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Obituary: Muriel Landsberg

Muriel Landsberg, 93, passed away on Oct. 18, 2011. A Port Washington resident since 1951, Mitzi, as she was known, was a foreign language teacher in the Port Washington School System for many years. After her retirement, she was a docent at the Nassau County Museum of Art, and lectured widely on art history and travel. She and her husband, Will, were founding members of the Community Synagogue, where, until recently, she was a regular fixture at Saturday morning Torah study. Among her family, friends, former students and many acquaintances, she will be remembered for her lifelong love of learning and ability to share that love with everyone she met.

Mitzi was born Muriel Ginsberg in East New York on July 17, 1918. She attended Brooklyn College, where she majored in French. She and her husband of 70 years, William Landsberg (Will), an architect, were introduced by friends. They were married on Feb. 20, 1941. The young couple moved to Newfoundland, where Will was an army architect at the start of WWII. After Will was deployed to Europe, Mitzi returned to New York, and got her master’s degree from Columbia Teachers College. The couple moved to Baxter Estates in 1951, to a house Will designed and had built for their growing family.

In addition to her husband, Mitzi is survived by her son, Mark Landsberg, of Monticello, NY; her daughter Nina Bernstein and son-in-law Warren, also of Port Washington, and her granddaughters, Julia and Madeleine.