Ann Hysa Dorfsman
Ann Hysa Dorfsman, 92, died of undetermined cause on Sept. 20, 2010. Born and bred in New York by immigrant parents from Ukraine, and widow of Louis Dorfsman (see NYT editorial obit of Oct. 26, 2008). They were residents of Great Neck for 54 years. She was valedictorian of her class at Washington Irving High School, a graduate of Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (’39) (The art studio at the new building at Cooper Union is named for Ann Hysa Dorfsman and Louis Dorfsman).
Rita Wechsler, who was born in Brooklyn and lived in Great Neck for 52 years, passed away on Sept. 2, 2010 at the age of 80. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Morton Wechsler; two children Gail Wechsler (and husband Bob Cropf) and Robert Wechsler (and wife Kathy); and five grandchildren, Keith, Kaitlyn and Kyle Wechsler and Jeremy and Hannah Cropf.
Hazel Juliet Amols Marcus
Hazel Juliet Amols Marcus died June 12, 2010 at the age of 97 at Penobscot Nursing Home, Penobscot, ME.
Born May 31, 1913 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of Nathaniel William Amols and Frances Amols. Her father owned The Arlington Dry Goods Store with his sister, Sarah Amols Beinfield (Messing).
Hazel attended P.S. 3 in Brooklyn, a one-room schoolhouse. In 1929 she graduated from Girls High where she was a member of the honor society, Arista.
Jesse Lehman, a successful printer who took on a new career in his 50’s and served for nearly 20 years as a volunteer lawyer, died at his home in Floral Park on Sept. 16, 2010. He was 95.
A native New Yorker, Mr. Lehman graduated from the McBurney School and then from the University of Wisconsin in 1935. Encouraged by his father to join the family’s commercial printing business, he completed a pioneering program in printing management at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in 1937. After working in related industries, he joined his father’s company, The Georgian Press, Inc. in 1940.
Janet Hamburg, professor of dance at the University of Kansas and an internationally known movement analyst and lecturer, died unexpectedly on Sept. 4, 2010 in New York City. Hamburg was preceded in death by her mother Helen; her father Sydney; and her sister Amy. She is survived by her partner of 30 years, Lynn Bretz, of Lawrence, KS; two aunts, Stella Hyman, Wayne, NJ, and Sandy Blackman, Brooklyn; and many cousins, including Sy Wolke and his wife, Caren of New York City, Lil Sitomer, Josh Blackman and wife Liz, all of Brooklyn and Jonathan and Adam Blackman, Los Angeles.
Morrie Yohai, 90, a longtime resident of Kings Point, died on July 27, 2010. He was a poet. Son of the late Robert and Marie Yohai. Husband of Babs Yohai. Father of Robert Yohai. Brother of Bea Forest, Lorraine Pinto and the late Lillian Barish. Arrangements were made by Riverside-Nassau North Chapels, Great Neck. Services were held on July 30 at Temple Beth El of Great Neck with Rabbi M. Feldman officiating. Interment Mount Hebron Cemetery, Flushing.
Charles J. Miller, age 87, of Manhattan, former Great Neck resident died of complications from cancer surgery on July 22, 2010. Charles grew up on the Upper West Side during the 1920s and 30s. He graduated from the Horace Mann School and New York University. He was a WWII combat veteran who served with distinction in Europe. After the war, Charles returned to a top position at the family business, I. Miller & Sons, maker of “beautiful” women’s shoes. He was involved in all aspects of the business, especially shoe design and U.S. sales. Following the sale of the company in 1959, Charles and his late brother, Robert Miller, acquired D.H. Blair & Co., a Wall Street securities firm, where Charles was the managing partner into the early 1970s. In the mid-1970s, Charles’ career began a third phase. He returned to school and obtained advanced training at Columbia and the Postgraduate Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He had practiced as a psychoanalyst continuously since the early 1980s.
Charles and his family lived in Great Neck in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. He was active in PTA, Little League, and Democratic Party politics.
Lena Bittenson 1914-2010
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lena (Lee) Bittenson. Born in 1914, Lena was the sixth of seven children of Eastern European immigrants and grew up on New York’s Lower East Side. She married Abraham Bittenson in 1935. Trained as a teacher, Lena never pursued a career in the classroom, but instead, to her children’s delight, was home with them while running a small family business with her loving and admiring husband. At age 50, Lena began a career in Metropolitan Life Insurance Company’s Statistical Bureau, preparing demographic bulletins for the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics and eventually training actuarial students.
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