Irwin Grossman, a Roslyn resident for 65 years, a founder of local Jewish and recreational institutions, and a prominent men’s clothing manufacturer, died on March 1. He was 96 years old.
Grossman was born in Manhattan in 1915. In 1948, he, his wife Sylvia and their infant son Bill, moved from the city into a small newly constructed house in Roslyn’s East Park development, joining the wave of returning World War II veterans who were settling the suburbs across the country. Grossman had served five years in the Army, including a stint in Germany, attaining the rank of captain at discharge. His younger brother William, an Air Force veteran, his wife and young daughter moved nearby. Over the following six years, Irwin and Sylvia had two more sons, Edward and Richard.
Anna M. Sondovitz, of Albertson, died on Jan. 9, 2012 at age 94. Wife of the late Jack. Mother of Raymond (Heather and the late Annette), Stephanie (the late Bob) and Kenneth (Jeannette). Sister of Stephanie. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of four. Also survived by two nieces. Visitation held at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, Glen Cove. Interment service held at St. John’s Cemetery, Middle Village.
Rudolf H. Hertz, 94, of Floral Park, died on Dec. 23, 2011. Son of the late Paul and Helene Hertz. Husband of the late Margaret S. Hertz. Father of Michael F. Hertz (Ronnie L. Edelman) and Shelley Hertz Kempner (Robert A. Kempner). Grandfather of Rachel G. Hertz, Jonathan H. Hertz, Jeremy P. Kempner and Daniel J. Kempner. Arrangements under the direction of Riverside-Nassau North Chapels, Great Neck. Services will be performed Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA, and will be announced at a later date.
Deanna Morton of Great Neck passed away in her sleep on Saturday, November 28, 2011 at the age of 69. She is survived by her loving husband Joel, and by her children; son and daughter-in-law Evan and Adele Morton, and son and daughter-in-law Leonard and Dara Morton. Cherished grandmother of Samantha and Lyndsey, dear sister of Cheryl and her husband Alan.
Leo Battista, who resided in Port Washington for more than 40 years, passed away on Nov. 28, in Sunrise, FL. He was 85 years old and died of complications related to kidney failure.
A familiar face for decades at Port Washington’s Manorhaven Park and Bar Beach Park, where he played competitive paddleball well into his 70s, Battista is survived by his wife of 59 years, Clara; their eight children and seven grandchildren, who knew him as ‘Poppy’; as well three-dozen nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Raffael and Nunziata Battista; his brothers Louie, Raffael, Pasquale, Frank, and his sister, Carmella.
Marcella Dobrow, 88, of Roslyn, formerly of Great Neck, died on Nov. 24, 2011. Daughter of Joseph and Faye Strenger. Wife of the late Harry Dobrow. Mother of Alice Dobrow and Joel Dobrow. Mother-in-law of Mary Dobrow. Grandmother of Samantha and Jacob Dobrow. Arrangements were made by Riverside-Nassau North Chapels, Great Neck. Interment New Montefiore Cemetery, Pinelawn.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Marguerite Galano, 96, of Granville, OH, was held on Oct. 10 at the Church of St. Edward The Confessor, Granville, with Monsignor Paul P. Enke as celebrant. Burial held at Calverton National Cemetery in New York. Marguerite died on Oct. 7, 2011 at home. She was born Feb. 14, 1915 in Brooklyn to the late Simone and Emilie (Batrouney) Mosallem.
Regina (Jean) was the beloved wife of the late John Karasinski. She was a loving mother to the late Marion LoRusso, John Karasinski of Fair Oaks, CA, Kenneth Karasinski of Chico, CA, and Karen Lekashman of Los Gatos, CA. She was a loving grandmother to Jenn, Kris, Kristen, Liz, Kevin, Andrew, Johnny, Jessie, and Kenneth. She was a beloved great-grandmother to Alex, Jacob, Graelyn, Chas and Karstyn.
Kim A. Tamru (nee Verbert), age 51, of of Voorhees, NJ, formerly of Roslyn Harbor, passed away after a long battle with breast cancer on Aug. 29, 2011. The daughter of the late Roger and the late Nena, Kim graduated from North Shore High School in 1977 and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and her master’s degree from Michigan State University. Kim worked as a consultant at Right Management in New Jersey where she recently celebrated her 15th year of employment. She was an avid swimmer who also organized family baseball vacations to the different ballparks throughout the country with the hope of seeing every big league stadium. In addition, Kim participated in several breast cancer walks, including a three-day walk in southern California.
Mary Powers McCann died unexpectedly on July 25, 2011 in Clearwater, FL, from complications related to heart disease. She was 77 years old.
Mary was born on Long Island in 1934 to Irish immigrant parents Martin Powers (County Wexford, Ireland) and Ellen (Nellie) Regan Powers (County Mayo, Ireland) and was the eldest daughter of 10 children.
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