatric issues. She was a social worker at Jamaica, Long Island Jewish and North Shore Hospitals. As ombudsperson she trained and supervised many volunteers protecting residents in institutional care. She organized and served on the boards of numerous social agencies. She was well known as an activist and as an amusing public speaker. She is survived by Jack, Seth, Marcie, Michael, Donna, Howard, Debora, Kelsey and Luke. Burial is private. Open house was held at Evelyn’s and Jack’s home. Memorial services at noon on June 24 at Temple Emanuel, Great Neck.
Daniel L. Gross died on May 7, 2012 at the age of 88. Loving husband to Suzanne. Devoted father of Harry, Elyse (Don Brown) and Janet. Beloved brother of Martha (Dr. Max Fink). Grandfather of Rachel and Dylan Brown and Jason Hanleybrown (Fay Hanleybrown). Great-grandfather of three. Services were held at Riverside Nassau North Chapels, Great Neck.
Minna (Sarrett) Panzer, 97, died peacefully in her apartment on April 15, 2012, with loving family by her side. Minna was most recently of West Hartford, CT, but she lived nearly all of her adult life in Great Neck. Minna, the youngest of five children, was born in Brooklyn and she was the widow of Irving Panzer after 55 years of an exciting and loving marriage. Minna is survived by four children, Carol Mihal and her husband Bill of Glastonbury, CT, Jill of Fairfield, IA, Jonathan of Ithaca, NY, and Kenneth and his wife Susan of Roslyn; and five grandchildren. She is also survived by her devoted niece Arlyne Valdes and family of Phoenix, AZ. Although Minna spent much of her life as a loving and attentive full time mom, she retired from full-time employment at the Great Neck Library at the age of 85 after over 20 years of service which she passionately enjoyed. She was a voracious reader and enjoyed travel, financial management, and time with family and friends, and was a lifelong member of Hadassah. Minna had an incredibly brilliant smile and terrific sense of humor up until her final days, and she will be missed by all who knew her. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Program at the Hebrew Health Care, 1 Abrahms Blvd., West Hartford, CT 06117.
Mark E. Fant, a Great Neck North Class of ‘77 alumni died March 5, 2012 at the age of 52. After high school he attended New York University receiving a BA in sociology and thereafter enrolled in NYU School of Law. Upon completion he began a successful career as an attorney practicing in Manhattan. He started to build his practice initially associated with the law offices of Robert G. Heim. A member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the New York County Lawyers Association, he specialized in collection litigation.
Charlotte Miller, 97 years old, died on March 25, 2012. Beloved wife of the late Theodore Miller. Devoted mother of Dr. Bernard Miller and his wife Marilyn and Allen G. Miller. Cherished grandmother of Ray Miller, Elissa Whiteman and her husband Adam and Adam Miller. Great-grandmother of Nathan, Noah, Abigail and Tamara. Funeral services were held at Riverside-Nassau North Chapels, Great Neck. Interment Beth David Cemetery, Elmont. Shiva was held at the home of Alan G. Miller and Shiva services were held at the home of Dr. Bernard and Marilyn Miller.
Harold M. Hoffman, 82, died March 17, 2012 at his home in Great Neck Estates after a long illness. He is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Lillian; his loving children Steven J. Hoffman of Takoma Park MD, Jane C. Hoffman (and husband Kevin Crowe) of Larchmont NY, and Carol H. Sampson (and husband David) of Westport CT; and his cherished grandchildren, Jeremy Hoffman, Rachel Crowe, Daniel Crowe and Claire Sampson. He is also survived by his loving sister-in-law Bernice Cassedy and her children: his adoring niece Nancy Herman and nephew Glen Herman.
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