Obituaries

Elinor F. Leopold died Oct. 10, 2008 from a stroke at the age of 90. Wife of the late Robert E. Leopold (who died less than a year before her). Elinor is survived by her daughters, Connie Buehl and Wendy Leopold; grandchildren, Anne Buehl, Rob Buehl and Cary Smith; and sons-in-law, Chris Buehl and Lee Smith. She also was blessed with four great-grandchildren, Laura and Emily Schwartzman and Matthew and Elizabeth Buehl.

In 2002, Elinor was named Woman of the Year by the League of Women Voters of Port Washington and Manhasset for her many, many years of dedication to that organization. A resident of Port Washington for 55 years, she was active in community activities there throughout her long life - from the Parent Teacher Association when her children were young to the League of Women Voters and the Music Club in later years. With her husband Robert, Elinor traveled around the world. Her family and her many friends in Port Washington miss her deeply.

Harriet Howland Flynn was born in Berlin, Germany, of her American father, Nathaniel J. Howland and German mother, Clara von Westenhagen. With her twin sister, Alice, and her brother, Thielo, the family resided in Germany until 1933 when they returned to live in the United States.

The children previously visited the United States on various occasions; Harriet and her sister attended Wheaton College.

In 1940, she married Thomas D. Flynn, son of John T. and Alice Bell Flynn of Bayside. Harriet and Tom had three children, Susan, Christine and John. Tom became a partner of Arthur Young and Company. The family moved to Port Washington in 1949. For more than 40 years they lived in Sands Point.

Harriet was active in the creation of the Long Island Symphony Orchestra. An enthusiast for public support for the arts, she later created the Friends of Channel 13 on Long Island and served on Channel 13's Friends of 13 Board. For many years she tutored English to foreign born students at Paul D. Schreiber High School.

Over the years, Tom and Harriet were members of the Nassau Country Club, the Sands Point Golf Club, the Port Washington Yacht Club, the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club and the Village Club. Harriet was a longtime member of the Sands Point Garden Club.

Harriet and Tom were ardent travelers. They traveled regularly throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and South America which occasional visits to Australia and New Zealand. They recuperated from the holidays for many years with ski trips to Lech, Austria. Harriet hung up her skis when she was 80.

In 2000, they moved to a retirement community, The Windrows, in Princeton, NJ, with a group of friends from the Port Washington area. Tom died in 2003 at the age of 90. Harriet died peacefully on Nov. 5, 2008 at the age of 94 in Princeton. She is survived by her children, Susan Flynn Gordon of Tenafly, NJ, Christine Flynn of Manhattan and John Flynn of Sands Point; and her grandchildren, Alex Gordon Fitzsimons, John Gordon, Hannah Flynn, Sayre Flynn and Sarah Flynn.


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