His daughter had many stories to tell about Edore Kalman Herschenfeld, 94, formerly of Freeport. He was a patriot who would still be in the Army if World War II had not ended. He conducted a whirlwind courtship of her late mother, Libby, before enlisting.

He and Libby ran a small chain of bridal stores in Nassau County. He was a hospital volunteer after retiring, and charmed his fellow residents for the past few years at an assisted living facility in Great Neck.

"He was the most positive person I knew," his daughter, Karen Verola of Freeport, said yesterday.

She said her father died Jan. 5 while in a recovery room after undergoing an operation for a broken femur.

Born May 17, 1917, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Herschenfeld met his future wife on a double date when they were attending different colleges in Philadelphia. He was the other woman's date, the daughter said, and her mother rebuffed his attention until her girlfriend later got engaged to another man.

When World War II broke out, he enlisted in the Army and was a corporal in the Signal Corps, heading a radar repair unit that traveled through France and Germany. He was awarded the Bronze Star for valor and received several other decorations, his daughter said.

He and Libby married in a military service at the Paramount Theater in Times Square in 1943, and they settled in Freeport after the war and ran her family's business - the Fashion Shop, a sportswear and bridal chain with stores in Freeport, Hempstead and Lynbrook. He was active in Congregation B'nai Israel in Freeport. A service was held Sunday at the Little Neck Jewish Center.

"They did everything together," Verola said of her parents. Her mother died in 1994 at 72, she said.

Her father retired at 80 but kept active by working as a volunteer three days a week at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside. He moved to the assisted living facility in Great Neck seven years ago.

"My father was a patriot. He used to say that if World War II was still going on, he'd still be in the Army," Verola said.

Burial was at Mount Ararat Cemetery in Farmingdale. Herschenfeld is survived by his daughter and her husband, Dean; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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