Laurie Stein Hershey

Laurie Stein Hershey, 66, of Manhasset, Long Island, passed away unexpectedly on December 12, 2014. Laurie was born in Waterbury, CT on June 20, 1948 to the late Joseph and Helen Stein. She graduated from Barnard College and Northeastern Law School. She married John Hershey in 1974. Laurie was admitted to the New York State bar in 1975 and worked for both the Brooklyn and Nassau County District Attorneys before she went into private practice, where she devoted her career to defending the under served. Brilliant, kind, loyal and thoughtful, Laurie was thoroughly devoted to family, friends and colleagues. She loved playing Scrabble and was an avid reader, a reflection of her curiosity about a broad range of topics—from politics to the arts. Laurie was devoted to public service, and volunteered much of her time with the Mentoring Partnership of Long Island, where she provided guidance and friendship to local youth. She was an anti-war activist at Barnard College whose petite stature belied her fierce commitment to social justice. Laurie is survived by her loving husband John Hershey; son Jerome Hershey; daughter Joanna Hershey; sister Carol Riva Stein; brother Michael Samuel Stein; daughter-in-law Erin Junkin Hershey; and grandson Miles Everett Hershey.  She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Merle Gordon Weisman, and numerous beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.


Funeral service at the Mishkan Israel Cemetery Chapel, 701 Whalley Ave., New Haven, CT, Monday at 12: noon.  In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Mentoring Partnership of Long Island, 150 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY 11788, http://www.mentorkids. org/.

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  1. Bruce Beckwith said,

    12.14.14 at 1:07 pm

    Henri joins me in expressing our deepest sympathy to John and his family. Our thoughts are with you.

  2. robert silverman said,

    12.14.14 at 4:54 pm

    our thoughts and prayer’s are with John, and his family. Tracy & Rob Silverman

  3. Shirley Gutmann said,

    12.14.14 at 7:12 pm

    The whole Gutmann family is deeply saddened to hear of Laurie’s sudden passing.
    We offer are thoughts and prayers to John, Jerome & family, Joanna (Jojo) and all of Laurie’s family and friends. She will be truly missed.

    Peter & Shirley Gutmann
    Greg, Kim & Ella Gutmann
    Susan Gutmann Degnan
    Sandy Gutmann Beamer

  4. Diane Leshin said,

    12.14.14 at 10:46 pm

    Barry and I, together with our family, send our heartfelt condolences.

    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with John and all his family.

    Diane Leshin

  5. Joe Graceffa said,

    12.14.14 at 11:55 pm

    Jerome & Erin and family,

    So sad to hear this news. Thinking of you and your family.

  6. Adrian DiLuzio said,

    12.15.14 at 1:41 am

    I’ve always loved you, Laurie, even though in recent years we’ve sadly had so little contact.

  7. Libby and Richard Cohen said,

    12.15.14 at 4:17 am

    Words cannot express the deep sorrow we feel at the loss of our friend Laurie. Our sincerest sympathy to John, Jerome, Erin, and JoJo.

    Libby and Richard Cohen

  8. Laurie Gibbons said,

    12.15.14 at 4:08 pm

    Joanna and family,

    My heart aches for all of you. Brian and I send our thoughts and love.


  9. Caitlin said,

    12.15.14 at 6:33 pm

    My deepest sympathy to Jerome, Erin, Joanna, John, Carol and the rest of Laurie’s beloved family. You are all in my prayers.


  10. Stuart Gedal said,

    12.16.14 at 4:08 am

    Words cannot express the sadness I feel on hearing of Laurie’s death. I knew Laurie as a friend at Columbia in the 1960’s . She was a steady, caring hand in the maelstrom of those days.

    Just as it did then, the world needs more people like Laurie today. My condolences to all of you who were fortunate enough to have her in your lives as family.

    Stuart Gedal,
    Boston, MA

  11. Janet Errichetti said,

    12.16.14 at 2:10 pm

    The Errichetti family wishes to express our deepest sympathies to Laurie’s family.
    She is in our prayers.


  12. Carolyn Frank Cicchetti said,

    12.16.14 at 5:54 pm

    So very sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing. I always thought we’d see each other again in our dotage; she was much too young. I have so many wonderful childhood memories of her and her family: our 5th grade dinner party for our parents, setback marathons on her bedroom floor, her 4th grade birthday party with “Ranger Andy, walking over the hill to Hebrew school….happy times.
    My sincere condolences to her family and friends.
    Carolyn Frank Cicchetti

  13. Barbara Napolitano said,

    12.17.14 at 12:36 am

    John, I send you, and your children my heart felt condolences.
    You all have a difficult road ahead in dealing with the loss of mother, wife. Health, and healing is still necessary through your grieving time. Very hard even unimaginable I know.
    In time her sprit, and love will give you strength as you heal.
    Give yourselves time…
    Blessings from my heart to your hearts,

  14. Susan Goetz Zwirn said,

    12.18.14 at 10:34 am

    My heart goes out to you and your family in this incomprehensible time of loss. Words cannot express my sympathy to you who have lost such a loving wife and mother. Wishing you a safe passage through the turbulence and pain of grief. My thoughts are with you.
    Susan Goetz Zwirn

  15. Robyn Spencer said,

    12.18.14 at 2:49 pm

    John – there are no words to express our sadness when we heard about Laurie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Robyn, Jay, Jared and Brianna Spencer

  16. Mark Baker said,

    12.18.14 at 5:26 pm

    I am shocked and devastated, having just heard of the most untimely passing of my cherished former colleague, Laurie Stein Hershey, who worked alongside me in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office in the 1970s. In recent years we renewed our friendship and consulted on several professional matters. Laurie was one of the kindest, most sensitive and most caring individuals I have ever known. I pray that the sweetest of memories of wonderful moments which she shared with her beloved husband and children and other family members will sustain and strengthen them during these difficult days. Her loss creates an extraordinary void that will be most difficult to fill.
    Mark Baker

  17. Ben Zwirn said,

    12.19.14 at 3:39 pm

    Laurie and I carpooled to the Nassau DA’s Office, together, she was a trusted advisor in my time as NH Supervisor and a good friend who I called just recently for legal counsel…I am so saddened by this news…Laurie was a jewel…my thoughts are with John and the family…I am so sorry…Ben Zwirn