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Serge Jelenevsky, of Valley Cottage, died on Monday, June 24, 2013 at the age of 69.
He was born in Paris on December 3, 1943 to Lydia and Rt. Rev. Michael Jelenevsky. His family moved to the US, settling in Valley Cottage in 1947. Despite contracting polio in 1959 at age 15, he graduated from Nyack High School in 1962 and went on to Syracuse University for his Bachelors degree and a Masters in Rehab Counseling, a Masters in Social Work from Adelphi 1973, and a Masters in Industrial Psychology from Stevens Technical Institute in 1976. He became an avid wheelchair table tennis player, winning many awards including a silver in the 1969 National Wheelchair Games.
He was the administrator of Tolstoy Nursing Home in Valley Cottage 1972-1977, and 1992-1999. He worked for PSE&G 1977-1991, was an adjunct professor at St. Thomas Aquinas College 1977-1989 and Seton Hall University in 1992, and was a human resource consultant for many organizations including the US Department of Labor. He was a WISE program mentor for Nyack High School students 1992-1999. He advocate for the less fortunate, serving on the boards of Tolstoy Foundation Inc., Sts. Cosmas and Damian Adult Home, and the Rockland Independent Living Center.
Mr. Jelenevsky is survived by Lidia, his loving wife of 44 years; daughter Tanya Tjoa and her husband Richard of Suffern, son Alex and his wife Christine of Briarcliff Manor, son Matthew and his wife Marcie of Margate, Fla.; brother Alex of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 27, at 7 p.m., at Holy Transfiguration Church, 35 Sickletown Road, Pearl River, N.Y. The funeral will be on Friday, June 28, at 10 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Holy Transfiguration Church, P.O. Box 759, Pearl River, NY 10965.
Published in the The Journal News on June 26, 2013