Leonard Logun, 82
July 30, 1927 Feb. 17, 2010
Leonard Logun of Monticello passed away Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty after a short battle with cancer. He was 82.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Rhoda, at home; two daughters, Brenda Logun-Schlossberg and her husband Brent of West Nyack and Jeri Logun and her partner Mary Saloomey of Derby, CT; and grandchildren, Dylan Schlossberg and his wife Melissa, and Dana Schlossberg. He will also be missed by dear friends: Ronnie Sze and family, Pat Tweed and family, Beverly Catalano and son, and Jenny Swies.
Len was a veteran of World War II where he served in Europe as part of the Army Transport Command. In addition to serving his country, he was an integral part of the community as the owner of The Lantern Chinese restaurant in Monticello for 32 years.
Len’s love for building and flying model airplanes was ever apparent as he was a member of the Sullivan County Radio Control Club for many years and spent endless hours at the airplane field, earning the nickname “Crashlen.”
His funeral service will be held Thursday, February 18 at 1 p.m. at the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home, 401 Broadway,Monticello with Rabbi Michele Medwin officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Arrangements under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Monticello. For additional information please visit www.kennyfuneralhome.com
Lewis J. Greenfield, 66
Dec. 8, 1943 Feb. 16, 2010
Lewis “Lew” J. Greenfield of White Lake, a retired nightclub captain for the Concord Resort Hotel, died Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. He was 66.
The son of the late Albert Greenfield and Martha Kleinberg Greenfield, he was born December 8, 1943 in the Bronx.
Lew is survived by his wife of 45 years: Fran Greenfield; two sons: Howard Greenfield of Portland, OR; and Carl Greenfield & his wife Heather of Ft. Riley, KS; a brother: Arnie Greenfield & his wife Meryl of Chicago, IL; two sisters: Naomi Warm & her husband Marvin of the Bronx, and Sonia Koppel of Newburgh; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Friday, February 19 at noon at Temple Sholom, 5 East Dillon Road in Monticello with Rabbi Michele Brand Medwin officiating. Burial will follow at the Temple Sholom Cemetery in Monticello.
Shiva will begin at the Temple immediately following the burial; then continue Saturday night at the Greenfield residence.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA), 505- 8th Avenue, Suite 902, New York, NY 10018 or to Temple Sholom in Monticello.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home of Monticello. For additional information please visit www.josephngarlickfuneral home.com.
Dr. Jules Flax DDS
Dr. Jules Flax, a legendary one-of-a-kind man who served as the dentist in Jeffersonville for 63 years, died Wednesday, February 17, 2010 in Florida. He was 92.
Few people leave as unforgettable a legacy to their communities as Dr. Flax. “Doc” as he was known to legions of people throughout Sullivan County, dedicated his professional career to the people of Jeffersonville and its surrounding communities. A gentle man with a keen intellect, Doc was a positive force, who loved life, had an enormous sense of humor, and found only the good in the folks he served. Always spontaneous and lighthearted, Dr. Flax and his dental staff could even make a trip to the dentist an enjoyable event.
Born in Astoria, Queens on October 18, 1917 to immigrant parents, Fanny and Harry Flax, Jules faced daunting obstacles during his formative years. Doc lost his father at the age of 3 and was orphaned at 12. Yet, at a time when his own light dimmed, Doc’s spirit was rekindled by a spark from his older sister Ella. Ten years his senior, Ella adopted the role of mother to tend and care for her younger brother.
Always on the move, Jules traveled the fast track of achievement as a young man, graduating from the Townsend Harris High School, a school for elite learners in Manhattan, at age 16. One of Doc’s classmates was Jonas Salk, who developed the polio vaccine in 1955. He attended the City College of New York for three years, earning a BS degree at age 19.
It was the call of dentistry that guided Flax’s next educational move. Flax admired the work of an uncle, a dentist on Long Island with a thriving practice, who worked until the age of 93. That example directed Flax to Ann Arbor in 1936 to begin his studies in dentistry at the University of Michigan. At Michigan, Flax cemented two great loves that would sustain him throughout his life, the first for the great University where he studied and the second for dentistry. Flax earned his DDS by the age of 23 and returned to the Metropolitan area where he became an intern at the Jersey City Medical Center.
A newspaper advertisement spiraled Doc’s life in a new direction. Answering an ad placed in a NYC newspaper by Dr. Bernard Kove, Flax agreed to serve as a “temporary” dentist in Jeffersonville while Kove completed a term of service in the U.S. Army.
Eventually, Flax bought the practice from Kove, then continued to work until he was 87. Doc loved his work, was a lifetime member of the American Dental Assn. and missed only one day of work in nearly 64 years.
Once in Jeffersonville, Doc met and fell in love with Jenny Brownstein in 1941. The couple married on October 18, 1942, beginning a 54 yearlong marriage that ended when Jenny passed in 1996. The letter “J” was prominent in Doc’s life. Jules married Jenny and their family grew to include three daughters, Judy, Janet and Jo.
The sixth “J” was also important in Flax’s life Jeffersonville. Flax forged a budding friendship with “the greatest man I ever knew in my life,” his brother-in-law, Frank Berner. Berner ran a sporting goods store in Liberty and introduced Flax to the wonders of the outside world of the Catskills. Under Berner’s tutelage, Flax cultivated a lifelong attachment for the outdoors and became an avid sportsman who specialized in fly-fishing and duck hunting.
Flax supported his beloved Jeffersonville as a community leader in many ways. He was one of small group of men who put up money to purchase and clear space across from Ted’s Restaurant so a grocery store could be built in the community. In 1947, he became a charter member of the Jeffersonville’s Lions Club, helping raise money for a variety of worthy causes. Thirty-five years later, Doc was honored by the club as their only continually active charter member. Flax also was an original member of Jeffersonville's Ambulance Corps, the town’s emergency medical service that began in 1965.
Yet, it was Doc’s embrace of his fellow man, his humanity, his interest in the lives of others and his reservoir of goodwill that made him a favorite son of Jeffersonville. Doc was famous for a wide repertoire of jokes that he shared with anyone who would listen. He celebrated each day as a new opportunity and was an inspiration to many around him. If a man’s legacy is measured by the memories he leaves and the imprint he makes on people he knows, this humble man was a giant among men.
Doctor Flax is survived by three daughters, Judith Pearl of San Antonio, Tex., Janet Egan of Virginia, and Jo Bernhardt of Margaretville; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Grandson Ray Pearl and his wife Torreh have three children, Julia, Ethan and Brady. Grandson Stephen Egan and his wife Michelle have twin sons, Sean and Matthew. Other grandchildren include Vicki Pearl Bigger, Brian Egan, and Jenna, Jordan and Jesse Bernhardt. He is also survived by a beloved companion, Gloria Gobell.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty, NY.
Burial will take place immediately following the services at the Jeffersonville Hebrew Cemetery in Youngsville, NY.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes Inc., Liberty, NY.