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Obituaries for current and former Scarsdale residents are posted online as they are received as a courtesy to family and friends who want to attend services. Obituaries are also printed in the newspaper on Friday if submitted to the editor, Jason Chirevas by Tuesday at 5 p.m. There is no charge for publication. Submissions may be edited to conform with the paper's editorial style. To have an obituary published unedited, as a paid ad, contact Barbara Yeaker.

Ann Seay Brumbaugh

Ann Seay Brumbaugh, or A.B. as she was known to her friends and family, died of lung cancer at her home in New York City Aug. 4.

Ms. Brumbaugh was the daughter of the late David Willis Brumbaugh Sr. and Dorothy Seay Brumbaugh, and the sister of the late David Brumbaugh Jr.

Ms. Brumbaugh was born July 6, 1945, in New York City. She was raised in Scarsdale and attended Edgemont High School. She continued her studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned a degree in anthropology.

Following her graduation, Ms. Brumbaugh sailed to Europe and settled for a brief time in Paris, witnessing the 1968 student uprisings.

She then moved to London, where she worked with Arthur Chisnall, a pioneering outreach social worker who helped alienated, underachieving youngsters find training and gainful employment. Ms. Brumbaugh became a “beloved den mother to hippies and strays,” said her friends.

Ms. Brumbaugh later studied at Saint Martin’s School of Art, receiving a certificate in fashion design.

In 1975, Ms. Brumbaugh moved to Morocco with her friend Laurie Sarney, establishing her own clothing atelier in Marrakesh. She traveled throughout the country and designed and produced unique items, most famously her signature billowy bloomers in indigo-dyed cotton, one notably purchased by American poet Allen Ginsberg.

Ms. Brumbaugh returned to New York in 1981. Initially, she worked with the couture clothing designer Sander Witlin, and then in 1984 she established AB Wardrobe Works, a wardrobe consulting and styling business.

Ms. Brumbaugh loved good clothes, but believed one of the keys to success and happiness was a wardrobe, an assemblage of pieces that interrelate and function as a whole. She told her clients, “You are the star of your life. Your wardrobe is the costume department. Are you dressed for the role you want to play?”

Ms. Brumbaugh conducted seminars and training sessions on the business of wardrobe consulting across the country. A recognized authority, she was interviewed on network radio and television and quoted widely in Vogue, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post and More magazine.

Ms. Brumbaugh was a certified member of the Association of Image Consultants International, serving on its board from 2004 to 2006. She was also a certified pedorthist, trained in shoe fitting and modifying footwear.

Ms. Brumbaugh was passionate about photography, swimming, dancing, yoga and rocks, amassing an impressive collection. An accomplished photographer, she was an enthusiastic member of the International Center of Photography. However, her greatest passion may have been her acquired family, said her sister-in-law Marilyn Brumbaugh, the many friends across the country and the globe to whom she was utterly devoted and who, in turn, were devoted to her.

A memorial service celebrating Ms. Brumbaugh’s life will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at Scarsdale Community Baptist Church, Popham and Autenrieth roads. A reception will immediately follow at Scarsdale Golf Club.

In Ms. Brumbaugh’s memory, donations can be made to the Penumbra Foundation, 36 East 30 St., New York, NY 10016, or to Doctors Without Borders, 333 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10001-5004. Online tributes may be posted at mcmahonfuneralhome.com.


Anne Dash DiLorenzo

Anne Dash DiLorenzo of Scarsdale died in her sleep Aug. 14 at age 92.

Mrs. DiLorenzo was born on East 10th Street in Manhattan, the youngest of four daughters of Ernest and Tatiana Dash, both Russian immigrants.

She met her husband, Dominick, when they were both students at James Monroe High School in the Bronx. They married when Mrs. DiLorenzo was 18. Eight months later, her husband joined the U.S. Navy to serve in the Pacific theater of World War II.

Mrs. DiLorenzo worked as a secretary at Ketcham and Associates, a design firm in Manhattan. When she and her husband moved to Scarsdale, Mrs. DiLorenzo became extremely active in the Garth Road community, and was instrumental in improving the landscaping of the buildings along Garth Road. She was also an active parishioner at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

Mrs. DiLorenzo is survived by her husband of 74 years; her son Robert DiLorenzo and his wife Loretta; her two daughters, Barbara DiLorenzo and her husband Richard Kelsey, and Patricia Provenzano; five grandchildren: Kate DiLorenzo and her husband Will Brennan, Stefan Provenzano and his wife Patricia, Claire Paquin and her husband J.P., Sarah DiLorenzo and Nadia Provenzano; and five great-grandchildren: Thomas and Ian DiLorenzo, Chloe and Ursula Paquin, and Luna Provenzano-Hernandez.






Walter Richard Bruner

Walter Richard “Dick” Bruner, a resident of Scarsdale for more than 30 years, died Dec. 11 after a long illness. He was 98.

Mr. Bruner was born in Camden, N.J., Aug. 15, 1917, the son of Newton and Margaret Bruner. He attended Temple University in Philadelphia.

During World War II, Mr. Bruner was stationed in London and Algiers, where he was a correspondent for Stars and Stripes newspaper, writing about celebrities who went to the front to entertain the troops. He also wrote a column for Stars and Stripes titled “Yank About Town.”

When he returned to the United States — and after a brief tenure with the Associated Press — Mr. Bruner joined Printers’ Ink, a weekly journal for the advertising business. He remained there for 23 years, the last eight as the publication’s executive editor.

Following his tenure with Printers’ Ink, Mr. Bruner founded the Westchester County Better Business Bureau and served as its executive director. During that time, he was active in advertising and local consumer affairs, including the broadcast of a weekly consumer affairs radio program for WFAS in White Plains and teaching a consumer affairs course at Pace University. He was awarded the Crystal Prism Award by the Advertising Club of Westchester County for his efforts.

Mr. Bruner also co-edited two WWII anthologies for the Overseas Press Club with movie producer David Brown titled “I Can Tell It Now” and “How I Got That Story.” He wrote chapters in each of these books, and later published “Behind the Front,” his personal memoirs.

Mr. Bruner’s wife of 42 years, Lucille Jarousse Bruner, died in 1985. He subsequently married Jo Levine, originally of Westchester County, and the two retired to Florida in 1993, where they resided first on Hutchinson Island and later in Port Saint Lucie.

Mr. Bruner’s youngest son, Ronald Gene Bruner, died in 2010.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Bruner is survived by his eldest son Richard Edward of Syracuse and grandson Scott of San Diego. He is also survived by stepchildren Sharon Levine Sealy of Brooklyn and David L. Levine of Georgia.

The family requests donations be made to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund in lieu of flowers. Mr. Bruner will be buried at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale.


William J. Donovan

William J. “Bill” Donovan died at his home Nov. 6 at the age of 75. He grew up and lived most of his life in Scarsdale.

After graduating from Scarsdale High School in 1959, Mr. Donovan attended Dayton College in Ohio, graduating with honors and a degree in history. He worked as an actor in the 1970's with parts in the films “Taxi Driver,” “Serpico” and “Phantom of the Paradise” as well as roles on television and in the theater.

Mr. Donovan went on to produce a bicentennial series for the Public Broadcasting System. For many years, he had a successful career as an event and commercial photographer.

He also wrote, produced and directed two award-winning documentaries. "Inheritance,” released in 1987, was featured at the Sundance — then the U.S. — Film Festival. His second film, titled "Michael Harrington and Today's Other America - Corporate Power and Inequality" was about the life and legacy of the Democratic Socialist who inspired presidents Kennedy and Johnson to wage the War on Poverty. The documentary was released in 1999 by the Filmmaker's Library and is still shown in college classrooms throughout the country.

Mr. Donovan is survived by his wife of 42 years, Ruth, and his adult children Ben and Lisa. At the request of his family, donations in his memory may be made to Calvary Hospice.


Burton Paul Hoffman

Dr. Burton Paul Hoffman, a retired orthopedic surgeon who practiced in White Plains, died Dec.14, two days before his 96th birthday.

Born in Brooklyn, Dr. Hoffman did his medical training at New York University and the Hospital for Joint Diseases.

Throughout his professional life, Dr. Hoffman lived in Scarsdale. He was married 50 years to Betty Kornfeld of Philadelphia. Together they had three sons: Jeffrey, currently of Boston; Robert, of Berkeley, Calif.; and David, of Wellesley, Mass.

After his wife’s death in 1992, Dr. Hoffman married Carolyn Laev Kagan, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During most of the 20 years prior to Ms. Kagan’s death, they lived in Milwaukee. Dr. Hoffman spent his last years in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Hoffman was an active runner, skier, sailor, mountaineer and golfer who loved to travel all over the world. Physically fit throughout his life, he completed the New York Marathon at age 70.

In addition to his three sons, Dr. Hoffman is survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at Sharon Gardens in the Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, Jan. 3. In lieu of flowers, Dr. Hoffman’s family requests remembrance notes.


Janet Mayone

Janet Mayone, formerly of Scarsdale, daughter of William and Margaret Goebel, died Oct. 20 at the age of 90 in hospice care at Life Care Center of Port Saint Lucie, Florida.

Mayone was born in Morton, Pennsylvania; the family later moved to One Lynwood Road in Scarsdale. She attended Scarsdale High School and graduated with the class of 1943. She attended Bradford Junior College in Massachusetts, graduating in 1945, and began working for The Scarsdale Inquirer soon thereafter.

In 1957, she married Edward Mayone, and later that year retired from the newspaper when she became pregnant with her first child. A year later, they moved to 107 Brown Road in Scarsdale and raised four sons.

When her older sons reached their teen years, Ms. Mayone began a new career in the art of calligraphy. She worked diligently, practicing and honing her craft, and was commissioned for certificates, posters and wedding invitations among other project work, her family said. Ms. Mayone practiced numerous styles and taught adult education classes in Nyack and White Plains in the evenings. Her calligraphy career continued for more than 35 years.

Ms. Mayone divorced in 1992 and relocated to Whiting, New Jersey. She continued practicing her calligraphy and participating in local art shows and exhibits. She was the subject of local paper articles and was most recently featured in the 2015 book “100 New York Calligraphers” by Cynthia Dantzic.

Ms. Mayone is predeceased by her son Jeffrey, and survived by her three sons, Stephen, Richard and William, and three grandchildren, Nicholas, Sofia and Rocco.

Arrangements are by All County Funeral Home in Stuart, Florida. A memorial service will be determined at a later date. Memorial tributes may be shared at allcounty.com/book-of-memories/2279550/Mayone-Janet/index.php.


Robert W. Murray

Attorney Robert W. Murray died Thursday, Dec. 3 at the age of 80 at Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville.

Mr. Murray was born in Brooklyn to Sydney Murray and Bertha Hobson Murray, formerly of Jamaica, West Indies. He attended Morgan State University, where he was initiated into the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. Upon graduation in 1960, Mr. Murray received an ROTC commission as second lieutenant in the United States Army. He attended Howard University of Law, graduating in 1963.

Mr. Murray began his law career in private practice in New York City. He was selected to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1968, backed by Republicans in Brooklyn's 12th Congressional District. However, Murray opted to let James Farmer, who subsequently lost to Democrat Shirley Chisholm, take his place. Murray then began his affiliation with Freedom National Bank as its vice president and chief corporation counsel. He was in private practice with Quinn & Williams, and later with Murphy & Higgins in New Rochelle.

Having resided in Scarsdale for 45 years, Mr. Murray and his wife, Phyllis, became active members of the community, joining Scarsdale Forum. Mr. Murray and his wife were also members of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he enjoyed singing in the choir and served as an elder and a member of the board of trustees. He co-founded One Love Tennis Inc., which provided free tennis lessons to children of White Plains.

His parents, his brother Lester F. Murray Esq., and his sister, Elsie Cespedes, predeceased Mr. Murray. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Phyllis Young Murray, son Sidney Murray, Esq. and brother-in-law Claude Young of Dallas, Texas. He also leaves behind many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and lifelong friends, his family said.

Mr. Murray will be buried in Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, New York.


Fozia Maroof

Fozia Maroof died Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She was 67.

Mrs. Maroof lived in Scarsdale for the past 25 years. She spent her earlier years living in eight countries on three continents with her international banker husband and three children. Mrs. Maroof spoke five languages fluently and immersed herself in the culture of the country in which she was living at the time, an ability she maintained throughout her life. She made friends easily, keeping lasting relationships with her friends and their families, her family said.

Mrs. Maroof was born in Hyderabad State in pre-independence India. In 1968, she earned a master’s degree in inorganic chemistry from the University of Karachi in Pakistan. She had a passion for cooking dishes from her native Hyderabad, her family said, as well as from her other adopted homes. Early on, she was committed to organic and locally sourced produce.

She also enjoyed visiting gardens and parks, walking and practicing yoga.

Mrs. Maroof is survived by her husband of 46 years, Farooq Maroof; son Feisal and his wife Sana of Scarsdale; daughter Farahnaz and her husband Jason Chopoorian of South Hadley, Massachusetts and Lincoln, Rhode Island; daughter Faryal and her husband Ian Fraser of New York City; and three grandchildren.


Martha Yeames Wise

Martha Yeames Wise of Rye, New York, died Nov. 18 at the age of 96. She was the mother of the Rev. Frances Wise Grenley, senior minister of Scarsdale Congregational Church.

Mrs. Wise was born in Arlington, Massachusetts Aug. 19, 1919, to Arthur Yeames and Marion Smith Yeames. She was a graduate of Arlington High School and Mount Holyoke College, from which she received a B.A. in economics.  During World War II, she worked for the Office of Strategic Services in Washington, D.C.

She was a resident of West Hartford, Connecticut for 55 years, was active on many boards there and volunteered at the Institute for Living in Hartford. Mrs. Wise also held the position of administrative coordinator for The Universalist Church of West Hartford, formerly the Church of the Redeemer. She was a member of the Town & County Club of Hartford and of the Menauhant Yacht Club in East Falmouth, Massachusetts, serving for many years as secretary.

Mrs. Wise was an accomplished bridge player, an avid reader and a loyal correspondent, her family said. She traveled widely and had friends worldwide. She was a devoted follower of University of Connecticut women’s basketball teams, and kept a close eye on the weather, recording it daily in a weather diary that eventually ran to more than 20 volumes. Her family said that, until the day she died, Mrs. Wise possessed a nimble mind, a priceless sense of humor and a remarkable ability to adjust to change.

Mrs. Wise was predeceased by her husband Russell E. Wise, her sister Frances Yeames Prickitt and her brother Richard C. Yeames. She is survived by her children: Russell E. Wise Jr. and his partner Ann Alles of Clifton Park, New York; the Rev. Frances Wise Grenley and her husband Neal of Scarsdale; and Peter Y. Wise and his spouse George Krol of New York City; four grandchildren: Amy Wise Foster and her husband Leigh; Elizabeth Grenley and her husband William Kerr, Jane Grenley Leist and her husband Philipp; and Ellen Grenley; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Wise’s burial will be in Newton, Massachusetts. A memorial service is planned for next summer at Grace Memorial Chapel in East Falmouth. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Wise’s memory may be made to Mount Holyoke College to support the annual fund.


Suzanne Brubaker Allen

Suzanne Brubaker Allen died Nov. 9 at her home in Vermont. She was 79.

Born Dec. 5, 1935, to Mildred Schlupp Brubaker and J.W. Brubaker in Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Allen attended Columbus School for Girls and Smith College. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City, where she lived for two years working for the American Field Service. After she married Charles C. Allen, the couple moved to Scarsdale, where they resided for 30 years and raised three children.

Mrs. Allen was active in the Scarsdale community, particularly her parish, St. James the Less Episcopal Church. At the same time, she continued her work with the field service. Her family regularly hosted foreign exchange students over the years, many who remain close friends of the family.

Mrs. Allen and her husband retired to Thornton, New Hampshire, where they lived for 10 years until Mr. Allen’s death in 1999. Mrs. Allen then moved to Lincoln, Vermont, where she was close to her daughter and her daughter’s family. She enjoyed gardening and was an active international traveler.

Mrs. Allen is survived by her three children: Christopher C. Allen and his wife Valerie; Timothy S. Allen and his wife Dina; Jennifer A. Allen and her husband Bob; and six grandchildren: Samuel Allen-Falconi; Kyle and Jed Allen; and Aylee, Yana, and Leeya Tudek.

Services will be held at St. James the Less Episcopal Church, 10 Church Lane, Scarsdale, Saturday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heifer International at P.O. Box 8050, Little Rock, AR 72203-8058.




Henri Arnold

Henri Arnold, a veteran Daily News cartoonist known for his pun-filled “Jumble” and the one-panel comic “Meet Mr. Luckey,” died Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Sarasota, Florida, at the age of 97. He was a Scarsdale resident for about 40 years, until 2002.

Mr. Arnold’s career as a cartoonist began when he served in the Army during World War II and was the editor of the Comment magazine of the Army Airways Communications System. Under the GI Bill, Mr. Arnold enrolled at Cooper Union in New York City where he studied art. During the Vietnam War, he entertained wounded soldiers on a USO tour.

Mr. Arnold began his newspaper career as a sports cartoonist at the Bridgeport Sunday Herald, moved to the Chicago Tribune Syndicate creating a weekly humor page, and then to the New York Daily News where he was an assistant on the comic strips “Prince Valiant,” “Brenda Starr” and “Terry and the Pirates.” At the Daily News, Mr. Arnold created the cartoon “Ching Chow,” later known as “Meet Mr. Luckey.” A one-panel comic that wrote sage and funny advice, “Meet Mr. Luckey” became a favorite among bettors, who believed the cartoon contained cryptic clues for betting on horse races. The strip was printed between statistics in the paper’s sports section.

From 1960 to 2008, Mr. Arnold drew and later also made up the puns and riddles for more than 17,000 different puzzles for “Jumble: That Scrambled Word Game.” His work was syndicated in approximately 500 newspapers internationally and across the country. He retired when he was 90 years old, still receiving fan mail for his work.

Mr. Arnold had a lifelong passion for the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, “The Honeymooners” and golf, said his family. They also noted that he could never get over how lucky he was to have earned his living drawing pictures. “I’m not interested in puzzles. And I’m terrible at crosswords,” Mr. Arnold told the Herald-Tribune several years ago. “Art, ideas and gags are what I’m interested in.”

Mr. Arnold was predeceased by his son Ned and daughter Nora. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Harriet Arnold, as well as two step-children, Stephen Hillman of Los Angeles, California, and Linda Hillman Chayes of Scarsdale, and grandchildren Jessica and Daniel Chayes.



Ann Mary Nolan O’Neill

Ann Mary Nolan O’Neill, formerly of Scarsdale, died on Nov. 17 surrounded by family. She was 90.

Mrs. O’Neill was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, on July 26, 1925 to Mary Gaffney and Thomas Nolan, both lifelong Waterbury residents.

Mrs. O’Neill graduated from the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey. She received a master’s degree in home economics education, a New York State teaching certification and served on the College of St. Elizabeth board where she coordinated 15 alumnae chapters. She was a member of the American Home Economics Association and the New York State Home Economics Teachers’ Association. She taught in the Connecticut public schools for six years, taught cooking classes at Westchester Lighthouse for the Blind, and served as a substitute teacher after she settled in New York to raise five children with her husband Dr. John “Jack” O’Neill, whom she married in 1952 and who predeceased her in 1992.

While living in New York, she served as a coordinator of her parish’s senior living center, organized food distribution campaigns, and managed the local hospital’s coffee shop. Upon her husband’s retirement in 1985, the couple moved to Oakton, Virginia, where she was active in the St. John Neumann Catholic Community, helped form their 50-plus group, volunteered with hospice and Meals on Wheels, enjoyed jewelry making and traveled extensively. Most recently she relocated to Nazareth, Pennsylvania, near the home of her daughter and her family. She enjoyed her final years, always enthusiastic, always active, said her family.

Mrs. O’Neill is survived by her children and their families: daughters Maureen and Ann, and sons Brendan and William. Her son Kevin predeceased her in 2012. Mrs. O’Neill had 13 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m. at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church, 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston, Virginia. She will be buried in Fairfax Memorial Park, Fairfax, Virginia.

Donations can be made in Mrs. O’Neill’s memory to the Vineyard Conservation Society, Box 2189, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or vineyardconservation.org. Online condolences may be offered at jfreichelfuneralhome.com.



Elizabeth Davis Otto

Elizabeth (Bette) Davis Otto died Nov. 3 at the Clough Center, New London, N.H. She was 85.

Mrs. Otto was born on Jan. 21, 1930 in Denver, Colo., the daughter of Paul Milton and Constance Whitney Davis. She graduated from East Denver High School and attended Monticello Junior College in Alton, Ill., where she was active in synchronized swimming and basketball. She attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo., where in 1950 she joined Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Mrs. Otto met Henry Otto in a religion class they both attended, and they were married on Sept. 20, 1952. While Mr. Otto was serving in the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, they lived in Laguna Beach, Calif. They subsequently returned to Denver, then moved to Rapid City, S.D.

Years later, they moved to Scarsdale, where Mrs. Otto was active in her church, the Junior League, tennis and platform tennis, winning many tournaments. For more than 15 years, she worked as a teacher’s aide at Scarsdale High School.

Mrs. Otto and her husband retired to New London, N.H., in 1996. Mrs. Otto was active with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, the New London Garden Club, Tracy Memorial Library, tennis and paddle tennis. She loved to travel with her husband, and each year took a trip with five close college classmates.

Mrs. Otto is survived by her husband, Henry, of 63 years, her children and grandchildren: Henry and Bonnie Otto of Midland, Mich., and their son, Paul; Stephen and Sue Otto of Jacksonville, N.C., and their son, Matthew; Elizabeth and Christopher Paquette of Grantham, N.H., and their children, Kyle and Haleigh.

A memorial service was held Sunday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Gould Road, New London, N.H., and a private burial will be in the Kelsey Memorial Garden at St. Andrew’s.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 294; the New London Historical Society, P.O. Box 965; or to the New London Hospital, 273 County Road, all located in New London, NH 03257. Chadwick Funeral Service of New London, N.H., is assisting the family with arrangements.


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