Obituary: “Zu” Elisa Proly


“Zu” Elisa Proly, 97, a retired physical education teacher with the Westbury Public Schools, died peacefully at home in Boca Raton, FL, on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. Originally from Jamaica, Hempstead and Glen Cove, she was a dedicated member of the Long Island Botanical Society, North Shore Audubon Society, Inc., Nature Conservancy Long Island Chapter and the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference, Inc. Zu was also a devoted friend to many as well as a long-time volunteer at the Glen Cove Soup Kitchen “The INN” (North Shore Interfaith Nutrition Network) and the North Shore Sheltering Program. She is survived by her sister, Louise Smith, and sister-in-law, Ruth Proly, nine nieces and nephews, 20 grandnieces and grandnephews and 12 great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews. Zu was an extraordinary sister, aunt and world traveler who visited 62 countries in her lifetime and loved sharing the knowledge from all her adventures with all of us. A celebration memorial service will be held on Jan. 16, 2016 at The First Presbyterian Church of Glen Cove located at 7 North Lane, Glen Cove, at noon. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference, Inc. ( or the Nature Conservancy Long Island Chapter, 250 Lawrence Hill Rd., Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724.

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