Retired Bellerose Avenue teacher Lois Croninpassed away on Monday, July 13, after a long illness. Lois, 84, was predeceased by her husband Drew and is survived by her Drew Cronin, Jr., three grandchildren, brother, George Enos and her sisters Catherine Carter, Elizabeth Enright, and Deborah Enos-Cilley. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.
Lois was born and raised in Concord, New Hampshire, and in 2013 she and her moved back to the town of Bow, New Hampshire. Always an avid reader, she was a member of the Baker Free Library Book Club, an active member of the Concord High School Class of 1953 Scholarship Committee. She was also a volunteer at the Pierce Manse, the historic home of Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States.
A graveside service were held at Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord on Saturday, July 18. Donations in Lois’s memory may be made to the Baker Free Library in Bow or to the Pierce Brigade to support the upkeep of the Pierce Manse. To Plant Memorial Trees in her memory, please visit Waters Funeral Home Sympathy Store.
The founder of the Retired – United Teachers of Northport, and retired Northport High School Guidance Counselor, John Brindisi. John passed away on June 6 at the age of 95 in Delray Beach, Florida. In 2012 he was predeceased by his wife Grace after 66 years of marriage. He is survived by his daughters Babette Wilcox and Nancy Smith, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
John served with Patton’s Third Army during World War II, landing on Omaha Beach the day after D-Day in 1944. In 2015 he was awarded the French Legion of Honor medal in recognition of his part in liberating France from the Nazis.
In retirement John was an active member of the Italian Americans for Progress, served as president of the East Northport Rotary Club, and was the Rotary Exchange Student Coordinator for Long Island. He also volunteered at the Town of Huntington Senior Center and offered private counseling services in Northport.
Online condolences may be offered at; www. danielkeenanfuneralhome.com
Donald Corie passed away on April 15 at the age of 88. Don was teacher and guidance counselor at the Northport High School until his retirement in 1989. He is survived by his wife Joan, son Stephen, and daughters Beth Struthers and Jennifer Counselman, and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Margaret Darby.
In retirement Don enjoyed working on his many hobbies including woodworking, gardening, his garden railway and restoring antique cars. His legacy was a Model A Ford for each of his children. He was challenged recently by Parkinson’s Disease but still looked forward to all his projects.
All current services are entrusted to Nolan Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers please consider planting something in Don’s honor, or making a donation to your local food pantry or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.
Former English teacher, Charles Scott passed away due to complications with Covid-19 on April 1. There will be no memorial service for now. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that everyone please stay home to stay well and flatten the curve. Charles had four daughters, Ari, Shana, Jaaron and Kyla. Kayla wrote a moving tribute to her father, which have published below.
Our dad was healthy at 76 years old when the virus took him from this world. He was dearly loved by all of us. He leaves behind four daughters: Ari Scott, Shana Dempsey, Jaaron Scott-Ray and Kyla Arena; son-in-laws: Mark Dempsey, Justin Ray and Paul Arena, and four grandchildren: Logan and Dylan Dempsey and Kellan and Lucas Arena. He was a dedicated English teacher for the Northport School District for over 30 years, and taught in total for 50 years with work at Suffolk & Nassau Community Colleges as well as teaching English for several summers in China.
Our father put his heart into everything he did in life. He was a forever teacher inside and outside of the classroom. He was a devoted family man. If he wasn’t teaching or doing a project at his house in Andes, NY, he was with his family, always putting them first. You’d often see our father teaching one of his grandsons about a bird flying by or a bug crawling on the grass. They were always amazed with how their grandfather shared so much knowledge—he shared it so well and so patiently. Our father will be deeply missed by so many. He left such an impact on everyone he met. From his calm composed voice, quick wit, magical listening skills to his love and empathy for others—to know our Dad was to love him. There will be no memorial service for now. In lieu of flowers, our family requests that you please stay home to flatten the curve. We will be forever grateful for the love, care, friendship, and teachings from our Dad. The world will never be the same without him.
Ruth Flynn, retired elementary teacher, passed away on Monday, March 23. Ruth taught 1st and 2nd grades at Dickinson Avenue School for twenty-nine years. She is survived by her husband John, sons Geoffrey and Kevin and two grandchildren.
Ruth’s colleagues remember her fondly as a well loved, innovative and creative teacher. She loved her students, revered her colleagues, and was always ready to help and give guidance. She loved staff functions and her passion for the arts was inspirational.
Retiree Joseph Bradley, 93, of Centereach, passed away on February 28, 2020. Interment at Calvaton Mar 6th. Condolences can be sent to the Bradley family, 162 Hawkins Rd, Centereach NY 11720. No additional info is available.
Selma Firestone, Pulaski Road retiree, passed away at the age of 92. She was buried on the February 23rd. Selma taught at Pulaski Rd Elementary school until her retirement 34 years ago. Condolence cards may be sent to her family c/o of her son Scott, 18 Devonshire Ct., Plainview NY 11803. Memorial donations to the R-UTN Scholarship Fund, made out to R-UTN and mailed to David Hosie, 19 Jay Ct. Northport NY 11768.
Bill Therien, Northport High School science teacher, passed away on February 8. Condolences can be sent to his family in Florida at:
24019 Milford Drive
Eustis, FL. 32736
Nancy Hughes (Hauca) passed away on February 8. She is was waked at the Bryant Funeral Home in Setauket. Sympathy cards can be sent to the funeral home – they will be given to the family.
Barbara Athanas, elementary teacher in Dickinson Avenu School for over 20 years, passed away on January 14 at the age of 76. Barbara is survived by her husband Andrew; her children Lauren, Neuse and Ryan; and two grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the American Cancer Society online or by mail, 75 Davids Drive, Hauppauge, New York 11788
Cliff Bishop, retired elementary school principal, passed away today, December 23, at the age of 85. Cliff served as principal of Norwood Avenue Elementary for over twenty-five years. He is survived by his son Bruce; daughters Mary Ann, Joan and Kelly; eight grandchildren and his twin brother Robert. He was pre-deceased by his wife Margaret.
Mimi Dickson remembers Cliff as “the most understanding, uplifting person to work for. He was humorous, encouraging, and fair minded. I shall never forget him not only as a professional, but as a friend.”
Donations may be made in Cliff’s memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research.
Linwood Pittman Retired NHS School Counselor passed away on November 27. A memorial service will be at the Kalis Mcintee Funeral Home in Wilton Manors Florida on January 25, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
Condolence messages may be left on the Kalis McIntee Funeral Home website. In lieu of flowers the family of Linwood D. Pittman requests donations be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons research.
William Henry Martin (aka Bill), beloved English teacher and administrator of NHS passed away today, just days away from his 80th birthday.
No further information was available at the time of this posting.
Bruce Hunt, retired Northport High School social teacher and department chair, passed away on October 9 at the age of 86. Bruce is survived by his wife Marcia, his sons Christopher and Peter, daughter Eliza Furtado and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Sarah.
As teacher and department chair Bruce was an educational innovator, designing and implementing unique classes and promoting novel teaching methods. Classes Bruce helped create are still being taught at Northport High School today.
From the early 1960’s Bruce was an active civil rights leader, serving as head of the Fair Housing Association of Huntington and chair of the Huntington Human Relations Committee. In 1965, Bruce was awarded a John Hay Fellowship at Northwestern University, which took him to Chicago for a year, during which time he traveled to Alabama to take part in the march from Selma to Montgomery with Dr. Martin Luther King. In 1970 Bruce temporarily left Northport and moved his family to Greece, teaching at the American Community School for six years.
After retiring from Northport High School in 1993, Bruce and Marcia took positions at the American Embassy School in Damascus, Syria, where they lived for the next five years. In 1998 they permanently retired, moving to Skiathos, a Greek island in the northern Aegean Sea. In 2014, Bruce and Marcia returned to the U.S. and settled in Brant Rock, Massachusetts, living in Grey Gull – a cottage on the water that has been in Bruce’s family for nearly a century.
Services for Bruce were private. Gifts in his memory may be made to the American Civil Liberties Union — by mail to the ACLU Gift Processing Dept., 125 Broad Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10004 or online at https://www.aclu.org/ — or to a charity of your choice.
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.
Steve Paysen, a retired member of the Northport music department, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on July 25. He is survived by his wife Bonnie who is also a retired Northport teacher.
The Northport Music Department is rallying to support the Paysen family by taking up a collection to help Bonnie and the rest of the Paysen family through this difficult time. For those who wish to contribute may bring donations of cash, or checks made to cash, to the Fine and Performing Arts office at Northport High School.
Doris Banks, retired Special Education teacher at Northport Junior High and Northport Middle School, passed away June 7th. R-UTN Suzy Travis remembers her fondly:
In the late 1990s, Doris Banks was “my” inclusion teacher at Northport Middle School (on Middleville Road). Our classrooms connected, and we hit it off immediately. She was an active yogi who took good care of herself both physically and mentally. She was a “mindful” soul long before it became fashionable. Doris brought that calm and positive vibe to the students every day. She set realistic goals for our students and was the first to celebrate their victories. When one of our students received a grade in the 50s, Doris was thrilled — she explained that for that particular student, it was a real achievement that he understood over 50% of the subject matter. She carried the sunshine with her.
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
Curtis Fields, retired Northport – East Northport elementary teacher, passed away on June 28. Curt was pre-deceased by his wife Diane earlier this year. He is survived by his daughters Valerie M. Field and Beverly (Barry) Fielding and three grandchildren.
Curt joined the United States Air Force as a pilot during the Korean Conflict in 1954. After retiring from the Air Force as a Captain in 1973 he earned a Masters in Education from Hofstra University. While teaching in the Northport schools we was a pioneer in outdoor education, earning fame for his “pollution field trips.”
Curt was a brother of the Fraternal Order of the Matinecock Lodge in Oyster Bay and was an active participant in the lodges annal Oyster Fest Beer Garden. After retiring from teaching Curt became a Real Estate agent in Syosset and a docent at The Cradle of Aviation Museum, where he most often could be found instructing future pilots on the flight simulators.
Visiting Tuesday 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday 2-4 p.m. at Whitting Funeral Home, 300 Glen Cove Avenue, Glen Head, NY 11545 (www.whitting.com). Funeral Service 10 a.m. Friday, July 5 at the funeral home, followed by burial at Calverton National Cemetery with Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cradle of Aviation Museum (www.cradleofaviation.org/), Honor Flight Long Island (honorflightlongisland.org/) or to Matinecock Lodge # 806 F.&A.M., 14 West Main St., Oyster Bay, NY 11771.
Michael Roy Campbell Retired Northport High School business teacher passed away on June 27. During his Northport career was the work study coordinator and coach of the golf team. Michael served in the United States Army, 101st Airborne, during the Vietnam War.
Michael is survived by his wife Colleen, children Michael William, William Roy, Colleen Jill, Bonnie Michelle, Kathleen Mary and by his granddaughter Violet Aurora. Visiting Saturday and Sunday 2-5 & 7-9 p.m at Nolan Funeral Home in Northport. Funeral Service 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home, followed by interment, with U.S. Army Military Honors, at Calverton National Cemetery.
Peter Corradi, long-time Northport teacher and administrator, passed away on June 18, 2019.
Peter served as a social studies teacher, assistant principal, and principal of Middleville JHS/Middle School. He retired as principal of Ocean Avenue Elementary. He remained active after retirement on Long Island mentoring student teachers. Peter subsequently moved to Ormond Beach, FL where he spent years socializing with good friends and playing golf. After a brief return to the Northeast to be close to his son and granddaughters, he returned to the warmth of Florida. He is survived by his sister Laura, his son John, and five grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests that you consider a donation in his name to a charity of your choice.
Marion Hammer, an R-UTN member and a long-time teacher in Northport-East Northport UFSD died on April 24 at the age of 92. A resident of Northport, NY for more than 30 years, she taught second and third grades, remedial reading, and special education in the Northport-East Northport and Elwood schools for more than twenty of those years.
Marion was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Northport, NY, and served the church both as a deacon and as an elder. She was also a published poet, an arranger of fresh and dried flowers, a creator of silver jewelry, and a prize-winning designer and creator of hooked rugs, which were featured in several publications.
In retirement, she and her late husband relocated to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, where they were active in Naomi Makemie Presbyterian Church and in the Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club. In addition, Marion served as a volunteer literacy tutor one of whose students was named Virginia Adult Learner of the Year. Later, they relocated again to Rogue Valley Manor, a retirement community in Medford, OR.
Her family request that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Marion to a charity of your choice, or to Dogs for Better Lives, Central Point, OR.
Ed Nostrand, retired Guidance Counselor and member of the R-UTN Executive Board, passed away on Friday, March 29. Northport hired Ed as an Industrial Arts in 1955, after he served a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy. After earning advanced degrees he became a guidance counselor at Middleville Junior High School in 1963. In 1992 he transferred to East Northport Middle School, where he worked until he retired after a 37-year career in the Northport – East Northport UFSD. Ed is survived by Doris, his wife of 61 years, his son Philip, daughter Dianne, her husband Lenny, and and one grandson.
Ed is a past president of the Northport Teachers Association, the New York State Counselor Association and the Western Suffolk Counselor Association. He continued his civic involvement during retirement, serving as vice-president of the Friends of the Northport – East Northport Public Library and R-UTN Social Committee Co-Chair.
At home Ed was devoted to his rose garden, which he cultivated for 50 years. He and Doris loved to travel, and over the years they visited all seven continents. They recently completed a multi-year tour of all U.S. Presidential Libraries, going back to F.D.R.
A “Words of Remembrance” ceremony was held for Ed on April 6.
Condolences may be sent to Ed’s wife Doris at their home in East Northport or to email@example.com. Donations in Ed’s memory may be made to the Huntington Arts Council, 213 Main Street, Huntington NY 11743 or the Cinema Arts Center, 423 Park Avenue, Huntington NY 11743.
Daniel White, 4th grade Pulaski Road School teacher for 30 years, passed away on Monday, February 11.
Visitation at Thomas A Glynn & Son Funeral Home, 20 Lincoln Ave, Rockville Centre, on Wednesday, February 20 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m.
The funeral will take place on Thursday, February 21 at the Shiloh Baptist Church, 96 N. Centre Avenue in Rockville Center. Viewing from 10:00-11:00 a.m., followed by a funeral service. Burial at at Calverton National Cemetery.
Cards and flowers may be sent to Lurlene White, 972 Orlando Avenue, West Hempstead, NY 11552
Gary Nagel, long time Northport High School teacher, passed away on January 18 surrounded by his family. Gary taught both math and business courses, coordinated the work-study program and was the yearbook advisor for many years. In retirement Gary spent his time golfing and visiting family in Michigan and Las Vegas. He is survived by his sons Jeffery and Allan, and five grandsons.
A funeral mass will be said on Wednesday, January 23 at Saints Philip and James Roman Catholic Church in St. James. Internment will follow on Saturday, January 26 in Troy, Michigan.
The family suggests donations in Gary’s memory to EPIC Long Island, 1500 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554 – www.epicli.org.
Alice Tenenbaum passed away on November 3 and was born on April 22,1930 in what was then Czechoslovakia. Her large, close-knit family enjoyed wealth and privilege, but that was torn away from her at age 14, when she and her family were shipped to Auschwitz. Of the twenty close family members who went with her to the concentration camp, only she and her mother survived Auschwitz and the death march to Bergen Belsen.
After World War II, Alice lived briefly in Sweden and then she and her mother traveled to America penniless to start life anew. At age 20, she married Sol Tenenbaum and they remained happily married until his death in 1997.
Although Alice never finished middle school, she managed to convince Hofstra University to admit her. While raising her family, Alice earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Hofstra University. She was an art teacher at East Northport Middle School on Long Island for more than 20 years. She was also an accomplished artist and sculptor.
Alice was fluent in 8 languages and enjoyed fashion and design. She traveled the world, visiting six continents, and enjoyed playing tennis and skiing. During her active retirement, Alice was a docent at the Museum of Jewish Heritage and gave lectures about the Holocaust at conferences and for school groups. She was the inspiration for a book and was featured in two documentaries.
May she be remembered for all the lives she touched, including her friends, students, many admirers, and especially her family. Alice is survived by her three daughters, Evelyn, Judy, and Nancy Tenenbaum, her three sons in law, Howard Zwickel, Jay Damashek, and Jeff Levine, and her four grandchildren, Joanna and Karen Zwickel and Max and Jordan Damashek.
Her family has requested that you consider a donation on her behalf to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.
Joseph Gardner, an elementary teacher for about 20 years, retiring in the 1980â€™s, Jpassed away on August 18thin Grand Junction Michigan. He is survived by his wife Sabine. Condolences can be sent to his son Erik Gardner, 1998 Cherry Lane, NorthbrookÂ IL 60062.
Charlotte Schlictmann a long time math teacher at Northport Middle School, passed away Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the age of 91. Charlotte and her Fred have been living Media, Pennsylvania.
Condolences can be sent to Fred at:
1048 W. Baltimore Pike
Media, PA 19063-6323
Memorial contributions may be made to: Pelican Piecemakers Quilt Guild, c/o Kathy Davis, 5425 Eagle Claw Dr., Port Orange, FL 32128; or The Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601, alz.org.
Audrey Kelley former elementary teacher passed away in Florida in September. No other information was available at the time of this posting.
Mimi Dickson added that she is sorry to hear the news. Audrey was a delightful person and a joy to work with. Her prayers go to her family.
Rochelle “Shelly” Zarro, passed away on September 4 in Winter Garden, Florida. Shelly spent her entire career in the Northport-East Northport UFSD, teaching second, fourth and sixth grades before training as a Computer Resource Teachers. She was one of the team of seven teachers who introduced computer literacy to district students in the mid-1980s. Shelly retired in 2002 after 34 years with the district.
Shelly and her husband Joe made their home in Eastport, Long Island until moving to Clermont, Florida after retirement. She was an active member of several civic organizations and clubs and thoroughly enjoyed her retirement until her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. In addition to her husband, Shelly is survived by her sister Jill Scheiber, her stepson, Joseph and a niece and nephew. The family suggests memorial contributions in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association (https://alz.org/). Condolences may be left at an online guest book at beckerfamilyfuneral.com.
Retired Norwood Avenue teacher Marilouise Deloughry passed away on October 12 at the age of 86. A wake will be held at Nolan & Taylor-Howe Funeral Home, 5 Laurel Avenue, Northport, on Wednesday, October 18th, 2-5 & 7-9 p.m., with a prayer service on Thursday at 10 a.m.
MariLouise is survived by daughters Suzanne and Aileen and two granddaughters. Donations in her name can be sent to Maryhaven, 51 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776 / maryhaven.chsli.org
Rosemary Jenkins, former teacher at Norwood passed away this morning. She will be waked at Nolan – Taylor Howe on Sunday, October 8th 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. with service on Monday, October 9th at 10 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Centerport.
Donation in her memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Service, 505 Main St. Northport, NY 11768
Janet Simpson, retired Northport High School Art Teacher, passed away on October 4 at the age of 78. Janet retired in 1999 after a long career at the high school, where she developed the fashion design program as well as teaching drawing and painting.
Janet is survived by her son Chris, daughter Karin, and grandchildren Erica and Jeff. A memorial service was held on October 13 at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Northport. Condolences may be sent to Karin Cohen, 5 Tudor City Place 609, New York, NY 10017. Donations in her memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society at mssociety.org.
Janet is fondly remember and much missed by her Art Department colleagues, both inservice and R-UTN members.
We remember Janet as much more than a colleague, but as a very dear friend. In so many ways she was the heart and soul of the art department. Her students felt nurtured and encouraged by her patient teaching style, and her classroom was a home away from home for so many over the years.
Janet was more that an art teacher, but truly a masterful artist — working with paint, fabrics, pastels and collage. She continued as a working artist for many years after she retired, and she never stopped experimenting with new techniques. Northport High School lost a “great one” when Janet retired in 1999.
Making Janet even more remarkable was the fact that in her 30s she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, yet the disease never got the better of her. She lived a long and fruitful life after her diagnosis, adapting as necessary, but never giving in.
Those of us who called her “friend” will miss her all the more, because she added so much to our lives.
The Funeral Mass is on Friday at St. Joseph’s Church in Kings Park @ 10:30 A.M.
Mary Ellen Utell, 83, retired Bellerose Avenue teacher, passed away on Wednesday, May 24 in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Mary Ellen moved from Northport to Connecticut in 2001 to be closer to family. She was the pre-deceased by her husband Leonard.
After graduating from Misericordia College in Dallas, Pennsylvania, in January 1952, Mary Ellen began her teaching career in Syosset and later at Bellerose Elementary School. In retirement she was an active member of her church, enjoyed playing golf with her friends in Ridgefield, singing with the Ridgefield Chorale, traveling, walking with her dog Bailey and participating on her community garden committee. She had a life long love of learning and was constantly taking classes.
Mary Ellen is survived by her daughter, Mary Jo Fornshell and her husband William, three grandchildren, three step-children and a brother. Memorial contributions can be made to ROAR – Ridgefield Operations for Animal Rescue; 45 South Street Ridgefield, CT 06877.
Frances Ahern, former Northport High School social studies teacher, died on February 8 in New York City at the age of 91.
With an undergraduate degree in journalism and a masters focusing on the Chines government, Frances received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1993 and her dissertation on the stylistic variations and uses of pottery among the coastal Mixtec and Amuzgo in Mexico. She spent much time in Oaxaca, Mexico, a place she loved as a second home and where she did research at the archeological site of Monte Alban, driving from New York to Mexico well into her 80’s. After retiring she also taught English as a second language and spent several years teaching at universities in Chengdu, Wuhan and Fujian, China
Bob is survived by his wife, Barbara; his children, Amy and Robert; his grandchildren, Sam, Allison, Lucas, and Cathryn, and his brother, John. Burial will be private and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Howie Hagler, Middleville Junior High School reading teacher, passed away in early January. Condolences can be sent to his wife Marilyn at 51D Stratford Lane, Boynton Beach, FL 33436
Paul Fazio, a longtime colleague shared his remembrance of Howie Hagler.
Howie believed the most effective way to help students with their reading abilities was to assist them as they were involved with their other subjects. He convinced the administration and teachers to give the program a try. The administration would support this concept as long as our reading test scores were equal or better than the other Junior High schools. In all the years Howie was the reading teacher at Middleville, our scores were always as good as or better than the other junior highs. Also, because he was the only reading teacher at Middleville we were able to add more staff in other subject areas. In this way Howie made a very significant contribution to Middleville’s educational program.
Bill Hall, retired President of the United Teachers of Northport, passed away on January 7 and the Northport – East Northport community lost one of its most dedicated educators. His dedication to the students and teachers of the district was unsurpassed, and he will be missed by his many friends and colleagues. Bill is survived by his wife Gloria, also a retired Northport teacher.
Bill taught English and Social Studies at Middleville Junior High School and was actively involved in the UTN throughout his career in the classroom. He served as UTN vice president under Mike Barbara and was elected president in 1978, a position he held for the next twenty-one years until retirement in 1999. During his tenure as union president he worked diligently for everyone — the teachers and non-teaching professional he represented, as well as students, parents, administrators and the Board of Education.
Bill is remembered by colleagues as an exceptional teacher who was deeply loved by his students. R-UTN member Bill Ingui remembers Bill sitting cross-legged on top of a table fully engaging his students in a debate, and giving them the passion to take his lessons out into the world and make a difference.
Bill was a lifelong educator and advocate for public education. In retirement he worked tirelessly for many causes, most notably his support for the needs of military veterans. As a member of the R-UTN Executive Board he chaired the Community Action Committee and was responsible for many charitable endeavors. In his last years Bill was burdened by Parkinsons disease, but as shared by R-UTN Vice President Joann Kroon, “He has always been a caring, funny, bright and articulate gentlemen who never allowed his disease to destroy his compassion and work on behalf of others. He lived life with passion and joy….”
Bill was an avid Volunteer Master Gardener who, with his wife Gloria, started the program garden program at the Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport and he was the Parlimentarian and Historian for the Neptune Sail and Power Squadron. He loved cooking and traveling and was looking forward to a trip to the Italian Lakes Region this summer.
Our community has lost one of the “good guys,” and as written in the Tao Te Ching, “Those who die without being forgotten get longevity.” Bill Hall will live for a very long time.
Donations in her memory can be sent to the Nature Conservancy. Carmel and her husband Harry spent many hours volunteering at Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island, which is part of the Nature Conservancy. They both had a strong passion for preserving our environment, a passion shared by their family. Carmel is survived by her daughter Sharon, sons David and Raymond and five grandchildren.
R-UTN member Bob Shertzer shared his memories of Carmel as both a colleague and teacher of his children —
Carmel was teaching at Dickinson when I began at Dickinson in 1970. She joined Ruth Flynn, Ilaine Dickerman, Marion Osborne,Jane Anbro, Joan Asplin and others as my mentors. Carmel was always so friendly and cheerful as my colleague. She eventually had my kids in her class and they always loved her and spoke of how kind she was. They were excited to be in her class. I haven’t talked to her for years, but will miss the red hair, smile, always positive attitude and her LOVE for the children and her colleagues.
Ed Sorensen, librarian at Northport Junior High, passed away on October 10th. Ed and his wife Helen resided in South Carolina during his retirement years and a service was not held on Long Island.
R-UTN member John Ritz shared memories of Ed —
I’ll always remember Ed Sorensen as the quintessential family man, dedicated to his wife, daughters and son. Ed was a real tennis enthusiast and I will always treasure the many hours we spent together before school at N.J.H.S. and later on at The Northport Tennis Club. A valued friend and colleague, Ed faced life and education with a most positive outlook.
Janet McKenna, a longtime teacher aide at East Northport Middle School, passed away shortly before Thanksgiving. Janet has served the school community long and well. She was generous with her time and talents and was always willing to do whatever needed to be done for children and the staff. She was an integral part of the ENMS family. She arrived early every morning to photocopy, answer telephones and assist in any way she could. She cheerfully greeted all each morning, remembered birthdays and helped organize the day and all the school’s celebrations. She cared for the children and never ceased to encourage them to do their best. She shared “The Spirit” of East Northport Middle School and will be long remembered for her generosity of spirit and goodness. She will be deeply missed.
Marilyn Fishstein, retired Northport Middle School English teacher, passed away last week. Her family held a private funeral on Monday, October 17th.
R-UTN member Suzy Travis fondly remembers Marilyn —
I began teaching at the Northport Middle School in 1989 — which was towards the end of Marilyn’s teaching career. I often went to Marilyn when I needed advice because she knew how to gracefully handle any situation.I was having a difficult time with an unhappy parent, and I asked Marilyn how she’d managed to put up with decades of unhappy parents. Her response was simple: “Because I love the kids.” The kids knew it, too! When I moved from NMS to the high school, it was not at all unusual to hear a student say, “Mrs. Fishstein said …” She had a powerful impact on her students and me!
Doris Pade, retiredNorthportHighSchoollibrarian, passed away on September 27th in New Bern, North Carolina. Doris and her late husband Richard moved to North Carolina after retirement. She is survived by her five children, their spouses, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, Doris requested a donation to Craven Hospice Care of which she was an active volunteer.
Craven County Hospice, 2818 Neuse Blvd. New Bern,, NC 28560
Hank Jennings, one time teacher at Dickinson Avenue School, passed away on September 19th, 2016. He was waked at Nolan’s in Northport and interred in Calverton. Donations in his names can be made to Good Shepard Hospice, 101 Bi-County Blvd, Suite 114, Farmingdale NY 11735. Condolence cards can be sent to his son Henry Jennings, 33 Dolphin Lane, Northport, NY 11768.
Dean Peterson, former NHS biology teacher, passed away on August 31st, 2016 at his home in Green Cove Springs, Florida in his 80th year. Dean and his wife Phyllis moved to Florida after his thirty-three years in Northport, where he continued to teach biology for ten years as an adjunct professor at Florida Community College at Jackso
Dean is survived by his Phyllis, his wife of 54 years, his son Michael, daughter Kathryn and three grandchildren. A celebration of Dean’s life will be held at the Orange Park United Methodist Church, Orange Park Florida, on Saturday, September 10th, at 11:00am. A reception will be held immediately following the service in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, or Orange Park United Methodist Church, 2051 Park Ave, Orange Park, FL 32073. Please sign the family’s online guest book at www.broadusraines.com.
A Tribute to NANCY SWAIN GUSTAVE
by Ellsworth Welch former Principal of Ocean Avenue School
Nancy taught at Ocean Avenue School and East Northport Middle School for more than thirty years. She described herself as “an Army brat” traveling with her father who served at many posts in the regular army. She owned a home in East Northport and chose to remain in the community that she had grown to love. She came here as a teacher right after graduation with degrees from Ohio State University.
Nancy’s proficiency as a teacher and the warmth of her personality provided hundreds of students growth in skills and personality. Upon her retirement she worked in a number of roles within the Retired – United Teachers of Northport association.
From the first day in a classroom to the day of retirement she brought a proficiency that added to the reputation of this school district. She will be missed personally and remembered for the individual that she was by colleagues, students and parents who benefitted from the contact that was shared.
If there was a model for a young person choosing to have a career in Educations, Nancy could be cited for that role.
Suzanne Taylor, a retired Fifth Avenue School teacher, passed away recently. A memorial service will be held in the fall. Condolences can be sent to her niece Jennifer Thomas, 4 Beach Ave, Northport NY 11768.
Norman Orenstein, retired High School English teacher passed away on July 17. Norm retired to Clearwater, Florida and condolences can be sent to his son at P.O. Box 16355, Clearwater FL 33766. What follows is a tribute to Norm by Bill Hall:
Norm, thank you for everything!
Norm was the President of the Northport Teachers’ Association at the time of the merger that created the United Teachers of Northport. Following the merger he became the Grievance Chair and was always a staunch advocate of teacher rights. He insisted on the highest standards for everyone.
Lee Anna Newmeyer, a former student of Norm’s, wrote a historical novel, Lonely Heart of the Little Prince. The book deals with Antoine de Saint-Exupery ‘s struggles completing his epic novel, The Little Prince, and the involvement of Adele Breux, a foreign language teacher at Northport High School. While Newmeyer’s novel deals with individuals as such, but it is truly a novel about Northport. The book’s dedication is to her teacher, Norm Ornstein:
Who shared with me his heart and this story.
This is my hug.
As to why he became a teacher, Norm’s answer was “To fight the war on ignorance.” This says it all. Norm truly personified the the reason all of us became teachers.
Retired Dickinson Avenue teachers, Grete Habermas and Miriam Goldstein, passed away in February 2015 and February 2014, respectively.
Ernest Taub, former Northport High School teacher and Assistant Principal, passed away on May 23 at the age of 86 at his home in Huntington. His passion and expertise inspired generations of students and colleagues at Northport High School between the years of 1961 and 1996, as well as at Stony Brook University.
He was born in Brooklyn, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrant parents, and served in Intelligence in the United States Air Force.
He will be dearly missed for his joy in life, intelligence, humanity, and good humor. Ernest’s interests were very eclectic: he combined a deep love and knowledge of art history which he studied at Brooklyn College along with English Literature. He started to express himself in abstract paintings after age 70; he read voraciously, and he loved sports, playing tennis into his 80’s.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Montparker, his daughter, Bonnie , and her husband, David Gordon; Ernest’s son, Jon; his step-son Dennis Parker and his spouse, Jacqueline, his step-daughter, Kim, and her spouse, Felipe Porto, and five grandchildren, Rollie, Steven, Linda, Julia, and Zoe.
A private interment will be succeeded by a memorial service in early July.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Family Service League, Huntington, www.fsl-li.org
Anna Marie Keller, passed away in Upper Yoder Township, Pennsylvania on October 13, 2015 in her 90th year. Anna was a music teacher in the Northport-East Northport schools and in Sharon, Pennsylvania. Her family wanted to be sure that her friends and former colleagues in New York knew of her passing.
Fred Meyer, retired Middleville Middle School Assistant Principal. Fred passed away peacefully at his home in Avon, Connecticut two weeks shy of his 86th birthday. Friends are invited to call at the Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike in Canton on Sunday, April 3rd from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM closing with a sharing of remembrances by his family. Refreshments will follow at the home of his daughter Jeanne Lebens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fred’s memory to the Farmington Valley VNA, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury, CT 06070.
Born in Germany in 1930, Fred and his family fled from the Nazis and immigrated to the United States in 1939. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served as the US Military Liaison Mission to the Soviet Commander-in-Chief, stationed in Pottsdam, Germany, which was in the Russian zone at that time. His career in education spaned 36 years as a teacher, guidance counselor, Director of Guidance and Assistant Principal in the Valley Stream and Northport-East Northport school districts.
Walter Schneider (Walt), retired high school Music Teacher, passed away on March 8. Walt will be remember and missed by former colleagues and students as an innovative and caring educator who was instrumental in introducing the electronic music program to Northport High School. At this time there is no information about memorial donations.
Donations may be made online to www.miraclesinaction.org
John William Hosie (Bill), Northport High School physics teacher for 38 years, died November 30, 2015 at the age of 91, surrounded by family. He is survived by Sylvia Kilbourne Hosie, his wife of 67 years, and a large extended family, including members of the R-UTN and UTN. His wife, daughter Cynthia Hosie Gorman and brother David Hosie are R-UTN members, and Dave serves as our treasurer; grandson Matthew Gorman teaches 6th grade Science and Math at East Northport Middle School.
Pat Bond, former Northport High School English teacher, passed away on August 4.
Memorial Donations may be made to:
Swim Across America
1684 8th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
Arthur Worm, longtime Northport Junior High School math teacher, passed away peacefully on July 25 at Atria Senior Living in East Northport. Art, who holds the record as for the longest tenure in the Northport – East Northport UFSD, retired after a 45 year career, 40 of them at Northport Junior High School.
From 1942 – 1946 Art served in World II as a member of Patton’s Fifth Army. After the war he received his B.A. from New Paltz and an M.A. from Teachers College at Columbia University. He began his teaching career in Northport in the 1950’s, and many current members of the R-UTN remember Art as their junior high school math teacher.
Art was an avid bridge player. During the 1960’s and 70’s he a member of the Lunch Bridge Team at Northport Junior — other members of the team were Bill Brosnan, Alan Drysdale and Serge Nepo. Many remember Art as an excellent baker — he was constantly baking cookies and brownies for his teams, friends and colleagues. For many years Art coached the Northport Junior Varsity Basketball Team, and during summers he was head of the boys camp at Camp Good News on Cape Cod.
Art was devoted to his Christian faith and his church, and those wanting to honor his name are requested to make a donation to:
1 Eldorado Drive
East Northport, NY 11731
Madeline Porter passed after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was a much loved English teacher both at Northport High School and Northport Junior High School. After retiring she became member of the R-UTN executive board. Others also knew her as an actor, writer, and singer with several semiprofessional groups on Long Island. At her church, she started a book store, helped with the holiday craft sale, and was an active member of their choir. Anyone who knew her knew her warmth and wonderful sense of humor and most of all knew her as FRIEND. She will be missed!
Maureen Guttman passed peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on May 7, 2015 after a long illness. Maureen retired from Norwood Avenue Elementary School after a 30 year career in the district. During that time, she also served on the school election board, and after retiring was a member of the Executive Board of the R-UTN for 20 years. Maureen was also a CCD teacher at St. Anthony of Padua for many years. In retirement, she became the editor of the River Club Newspaper in Jensen Beach, Florida where she had many cherished friends.