After immigrating to the United States, Hubertine Hubert Hedrick remained a living link between relatives in her native Germany and the family she raised on Long Island, relatives said.
Hedrick, known as Tina to her friends, died March 24 in her Great River home after a life of singing, sewing, golfing — and not letting an ocean separate her from those she loved, relatives said. She was 97, and had been ill with cancer .
“Family was uppermost in her mind, to keep her family together,” said her daughter-in-law, Carol Hubert, of Connecticut.
Hedrick, born to Josef and Paula Wyndorps in the German town of Aachen, came to the United States in 1948 on an Army vessel with her three young sons.
She was joining her husband, an aeronautical engineer recruited two years earlier to work at Grumman Corp. in Bethpage as part of Operation Paperclip, an American program to immigrate German scientists after World War II.
They settled in Bellmore, then moved to Great River in 1964. But Hedrick kept writing letters to relatives in Germany and hosted them on many visits to the United States, her family said.
“She was the link,” her daughter-in-law said. “We just had some of her relatives come [from Germany] yesterday to attend the memorial service.”
Her husband, Josef Hubert, died in 1985. Seven years later, she became reacquainted with her husband’s former boss at Grumman, Ira Grant Hedrick, and they married in 1993.
Carol Hubert said her mother-in-law volunteered 15,000 hours over many years at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where she served as president of the auxiliary organization. Hedrick could often be found hawking tickets outside the Great River post office to raise funds for the hospital, Hubert said.
Hedrick also played the stock market and enjoyed golf at Timber Point Country Club, near her home, until she was about 90. Her second husband died in 2008.
“I think the best way I can describe her is a very strong woman,” Hubert said.
Hedrick is survived by her sons Rolf Hubert of New Hampshire; Bernhard Hubert of New Jersey; and Paul Hubert of Connecticut; a brother, Heinz Wyndorps, in Germany; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is scheduled for noon Saturday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Great River. Memorial donations may be made to Southside Hospital, relatives said.