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Obituary: Thelma Sokoloff

Thelma Sokoloff, of Sands Point, passed away on Sept. 11, 2011 after a prolonged illness. She was 86 years old and resided on Woodland Dr. for 56 years. Thelma is survived by her husband, Adrian, and their three daughters and three sons-in-law: Karen Sokoloff and Andrew Messinger of Short Hills, NJ; Claire Sokoloff and Robert Gifford of Newton, MA, and Gail Sokoloff and Howard Merkowitz of Newton, MA. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Rachel, David and Eric Messinger; Benjamin, Alison, and Daniel Gifford and Alex and Lia Merkowitz.

Thelma loved Port Washington and was active in the community. She was the assistant editor of the Port Washington News in the 1970s. She very much enjoyed writing stories about the community and listening to former editor-in-chief, Ernie Simon, regale her with tales of the history of the town.

Her community volunteer activities included Meals on Wheels which she drove for 17 years, the Mother/Child program of Harbor Homes and the Music Advisory Committee of the Port Washington Public Library. She also started the book group at the Village Club of Sands Point. For several years, she was on the board of directors of the Community Concert series. Thelma was a political junkie who never left the TV during the Watergate hearings and was active in several liberal causes.

Thelma was a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She had several humor pieces published in the Long Island section of the New York Times as well as in Newsday. A mystery that she wrote was published in Ellery Queen Magazine. In addition to writing and volunteer work, Thelma was an avid traveler. She and her husband Adrian traveled extensively throughout the world. Contributions can be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association ( or the American Parkinson Disease Association (