Mary A. Otruba, beloved wife of the late Jerry, mother of Danita, Elizabeth, Terrie and Jerry Jr., grandmother of 10 (Brittney, James, Jennifer, Julia, Carter, Caroline, Christopher, Jack, Anna and Christopher), sister to Joseph Cipko, and daughter to Paul and Jenny Cipko, passed away on Jan. 3, 2012 at the age of 76. Mary was born in New York City and lived in Thomaston, Great Neck, for more than 50 years. For the past five years, Mary had suffered from memory loss and cognitive impairment due to dementia. Prior to this, she led her life with vigor, determination, intellectual curiosity and learning, hard work, charity and devotion to family, friends and God. She was very active in the Great Neck community and with the St. Aloysius Church. She will be missed and always remembered by those who loved her. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association on Mary’s Tribute Page at this link -http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Events/Tributes-AlzheimersChampions?pxfid= 32992&fr_id=1060&pg=fund.
Vera Cross, of Glen Cove, died peacefully on Jan. 5, 2012 at age 93. She was a head ice skating professional at the Beaver Dam Winter Sports Club 1972 - 1998. Former director of the Great Neck Figure Skating Club 1950 - 1972. Loving mother of Ginny Outten and proud grandmother of Ross and Sarah Outten. Service held at St. John’s of Lattingtown. Interment St. John’s Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. John’s. Arrangements by Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home.
Arthur Lerner died at home in Danville, CA, of natural causes at the age of 97. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Elizabeth Goldman Lerner; his children, Dr. Hilary Lerner of Alamo, CA, Jeanie Lerner of Orinda, CA, Dr. Charles Lerner of Bantam, CT, and Dr. Melanie Lerner of Canmore, Canada; and eight grandchildren. He was predeceased in 1971 by his eldest child, Carla Lerner Hart. After living in Great Neck 61 years and contributing in many ways to their community, Arthur and Elizabeth Lerner moved to California in 2008 to be closer to most of their family. In these last years, Arthur continued to charm everyone he met. Nobody who knew him will forget Arthur Lerner. Donations may be made to Natural Resources Defense Council.
Audrey Lane Laufer, 88, of Great Neck and Newport Beach, CA, passed away on Dec. 5, 2011. She is survived by her daughters, Eve Laufer of San Jose, CA, and Joanne Laufer Milo (Richard) of Corona del Mar, CA, her grandchildren, David, Scott, Catherine (Jonathan), her great-granddaughter, Vivienne Rose, sister Joan Kauff, nephew James.
Born in New York on Feb. 20, 1923, Audrey was a member of All City Choir, attended Erasmus Hall High School, earned her B.A. from Brooklyn College and later, completed her MA.Ed from Adelphi University.
Deanna Morton of Great Neck passed away in her sleep on Saturday, November 28, 2011 at the age of 69. She is survived by her loving husband Joel, and by her children; son and daughter-in-law Evan and Adele Morton, and son and daughter-in-law Leonard and Dara Morton. Cherished grandmother of Samantha and Lyndsey, dear sister of Cheryl and her husband Alan.
At the point of her passing, Ms. Morton was a partner in InfiniTech, LLC, a public relations firm located in Port Washington, New York, where she created and managed Public Relations and strategic marketing communications programs for numerous health care, not-for-profit, business-to-business, and high technology companies including: the Rauch Foundation (publishers of the Long Island Index), Middle Country Public Library, Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, Sid Jacobson JCC, The Thomas Hartman Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Lamb & Barnosky LLP, Long Island Fund for Women and Girls, i.park Lake Success, 1111 Marcus Avenue and the Heckscher Museum of Art. She also served on Networking Magazine’s David Awards Committee.
Helene Hall, 82, died peacefully on Nov. 28, 2011. She is remembered with great love by Norman, her husband of 59 years, and by her children and their spouses, Andrew and Dalila, Stephen and Jaffa, Eve and Don, by her adoring grandchildren Ethan, Alex, Emily, Avery, Noah and Aaron, and by many other family members and good friends in the Great Neck community and beyond.
Marcella Dobrow, 88, of Roslyn, formerly of Great Neck, died on Nov. 24, 2011. Daughter of Joseph and Faye Strenger. Wife of the late Harry Dobrow. Mother of Alice Dobrow and Joel Dobrow. Mother-in-law of Mary Dobrow. Grandmother of Samantha and Jacob Dobrow. Arrangements were made by Riverside-Nassau North Chapels, Gret Neck. Interment New Montefiore Cemetery, Pinelawn.
Dr. Leo Botwinick, 92, of Port Washington, formerly of Great Neck, died on Oct. 29, 2011. He was an endodontist with an international practice. He is survived by his wife Libbie Botwinick; daughter Lisa Botwinick; son Howard Botwinick, MD. Son of the late Sam and Bessie. Services were held on Oct. 30 with Rabbi Barry “Dov” Schwartz officiating. Entombment Old Mount Carmel Cemetery, Glendale, Queens.
Ruth Eckstein, an internationally known prize-winning abstract artist, died at her home in Newton, MA, on Nov. 23, 2011. The cause of death was stomach cancer, according to her daughter, Susan Eckstein. She was 95 years old.
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