Merle Levine, retired principal of Northport High School, passed away in her sleep on September 12 at the age of 95. Predeceased by Seymour, her husband of 63 years, she is survived by her five children, Deborah, Jeffrey, David, Steven and Robert; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Merle and Seymour retired to Greenport, where she remained active working for the rights of women, minorities and the poor. She served as founder and president of the Community Action Southold Town and was secretary of the town’s Anti-Bias Task Force. For her lifetime of social justice advocacy, she was honored in 2016 with the Helen Wright Prince Community Award from the Southold Town Anti-Bias Task Force.
A memorial celebration of Merle’s life will be held Sunday, October 20th, 2-4 pm, at Peconic Landong, 1500 Brecknock Rd., Greenport, in the Community Center.
Ellen M. Schlachter, Home Economics teacher at Northport Junior High School, known to her students as Mrs. S, died on July 18, twelve days before her 81st birthday. Ellen is survived by her son James and his wife Lynn. She was predeceased by her husband, William.
Joan C. Smith, retired Northport – East Northport teacher, passed away on August 10, 2019 at 89 years of age. Joan lived in Northport and is survived by her husband Edward, her children Suzie, Cindy Latchford, Kevin (Diane), & Keith (Kathy), nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. A funeral mass was held for Joan at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Centerport, followed by a private cremation.
Doris Banks, retired Special Education teacher, passed away June 7th. Respecting the family’s request for privacy, no other information is available.
Memorial donations can be sent to the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite 2110, NY NY 10122. Acknowledgements, condolence cards and notes can be sent to Doris’s daughter, Cindy Alcide 606 Blue Ridge Dr. Medford NY 11763