Five years ago Bertha Ellis reluctantly left Port Washington to live in Newton, MA, near all her family. I say reluctantly because of the many connections she had made in Port Washington during her 20 years there.
Her Hadassah connection was one of the important ones; she made many friends there. Because of her lovely personality she was the most successful financial secretary ever! "Who could ever refuse Bertha when she requested dues payments," was said of her. Especially when she kept calling and writing until she achieved her goal.
Her Temple Beth Israel connection was great comfort to her. She made many friends among the young members and their children as she met them week after week during their months of Bar and Bat Mitzvah training.
And there was her senior citizens connection. This brought her tremendous joy, not only for the people she met there, but also for the great delight and satisfaction she achieved from her painting, calligraphy and sculpture work. She could not praise her teachers enough! And we, her family, have been the lucky recipients of her work over the years. Her paintings have been gracing the walls of friends and family for a long time.
However, her move to Newton did bring with it many advantages. As her granddaughter Susan Levy wrote in her eulogy, "These last five years since she moved to Newton allowed her to totally reconnect with our lives. We discussed the big news, we shared the little stuff and she became a real person to my children. She went to soccer games, gave them treats and celebrated occasions large and small with all of us. And so we built even more memories, memories that we will share with each other. Collectively, we can keep her alive in our minds and hearts."
Bertha Ellis passed away on April 29, 2002. She was in her own home, attended by her compassionate health care people and visited regularly by family members.
She will be remembered by all who knew her for her smiling face and gentle personality.
Daisy de los Reyes, 75, of Port Washington, died on May 13, 2002. Wife of the late Felix. Mother of Roy of New Bern, NC and Cora H. de los Reyes. Grandmother of Thomas, John, Vincent, Tina and Ryan. Great-grandmother of Amelia, Stella and Alexandra. Sister of Renate Patnoe of Coventry, CT. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Interment LI National Cemetery.
Linda R. Beaudette, 45, of Port Washington, died on May 15, 2002. Mother of Melissa and Michael. Daughter of Rita and Artur Juzups. Sister of Artur. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Religious service at the funeral home. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
Sidney W. Koran, of Port Washington and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, died on May 15, 2002. Husband of Jean. Father of Patricia Hadley and Leslie Friedman. Grandfather of Jessica, Robin and James. He was an industrial psychologist specializing in personnel. He was an avid boater and member of the Knickerbocker Yacht Club. He was commander of a flotilla in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. During WWII, he was a major in the US Marine Corps. He was involved in community organizations in Port Washington where he lived for 46 years. A memorial service will be held May 24 at 12:30 p.m. at the Community Synagogue, 150 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point.