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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.

Memorial for Maureen Gedman, 67

A celebration of life of  Maureen Gedman, 67, of Great Neck, who after a brief illness on Jan. 15, will be held Sunday, May 17, 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Spiritual Center, 29 Shelter Rock Rd. in Manhasset.

A longtime resident of Great Neck, Maureen was predeceased by her parents, Alexander and Mildred Gedman, her Aunt Sophie Zebart and her brother Bruce. She is survived by her niece, Melinda Matkowsky and many loving cousins.

She was most recently employed by the Woman’s Club of Great Neck.

Known for her ability to make everyone feel comfortable in her presence, she was always ready to assist those in need and did so generously. Her infectious laugh will be remembered by those who knew and loved her. Maureen was an avid fisherwoman and was most at home on the water.

In keeping with her generous spirit, Maureen donated her body to the Hofstra School of Medicine for medical research.

Donations in Maureen’s name can be made to the North Shore Animal League, 16 Lewyt St., Port Washington, NY 11050.


Lyn Sipress, North Teacher

Lyn Sipress died on March 28, 2015. She was a lovving and devoted mother to Steven Scott and Michele Sipress and FranElissa Sipress (Jeffrey). Lyn started her career teaching elementary school before making Great Neck North her home while teaching TESL. She treated her students as if they were her own children. Remarkably she taught them how to speak English without the ability to speak any other language.

Lyn graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Childhood Development and went on to get her Masters Degree in English.

Lyn’s teaching was not confined to the school system. She was an exceptional bridge player. Her love of bridge and teaching brought her to another career: teaching bridge. She was highly regarded within the bridge community.

An avid tennis player, Lyn enjoyed connecting racket to ball for most of her life until MS made it impossible for her to play any longer.

Lyn was a cultured woman that loved the fine arts and Broadway. She also enjoyed her outings with her “Red Hatter Club” and playing Mahjong any chance she could get.

In December of 2014 Lyn was stricken with Glioblastoma Grade IV, a very agressive brain cancer, that eventually took her from us while she slept comfortably.

A “Celebration Of Life” luncheon will be held, in lieu of temple services, on Satuurday, April 15, 1 p.m., North Shore Towers Banquet Hall (Tower 2), 270-10 Grand Central Pkwy, Floral Park, NY. If you plan to join the celebration of Lyn’s life please call 718-352-9498.

Lizabeth Sbar, 66

Ms. Lizabeth Sbar was the innocent victim of the tragic SUV crash into the AT&T store on Monday, March 30, 2015 in Great Neck, New York.  We thank all those who came to her rescue.

Ms. Lizabeth Sbar, born January 24, 1949, was a poet, artist, healer and noted message therapist at the New York Health & Racquet Club in Manhattan and Pourans Beauty & Boutique and other health clubs in the New York area, with many famous clients, including the renowned poet Elizabeth Sargent.

As a child she composed a poem for Mickey Mantle, “SuperMantle,” and sent it to him. Mickey Mantle called the Sbar house to thank Lizabeth, but she was too shy and she ran to her bedroom to hide under her bed.

American poets Gregory Corso and Allen Ginsberg recognized her poetic talents at the On The Road Festival/Boulder, Colorado in 1982. Gregory Corso asked her to recite a poem Lizabeth wrote to her father Joe Sbar to a spellbound audience. Allen Ginsberg had this poem published in the literary magazine Big Scream.

Her massage therapy was noted for its healing qualities with a gentle and recuperative strength. She was skilled in the Yogic arts as a student of  Sri Swamiji Bua. Her massage sessions had a spiritual dimension with Kuan Yin choral music playing softly in the background. She was beloved by all her many clients, fellow massage therapists and administrator

Lizabeth Sbar was a lifelong resident of Great Neck, Long Island who tenderly cared for her wonderful mother Sylvia Sbar and brother Carl Sbar at 119 Croyden Avenue, both of whom preceded her in death.  Lizabeth was also preceded in death by her father, Joseph Sbar.

Ms. Lizabeth Sbar was graceful, kind, caring, self-effacing and compassionate to all she came in contact with.

She leaves two brothers, Jonathan (Janet) and Daniel (Joanne) Sbar, as well as three first cousins: Ona Gritz, Donald Weber and Steven Samuel Kushner and countless friends totally devastated by her tragic passing. Our collective prayers and soulful feelings surround her with our everlasting love.

A memorial will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at Riverside-Nassau North Chapel, 55 North Station Plaza, Great Neck, NY.

Representing the family of Lizabeth Sbar:



Steven Samuel Kushner

San Francisco, California


Ellen Conford Dies At 73

Great Neck author Ellen Conford, just 73, died two weeks ago, at her home.  Conford, who won many awards for her famed children’s books, reportedly had been in poor health for a while.

Conford wrote over 40 children’s books during her career, many of the noted series for young girls of all ages, Many of the books were inspired by the adventures of Conford’s son during his teenage years.

Her first book, Impossible Possum, was first published in 1971 and she then continued writing and publishing for the next 30 years.

Conford received several honors during her writing career, including a Book of the Year citation from the American Library Association and some of her books are being reissued.

Annette Zimmerman Dies At 89

Annette Zimmerman, wife, mother, grandmother, 40-plus year Great Neck resident and active Temple Emanuel member, died on Monday, March 30.

Annette only put her foot down with her husband Mortimer twice in their 67 years of marriage. The first was in 1964. As parents of two young boys, Robert and John, the family considered moving from Massachusetts to Great Neck. While the home was expensive, Annette, along with her sister and brother-in-law persuaded Mort to buy. They lived and raised their children in that house on 5 Vista Dr. for more than 40 years until their second argument: when Annette this time convinced Mort to move to an apartment on Middle Neck Road.

Annette Furman was born July 5, 1925, in St. Louis, Missouri. Along with her sister, Ruth, she worked at her fathers’ women’s clothing store during her youth. She attended and graduated Lincoln High School, with a special award for a paper she embodied throughout her entire life: peace.

Soon after World War II, Annette was set up on a blind date with Mort. After their wedding, they lived Brooklyn, New Jersey and Massachusetts before Great Neck.

Throughout Great Neck, Annette was known for her random acts of kindness, dedication to the neighborhood and impeccable style. She worked as an assistant buyer with A&S and was an active member of Temple Emanuel, where served as president of the Sisterhood in the mid-1980s.

Her love and commitment to her family was evident her entire life. From when she worked into the wee hours of the morning helping her son John and his wife Ellen to clean their first apartment in Manhasset, to serving as Robert’s most trusted campaign volunteer during his 1988 run for the State Assembly, her commitment was unmistakable. As Ellen aptly put: “her entire life, she came, she stayed and she worked.”

Annette is survived by her loving husband Mort; her two sons, Robert and John; her daughter-in-law, Ellen, who she considered the daughter she never had; her three grandsons Ben, Greg and Sam; and the hundreds of family, friends and neighbors who shared countless memories across her nearly nine decades of life. In lieu of flowers, the Zimmerman family requests that donations be made to Stephen C. Widom Cultural Center at Temple Emanuel of Great Neck.