Donald Everett Axinn, a resident of Sands Point, died on Tuesday, Oct. 13 following a brave battle with cancer. He was 80 years old.
Mr. Axinn spent 50 years as a developer, writer, philanthropist and filmmaker. His parents emigrated from Russia during the Pogroms. A first-generation American, he built the Axinn name into one of the most respected with regard to building and investing in the New York metropolitan area. He designed and developed several million square feet of award-winning buildings and office parks before merging in 1999 with Brandywine Realty Trust, a NYSE company. He sat on their board of trustees for many years.
Michael E. Philburn, formerly of Roslyn Heights, passed away on July 31, 2009. Husband of the late Jeanette M. Philburn. Father of Deborah Martinez, Michael Jr., Jacqueline and Christine Trapane. Father-in-law of Gilbert Martinez, Ronald Trapane, Kathleen and father-in-law to be of William Anziano. Grandfather of Jessica, Andrea, Deanna, Kevin and Matthew.
After serving in the Army in Germany from 1958-1961, he was employed with Trans World Airlines. Michael was a long time community leader serving on the Nassau Suffolk School Board Association, Mineola School Board and the South Park Civic Association. He retired in Tucson, AZ, in 2003.
Ruth J. Hinrichs, of Roslyn Estates, died on July 28, 2009. She was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 14, 1926. She was the daughter of the late Bessie and Louis Rohland, a former mayor of Roslyn Estates.
Ruth graduated from Cornell University in 1948 with a major in philosophy and government. She received a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City.
Anne Sonet, of Roslyn Heights, died on July 28, 2009 at age 84. Loving wife of Dan. Mother of Jane and Carol. Grandmother of Brett and Carie. An avid golfer in her youth, Anne was a proud founding member of the Bethpage Women’s Golf Association and most recently was an officer of her neighborhood’s civic association. Anne will be missed by many.
At 92, Marion “Tess” Teslik was an independent, quick-witted, working woman with a flair for fashion.
Growing up in Jamaica, Queens, Ms. Teslik attended finishing school after her high school days and later enrolled at Fordham University.
She attended three years of college before meeting her husband, Alexander, Jr., while on a train traveling between New York and Connecticut. They later married and Ms. Teslik, an only child, went on to have three children, Alexander, Steven and Melanie.
Angelina Hagemann Smith, of Albertson, died on March 30, 2009 at age 72. Wife of Harry E. Mother of William (Vicki), Kevin (Patti), Michael (Gladys) and Kenneth (Dawn) Hagemann. Sister of Catherine Hogan (John) of Bayville. Grandmother of Kevin, Jesse, Matthew, Chrissea and Micah. Visiting at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, Glen Cove. Prayer service at the funeral home. Interment Calverton National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Glen Cove Animal Lovers League, 40 Shore Rd., Glen Cove, NY 11542.
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