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Obituary: Anna Goidell

Anna Goidell, 93, a 60-year resident of Plainview, passed away on March 13, 2014. She was born October 12, 1921, in New York City to Max and Bessie Merer. She graduated from Brooklyn College in 1941 with a degree in English, and taught for several years in New York City, as well as working in other jobs in the entertainment and insurance fields. She married Eugene Goidell in January 1947 and they moved to Plainview in February 1954. She was very active in the Plainview community, especially early on with PTA at the schools her children attended. She returned to the classroom in the Plainview-Old Bethpage school system in 1968 and taught until she retired. She then was elected to the Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education, serving for nine years, including three years as president.  She was also past president of the Woodbury chapter of ORT and of the Friends of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library.

Goidell is survived by her two sons, Lewis (Pam) and Mark (Lynn), four grandchildren, Adam (Kim), Andrew, Kim, and Matt, two great-grandchildren, Emmelyn and Hayley, and a sister, Sylvia Skoller of West Palm Beach, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents, Max and Bessie Merer, and her husband, Eugene Goidell. Services were held at I.J. Morris funeral home of Dix Hills and interment was at New Montefiore Cemetery.

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Thousands of Long Islanders streamed into Burn Park in Massapequa recently for the Town of Oyster Bay’s annual Salute to America concert featuring Dean Karahalis and the Concert Pop Orchestra with fireworks by Grucci.

The event paid tribute to veterans, past and present, and honored three deserving honorees: Guillermo Torres, Plainview’s Robert Reahl and Barbara Tortorice.

Torres is the winner of the Town’s Veteran Lifetime Achievement Award. A Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Torres was wounded while on maneuvers.

The kids may be grown. The marriage may have not worked out. Perhaps retirement affords more free time than was anticipated.

Enter The Transition Network, an national social group featuring an active chapter on Long Island that meets regularly at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library.

Judy Forman, Plainview resident and program co-chair, noted that The Transition Network is an organization of women ages 50 and over who are ‘transitioning’ into the next phase of their lives — whether it be retirement, divorce, losing a loved one or so on — and helping them to meet new people while expanding their horizons.  


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