Marjorie Pasternack, 94, of Great Neck, died on July 26, 2009. She was a dance therapist. Wife of the late David Pasternack. Mother of Susan Colby and Lynn. Mother-in-law of Mel Colby. Daughter of the late Jacob Newman and Nanette Hirsch. Grandmother of Bryon, Diana, Brandon, Mili, Faith and Derek. Great-grandmother of Tyler, Olivia, Amanda and Aidan. Arrangements were made by Riverside-Nassau North Chapels, Great Neck. Services were held on July 30 with Rabbi Feldman of Temple Beth-El officiating. Interment Beth Moss Cemetery, Pinelawn.
Carol Sue Dempster, 73, formerly of New York City and Drexel Hill, PA, died on June 28, 2009 at Landis Homes, Lititz, PA. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late John H. and Beatrice (Hearn) Dempster.
Carol worked as a teacher for the Great Neck School District and was an alumna of Taylor University and the University of Pennsylvania where she received her master’s degree. She was also compassionate with animals.
Hilda Holober, longtime resident of Great Neck, died peacefully on July 2, 2009 at the age of 90. Daughter of the late Jacob Frankel and Rebecca (Goldstein) Frankel. Wife of the late Samuel Holober. Mother of her sons, George (Frieda) and Michael (Melissa). Grandmother of Jacob Holober. Her family and many friends she made over the years will miss her. Services were held July 6 at Riverside-Nassau North Chapels, Great Neck, with Rabbi Abraham Eckstein officiating. Interment Mt. Judah Cemetery, Ridgewood. Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.
At 92, Marion “Tess” Teslik was an independent, quick-witted, working woman with a flair for fashion.
Growing up in Jamaica, Queens, Ms. Teslik attended finishing school after her high school days and later enrolled at Fordham University.
She attended three years of college before meeting her husband, Alexander, Jr., while on a train traveling between New York and Connecticut. They later married and Ms. Teslik, an only child, went on to have three children, Alexander, Steven and Melanie.
Eugene Schuster died on May 31, 2009 at the age of 90. He and his wife Lillian lived in Great Neck Estates for over four decades and he was Village Justice of GNE for 30 years.
Gene served as a first lieutenant in WWII and the Korean War after which he graduated from Harvard Law School. He practiced law in New York City and Great Neck. He was active in Democratic politics, the GNE Civic Association and on the board of the North Shore Community Arts Council. He was a great tennis and bridge enthusiast.
He is survived by his Lillian, his loving wife for 66 years; children Andrea, Paul and Hope; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Doris Freed Shaffer, 80, of Manhattan and Goose Pond, MA, died from cancer peacefully at her home on June 2, 2009. She and her husband Donald had lived in Great Neck for almost four decades before retiring to New York City. Their three sons were raised in Great Neck and were graduated from the North High School.
Esther Hoffmire Fontanella passed away peacefully at home in Sterling House of Ithaca on May 20, 2009, at the age of 89. Born Feb. 9, 1920 in Perry City, NY, Esther was the daughter of the late Owen H. and Catharine (Reynolds) Hoffmire. She grew up on the Hoffmire dairy farm, a place she loved and returned to many times during her life.
Longtime Temple Israel of Great Neck Executive Director Harriet Schiff – who began her career with the congregation almost 29 years ago as a receptionist and rose to become its chief administrator - died on May 9, 2009 after a lengthy illness.
A funeral service was held at Temple Israel the following day. It began with a procession of clergy, past presidents and members of the board of trustees as well as family members. Rabbis Howard Stecker and Seth Adelson officiated, along with Cantor Raphael Frieder. Speakers included former Associate Rabbi Marim D. Charry, First Vice President Dr. Michael Ziegelbaum, Past President Steven Markowitz and family members. “I must say that she was like a mother to many, including her nieces and nephews, members of the synagogue, and certainly the women who worked with her in the office,” Rabbi Stecker told the mourners. “She served her extended family at Temple Israel with loyalty and love. She inspires us to live with strength, as she did. We will always be grateful to her for her friendship and her dedication.”
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