Obituaries

Harriet H. Carpenter, longtime resident of Port Washington, passed away on Dec. 1, 2007 at the age of 84. Harriet Allen was born on Nov. 3, 1923 and grew up in Floral Park and Manhasset. She moved to Port Washington after marrying her husband, Bert Carpenter, in 1948. Harriet raised three children while working for Publishers Clearing House. Widowed in 1981, Harriet maintained an active lifestyle. She was an officer for AARP and involved in committees with the Village of Manorhaven. Harriet was in charge of the Board of Elections for Port North for over 40 years.

Harriet was the devoted mother to Elaine (Jim), Butch (Joey) and Paul. She was the beloved grandmother of Margaret Ann (DJ), the late Andrew, Jamie and Allison. She was the cherished great-grandmother of Paige, Taryn, and Riley. She is also survived by four loving sisters and many family and friends.

Following a funeral Mass at Our Lady of Fatima, interment was at Nassau Knowles Cemetery.

Herbert H. Strauss

Herb Strauss, whose warm baritone graced musical theater, recordings, synagogues and the stage of Carnegie Hall, and who was also an award-winning television and advertising producer and foundation executive, passed away on Nov. 25, 2007.

Born in Germany, he sang his first solo in synagogue at age six and planned to become a rabbi. When the family migrated to Cleveland, Herb migrated toward musical theater. Attending Princeton University, he sang in Triangle Club productions, and, after military service, performed in lead roles at several summer theaters.

Married by then to the former Evelyn Ilton, and with two young daughters, Lauri and Julie, Herb pursued steadier work. He joined NBC Television as a management trainee, moving up to production unit manager. He worked subsequently for National Educational Television as associate director of development; Kenyon & Eckhardt, as vice president, associate creative director and director of radio/TV production; and Doyle Dane Bernbach (now DDB Worldwide) as vice president and group production manager. His work there won a Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, two Clio awards and two Emmy nominations. He then formed his own company, Herb Strauss Productions, where he created, produced and directed commercials, TV programs and corporate videos for many major advertisers and ad agencies.

Herb never stopped singing. He produced and starred on two recordings, Folk Music for People Who Hate Folk Music and Songs and Stories for the Jewish Holidays. In addition, for more than 50 years, he has been cantor at the Port Washington Jewish Center.

In 1984, the Strausses lost their daughter, Lauri, then 26, to leukemia. Soon, with friends and family, the Strausses created the Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation, to fund research to find a cure. Through annual gala concerts, which now take place at Carnegie Hall, the foundation has raised and awarded research grants totaling more than $3 million; these grants, in turn, have generated more than $130 million in additional research funding.

Herb Strauss is survived by his wife Evelyn; their daughter, Julie and her husband, David Safran; two grandchildren, Gregory and Emily Safran; Herb's sister, Ruth Berger; and Ruth's family. Services were held on Nov. 27 at United Methodist Church, 1515 Middleneck Rd., Port Washington. In lieu of flowers, contributions will be gratefully accepted by the Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation, 30 Park Ave., Suite 11F, New York, NY 10016.

Velma Pitman

Velma ("Mimi") Pitman died of cancer on Dec. 14, 2007. Faithful wife of the late David Pitman; beloved sister of Harlan Lincoln Harner of Leesburg, FL; loving mother of Roger Pitman of West Newbury, MA, Douglas Pitman of Whitefish, MT, Jeffrey Pitman of Port Angeles, WA, and Peter Pitman of St. Paul, MN; devoted grandmother of Aaron, Adam, Justin, Seth, Elizabeth, Todd, Jason, Sarah, and Kevin Pitman; much-loved mother-in-law of Charlotte, Carolyn, Joan, and Herta Pitman; affectionate sister-in-law and aunt; and friend of too many grateful people to count.

She was born in Pottstown, PA, on July 20, 1920 and grew up in Pottstown Landing and Parker Ford. She graduated from Spring City High School in 1938, where she played basketball and was captain of the field hockey team. She completed training as a registered nurse at Chester Country Hospital in Westchester, PA in 1941. After receiving a commission in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, she was stationed at Fort Barrancas, FL, where she married Capt. David Bernard ("Pete") Pitman, M.D. The couple then moved to Butler, PA, where he was stationed at Deshon General Army Hospital, and where her first son was born. Following the war, the family settled in Port Washington, where three more sons were born. She lived in Port Washington as a homemaker, favorite Cub Scout den mother and enthusiastic N.Y. Yankee fan. In 1972, she retired with her husband to Charlotte, VT.

After she lost Pete in 1998, when she wasn't visiting her grandchildren, Mimi continued to live in the home she loved on Charlotte's Mt. Philo until her death. A private memorial ceremony will be held there on June 14, her wedding anniversary. Donations may be made to the Children's Defense Fund, 555 Park St., St. Paul, MN 55103.


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