Ellin Cromarty, wife of retired judge and former Suffolk County Republican leader Arthur Cromarty, died May 28 at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip after a long illness. She was 87.
Her death was announced by her son Peter Cromarty of New York City.
Ellin Cromarty volunteered as a dietitian at Good Samaritan for 18 years, starting in the early 1970s, and later served on the hospital's board of directors, Peter Cromarty said.
She also worked on behalf of the Salvation Army, the Lindenhurst Historical Society and the Lindenhurst Beautification Organization.
Ellin Ann Hirsch was born in Lindenhurst, the second daughter of Emily Ramsauer Hirsch and George Hirsch. The Ramsauers were one of Lindenhurst's original families, and the Hirsch family helped found Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church on Wellwood Avenue in the village.
She graduated from Lindenhurst High School in 1942, and in 1944 graduated from the New York Institute of Dietetics, which later became the New York Institute of Technology.
In November 1945, she met Arthur Martin Cromarty at Larkin's restaurant in Lindenhurst. He had recently returned from the war after serving with the Army Air Corps in Britain. They married two years later.
Her role was quiet but crucial as he rose from Lindenhurst village attorney to Babylon Town supervisor, vice chairman of the New York State Thruway Authority and State Supreme Court judge, among other posts.
"She played thoughtful adviser," Peter Cromarty said. "In her own smiling way, she knew the issues."
Arthur Cromarty, 93, still lives in Lindenhurst.
In addition to her husband and son, Ellin Cromarty is survived by another son, Ross, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a daughter, Alice, of Lindenhurst; and a sister, Rita Hirsch Moor, also of Lindenhurst.
A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help on May 31, followed by burial at Breslau Cemetery.
Memorial donations can be made to the Society of Vincent de Paul (Lindenhurst Food Pantry), 210 S. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst, NY 11757; or the Lindenhurst Historical Society, P.O. Box 296, Lindenhurst, NY 11757.