Hannah Grayson

March 23, 1948May 20, 2021

Hannah Lee Grayson, 73, of Queens, NY, passed away on May 20, 2021 after suffering complications from cardiovascular surgery the week prior.

Hannah was born on March 23, 1948 to Joshua Mordkhe Lijek and Yetta Jacobowicz Lijek in Germany. With the assistance of HIAS, the three of them immigrated to the United States in 1950, after which Hannah’s two brothers, Harvey and Martin, were born. A few years after their arrival in the US, the family settled in New York City.

Hannah wed Owen Grayson in 1975, and they went on to have two beloved children, Ronnie and Joel.

Hannah excelled at propping up her family and supporting them through the many passions and difficulties of their lives and made it her mission to improve the lives of others. She acted as the glue for an extended family that spanned the globe, all of whom will miss her greatly.

Hannah was predeceased by her mother, Yetta, her father, Joshua, and husband Owen, who unexpectedly died of Covid earlier this year. She is survived by her sons, Ronnie and Joel, her brothers, Harvey and Martin, four grandchildren whom she adored, Yvette, Jayce, Caroline, and Carlos, as well as two nieces, Rebeccah and Amelita.

The family kindly requests that notes are sent to Parkside Memorial Chapel, 114-03 Queens Blvd Forest Hills, NY 11375


  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, May 23, 2021


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Esther Rotstein

May 23, 2021

Dearest Hannah May u Rest In Peace my memories of our time together will be cherished in my heart forever & will think of you always. My condolences to you Joel & Ronny, I met you both when you were young boys & now I’m sure you are courageous young adults & find peace in your hearts too. Your mother was an amazing woman & will be missed dearly by all. Sending you love and kisses from Australia, Esther & my family

David Rotstein

May 23, 2021

Cousin Hannah and I have been writing to one another ever since we were teenagers. Sadly we never met face to face, however I came to know the essence of a most loving and caring person who undoubtedly will be sorely missed by all who were graced by her existence. Sincerest condolences to all her surviving family, may you be blessed with abundant moments of joy and long life going forward. This no doubt is what Hannah would wish for. I shall miss our conversations, she will always have a special place in my heart.
Goodbye dear cousin, goodbye dear friend.
With all my love,

Lucy Miro-quesada

May 22, 2021

Danny and I were blessed to have known Hannah. She was just a kind soul, a beautiful person inside and out, a strong woman who made a great impact in our lives.
Joel and Ronnie: your Mom is in a peaceful place now where there is no suffering. Although it is very hard to accept our parent’s loss, they are always alive in our hearts. Your Mom will be remembered for so many things but especially for her love to others, especially her family!
May she Rest In Peace 🙏🏻
Lucy and Danny

Frances White

May 22, 2021

Dearest Hannah,

I have known Hannah for over 20 years, and she has always been loving, kind, and a sincere person to me. Our friendship blossomed over the years, and I learned to love her and enjoy her company. Hannah always made me feel welcomed in her home, and I have celebrated birthdays in her home with the Grayson family. I will always miss her beautiful smile, our friendship, her acts of kindness, going to restaurants, museums. Her death was a shock to me, but I will always cherish our memories together. Hanna will always be my very special friend, and I am glad she was apart of my life. I will miss you always.

Love always,

Sheri Aberback

May 22, 2021

Dear Ronnie, Joel, Harvey and Marty and families,

Our sincerest sympathies on your mother/ sister’s passing. I still remember when I was asked to be a flower girls at your parents wedding. We had many good times. May your memories of Hannah be of some comfort during this difficult time. May she Rest In Peace.

Sincerely Sheri and family.

Harvey Lijek

May 22, 2021

Dearest Hannah,

You were a kind and giving soul, and the lives of many of your family and friends are diminished with your passing.
You were the glue of our childhood family, and also to your current family.
You were always the peacemaker, and never the instigator of arguments.
You made everyone who visited you in Queens feel welcome.
When Amelita chose to go to NYU and then live on her own in NYC, you invited her to every Jewish holiday celebration so she wouldn't be alone.
When our dad was sick for so many years, you were mom's key support. Thank you for that.
I could go on, but it all comes down to : you were a perfect sister, and I will miss you.
Say hello to Owen and my little Sarah up there in heaven.
Love, Harvey

Aviva Rotstein

May 22, 2021

I am from Hannah's extended family in Australia. Around 10 years ago whilst traveling and staying in New York City, my dad implored me to get in contact with our relative Hannah who lived in Forest Hills and with whom he had been writing to since childhood. When I did make contact, I found Hannah to be the most warm and inviting person. She was so thrilled to meet me and made me feel so welcome in her home. She kept in contact with me during my stay in NYC to make sure i was ok and to check if i needed anything. Meeting Hannah and her family is a fond memory of mine i will cherish forever. A wonderful sweet lady who will be greatly missed.

Joan Weiss

May 22, 2021

I met Hannah in the mid-80s on an express bus to Manhattan. Later on we commuted on the R train to our city jobs. We developed our friendship during those years and all the years that followed. Hannah was the nicest person I have ever known. The most considerate, the most generous, the kindest. Those qualities quickly became apparent to everyone who knew her. But Hannah had a quality less obvious even to people who knew her well. Hannah was strong. She would not take guff from anyone. She walked away from a raise because she didn’t think it was a fair one. She stood up for her rights in every situation where she wasn’t being treated well and respectfully. As a wife and mother she went to the mat with determination and persistence whenever her intervention was called for, and even when it wasn’t. I’ll say this for sure about Hannah. She was one person you wanted on your side.

Molli Koltun

May 22, 2021

Dear Hannah,
I was so excited to have an older cousin that was so "cool". You took me to Museums, into Manhattan and the Village for lunch. It made me feel so grown up and cool as well. I still have the straw hat that you gave me 45 years ago.
I'm so glad that we spoke recently. I can still hear your laughter.
Rest in peace, dear Hannah. Your love for your family, your kindness and compassion will never be forgotten.
My sincerest condolences and loving thoughts are with the entire family.

Maureen Mitchell

May 22, 2021

Every saturday when we would see eachother, she would share memories about her family. She told me how excited she was when she found out she would be a grandmother. She would always talk about her husband and grandchildren and children, It made her so happy to tell me stories and hear stories about my grandchildren. I looked forward to our lunches because, i know how much they meant to her.