Obituaries


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Dr. Herman (Doc) Belkin
Dr. Herman (Doc) Belkin, a community activist who ran a dental practice in Little Neck for 55 years, died in his home on Friday, July 17. He was 89 years old.
The son of Russian immigrants, Belkin, better known as Hy, was born and raised in Brownsville, Brooklyn.
During World War II, he rose to the rank of Captain in the Army Air Corps and served in a bomber squadron with the 7th Air Force in the Pacific.
After the war, Belkin attended New York University Dental College; he opened his practice in Little Neck in December of 1951, and continued until he retired in November 2006.
Belkin was a Charter Member of the Little Neck Lions Club in 1952. He served as President from 1966 to1968 as well as multiple terms as Treasurer and Secretary.
With the Lions, he was instrumental in establishing the Little Neck Douglaston Ambulance Corps; visiting Creedmoor State Hospital patients every month for seven years; obtaining scholarships for students in M.S. 67 in Little Neck and St. Anastasia School in Douglaston; raising money for the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, and holding annual Christmas parties for the residents of Life’s WORC at their home on Gaskell Road, in Little Neck.
In 2008, the Lions Clubs International gave Belkin an award for “Dedicated Humanitarian Services.”
Belkin married Barbara (Bobby) Rhodes in 1949. He is survived by her; his sisters Ruth Esterowitz and Jeanna Klein; his children David, of New York City; Judith, of Greenbelt, Maryland and Joshua of Lowell, Massachusetts, and four grandchildren, Lara, Anna, Zoë, and Daniel.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 25 at 1 p.m., at the
Community Church of Little Neck, 46-16 Little Neck Parkway in Little Neck.

Olga Aumenta
Olga Aumenta (nee Donatelli) of Beechhurst, passed away on July 14.
Formerly of Whitestone and Florham Park, New Jersey, Aumenta was born in Tarrytown, New York to Rosina and Gerardo Donatelli.
She graduated Queens College and Columbia University and was an English teacher at Andrew Jackson High School in Saint Albans until she retired.
Devoted wife to the late Joseph, beloved sister of Lena Ciaccio and cherished “Aunty” to John, Tamra, Thomas and Jenna Ciaccio and Pina, Bob and Michael Del Zio.
Arrangements were handled by the Martin A. Gleason Funeral Home in Whitestone. Entombment was at Gate of Heaven, East Hanover, New Jersey. A funeral Mass was held at St. Luke’s R.C. Church.

Mary Ellen Haas
Mary Ellen Haas, loving wife, mother, daughter, aunt and friend, passed away at her lakeside Shelburne home on Sunday, July 12, surrounded by her first priority – her family – after a long and brave battle with ovarian cancer. She was 62-years-old
Haas grew up in Great Neck. She graduated from George Washington University in 1969 and received a Masters degree in history from New York University.
She was enrolled in the Columbia Masters of Business program, when an affirmative action program at Merrill Lynch gave her an opportunity
Overcoming the barriers of a male-dominated profession, Haas persevered to become one of the most respected and successful financial advisors in the firm. She was First Vice President of Investments, a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor and a member of the Advisory Counsel to Top Management at Merrill Lynch.
Her devotion to her community included service as President of Temple Sinai, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Burlington College, Chair of the Lake Champlain Land Trust, and a member of the Board of Trustees of World Learning.
Over the last year, Haas had been passionate about raising awareness and funds for early detection of ovarian cancer to help save women’s lives.
She leaves behind her high school sweetheart, loving companion and husband, Ronald Leavitt and two devoted children, Michael and Meredith Burak, her courageous mom, Doris Haas, and her faithful dog, Pumpkin. She was predeceased by her father, Milton Haas and her beloved sister, Barbara.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Mary E. Haas Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Fund, c/o Merrill Lynch, 60 Lake Street, Suite 1G, Burlington, VT 05401.