Annette Sabin, 89

May 27, 1923 - Sept. 26, 2012
Annette Sabin, 89

    Annette Sabin, an Amagansett resident and a longtime executive vice president of the Sabin Metal Corporation, died on Sept. 26 at the Gurwin Rehabilitation Center in Commack of congestive heart failure. Her son Andrew Sabin, who is the president of the corporation, said she had been ill for five months. She was 89 years old.
    Born on May 27, 1923, to Edward Nelson and the former Bertha Heisler, Ms. Sabin grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. She began reading at an early age and developed a broad range of interests, in nature, history, politics, science, technology, and more, said her son.
    In December 1944, she married Samuel Sabin. They lived mostly in Kings Point until his death in 1980, after which she moved to Amagansett to be near her son. She had worked as a  secretary before then, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, before taking on a new role at Sabin Metals.
    “She even stayed in her role as executive vice president during her five months at the rehabilitation center,” said Victoria Bijou, a longtime family friend. “She worked from the center and came into the office every Thursday, accompanied by nursing assistants.”
    Ms. Sabin loved animals and had many pets, both dogs and cats, throughout her life. Because she read so broadly, said Ms. Bijou, “She was like a walking newspaper. You could name any event and she could tell you everything about it.” In her younger years she took courses in art, history, and anthropology at Brooklyn College, and was fascinated, said her son, by the pre-Columbian art collection at the nearby Brooklyn Museum.
    In addition to Mr. Sabin, she leaves another son, Robert Sabin of Mill Neck, and a daughter, Barbara Mikulic, who lives in California. Six grandchildren survive as well, as do six great-grandchildren and one brother, Bert Nelson of Brooklyn.
    Burial took place on Friday afternoon at Shaarey Pardes-Accabonac Grove Cemetery in Springs. The family has suggested memorial contributions for the Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Foundation, attention Marc Suntup, 68 Hauppauge Road, Commack 11725.