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Anita Yglesias, 86, Held Leading Roles in Grace Church

Anita Nieto Yglesias. Photo by Franklin Stone.


By Francesca Norsen Tate

Anita Nieto Yglesias, long active in Grace Church-Brooklyn Heights, died unexpectedly on December 22. She was 86 and had lived in Brooklyn, raising her family, for all of her life.

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Diane May, Educator, Active In North Heights, Dies at 78

Diane May on the Brooklyn Bridge. Courtesy of May family.

Diane May of Brooklyn Heights, a former high school teacher who was active in St. Charles Borromeo Church and North Heights affairs, died December 24 at the age of 78.

She had been a history teacher at New Utrecht High School, a teacher of English as a second language at Washington Irving High School, and assistant director of student information services in the city’s Board of Education. At St. Charles, besides being a member of the parish council, she was a religious education instructor. She also served on the board of Cadman Plaza North.

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Brooklyn Mourns Olga Bloom, of Bargemusic Fame

Bargemusic founder Olga Bloom holds her violin — or her viola — and looks at her music, getting ready to perform. Eagle photo by Mary Frost

Her Passion for Music Revitalized Fulton Ferry

FULTON FERRY LANDING — Brooklyn residents and music lovers from throughout the metropolitan area are mourning Olga Bloom, founder of Bargemusic, the floating concert venue that has been part of New York City’s music scene since 1977.

Bloom, who was also a concert violinist and violist, died in a Manhattan nursing home on Thanksgiving at age 92. Her death was confirmed Friday by current Bargemusic director Mark Peskanov.

Bloom was 57 years old in 1976 when she gave up her performing career to create Bargemusic, although she later performed there for special events.

She converted an old, 1899-vintage coffee barge into a concert hall moored to the Fulton Ferry Landing in Brooklyn. She once said she wanted to create a place for musicians to perform in an environment that would nurture their creativity.

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Dr. Bernard Wasserman, Longtime Heights Veterinarian, Dies at 91

Dr. Bernard Wasserman (standing).

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — Dr. Bernard Wasserman, veterinarian to generations of Brooklyn Heights pets, died last Friday, less than a month after the death of his wife of 54 years, Bernice Wasserman. He was 91.

A graduate of Brooklyn College and Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Wasserman served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Afterward, he was a professor at the University of Rhode Island before returning to Brooklyn to enter into practice and to establish the Heights Veterinary Hospital in the familiar white building with the red doors on the corner of Hicks and Cranberry streets. There he was a trusted physician to animals and a friend to their owners, and was known for his lively personality. He lived with his wife on the floor above the hospital, and it was there that he died.

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Myles McCormack, Popular Super in Heights, Dies at 49

Myles McCormack, when he worked as a bartender. Photo by Tom Callan.

By Henrik Krogius

Myles McCormack, a popular Grace Court superintendent, died September 27 of a heart attack, one month shy of his 50th birthday.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, McCormack was trained as a master butcher and later worked also as a contractor and bartender, his wife Doreen said. After working as a bartender at the Waterfront Ale House in Manhattan for nine years, he was a super in the Heights for 15 years.

His greatest passions were for the ocean and fishing, his wife said. He made excursions to Blessington, Ireland, and Alaska to enjoy fishing in solitude. At the same time he was highly sociable and “would help people out if they were stuck,” his wife said.

“I’m thankful he was given to me,” she said.

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Bernice Wasserman of Heights, Supporter of Arts, Dies at 85

Bernice Wasserman with her husband, Dr. Bernard Wasserman. Courtesy of Dr. Wasserman.

By Henrik Krogius

Bernice S. Wasserman, a former production manager of Science magazine and wife of the longtime Brooklyn Heights veterinarian, Dr. Bernard Wasserman, died October 14 at 85.
A graduate of Erasmus High School in Brooklyn and Hunter College, she became an avid supporter of the arts, with a particular love for opera. She was also known for solving crossword puzzles and for travel.

A friend of 54 years, Ivy Reade Relkin, now of Fort Lee, NJ, recalled that she first met Bernice on a double date, when Bernice was dating Dr. Wasserman, and “we just clicked.” She and Bernice often traveled together. Ms. Relkin remembered her friend’s wit, her interest in collecting Wedgewood china, and her love of cats.

Survivors include Dr. Wasserman, their sons Harvey and Andrew, and grandchildren Jake and Sarah. The family welcomes contributions in Bernice Wasserman’s memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

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