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MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J. Hannah B. Pollak, 95, died Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at her home.
She was born March 9, 1922, in Woodridge, New York, and lived in Plainview, New York, Miami Beach, Florida, and Clearbrook in Monroe Township, New Jersey.
She attended Brooklyn College, and during World War II, Hannah served as an air raid warden. She worked many years as a bookkeeper and comptroller, where she was admired and often-revered by her co-workers and employers.
Most of all, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and cousin.
She had immense altruism, sensitivity and generosity when it came to people she loved. With her charisma and dynamism, when Hannah walked into a room, you almost wanted to applaud. No family gathering really began until she arrived and got things going. She had been a Scout den mother and was active in Hadassah.
Hannah was pre-deceased in 2005 by her wonderful husband of 59 years, Heshie Pollak. She was also pre-deceased by her parents, Chaim and Dora Brodsky, sister, Miriam Weissman, and brother, Elihu Brodsky.
Hannah is survived by her sons, Michael Martin Pollak, of Monroe Township, New Jersey, and Sam Pollak, of Oneonta, New York; and daughter-in-law, Julie A. Pollak, of Oneonta. Hannah always referred to Michael and Sam's lifelong friend, Michael Zisner, as her "third son."
She was always "Nana" to these devoted grandchildren to whom she gave vast amounts of adoration, support, humor and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of delicious food she lovingly prepared: Rachel Jenny Pollak of Portland, Oregon, Deborah Penny Isabel Pollak of Brooklyn, New York, Sarah Michelle Pollak, of Portland, Oregon, and Joseph Chaim Pollak, of Oneonta. She is also survived by her son-in-law, Indranyl Singharay, of Brooklyn, sisters-in-law, Yetta Brodie and Lilah Pollak, of Florida, and many nieces and nephews who regard her as their "favorite aunt" and "second mother."
Along with her husband, she attended the births of every grandchild and was a constant and eagerly welcomed part of their lives.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Wellwood Cemetery in Wyandanch, Long Island, New York.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hadassah, Attn. Donor Services, P.O. Box 1100, New York, NY 10268-1100.
Published on June 17, 2017
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