Obituaries

Carmel Kupfer, born Carmela Laucella but known to many as Dolly, passed away on Feb. 28, 2008 at the age of 77. Carmel was born in Port Washington, graduated from the Port Washington public school system and spent most of her life there.

Carmel's husband, David Kupfer, predeceased her on Jan. 5, 2008. David Kupfer was born and raised in New York City and moved to Port Washington in 1967.

Carmel and David Kupfer were well known in the community both socially and professionally. Carmel spent many years working in the Port Washington public schools as an educational assistant and her students never forgot her. She was always being approached by kids and adults who loved her and remembered her from their kindergarten class.

David was a freelance photographer and photographed many resident's weddings, graduation parties and various other events. He could often be seen around town with his camera, and many times his photos were featured in the Port Washington News. David could create beautiful artwork out of almost anything he saw.

The Kupfers cherished their time spent with family and friends. They loved to spend their summers at Manorhaven Pool and, until recently, they could be found there almost every summer day. They also attended just about every event in Port Washington, including parades, festivals and holiday celebrations.

Their daughter, Michele Hudak, their grandson Benjamin Hudak, David's son Joe Kupfer, and Joe's daughters Gabi and Mattie survive Carmel and David.

David was buried on Jan. 7, 2008 at Mount Hebron Cemetery in Flushing. Services at Knowles Funeral Home.

There will be a memorial service for Carmel on May 10, 2008 at 1 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 12 Franklin Ave., Port Washington.

To many of the residents of Port Washington, David and Carmel Kupfer were permanent fixtures. They will be sadly missed by everyone who knew them.

Harold (Hal) Dolinar, beloved husband of Claudia and father of Nicole and Bennett, died in an automobile accident on March 22, 2008, a consequence of Alzheimer's.

Hal lived in Port Washington for over 43 years, raising his family there. He was active in the Democratic Party and the Port Washington Kiwanis Club. With the Kiwanis, he spearheaded a drive to send less advantaged children to summer camps. He also worked for then-Assemblyman Tom DiNapoli, representing the assemblyman at community meetings and events. Hal was quite an activist, most notably in the fight against the incinerator. As well, he was employed by Ben Zwirn, previous Town of North Hempstead supervisor as a legislative assistant, and continued to work for the Town under Supervisor May Newburger. He also was employed by the Board of Elections.

For many years, Hal represented a textile manufacturer in the garment center New York City. He was a bit of a "fixture" in that industry. Hal served in the Special Service Battalion of the U.S. Army during World War II. He was part of the occupation forces in France and Germany.

Hal was born on Jan. 3, 1928 in the Bronx, son of Benjamin and Minnie Dolinar, the latter an immigrant from Lithuania. Both his parents were in show business.

Hal left four grandchildren: Mark and Sarah Haber and Michael and Natalie Dolinar.

Plans for a memorial service are under way.


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