Obituaries
Jesse Wolf
Jesse Wolf, 82, of Cambridge, MA, died peacefully, with his family at his side at Mount Auburn Hospital. He was a combat veteran and a proud member of the 99th Infantry Battalion in WWII seeing action in the Battle of the Bulge and Remagen. He received two Purple Hearts during his military service. He was a 25-year resident of Port Washington where he and his wife Dorothy raised their three children. During that time he was an executive with the International Council of Shopping Centers, a trade organization serving the real estate, retailing and financing of shopping center ventures. He was a member of the Community Synagogue and the Knickerbocker Yacht Club. After his retirement in 1989, he moved to Southold. Not content with a rural relaxed retirement, he and his wife founded the North Fork Reform Synagogue in Southold. A lifelong member of the Democratic Party, he ran for a seat on the town board. He served on the board of Eastern Long Island Hospital and was appointed by Supervisor Tom Wickham to the Board of Assessment Review for three terms. In 2005 he and his wife moved to Cambridge, MA, to be close to their grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Dorothy; his children, Fred, Lorre and Bill; and his grandchildren, Alena, Erik, Matthew and Evan.
George Franklin Kesner

George Franklin Kesner, 78, of Sarasota FL, formerly of Port Washington and Fredonia, died Dec. 17, 2008 from complications of Parkinson's Disease. A memorial service will be held on Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, 48 Shelter Rock Rd., Manhasset.

Kesner was born on July 14, 1930. He graduated from Fredonia High School in 1948 and received his bachelor's degree in education from SUNY Fredonia in 1952. He saw active duty in Korea aboard the USS Mansfield as a communications officer in the Navy from 1952 to 1954.

He taught in the Port Washington public schools for 40 years. An avid ecologist, he was particularly fond of bird study and bird watching. George was also a first class cribbage player and a talented artist. He taught his students about birds and used cribbage as a tool to teach math. He was a member of the Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bradenton, FL, and of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset for 32 years.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Zed Kesner; his daughter Jennifer Kesner and son Matthew Kesner, both of Mesa AZ; his brother Robert Gloor of Fredonia; his sister Sharon Howell of Easton, CT; stepdaughters, Beth Dorfman of New York City, Dr. Jeijei Feinberg of Bogalusa, LA; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Contributions in George's memory to the George Kesner Memorial Scholarship Foundation, SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY, 14063, would be greatly appreciated.

Wilbur "Woody" Woodland of Orleans, MA, and Zellwood, FL, died on Jan. 10, 2009 of congestive heart failure. He was 95. He had been hospitalized a month earlier for the condition and never recovered - though the illness only lasted a short time; he died peacefully at home.

Born in 1913 near Watertown, MA, Woodland was raised in a family of eight brothers and sisters. He graduated from Mt. Hermon Prep School Cum Laude, and went on to Yale University where he captained his track team and set the collegiate record for the 3,000 meter run. He also qualified to run in the 1936 Olympics in Germany along with Jessie Owens.

After graduation, Woodland went to work for AT&T/Long Lines for 42 years in New York City, rising to an executive position. And while there were several "job transfers" during his career, the family lived the longest in the Beacon Hill area of Port Washington - 23 years. He retired from Ma Bell in 1978.

Friends and family will remember Woody for his genuineness, his incredibly quick wit, warmth, generosity and charm. There was always that twinkle in his eye. Those who knew him thought of him as a "George Burns without the cigar."

Woodland is survived by Don and Wendy Seymour of E. Orleans, MA, Don and Bonnie Woodland of Chatham, MA, and Carol Woodland of Ceram, NY. There are eight grandchildren as well.

Woodland was predeceased by his first son Alan Woodland of Babylon, who died five years ago, and granddaughter Sarah Woodland, who died in 1995.

Public services will be held Jan. 15 at Nickerson Funeral Home in Orleans. A family burial service will follow. For more information, call 508-255-9069.


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