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Najman, Former Eastchester Nurse, Dies at 92

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. - Emilie Najman, a longtime resident of Eastchester, died at her home in Washingtonville, N.Y. on Feb. 11. She was 92.

Najman previously worked as a nurse and as a dental assistant in Eastchester.

She was born Sept. 9, 1919 in Manhattan, N.Y. to Eda and Erwin Virgens. A graduate of Hunter High School and Hunter College in Manhattan, Najman served as corporal in the Civil Air Patrol, an organization directed by former New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia preceding World War II.

In 1943, she married Joseph Najman Sr. and they moved to Eastchester in 1965. Najman was a charter member of the Eastchester Historical Society, as well as trustee. She and her husband were also longtime members of the American Turners.

Najman became a licensed practical nurse and worked at Westchester Medical Center for 21 years, at one point serving as a ward clerk. She was a member of St. Matthew Church and St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Bronx, N.Y., Village Lutheran Church in Bronxville and of the former Redeemer Lutheran Church in Scarsdale.

Most recently, Najman enjoyed restoring dolls in a collection she began in her childhood. She was also a certified arts and crafts instructor.

She is survived by her sons Joel Najman and his wife Betsy Lawrence of Colchester, Vt. and Ronald Najman and his partner Stewart Brann of Tuxedo, N.Y. and two grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph.

Visiting will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday at Westchester Funeral Home in Eastchester. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Hastings-on-Hudson.

Donations may be made in her memory to the Eastchester Historical Society, P.O. Box 37, Eastchester, NY 10709.

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