Friday, 04 March 2011 00:00
Maxine Wasserman, a longtime resident of East Hills, passed away Thursday at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset after a long illness.
A wife, mother and grandmother, Mackie, as she was known to the many people who loved her, inspired those around her with her grace, warmth and sense of humor. She gave tirelessly to her family, her neighbors and her friends and most important of all to the ill children of the Child Life Program at North Shore Hospital, where she was a volunteer for more than three decades and chairman of the program. In that role, her artwork decorated the rooms of countless ill children and she continually brought smiles and happiness to these beautiful children, with her compassion and creativity.
Maxine grew up in Brooklyn and taught school for a few years. As a teenager, she met her longtime husband and the love of her life, Buddy Wasserman, at sleep away camp (Blue Ridge and Equinunk). To this day, the couple has retained many close friends from those cherished camp days. The Wassermans have lived in East Hills for 30 years.
Maxine’s beloved brother, Bert Grossman, died last year.
Maxine is survived by her husband as well as children, Jill Selby of Irvington, NY, and Steven and Cathy Wasserman of Manhattan; and two extraordinary grandchildren, Emma Selby of Irvington, NY. and Jimmy Wasserman of Manhattan.
Funeral services were held Sunday at Riverside Memorial at 55 North Station Plaza, Great Neck. The family is sitting shivah throughout the week at the Wasserman home.
Donations in honor of Maxine may be sent to: The Child Life Department of the North Shore University Hospital, 300 Community Drive, Manhasset, NY 11030