Remembering a talented neighbor
To all our friends and neighbors, it saddens me to tell you that last month we lost Phoebe Hoss, a longtime resident of Stuyvesant Town. Phoebe died on December 13, 2017 at the age of 91. A memorial for her was held earlier this month at All Souls Unitarian church where she was a longtime member.
We lived in the same building and shared a love of poetry that resulted in the publication in 2006 of River Voices, original poems by Stuyvesant and Peter Cooper poets that included Rose Bernal, Esse Casnoff, Esther B. Cohen, Marilyn Driscoll, Mary Fordham, Joy Garland, Barbara Gurman, Phoebe Hoss, Anne Lazarus, Pamela Machado, David Mayer, Eve Nethercott, Judy Schermer, Alison Carb Sussman, and Peggy Unsworth. It was Phoebe who gave countless hours to helping the poets by proofreading our work and giving suggestions.
Less well known, she was a professional proofreader, and is mentioned by Douglas R. Hofstadter in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid —“Thanks to Phoebe Hoss for doing well the difficult job of copy editing.”
She was a published author herself with two children’s books, Noses are for Roses (1960, Whittlesey House) Better Never Than Late (1971, World); two books of poetry, A Stairway Unfurling (2012), Time In its Flying (2016); and her final book, an adult fable, Jacob Elbow’s Second Childhood (2017).
Phoebe is survived by the those who loved her and lived with her to the end; her daughter Katharine, her son-in-law Kim, her granddaughter Stella May. She is missed by a multitude of dear friends including me.
Joy Garland, ST
A real life saver
Re: “A PCV employee saved my life,” The Soapbox column by David Chowes, T&V, Jan. 18
It is very fortunate that David Chowes was saved from a lonely death by his Peter Cooper Village building superintendent.
But the incident points up the need for every person who lives alone, or just has to be alone in the apartment for an extended number of hours, to have a medical alert button.
When I fell at 5 a.m. and pushed the button, EMS was with me in 20 minutes (in spite of the confusing addresses in Stuy Town). It’s well worth the cost of roughly a dollar a day.
Don Murray, ST
All clear out here
Kudos to Mr. Rick Hayduk and his superior team who relentlessly worked day and night to keep the sidewalks and paths clear in Stuyvesant and Peter Cooper during the snowstorm.
From a longtime resident,
Name withheld, PCV