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Patricia Ann Sadowsky, 73

OBITSadowsky_092315Patricia Ann Sadowsky was born in Great Neck to Marjory Sara and Charles Sadowsky on May 17, 1942. As a teen at Great Neck North High School, she was obsessed with fashion and film. After attending the Tobe Coburn School, she worked at Henri Bendel’s, taking the LIRR daily until she graduated and moved to Manhattan. Patricia was all about inspiration, encouraging others to live more beautifully, healthily and happily. She cared deeply for her family and friends, always coming to the aid of those in need. She died peacefully on Aug. 29. Patricia was predeceased by her mother and father, Marjory and Charles Sadowsky, brother Jonathan Sadowsky and dear friend, Herman W. Phynes III.

Patricia was incredibly gifted, making everything she touched more beautiful. Editorial positions at Seventeen Magazine, Soho Weekly News, American Home Magazine, Sphere Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens and Cosmopolitan Magazine, where she was the food and decorating editor for 15 years under Helen Gurley Brown, showcased her immense talents. She was a member of The Fashion Group and International Furnishings and Design Association.

She leaves to mourn her cousins Jack Sadowsky and Jane Mescon; lifelong friends in the Phynes family: goddaughter, Charlotte Elisabeth Phynes Garcia; Diane Williams Phynes; Adam T. H. Phynes; and numerous friends and former colleagues.

Burial alongside her parents and grandparents, Sara and Nathan Sadowsky, took place on Sunday, Sept. 20, at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Glendale, NY.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marjory and Charles Sadowsky Scholarship Fund at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute or to aid with final expenses.

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Patricia Paton Rowland, 83


Patricia Paton Rowland, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and friend, died on Sept. 11 after leading an energetic, full life.

A resident of Port Washington for 56 years, Pat was born in Manhattan on March 17, 1932. She attended Great Neck High School and received an AA from Principia College, with additional coursework at Long Island University and Oxford University.

Pat reveled in her career at Buckley Country Day School, where she taught music and history for 41 years. There she touched many lives with her creative third grade musicals, annual first grade productions of The Nutcracker, and her infectious fascination with American history. During holiday breaks, she and her husband, Peter, were avid sailors and world travelers.

Pat was committed to St. Stephen’s Church for many years and was involved in numerous social and operational aspects there. She especially enjoyed singing in the church choir.

Pat leaves behind her husband of 62 years, Peter Rowland, and was a loving mother to Jeff Rowland (Amy) and Liz Rowland (Barry). She was the cherished grandmother of Elizabeth, Theodore and Annie.

A funeral service will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Port Washington at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct.
3. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Stephen’s Music Fund.

Sylvia Rymer, 101

Sylvia Rymer, age 101 years, a resident of Great Neck for over 40 years, died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 3, at Grace Plaza Nursing Home.

Born May 6, 1914, in Philadelphia, Rymer’s family moved to New York City where she met and married her husband, Ernest Rymer, who has predeceased her. The couple lived in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, with their three daughters until moving to Great Neck in the 1970s.

Rymer was a charter member of the Kadimah, a women’s chapter of American Jewish Congress. She was also an education assistant in Prospect Heights High School in Brooklyn for two decades. Rymer found time to be active in the civil rights movements, and even traveling to Washington in 1963 to participate.

Rymer is survived by her daughters, Jo, Carrie and Charna; grandchildren, David, Joshua, Toby, Michael, Rick and Emma, and great grandchildren, Kelsey, Sydney, Ryan and Allison.

Jason S. Pollack, 87

Longtime former Great Neck resident Jason S. Pollack, 87, of Newton, MA, passed on Sept. 12, 2015. Beloved husband of Ann (Shaper) Pollack. Devoted father of Jon Alan Pollack and Richard Jay Pollack and father-in-law of Fiona Epstein and Robin Mozell. Proud grandfather of Sarah Rebecca Pollack. Brother of Thalia (Pollack) Klein. Jason was born in Boston, lived in Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Great Neck. Private interment at Newton Cemetery in Massachusetts. Remembrances may be directed to the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship—Boston (ASF Development Office, 330 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215).

Morris Baron, 96

Morris Baron was born Oct. 5, 1918, to David and Sarah Baron and died peacefully at his home on Thursday, Sept. 3. His family, including his sister, Pauline, was by his side.

Baron was a lifelong resident of Great Neck. His father built the historic Playhouse Theater, which bears the rooftop inscription “Baron Building 1922,” and the family owned the property that was the Soundview Golf Course, which later became Great Neck Estates.

He returned to Great Neck after receiving a Purple Heart for his military service in Europe in World War II, and on March 4, 1947, he married Cecily Shanberg. Together they raised their family of four boys, David, Stephen, Ronny and Bruce.

Baron’s business endeavors began with a gas station. He went on to become a Lincoln Mercury dealer and started Baron Motors, and later Port Motors, Lincoln Mercury dealerships with his brother-in-law and best friend, Bernie Cohen.

He is survived by his wife, Cecily, his sons, David (Iris), Stephen (Andrea) and Ronny (Kerry), and by 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He left a legacy of accomplishments and he will be missed by all who loved him.

Sylvia Kimmel, 88

Sylvia D. Kimmel, 88, longtime resident of Great Neck, died peacefully at home, Saturday, Aug. 22. Cherished daughter of the late Abraham and Sarah Ducker; loving wife of Howard B. Kimmel; devoted mother of Linda Kimmel Engle, Debra Kimmel Kresch and Lawrence M. Kimmel; revered grandmother of Michael and Darrell Engle, Rachelle and Jolie Kresch, and Ava and Mark Kimmel; and adored sister of her late siblings, Morris Ducker, Mae Schleimer and Irving Ducker.

Sylvia was born January 6, 1927, in Brooklyn, NY. She met her husband, Howard, while roller skating on Thanksgiving Day in 1942. They formed a beautiful friendship and were later married for 67 wonderful years. Sylvia graduated from New Utrecht High School and Brooklyn College. During their early years as a couple, Sylvia worked as a second-
grade teacher in the New York City school system.

Sylvia and Howard moved to Queens and then to Great Neck, where they raised their three
children and actively participated in the community. Sylvia served various roles for the Sisterhood of Temple Emanuel, the League of Women Voters, the Girl Scouts, the PTA and the Anna and Philip Kimmel Foundation. After her children left home, she worked as a case manager for Nassau County Department of Social Services and then the Department of Senior Citizen Affairs.

Sylvia was an intelligent woman who nurtured deep relationships with her extended family, in-laws and friends. Funeral services were held August 25 at Temple Emanuel of Great Neck, officiated by Rabbi Robert S. Widom and attended by many. Sylvia’s kindness and generosity will be remembered, and her wisdom and warmth will be dearly missed. Contributions may be made in her memory to the charity of your choice or to the Stephen C. Widom Cultural Arts Program at Temple Emanuel of Great Neck.

Selma Florman Dies at 99

Selma Florman, 99, died on Tuesday, July 28. She was the beloved wife of the late Marvin George Florman, former mayor of Kensington; devoted and loving mother of Barbara Becker and Lois Florman; cherished grandmother of Ricky and Brad Becker; and dearest great-grandmother of Elizabeth, Ashley, Natalia, Olivia and Alyssa.

Services were held Friday, July 31, at noon, at Riverside Nassau North Chapels in Great Neck.

Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Saddle Brook, New Jersey.

Alfred Frederick Gerriets, 84

Alfred Frederick Gerriets was born on June 7, 1930, and died on May 18, 2015. He grew up in Astoria, Queens and graduated from Newtown High School in 1948. He enjoyed roller skating and was a member of the Astoria Red Wings Roller Hockey team. Al married his high school sweetheart, Rosemarie Paladino, in 1953, and they had two children, Alfred II and Eve. After high school, Al joined the Army and was part of the National Guard during the Korean War. He received a certificate in draftsmanship and started in the construction business in his 20s. Early in his career, he was part of the carpenters’ union. He became an expert in renovations, since he appreciated the bones of an old building. He later became involved in new construction. The family moved to Great Neck in 1967. Both children graduated from Great Neck North High School. Al worked with local architects, among them Ron Goodman and Edna Guilor. Al’s knowledge of construction and keen eye for good architecture adorn the peninsula in numerous locations. Al and Rose lived in many of the different homes he constructed in Great Neck and appreciated all it had to offer. Al loved nature and the outdoors. He is survived by his wife, children and two grandchildren.

Dr. Victor Baum, 95

Dr. Victor Baum, died Friday, March 27, at age 95, in his home on Longboat Key, Fla. He was buried with full military honors at Sarasota National Cemetery. He was the son of the late Joseph and Nettie Baum, married to the late Mia Baum (nee Gumpert), father of Dr. Michael Baum (Carol) and Deborah Chapin-Horowitz (Edward), grandfather of Daniel Baum and Joshua Chapin, brother of the late Dr. George Baum (Ellen) and the true patriarch of the extended families and physician to all he encountered. He was a renaissance man, a musician, a healer, a soldier, a perpetual student. A 1942 graduate of New York University’s School of Medicine, he enlisted in the Army and served as the battalion surgeon in the 77th NY Statue of Liberty Division, shipping out of Hawaii and on July 21, 1944, landed with the 4th wave on the beach in Guam.

Captain Victor Baum was a decorated war veteran who, at the risk to his own life, gave emergency treatment to fellow soldiers (Bronze Star) and was subsequently wounded resulting in life long painful injuries (Purple Heart). These disabling injuries and chronic pain did not deter him from living an extraordinarily full life as a husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, surgeon, violinist and a winning tennis player. In 1973, he successfully reattached a severed arm of 16-year-old girl at Elmhurst Hospital. He was always available for a “house call” during the 40+ years he lived in Lake Success and later Longboat Key.

He loved classical music from when he first picked up a violin at the age of six and continued playing throughout his 95 years, from chamber music to full orchestra and ending his last year of life with a wonderful group of friends playing quartets.

Ann Ruth White


Anne Ruth White died peacefully on May 11,2015. She was the beloved mother of Kenneth and Debra and the late Michael. Treasured mother-in-law to Rhonda and George. Absolutely cherished grandma to Wendy, Bradley, Daniel and Adam, and GiGi to her precious great-grandchildren Zoey, Eva, Miles and Mia.

Annie lived in and loved Great Neck for the past 63 years, living on Bellingham Lane and then Hillpark Avenue.

Annie was an opera lover. She  studied voice as a young girl and dreamed of being an opera singer. She performed in many plays with the other Great Neck thespians around town. She was a fabulous cook and a whiz at Jeopardy.

To her family she was everything.  She was the “Most Beautiful Redhead Great Neck” and will be dearly missed and remembered by her adoring family.