Obituaries

February 4, 1910 - February 23, 2007

An informal celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2007, from 2: to 3:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 35 Middle Neck Rd., Port Washington. All are invited to attend and participate.

Rita D. Morris, 79, of Port Washington, died on April 4, 2007 peacefully and in the loving care of her family. She is survived by her husband of 57 years Burton Morris; son Kenneth Morris (Dina) of Greenlawn, NY, son Robert Morris (Tina) of Syosset, daughter Jeanne Abkarian (Gene) of Fort Collins, CO, son James Morris (Gail) of Yorktown Heights, NY; eight grandchildren; and a brother, Edward Dolan of Tom's River, NJ; and many nieces and nephews.

Burial was at Holy Name Cemetery in Jersey City, NJ. A gracious and loving wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, she will be greatly missed by her devoted family. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Elaine Hilsenrath, a Manhasset resident for 40 years, died after a valiant fight against breast cancer on April 6, 2007. She was the devoted wife of Joseph and the proud mother of Craig, Shelley, Dan and Jon. Her children all graduated from Manhasset High School and have gone on to successful careers in computer programming, technical writing, stock trading and journalism. She was adored by her ten grandchildren - Jesse, Ilan, Evan, Nira, Haley, Alexander, Jane, Hope, Lucas and Charley.

The Hilsenrath family lived in Munsey Park and Flower Hill. Mrs. Hilsenrath was loved in Manhasset for the warmth of her household, which she opened to family and friends, and for charity work. She was also admired for her searing intellect. She was an historian who held a master's degree in Jewish history from Queen's College and authored the book, Jesus, The Nazorean, a history of Jesus and his Jewish followers.

She was the founder, along with Dr. Hilsenrath, of the Israel Hospital Fund, a charity which has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in life-saving medical equipment to hospitals around Israel for roughly 25 years, in areas populated by both Jews and Arabs. With their own money and money they raised, Dr. and Mrs. Hilsenrath donated an intensive care ambulance, infant resuscitators, heart equipment and birthing beds to hospitals around the country.

They were especially proud of a mammography machine they gave to a hospital near the Sea of Galilee that has helped Jewish and Arab women diagnose and address breast cancer.

Mrs. Hilsenrath is also survived by her loving sister Rita Greenberg and by her niece Linda, whom she treated as part of a large, single family.

She will be deeply missed. In lieu of flowers, the Hilsenrath family would warmly welcome donations to the Israel Hospital Fund, c/o Jon Hilsenrath, at 100 Bar Beach Rd., Port Washington, New York, 11050. Tax ID and further information on the fund will happily be provided upon request.


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