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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, Debra Banerjee, 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.

Charles Edward Lange

Former Scarsdale High School teacher Charles (“Chuck”) Edward Lange died in Bozeman, Mont., Nov. 29. He was 83.

Mr. Lange was born in New York City in 1931 and lived much of his life in Larchmont, N.Y.

Throughout his life, Mr. Lange deeply valued his relationships with others, especially his loving ties and deep commitment to family including his mother, sister, wife, children, nieces and grandchildren, his family said.

In 1959, Mr. Lange fell in love and married Jean Duncan, his sister’s roommate at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He returned to Larchmont in 1966, where he and Jean raised their family and lived until 2003 when they moved to Bozeman.

His family will remember him as a sharp-witted intellectual and generous humanitarian who was always engaged in the world around him. While he was not an athlete or outdoorsman, frequent New England hiking outings and sailing in Connecticut sparked a love of the outdoors in his children. He also shared his love of travel with his family — though as a deeply rooted New Yorker, he never anticipated that his children would lead him to spend his last 11 years in the Rocky Mountains.

Mr. Lange’s life was shaped by his deep and broad-ranging intellectual and spiritual journey. He credited a number of inspiring teachers and professors with shaping his beliefs, values and critical thinking. In turn, he touched many lives as an English teacher and as an Episcopal minister. His intellectual and spiritual journey included spending his senior high school year at Sherborne School in Dorset, England; graduating cum laude with highest honors in English literature from Williams College in Massachusetts; and extensive graduate studies including master of divinity, master of religious education and M.A. in English degrees. He enjoyed a 30-year career as a high school English teacher, including 26 years at Scarsdale High School (1967-93). His career as an Episcopal minister spanned 50 years including several years in Massachusetts as assistant rector at St. John’s Church in Williamstown and as Episcopal chaplain at Harvard and Radcliffe. Throughout his teaching career and after his retirement, he frequently assisted with services, often preaching thought-provoking sermons at a variety of churches, especially St. John’s in Larchmont. He preached his final sermons while serving a small congregation in Manhattan, Mont.

His wife predeceased him. He is survived by son, Ted Lange, Ted’s wife, Christine Phillips, and their son, Ian of Bozeman; by daughter, Jennifer Lange Schneider, her husband, Sam Schneider, and their children, Toby and Robin of Spokane, Wash.; and by his sister, June Wright and her family who live in Maryland.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, PO Box 11390, Bozeman, MT 59719, where Mr. Lange adopted Mac the cat who has been his companion since his wife’s death.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service,

Paul Katz

Scarsdale resident Paul Katz, president and managing principal of leading architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, died Nov. 20 in Manhattan. He was 57. Mr. Katz, recently diagnosed with cancer, was being treated at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he died of septic shock.

Among some of his projects were the 101-story Shanghai World Financial Center, the 118-story International Commerce Center in Hong Kong and Roppongi Hills, a complex in Tokyo with an office tower, apartments, shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities.

In London, he was part of the development at Earls Court, an entertainment and conference center, the renovation of Covent Garden and the Canary Wharf redevelopment.

In Manhattan, he was involved in the master plan for Hudson Yards on the West Side.

On the company’s homepage, chairman Gene Kohn wrote:

“In his 57 years, Paul accomplished so much. With his high standards and penetrating intellect he contributed to the fundamental value of many of our projects, as well as crafting the structure of our global firm. Over the past decades, he trained and mentored many younger architects at KPF, many of whom have themselves become leaders in our field.”

Mr. Katz was born on Sept. 27, 1957, and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. He studied architecture at the University of Cape Town and later at the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, where he received a bachelor of architecture degree in 1982. It was there that he met his wife-to-be, Ziva Freiman, also a South African. After their marriage the couple moved to the United States, where Mr. Katz earned a master’s degree in architecture at Princeton. He joined KPF as a designer in 1984 and became president and managing principal in 2008.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by son Jonathan, daughter Hannah; his parents, Walter and Esther Katz; and his brother, Shmuel.

On its web page, the company wrote: “In lieu of flowers, Paul’s family and KPF would prefer if those who wish to honor Mr. Katz make a donation to the KPF Foundation. All funds received will be applied to a scholarship or fellowship promoting study in the fields of architecture and urbanism, fields that Paul loved dearly. Paul’s family will be supplied with a list of all donors. Paul’s family and the firm are now in the process of researching different avenues within the architectural and academic community that would achieve these goals. It will take some time for this process to come to a conclusion. All funds received will be held by the foundation until a decision is made. KPF will also do its part to fund this memorial.”

Checks can be sent to: KPF Foundation, 11 W. 42 St., New York, NY 10036.

Timothy Miller Richman

Timothy Miller Richman, 32, of Forest Hills, a 2001 graduate of Scarsdale High School, died in his sleep Friday, Nov. 28, at the home of his parents Elise and Michael Richman of Southfield, Mass.

Timothy was just completing a master’s degree in Statistics at the Zicklin School of Business/Baruch College in New York City. 

He graduated magna cum laude from Florida Atlantic University with a B.S. in mathematics and earned a master’s in mathematics education at City College/NY while teaching at Mott Hall High School in New York City as a NYC teaching fellow.

After three years teaching in New York City, Mr. Richman taught advanced mathematics and earned tenure at Eastchester High School. His honorary societies include election into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society/Florida Atlantic University and the Golden Key International Honour Society. He tutored extensively, including at the homes of New York City students all day on Saturdays for any students who wanted help with math.

Among his favorite activities, Mr. Richman excelled at the game of golf and started a Westchester golf meet-up group, where he met lifelong friends and traveled to play golf, most notably to Bandon Dunes in Oregon, his “golf trip of a lifetime.” He also taught a city student to play and to love golf.

An outpouring of messages was sent by his former students, from Mott Hall and Eastchester high schools, saying such things as: “Mr. Richman was the best teacher I ever had,” “Mr. Richman taught me to love calculus when I hated math” and “I am now becoming an engineer because of Mr. Richman.”

An animal lover, Mr. Richman cherished his two cats, Stuart and Blue, as well as his family’s long line of dogs, cats, hamsters and birds. He is survived by his parents, a brother, Todd Richman of Miami, Fla.; a sister, Kelly Tedesco of Hewlett, N.Y. and nieces Emily and Casey Tedesco. He is also survived by his aunts and uncles, Lois and Dr. David Kann of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Michele and Dan Maura of Virginia and South Carolina, and cousins Rachel, Benn and Arielle Kann and Jenny Kann Hamilton (California), Jenni Dragon (Georgia) and Jill Horgan (North Carolina).

A memorial service and kiddush will take place Friday, Dec. 5, at Scarsdale Synagogue/Tremont Temple, 2 Ogden Road, at 2 p.m. (family visits in library at 1:30).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory to the Zicklin School of Business/Baruch College, In Memory of Timothy Richman, at or send to The Zicklin School of Business/Baruch College, 1 Bernard Baruch Way, Box A-1603, New York, NY 10010, or to a no-kill shelter that rescues animals.

Joan C. Cavicchi

Former Quaker Ridge Elementary School music teacher Joan C. Cavicchi of New York City died Nov. 7. She was 80.

Born and raised in Plymouth, Mass., Ms. Cavicchi taught music at Quaker Ridge from 1968 to 1995.

She served for decades on the Cecilia Chorus of New York Music Committee, and was a longtime member of the Cecilia Chorus board of directors. Ms. Cavicchi was an excellent pianist and member of the Senior Chamber Music group at the 92nd Street Y. She also was a member and former vice president of the New York Philharmonic Volunteer Council.

A devoted sister and aunt, her “finely honed musical sensibilities, and warm and encouraging smile will be deeply missed,” her friends and family said.

A memorial mass and service will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, at 10 a.m. at St. John the Martyr’s Church at 250 E. 72nd St., New York, NY. Donations may be sent in her memory to The Cecilia Chorus of New York, PO Box 421, New York, NY 10150.

Dr. Marvin Moser

“Is there a doctor on the plane?” came the urgent question on the loudspeaker of a plane that had not yet left the runway for a flight from New York to Los Angeles. Fortunately for a man who had just suffered cardiac arrest, the fellow passenger who responded to the call was Marvin Moser, a cardiologist, who gave the man several thumps on the chest and quickly had him breathing normally, with a regular pulse.

And fortunately for Dr. Moser, a pioneer in the study and treatment of high blood pressure, his seatmate on the flight was a man named Shep Gordon, a Los Angeles-based manager and agent for rock stars and, more to the point, star chefs. During the medical emergency, Dr. Moser had left on his seat a copy of one of his own books, “Week by Week to a Strong Heart.”

You must write another book, Gordon declared. He had been working on an idea for a cookbook in which low-cholesterol, heart-healthy recipes to be contributed by leading chefs would be combined with authoritative commentary by a medical expert. Thus was born “Heart-Healthy Cooking for All Seasons,” published by Simon & Schuster in 1996 with recipes by Alice Waters, Larry Forgione, and Jimmy Schmidt and commentary by a certain cardiologist from White Plains, N.Y., Marvin Moser.

Dr. Moser, who died Thursday at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital at the age of 90, was better known among his professional colleagues for more than 500 scientific papers and books including “Clinical Management of Hypertension,” now in its ninth edition. At the time of his death, confirmed by his daughter, Jill Moser, he was clinical professor of medicine at Yale Medical School. He conducted a private cardiology practice in White Plains for more than 40 years, taught at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and lectured all over the world.

Moving to Scarsdale in the early ’50s to begin his medical practice, Dr. Moser was an active member of the community. He served on the Scarsdale School Board from 1969 to 1972 and chaired the Narcotics Guidance Council.

He was the founder and editor of the Journal of Hypertension and former editor in chief of the Journal of Clinical Hypertension, the official journal of the American Society of Hypertension, which in 2005 published an interview with him as a “hypertension icon.” Dr. Moser recounted his experience as chief of vascular disease at Walter Reed Army Hospital in the early 1950s, when observation and experience led him to conclude that early treatment of elevated blood pressure would prevent heart failure, stroke and other vascular complications.

This was not the standard view at the time; in fact, it was controversial. Many experts believed that high blood pressure was beneficial, especially for elderly patients, helping to deliver an adequate blood supply to the brain and kidneys. Asked in the interview what had given him “the courage to privately and publicly say that the emperor has no clothes,” Dr. Moser replied: “I guess it was the belief that if you see something happening with your own eyes, then you should have faith enough not to be influenced by hype and theories.” He had the chance over many years to promulgate the results of his own study of hypertension, its effects, and its treatment. In 1977, he was named chairman of the First Joint National Committee on the Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure, which established national guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure, the first national recommendations for the treatment of any disease. He was vice chairman of the second Joint National Committee and served on five subsequent committees. From 1974 to 2002, he was the senior medical consultant to the National High Blood Pressure Education Program of the Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. He also managed programs for reducing risk factors for heart disease for major corporations, including IBM and AT&T.

While he wrote primarily for other doctors, the cookbook was not his only venture into writing for a popular audience. He was co-editor of the Yale University School of Medicine Heart Book and the author of “Lower Your Blood Pressure and Live Longer,” among other books. At 6 feet 4 inches, athletically trim and fit even in advanced age, he served twice as a model for the photographer Bruce Weber, a friend and neighbor from the Adirondacks where Dr. Moser and his wife, Joy, a painter and professor at Columbia University Teachers College, spent every August. His final book, “Memoirs of a Very Lucky Guy,” was self-published in June of this year and distributed to family and friends at a 60th anniversary party.

Marvin Moser was born in Newark on Jan. 24, 1924, the son of Solomon Moser and the former Sophia Markowitz. His Austrian-born father came to the United States in 1900 at the age of 16 to avoid service in the Austro-Hungarian military and built a career selling waterworks to cities in North and South America.

His college career was interrupted by World War II. He enrolled at Cornell in 1941 and, after completing his premedical requirements, was called up for basic training in May 1943. But just before he was to be shipped overseas in January 1944, a single place opened for an accelerated program at Long Island College of Medicine, which accepted him on the spot despite his lack of a college degree. The Army let him go. He received his medical degree in 1947; a year earlier, Cornell deemed him to have completed his undergraduate education and awarded him a B.A. degree three years after he left the Ithaca campus.

In addition to his wife of 60 years, the former Joy Lipez, Dr. Moser is survived by his three children Jill, Steve and John, son-in-law David, daughters-in-law Catherine and Pamela and four granddaughters: Anna, Clara, Ella and Ruby.

Nino Joseph Caserta

Nino Joseph Caserta of Hartsdale died Nov. 13, after suffering a stroke.

He was born on March 15, 1927 to Joseph and Amelia Caserta of New Haven, Conn. He attended Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute (now the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering) and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He served in the Navy during World War II as a communications officer and worked at AT&T for over 32 years as an electrical engineer developing microwave communication networks.

Mr. Caserta was the scoutmaster for Troop 5 in Larchmont for eight years and coached the Babe Ruth League, Little League and Cap League baseball teams for over 10 years. Sports were his passion and he was a lifelong Yankees fan, having played on the Yankees farm team prior to his first marriage. He was also a competitive handball player for over 50 years at the New Rochelle YMCA and at Rockaway Beach in Queens.

Mr. Caserta was predeceased by his wife Alice Daley Caserta and is survived by his second wife, Ingrid Caserta. He is also survived by five children, Michael, Patrick, Maggie, Tony and Robert; two stepchildren, Christopher and Samantha, 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Swim Across America, c/o Tony Caserta, 15 Hubbard Drive, White Plains, NY 10605.

Rhoda S. Fischer

Rhoda S. Fischer, a 46-year resident of Scarsdale who died Nov. 19, 2013, at her residence in Palm Beach, Fla., will be remembered this month by her family and friends, many of whom attended the unveiling ceremony at her graveside two weeks ago at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Hawthorne.

Mrs. Fischer was the widow of Jerome M. Fischer, chairman, president and director of Planning Research Corporation Engineering Inc. and a lifelong international consulting civil engineer.

Born in New York City, Mrs. Fischer raised a family of four while living abroad for 14 years in Latin America and Europe. Settling in Scarsdale in 1967, Mrs. Fischer’s home became the focal point for many happy extended family reunions and holiday celebrations, her family said. She continued traveling with her husband while contributing her time to a number of local charity organizations. Mrs. Fischer was also a longtime active member of the Scarsdale Woman’s Club.

She is being remembered by her children Steven (Linda) Fischer, Karen Englander, Michael (Eneida) Fischer and Marion Fischer, and 11 grandchildren/great grandchildren.

Christopher Webster Hunter

Christopher W. Hunter died suddenly in San Diego, Calif., on Nov. 5 at the age of 31. A resident of Scarsdale for the first 15 years of his life, he was born to Roberto J. “Bert” Hunter and Donna L. Webster.

After attending Greenacres Elementary and Scarsdale Middle School, Mr. Hunter attended the Brunswick School in Greenwich, Conn., and graduated from the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn. During his years at Amherst College, from which he graduated with a double major in psychology and sociology, he was a National Science Foundation Fellow (Duke University Medical Center) for research to investigate how nicotine combined with typical or atypical antipsychotic drugs may provide a more holistic and safe treatment for attention deficits in schizophrenics by administering nicotine through transdermal patches.

Upon graduation from Amherst, Mr. Hunter earned a two-year fellowship in psychology with the San Diego State University where his research, which focused on the associations between individuals’ physical activity, body mass index and life satisfaction was presented at the 2006 annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

During the last several years, Mr. Hunter became a California Basic Educational Skills Test-certified substitute teacher for the San Diego Unified School District and was an assistant teacher in various San Diego schools. Combining his passion for fitness with his love of education, Mr. Hunter designed several physical activity routines including a “Morning Run” program for elementary school children which at its peak had 300 students running up to 2 miles daily.

Known for his kindness and compassion for his students, his work focused especially on disadvantaged children and those at risk as a result of abuse, neglect or behavioral issues.

In addition to his mother and father, Mr. Hunter is survived by brother Alexander, sister Dana, both of Greenwich; grandmothers Christine Webster and Francesca Ferguson; great aunts Judith Hunter, Vera Waddell, Valentina and Dina Castelli; great uncle Lawrence Waddell; aunts Joyce Woodford, Maria Northington and Gretel Webster; uncles Harry Webster, M.D., Dennis Webster, William Woodford; many cousins and friends.

A viewing will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at the Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Home, 824 Scarsdale Ave. A memorial service, celebration of life and interment, will be held at 11 a.m. (viewing from 10–10:45 a.m.) Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Church of St. James the Less, Church Lane and Crane Road. A reception will immediately follow the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in memory of Mr. Hunter to either the Church of St. James the Less (youth ministries), 10 Church Lane, Scarsdale, NY 10583 or the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Connecticut Chapter: NAMI Connecticut, 576 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105.

Mark Fox

Mark Fox of Scarsdale died at home Oct. 24 of prostate cancer. He was 88.

Mr. Fox was born in Vienna, Austria in 1926. When Germany annexed Austria in 1939 and enacted anti-Jewish laws, his family escaped to Italy and spent the World War ll war years there. After the war, with his parents and his brother Robert, Mr. Fox immigrated to the United States in 1949. He was soon drafted into the U.S. Army and spent two years in the service during the Korean War.

In 1970, he married Sylvia Miller and they moved to Scarsdale in 1974. Mr. Fox worked in the insurance industry as a systems analyst for many years. In the 1980s he decided to turn his knowledge about antique pocket watches into a business dealing in watches. He loved reading history, listening to classical music, riding his bicycle, and writing stories, a novel and many epigrams.

He leaves his wife Sylvia, his son Ben, daughter-in-law Laurie and granddaughters Emma and Ruby.

John L. McInerney

John L. McInerney, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and formerly of Scarsdale, died peacefully Oct. 10 in Washington, D.C., with his family at his side. He was 93.

Known to many friends and family as Mac, he was married to his wife, Hilda, for 62 years until her death in 2011. The couple met in Saranac Lake, N.Y., while he recovered from tuberculosis, and she was his nurse. 

Mr. McInerney was born in Queens, N.Y.  He was the youngest of the 10 children of Patrick and Lena McInerney.

He was a parishioner of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scarsdale for 55 years, until moving to Florida in 2010, where he attended Holy Family Church in St. Petersburg.

A graduate of Queens College in Flushing, N.Y., Mr. McInerney has had a long career with Ayerst Laboratories, now part of Pfizer Inc. He was a member of the Old Guard of White Plains, and a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

He is survived by his children, Kathleen Mitchell of Washington, D.C.; Patricia McInerney of Philadelphia, Pa.; John M. McInerney (Deborah) of Delray Beach, Fla.; Robert McInerney of Washington, D.C.; William McInerney (Elizabeth) of Scarsdale; six grandchildren; two great-grandsons; his sister-in-law, Rita Manning of Seminole, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are invited to visit at the home of Bill and Liz McInerney, 5 Edgewood Road, Scarsdale, from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9. A memorial mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 8 Carman Road, Scarsdale, at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10. All are welcome. Interment will be at St. Edmunds Cemetery, Ellenburg Center, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Medical Missions Sisters, 8400 Pine Road, Philadelphia, PA 19111,

Bruce Carswell

Bruce Carswell, a former longtime resident of Scarsdale, died at his home in Naples, Fla., on Oct. 13. He was 84. He moved to Greenwich, Conn., two years ago.

Mr. Carswell was well known in Scarsdale, having grown up there while attending Fox Meadow Elementary School and Scarsdale High School. He graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and received his law degree from Cornell Law School, Ithaca, N.Y. After a few years at a Wall Street law firm, Mr. Carswell joined the legal department of Sylvania Corp.  Sylvania was eventually acquired by GTE, now Verizon, and by the end of his 35-year career, he was senior vice president of human resources and administration and served on the corporate board of directors. As a true athlete he enjoyed playing sports at the Scarsdale Golf Club and Fox Meadow Tennis Club.

During his distinguished career at GTE, Mr. Carswell was recognized for his leadership and creativity in bringing the human resource function to the top corporate management level. He received many honors and awards including Human Resource Executive of the Year, Distinguished Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and was the recipient of the Medal of Honor from the Electronics Industry Association.

Mr. Carswell was also a board member of several professional organizations and served as vice chairman of the Skills Standard Board under the Clinton Administration. Former chairman of Verizon Charles R. Lee described Mr. Carswell’s accomplishments best: “Bruce is the consummate HR leader and partner. He is an expert in his field and has made valuable contributions to our company and industry ... he is my friend.”

Mr. Carswell is survived by Cathy, his wife of 38 years; two sons, David and Douglas; one daughter, Meredith Carswell; and one stepson, Matthew Rossi. He is also survived by four grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Trudy Mulcahy Howard

Trudy Mulcahy Howard, formerly of Scarsdale, Bronxville and Nantucket, died Sept. 1 in Cambridge, Mass., where she lived since 2009. She was 91.

A former journalist and widow of civic leader and investment advisor Leonard F. Howard, Mrs. Howard was raised in Leominster, Mass., attending St. Bernard’s High School where she enjoyed dramatics and debating, and visiting her family in Harvard Square. Her journalistic career began during World War ll as the co-editor of her college newspaper at what was then Fitchburg State Teacher’s College.

With an early eye on New York City, after college she moved to Middletown, Conn., to teach high school English, economics and world history and talked her way into courses at nearby men’s college, Wesleyan. In 1945 she joined the editorial staff of Seventeen Magazine in its first year of publication, answering 500 letters a week and starting a career department to help young women pursue professional careers in the changing post-war labor market. An avid reader, she also continued her graduate work at Columbia.

Mrs. Howard later moved to Women’s Wear Daily as its first children’s editor. At 25, she launched a weekly newspaper column, Talk About Careers. She described the column as covering careers “chosen for fulfillment.” The column provided advice and discussed job opportunities, initially for women and then more broadly. It first appeared in the Worcester Telegram and eventually was nationally syndicated. Through Bell Syndicate her column appeared in 50 papers including the Washington Star, Houston Post, Richmond News Leader, Bay City Michigan Times, Tacoma News Tribune and the Worcester Telegram, as well as in Canada and Japan.

She interviewed radio broadcasters, make-up artists, landscape designers, lawyers and sculptors, assembling extensive resources on vocational guidance, jobs and work-life balance issues for women in the 1950s.

After 10 years, she stopped the column and turned her attention to her growing family raised in Hartsdale and Scarsdale, and to civic work.

Committed to education and world affairs, Mrs. Howard was a founding member of the Westchester Catholic Education Conference. While living in Hartsdale, she worked with her husband to combine and integrate Greenburgh’s two school districts. She was also a member of the New York State Citizen’s Committee on Education, active in the United Nation’s Association and was a credentialed reporter at the U.N. She was a member of the Overseas Press Club, the Women’s City Club, the Scarsdale and Bronxville women’s clubs, the Nantucket Atheneum and a life member of the Nantucket Historical Association.

When the United Nations declared 1975 as International Women’s Year, Mrs. Howard went to Mexico City to attend the first World Conference on Women and wrote and spoke about her experience. Active in the Reading Reform Foundation, she also edited “My Fifty Years at the Lighthouse,” a memoir of Marian Held published by the New York Association for the Blind.

In the last few years, Mrs. Howard collaborated with her son Tom to write a memoir of her early life titled: “Mrs. Foley’s Flowers and Other Autobiographical Tales of Growing Up Irish Catholic in New England.” Tom recalled being inspired by her piano playing and love of art. “She was a creative woman of great charm, wit and intellect with a passion for people and family. We hope to have captured a bit of her style and humor in her memoir.”

Mrs. Howard is also survived by her daughter Susanne Howard of Cambridge, Mass., sons James Howard of Silver Spring, Md., Tom Howard of Los Angeles, Calif., and Daniel Howard of Wilmington, Mass., and grandsons Aidan, Carter and Preston.There will be a “Toast to Trudy” gathering Thursday, Oct. 30 from 5-7 p.m. at the Renaissance Westchester in White Plains; a funeral mass, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Joseph, 15 Cedar St, Bronxville; and a memorial service on Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. at Cadbury Commons Assisted Living, 66 Sherman St., Cambridge, Mass. Donations may be made to the Common Cause Education Fund and the American Ireland Fund. See for details.

Phyllis Klass

Phyllis Klass died on Oct. 18. She was 87.

Mrs. Klass graduated from Syracuse University and received graduate degrees from both Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. She was admitted to practice before the United States Patent Office in 1960 and worked in that field for many years. Later she became interested in and studied medical genetics. She was an assistant professor of clinical genetics of the Weill Medical College of Cornell University upon retirement as well as a senior medical consultant for the New York Academy of Medicine.

Mrs. Klass, a resident of Scarsdale for 45 years, supported the arts at Purchase College and was an avid bridge player at the Pickwick Bridge Club.

She was the wife of the late Felix Klass, director of licensing for the Celanese Corp.

She is survived by her children Steven and Janet, her brother and sister-in-law Michael and Lisa Rich, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to PBS NY Channel 13 or the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Monsignor William B. O’Brien

Monsignor William B. O'Brien died Oct. 19 at St. Pius X Rectory in Scarsdale, where he was a resident. He was 90.

Monsignor was a seminal figure in residential drug treatment and earned worldwide recognition and appreciation for his pioneering work in this field. The day over 50 years ago when he founded Daytop changed the way addiction is viewed and treated. He was also co-founder of the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities, which he guided into a global movement establishing treatment programs in countries throughout the world. A trusted advisor to heads of state, as well as to His Holiness Pope John Paul II, Monsignor O'Brien helped shape policies that have radically improved treatment programs around the world.

He was the author of the highly acclaimed book, “You Can't Do It Alone: The Daytop Way To Make Your Child Drug Free,” published numerous papers in national and international journals, and inspired generations of treatment professionals. All the while he remained at heart a simple parish priest as deeply devoted to his parishioners at St. Brendan's in the Bronx as he was to the residents in treatment and their families. A truly extraordinary man of staggering faith, integrity, warmth and loyalty whose impact on drug treatment has been profound and lasting. Monsignor O'Brien’s enduring legacy will be his selfless dedication to saving young lives and his unswerving devotion to his church and God.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Church of St. Pius X, 91 Secor Road, Scarsdale, on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Church of St. Pius X.

Diego Camarda

Diego Ray Camarda of Scarsdale died Oct. 5 of complications of Alzheimer's disease.

Born on June 5, 1925, at 125 Thompson St. in the Italian enclave of Greenwich Village, he was a lifelong member of the Greenwich Village Athletic Club and was a passionate baseball fan, being partial to the New York Giants and later the Mets.

Mr. Camarda attended elementary school at the Church of Our Lady of Pompeii, and was a member of the school's very first graduating class. He then attended DeWitt Clinton High School.

Mr. Camarda received his undergraduate degree from the College of the City of New York, class of 1946, and his law degree from New York University. He started his law career with Alexander and Ash, New York, a maritime firm, and eventually formed his own partnership of 20 years with Nicholas Scibilia on Court Street in Brooklyn.

Languages were one of his great life interests — he was fluent in Italian, Spanish and Latin. Family members delighted in watching him decipher the meaning of any word given to him.

Mr. Camarda was gifted with kindness, generosity and humor. His good will and high spirits were infectious to all who knew him, his family said.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Yolanda de Ciutiis Camarda; a brother, Nunzio, of San Francisco; and three children, Peter, Marianne and Madeline; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were handled by McMahon, Lyon and Hartnett of White Plains. A funeral mass will be held Friday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

Philip L. McEniry

Philip L. McEniry died Oct. 4, in New City, N.Y. He was 66 and a resident for over 30 years of Pomona, N.Y.

Mr. McEniry grew up in Scarsdale, the son of the late Murray W. and Catherine M. McEniry, who lived in Scarsdale for over 50 years. He graduated from Scarsdale High School in the class of 1966 and from Bowdoin College in the class of 1970 and received an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester in 1972. After taking his M.B.A. he worked in finance and accounting in New York City and the surrounding area. 

He is survived by his siblings, David of Federal Way, Wash., Roger of Chicago, Ill., and Catherine Sullivan, of Cambridge, Mass.; by his sister-in-law Carolyn Acosta, his brother-in-law David Sullivan, and his former sister-in-law Courtney Johnson McEniry; and by Roger’s partner Karen Riley. He also leaves seven nieces and nephews, Tessa, Grace, Andrew and Eloise McEniry, and John, Thomas and Peter Sullivan; numerous cousins; and some good friends he considered family.

A memorial service and gathering will be held at the Michael J. Higgins Funeral Home, 73 North Liberty Drive, Stony Point, N.Y., at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. Contributions in Mr. McEniry’s memory may be made to United Hospice of Rockland (, 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956; these will go to the Joe Raso Hospice Residence.

John C. Bell

John C. Bell died Sept. 22. He was 88.

Jabe, as he was known to family and friends, was a longtime resident of Scarsdale, where he lived with his wife of 64 years, Mary, from the time of their marriage to the present.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa on July 16, 1926, Mr. Bell graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University, class of 1949. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and went on to earn his M.B.A. after the war from Harvard Business School. He worked as an executive with several large New York-based corporations in the packaged goods and financial services industries.

Mr. Bell’s greatest joy was his family. He was famous for dinner table interrogations that brought out the best in everyone. He was adored by his family, who marveled at his love of life, his amazing memory and his entertaining quirks, his family said. He was an accomplished pianist, and enthusiast for many types of music. He sailed, skied, hiked and travelled abroad. Mr. Bell was a member of the Fox Meadow Tennis Club and enjoyed playing tennis and platform tennis into his late 80s.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Bell is survived by his three children: John J. Bell, M.D. (Fawn H.) of Colorado Springs, Colo., Sarah E. Bell (Gregg R. Trueman) of Larchmont, and Charles H. Bell (Sue L.) of Washington D.C., and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Scarsdale Congregational Church on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hoff-Barthelson Music School, 25 School Lane, Scarsdale, NY.

Eileen S. Innes

Eileen S. Innes died Sept. 14, in Wilmington, N.C. She was 96.

Mrs. Innes was born in New York City and grew up in Oswego, N.Y. She and her husband, Richard O. Innes, also deceased lived in Scarsdale for more than 55 years.

Mrs. Innes was a graduate of Goucher College in Baltimore, M.D. She was very proud of her research and other work for a book written by her Professor, Ola Elizabeth Winslow. The book, “Jonathan Edwards, 1703-1758: A Biography,” won the 1941 Pulitzer Prize for biography or autobiography.

During World War II, while living in New Orleans, Mrs. Innes volunteered with the Red Cross as a Grey Lady. She visited the homes of discharged soldiers to make sure they were eating properly and taking care of their families. She would help them to pay their bills and to meet their everyday needs. Her work, which took her into very difficult areas in the city, required courage, her family said. 

While living in Scarsdale, Mrs. Innes was very active in the community, including in the Parent Teacher associations for Greenacres Elementary School, Scarsdale Junior High School (now Scarsdale Middle School), and Scarsdale High School.  She served as president of the Scarsdale Junior High School PTA.

Mrs. Innes also served for two terms on the Scarsdale School Board in the late 1970s, including as its vice president in her final years on the board. She felt that the most important decision during her time on the school board was the decision to equip the schools with their first computers, and to provide classes on how to use them. This was a very cutting edge choice for the Scarsdale School Board to make at that time.

Mrs. Innes was a Life Member of the League of Women Voters, having served in the league for over 50 years. She was an elected member of the Board of the Scarsdale League of Women Voters and on the Board of the Westchester County League. She enjoyed working on the many studies carried out by the league on political issues, and attended and enjoyed the informational meetings. She was a passionate advocate for the nonpartisan election system in Scarsdale.  She was also an advocate of property revaluation within both Scarsdale and Westchester County. Mrs. Innes felt it was most important to encourage young people to register to vote. When she moved to North Carolina, she continued to be active in the league.

Mrs. Innes was active in the creation of the Scarsdale pool complex. She went from house to house collecting signatures for the petition to get the pool built, and she spent a great deal of time supporting the process. 

She was the mother of Elizabeth Innes Bentley of Wilmington, N.C., Andrew Innes of Hartsdale, N.Y., and Richard Innes of Villa Hills, Ky. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren, Edward Bentley, Megan Eileen Bentley, Kerin Bentley, Brian Innes, Kyle Innes, Diane Innes Cooper and Susan Innes Davis; her great-grandchild Charlotte Innes; and by her sister and best friend, Barbara Strauss of Rye, a long-time resident of Scarsdale.

Memorial donations may be made to the League of Woman Voters of Scarsdale, PO Box 495, Scarsdale, NY 10583.      

Paul R. Doyle Sr.

Paul R. Doyle Sr. of White Plains died at home Sept. 8 after a 2½ year battle with myelodysplastic syndrome. He was 83.

Born Oct. 19, 1930, in Orange, N.J., Mr. Doyle lived in Scarsdale from 1969 to 1999, where he was an active member of his church and community and was a member of Fox Meadow Tennis Club.

Mr. Doyle graduated from Williams College in 1952 and worked for Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. for 34 years. He retired from William D. Witter in 2004.

Mr. Doyle is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joan, and their five children, Paul Jr., Kathy, Mary Ann, Liz and Greg, and by his 14 grandchildren.

A wake will be held Friday, Sept. 12, at Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and a Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scarsdale on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery. 

Paul LoGuercio
Former Quaker Ridge physical education teacher Paul LoGuercio died at his home in Wevertown, N.Y., on Sept. 1. He was 71.

Mr. LoGuercio was born in the Bronx and grew up in Mount Vernon, N.Y. After receiving his bachelor's degree from New York University, he pursued a master's degree in colonial studies. He was an educator for 40 years.

Though he began his teaching and coaching career in Mount Vernon where he established a championship team for Mount Vernon High, he spent the greater part of his career at the Quaker Ridge School in Scarsdale. In his role as a physical education instructor, Mr. LoGuercio provided his students with a diverse curriculum that included archery, dance, gymnastics and Project Adventure activities. He also devoted a great deal of his time to helping the upper elementary students at Quaker Ridge understand colonial life through numerous hands-on activities such as spinning, weaving, archery, blacksmithing and his annual open fire Thanksgiving feast.

When he retired to Wevertown, Mr. LoGuercio became an active volunteer member of the local community. He taught archery, ballroom dancing, science and nutrition to both adults and students. He mentored the National Honor Society students in their pursuit of their volunteer credits. He was the activities coordinator for the local Cub Scout troop. He also became involved in the local school plays where his choreographic skills, his woodworking talent and his overall creativity enriched the lives of numerous students.

Mr. LoGuercio is survived by his life partner Diane Anda, who taught special education in the Scarsdale School District; his brother Richard and his wife Kay and their two daughters; and his daughter Jessica Ryan and her two sons.

A memorial service will be held on Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. in the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that a donation be made in his memory to the Dana-Farber Institute ( or to the Leukemia Foundation (

Robert Moss
Robert Moss, a longtime resident of Scarsdale, died Aug. 27 at his home. He was 90. 

He was predeceased by his parents, Benjamin and Theodora Moss. Bob, as he was known, attended Columbia Grammar School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1948. He was drafted into the Army in May of 1943 and served three years. He was a market maker on the floor of the American Stock Exchange for most of his professional career.

Mr. Moss is survived by his wife Eleanor, his sons, Stephen, Michael, Lawrence and Andrew, daughter-in-laws Barbara, Daryl, Leah and Michelle, and his seven grandchildren. They were everything to him, his family said. “He was a kind and gentle man who either coached or attended almost all his children’s sporting events. He will be missed.”

Memorial contributions may be sent to SPARC Inc., 3045 Gomer St., Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

Mary Jane Maloney Balzac
Mary Jane Maloney Balzac of Mount Pleasant, S.C., formerly of Scarsdale, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, Aug. 19 surrounded by her family. She was 90.

Mrs. Balzac was born Feb. 15, 1924, in Syracuse, N.Y., daughter of the late Eugene Francis Maloney Jr. and Mary Ellen Mullally Maloney. She was the wife of Richard Fletcher Balzac.

Mr. and Mrs. Balzac moved to Mount Pleasant 18 years ago with the entire family and were blessed with all their grandchildren being a part of their every day lives, her family said.

“Jane was the best wife, mother, grandmother, sister and daughter ever. Jane and Dick had a 66-year love affair; a rare and cherished gift. Jane was passionate about taking care of all those close to her heart and a surrogate Mom to so many,” they said.

“She will live on in our memories and stories that will be passed on for generations to come! Jane will be sadly missed and happily remembered.”

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Richard F. Balzac; her daughters and their families: Linda Balzac and Jay Devenny, and their children Aaron Devenny, Eric Grosse and Trevor Grosse; and Ann and Ray Keane, and their children Samantha Keane, Brendan Keane, Richard Keane and Jack Keane. She is also survived by her sister Marie Clements of Aurora, N.Y.

She was predeceased by her sisters Emmy Lou Barton, Anne Banks, Peggy Hendricksen and her brother Gene Maloney.
All services will be private. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

JoAnn M. Tursone

JoAnn M. Tursone died Aug. 14 from a rare form of cancer. She was 65.

Ms. Tursone was born on Oct. 26, 1948, in the Bronx to Adele and Joseph Tursone. She and her family later moved to Edgemont, where she graduated from Edgemont High School in 1966. She attended college at Fordham University and graduated in 1970. She then received a master’s degree in library sciences from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in 1972.

After graduating from Peabody, Ms. Tursone worked as a librarian/media specialist in the Yorktown Heights school system, where she fostered a love of reading and research in elementary school children. While working at Yorktown, she attended law school at night and received a law degree from Pace University, but because her passion was teaching children, she ultimately decided to remain at Yorktown. She retired in 2011 after 39 years of teaching, during which she was beloved by students and teachers alike, her family said.

Ms. Tursone was an opera lover and active member of St. Pius X Church in Scarsdale: she was a season ticket holder at the Metropolitan Opera and she brought her love of music to St. Pius X, where she was a member of the church choir. She was also involved in the Parish Council and enjoyed giving back to the community: she ran the Thanksgiving Food Drive, participated in Midnight Run, and taught ESL in Yonkers.

She was a beloved sister, aunt and friend and will always be remembered for her infectious smile, melodious voice and gentle spirit, her family said.

Ms. Tursone is survived by three siblings: Mary T. Ingriselli of Scarsdale; Gina T. Miller of Huntsville, Ala.; and Joseph A. Tursone Jr. of Hartsdale. She is also survived by three nieces and one nephew.

A funeral service was held at St. Pius X Church on Monday, Aug. 18. Contributions in her memory may be made to Fountain House, 425 West 47th St., New York, NY 10036.

Martin J. Schwab

Martin J. Schwab died Aug. 12. He was 91.

Mr. Schwab was born and raised in New Rochelle and lived in Scarsdale from 1954 until 1999. He attended the Fieldston School in the Bronx and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mr. Schwab was a bombardier pilot in World War II flying B-17 and B-24 planes while based out of Northern Africa and Europe. He ascended to the rank of first lieutenant. After returning from the war he joined United Merchants and Manufacturers where over his 40 year career he became the chairman and CEO.

Mr. Schwab was very active in local charities including the United Way, Montefiore Hospital, the Bereavement Center of Westchester and the YM-YWHA of Mid-Westchester where his wife Betty, who predeceased him, served as president.

He is survived by his sister Elizabeth Fuld of Harrison. Mr. Schwab also leaves three children and their spouses, Jeff and Shoko Schwab, Sally and Sam Honig, and Steven and Susan Schwab of Scarsdale, as well as five grandchildren: Jay, Julie, Alex, Katie and Adam.

Francis Xavier Bronner

Francis Xavier Bronner, a longtime resident of Scarsdale, died July 31 at Joe Raso Hospice in New City, N.Y.

Born March 31, 1925 in Queens, he was a graduate of St. John’s University and had a career as a certified public accountant in Manhattan. He was a member in good standing of the American Institute of CPAs for over 64 years and of the New York State Society of CPAs (New York City and Westchester chapters).

Mr. Bronner was an Eagle Scout who was actively involved in Boy Scout Troop 2 meeting at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and the Men’s Society of IHM, where he also served as a lector. Mr. Bronner was the treasurer of the Volunteer Fire Patrol for the Town of Eastchester.

Mr. Bronner is survived by his wife of 61 years, Diana (Tully) and their five children; Ellen Anderson (David) of Raleigh, N.C.; Francis X. Bronner Jr. (Susan) of Patterson, N.Y.; Thomas J. Bronner (Mae) of Wilton, Conn.; James P. Bronner (Margaret) of Singapore and Florida; and Patrick L. Bronner (Kimberly) of Montrose, N.Y. and his nine grandchildren, Colleen, Samantha, Jaclyn, Kelly, Megan, Erin, Grace, Matthew and Nicholas.  He is also survived by his two sisters, Eva Bronner of Williston Park, N.Y., and Joan Jennings (Henry) of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., and 12 nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his honor be made to Seton Village, 148 Convent Road, Nanuet, NY 10954.

Elizabeth Rusk

Elizabeth S. Rusk died on July 10 after a long illness. She was 78.

Known as Betsy, she was born Oct. 18, 1935, in East Orange, N.J., to Archibald and Ethel Seiler. For over 57 years she was the wife of Howard A. Rusk Jr.

Her career in nursing began in a joint R.N. and B.S. program inaugurated by Radcliffe College and Columbia University, but was postponed by motherhood. She received her R.N. from Pace University, as valedictorian of her class. She served as a nurse at the Scarsdale Medical Group for 17 years. As a warm and caring person, she was deeply involved with many charities, including those of the Scarsdale and Danbury women’s clubs.

She had numerous areas of interest and expertise. As a licensed dealer, she had her own antiques business in Millbrook, N.Y. She was a gracious hostess, with renowned skills in cooking, sewing, and the growing and arrangement of flowers, her family said.

Mrs. Rusk had four children. They are Laura Lazopoulos of Palmetto Bay, Fla.; Heather La Crosse of New York, N.Y.; Cynthia Perciasepe of Danbury, Conn.; and Christopher Francisco Rusk of Hackensack, N.J. Mrs. Rusk also leaves four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 25 West St., in Danbury, Conn., followed by a reception and luncheon. In lieu of flowers, the Rusk family requests that memorial gifts may be offered in her name to: The Salvation Army, PO Box 826, Danbury, CT 06813.

Catherine M. McEniry

Catherine M. McEniry, a resident of Scarsdale, for 50 years, died July 22, in Cambridge, Mass. She was 94 years old and married for 60 years to Murray W. McEniry, who predeceased her. The McEnirys moved to 22 Greenacres Ave. in 1953 and to Cambridge in 2006.

Mrs. McEniry was the daughter of John J. McPolan and Florence Maurer McPolan. She graduated from Barnard College in 1939 and from Columbia Law School in 1942. 

She is survived by her children, Philip L. of Pomona, N.Y.; David W. of Federal Way, Wash.; Roger S., of Chicago, Ill.; and Catherine E.M. Sullivan, of Cambridge; by her daughter-in-law Carolyn Acosta, her son-in-law David E. Sullivan, and her former daughter-in-law Courtney Johnson McEniry; and by her son Roger’s partner, Karen P. Riley.

She also leaves seven grandchildren, Tessa, Grace, Andrew, and Eloise McEniry and John, Thomas, and Peter Sullivan; her nephew Mark Altherr and his wife Gloria and her niece Anne Templeton and her husband Peter; and their children, Isabella, André, and Sofia Altherr and John and William Templeton.

Her sister, Virginia McPolan Altherr and brother, John J. McPolan Jr., died earlier, as did her brother-in-law, André Altherr and nephew, Roland Altherr.

The memorial will be private. Contributions in Mrs. McEniry’s memory may be made to: Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Inc., 4 Skyline Drive, Hawthorne, NY, 10532-2143 or National Stroke Association, 9707 E Easter Lane, Suite B, Centennial, CO 80112.

Peter F. Diaferia

Peter F. Diaferia of Scarsdale died July 16 from pancreatic cancer. He was 86.

A Yonkers native, he had lived in Scarsdale for the past 50 years and was a former president of the Scarsdale Art Association.

Mr. Diaferia proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps, his family said. A former New York State level gymnast, he loved to hunt, fish and enjoyed all things outdoors.

Mr. Diaferia was a graduate in fine arts from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He also received a degree from Empire College at the age of 68.

An active and prolific artist, Mr. Diaferia won numerous awards for his watercolors. He taught many art classes throughout Westchester County and was an Emmy judge for many years in the field of graphic arts.

Mr. Diaferia left a diverse legacy of creative work still recognized today in the fields of television, movies, film and commercial art. He was television art director for the 1980, 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games.

He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Grace M. Diaferia. He is survived by his sister, Anne Marie DiBona, his children: Elise Ashe, Peter F. Diaferia II and Dara van Dijk, his son-in-law Michael Ashe, his daughter-in-law Wendy Du and his grandchildren: Zachary van Dijk, Jennifer Ashe and Matthew Ashe.

A memorial service is planned for later this fall at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and interment will follow at Ferncliff Cemetery. An online guest book can be signed at: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mr. Diaferia’s name to his alma mater, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art at:

Lila Lambert Carloni

Lila Lambert Carloni, formerly Lila Francis Lambert, died July 3.

She was a Scarsdale resident for over 50 years until moving to South Salem, N.Y., in 2006. She was born May 2, 1921, on Lovers Lane in Greenfield, Mass. She grew up on Lambert Farm on Eden Trail in Bernardston, Mass., with her parents, Albert and Eleanor Lambert, and six siblings. She graduated at 16 and went on to receive a scholarship from Vesper George School of Art in Boston, Mass.

There she met and later married her former husband, Armando “Mando” R. Carloni. They lived in New York City before moving to Bronxville, then Scarsdale. During their early years with their young family, they enjoyed summers in Rockport, Mass., home to the famous “Motif No. 1.” It was an inspiration for them as artists and a place by the sea that they loved as did their children and their friends.

She was an accomplished fashion illustrator. Her professional career began in Hartford, Conn., for G. Fox & Company department store, then to New York City. Her work appeared in Vogue, McCall’s, Peck & Peck, Best & Company, Lord & Taylor and others. Her Christmas shadow boxes and painted eggs appeared in the windows of Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue. In the 1960s the couple owned an art gallery, Gallery One on Popham Road in Scarsdale for a time. Later she worked as an independent interior designer and floral designer for weddings and events.

She is survived by her sister A. Jean Lambert., her son Vincent A. Carloni, daughters Mona Antilla Carloni and Carol Speirs, sons-in-law Douglas William Speirs and Scott Antilla, grandchildren Alexander Carloni, Kati Carloni, Vincent Carloni, Amara Antilla and Rayna Antilla.

She was an active member of St. James the Less Church in Scarsdale. Her deep faith and unwavering love for the church gave her constant strength during her very full life, her family said. She formed many close bonds of friendship there that still exist today. She will be remembered as an elegant, talented woman with an amazing sense of style and vibrant spirit. To sign the online guestbook, go to

A memorial service and interment in Greenfield, Mass., is planned for September.

Ruth Chalmers

Ruth Chalmers, a Bronxville resident from 1961-2008 and a Scarsdale resident 1922-61, died peacefully July 11 in Cambridge, Mass. She was 91.

Ruth Chalmers was born July 17, 1922, in White Plains Hospital to the Rev. Alan Reid Chalmers and Ruth Nash Chalmers. Mr. Chalmers was Rector of the Church of St. James the Less in Scarsdale, and Mrs. Chalmers was editor of the Scarsdale Inquirer.

A graduate of Scarsdale High School and Smith College, Miss Chalmers was a ranking junior tennis player and a member of the Junior Wightman Cup Squad. She also toured in England with the Camp Merestead field hockey team and later as manager of the U.S. women’s lacrosse association touring team to Great Britain and Ireland. In 1957, she and Richard Hebard of Scarsdale won the National Mixed Doubles Championship of the American Platform Tennis Association.

In her professional career, Miss Chalmers was executive director of the Jane Addams Peace Association in New York City, for 42 years. The association carries on the work of Jane Addams for international and interracial peace. After retiring, Miss Chalmers studied history at Fordham University and received a master’s degree in May 1999.

Miss Chalmers was a member of the Scarsdale Democratic Committee and, later, the Bronxville Democratic Committee. She also served on the Vestry of the Church of St. Joseph of Arimathea in Elmsford.

Her three sisters were Theresa Gay of New York City; Nancy Hardenbergh of Minneapolis, Minn.; and Kathleen Nichols of Santa Cruz, Calif. She is also survived by seven nephews and nieces, seven great-nephews and nieces, and a great-great nephew and a great-great niece.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Aug. 17, at 2:30 p.m., Church of the Atonement, 17 Quogue St., Quogue, NY.
Contributions may be sent to the Church of St. Joseph of Arimathea, 2171 Saw Mill River Road, White Plains, NY 10607; or Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 1213 Race St., Philadelphia, PA 19107; or Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Box 492, Quogue, NY 11959; or Smith College Alumnae Association, Northampton, MA 01063.

Joseph Hinsey IV

Joseph Hinsey IV of Lexington, Mass., died June 13. He was 82.

He was born to the late Joseph C. and Sarah Callen Hinsey on Oct. 17, 1931, in Palo Alto, Calif. Mr. Hinsey was a graduate of Scarsdale High School (1949), Cornell University (1953), Cornell Law School (1956) and the Harvard Business School (1957). He married fellow Cornell student Phyllis LaRue in 1956 and lived in Scarsdale before relocating to Cambridge, Mass., in 1987, when he joined the Harvard Business School senior faculty as the H. Douglas Weaver Professor of Business Law at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.

Prior to joining the HBS senior faculty in 1987, Mr. Hinsey was a senior partner at the New York law firm of White & Case, where he specialized in corporate and securities law with a particular emphasis on corporate governance. His professional offices in the American Bar Association over the years included service as chairman of the Business Law Section, chairman of its Committee on Corporate Laws and editor of The Business Lawyer. He was an elected member of the American Law Institute and served for many years as consultant to its Corporate Governance Project. In addition, Mr. Hinsey was a founding member of the Legal Advisory Committee to the Board of Governors of the New York Stock Exchange.

Mr. Hinsey is survived by his wife of 58 years, Phyllis LaRue Hinsey of Lexington, and three daughters: Carolyn Hinsey of Manhattan; Nancy Hinsey Bakacs of Sudbury, Mass.; and Sara Hinsey Raveret and husband John Raveret of Wellesley, Mass. Mr. Hinsey is also survived by six grandchildren: Elizabeth Bakacs, Emily Bakacs, Sara Bakacs, Callen Raveret, Lauren Raveret and Graham Raveret.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to the Primary Care Center at Mount Auburn Hospital, 330 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138.

A memorial service will be held July 11 at 11 a.m. at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church, 6 Greenacres Ave.

Dr. Minette P. Davis

Dr. Minette P. Davis, who practiced psychiatry in Scarsdale from 1955 and was medical director at the mental health clinic of White Plains Hospital, died on June 26 in Mamaroneck. She was 87. Dr. Davis was a longtime resident of Scarsdale and of Boynton Beach, Fla. The cause was lung cancer, her daughter, Ami Sands Brodoff, said.

Dr. Davis attended Music and Art High School, Queens College and New York University College of Medicine. She received her M.D. degree in 1949.

In a career spanning four decades, Dr. Davis was in private practice in psychiatry in Scarsdale and assisted in the development of a psychiatric in-patient department at White Plains Hospital, where she supervised and provided treatment for patients. She served as medical director, Mental Health Clinic of White Plains Hospital, from 1990 to 1997 and was assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at New York Medical College. She was a psychiatrist at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt V.A. Hospital from 1974 to 1990.

Dr. Davis was married to Dr. Bernard Brodoff until 1965, and later married the late Irving Rothman, D.D.S. Dr. Davis is survived by her sisters, Yvette Benjamin and Dorothy Kalson; her daughter, Ami Sands Brodoff; her sons, Andrew Lawrence Brodoff and Daniel Jonathan Brodoff; and her grandchildren, Tobias and Rosamond Atkin, and Matthew and Rebecca Brodoff.

Lillian H. Kaplan Feldshuh

Lillian Kaplan Feldshuh died peacefully at her Scarsdale home, surrounded by her loved ones, on Monday, June 23. She was 103.

Mrs. Feldshuh was born April 18, 1911, in the Bronx. She attended Walton High School for girls and graduated with a degree in German from New York University in 1931, where she was vice president of the sophomore class.

She married Harvard Law graduate Sidney Feldshuh on June 14, 1935. In 1952, the couple moved to Scarsdale where they would live out the rest of their lives.

Mrs. Feldshuh was an ardent supporter of the Democratic Party and served as vice president in charge of membership for the Westchester Region of Hadassah where she was a life member. She regularly volunteered at Burke Rehabilitation Center and Payne Whitney Westchester in White Plains.

In 2011, at the age of 100, she received the Courageous Patient Award at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics International Conference on behalf of 11,000 physicians participating in aortic valve replacement research.

She is survived by her children: doctor and director David Feldshuh and Broadway, film and TV actress Tovah Feldshuh, as well as her son-in-law Andrew Harris Levy, daughter-in-law Martha Frommelt, five grandchildren: Brandon and Amanda Levy; Noah, Zachary and Hannah Feldshuh, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins of three generations.

Funeral services were held June 24 at Temple Israel Center with burial at Riverside Cemetery, Saddle Brook, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to any of the following organizations: Columbia Heart Valve Center, The Westchester Region of Hadassah, The Sidney Feldshuh and Lillian Kaplan Feldshuh Dean's Research Scholarship Fund at New York University.

James A. Morison

James Archibald “Jim” Morison of Savannah, Ga., and husband of Gay Stieglitz Morison, died June 21 at his home surrounded by family. He was 74.

Mr. Morrison was raised in Scarsdale. After graduating from New Hampton School he attended Hobart College and graduated from New York University with a bachelor of science degree in security analysis and economics. He spent six months as a guest of the United States Marine Corps graduating from Parris Island and advanced training at Camp Lejeune. His business career and 50 years of marriage began in 1964. He started with the Bank of New York in its investment counseling department. After 16 years he moved to E.F. Hutton until its demise. The balance of his career was in institutional equity sales with several small boutique firms. In Scarsdale, he served 14 years as a volunteer fireman and as captain from 1986 to 1991.

In 1994 he moved to the Landings on Skidaway Island in Savannah. Golf, boating and 14 years of volunteering with the Skidaway Island Division of Southside Fire Department kept him busy. He volunteered with the 1996 Sailing Olympics, was vice president in charge of military affairs for the Savannah Chapter of the Navy League, and was an umpire for tennis matches at Armstrong and the Landings Men’s 40s. He ran the 14th hole for the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf tournament and served on the Landings Marines Committee. 

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Gay Stieglitz Morison of Savannah; his son, Jim Morison of Westchester County; his daughter, Ginger Flynn and her husband, Chris, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and their children, Bridget, Kevin and Kyle.

The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday morning, July 12, at Skidaway Island United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. James W. Giddens.

Memorial remembrances may be made to: The Skidaway Island United Methodist Church, 54 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31411; Hospice Savannah, PO Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Gamble Funeral Service, 410 Stephenson Ave., Savannah, is in charge of arrangements.

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Gregory Anania

Gregory Anania, of New York, N.Y., died June 18 after a long battle against cancer. He was 29.

Mr. Anania was born on March 23, 1985, and grew up in Edgemont. He is survived by his parents Sheryl and Michael, his twin brother, Matt, and his sister, Justine.

Mr. Anania graduated Edgemont High School in 2003, where he was a member of the varsity football and golf teams. Upon graduating high school, he went on to Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., where he graduated in 2007 with a degree in business administration. Just prior to graduation, Mr. Anania was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer — atypical thymic carcinoid. He had already accepted a job with the firm of Perelson Weiner in New York City as a staff accountant and the firm deferred his start date until he completed his treatments. During that time, Mr. Anania underwent chemotherapy, two surgeries and radiation but somehow found the energy and will to study for the CPA exam, and when he started his job at Perelson Weiner a year later, he had already passed all four parts of the CPA. Despite never ridding his body of cancer and having to undergo countless treatments, over the next six years Mr. Anania never stopped living life to its fullest. He worked diligently, traveled, played golf passionately, worked out endlessly, looked forward to spending time with his family and friends, and always had time to brighten the lives of others with his infectious grin and kindness.

“Gregory inspired everyone whose lives he touched, and while he is missed, he is not gone,” his family said.

Contributions in Mr. Anania’s memory can be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center ( or the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation ( 

William J. Swan

William J. Swan of Scarsdale died June 6. He was 59.

Mr. Swan was born July 16, 1954, in Mount Vernon, N.Y., to William Kenneth and Ruth Anderson Swan. The family moved to Scarsdale in 1956 where Bill attended Scarsdale schools and graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1972.

Mr. Swan worked in the construction field until the 1980s. He was an avid Yankee fan throughout his life. He enjoyed being with his family and friends and taking care of his dogs.

Mr. Swan is survived by his mother, Ruth Swan; sister and brother-in-law, Carol and John Martin; his nieces, Pamela and Kimberly Swan, Caitlin and Rachel Martin, and Emma Martin Joseph; several cousins, and his aunt, Dorothy Ruggiero. His father, William Swan, and his brother, Kenneth Swan, predeceased him.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 21, at 11 a.m. at the Scarsdale Community Baptist Church, Popham Road. Arrangements are by Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Homes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Juvenile Diabetes Association or the Humane Society.

Lucille Anne Knight

Lucille Anne Knight of Hartsdale died on May 17. She was 76.

Born in Cortland, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Verna M. and Charles F. Gese. Ms. Knight graduated from Cortland State Teacher’s College with a bachelor’s degree in science. She then continued her studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Ms. Knight worked for the County of Westchester in White Plains from 1977 to 1999. She was the coordinator of community education in mental health from 1996 to 1999. Ms. Knight had a deep appreciation for the fine arts, such as literature, design, art and opera music. She also had a passion for all things in the natural world, especially horticulture and ornithology. Ms. Knight was a longtime member of the Scarsdale Woman’s Club and was co-chairman of the art section at the time of her death. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, her family said.

Ms. Knight is survived by her brother, Merton (Marge) Gese of Highland Village, Texas; sisters Selma Schneider of Casper, Wyo., and Carol M. (Joseph) DeLucca of Babylon, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by numerous friends. Ms. Knight was predeceased by her daughter, Laurel Andrea Knight in 1991.
A memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 21, at St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church, 2172 Saw Mill River Road, White Plains.

Memorial contributions can be made in her name to St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church, the Scarsdale Woman’s Club, PBS Television or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Mary Alice Heinzinger

Mary Alice Heinzinger died May 3 surrounded by family and friends. She was 88.

She was born and raised in the town of Lexington, Ky., on March 1, 1926. She was one of nine children born to the late Diamond Bentley and Georgia Ellen Riddell. She graduated from Henry Clay High School in 1944 and attended the University of Kentucky, where she met and married the late Benedict John Heinzinger in 1947. They lived happily together in Scarsdale raising their 12 children. Mrs. Heinzinger located to Plantation, Fla., in 1990, and ultimately to Manassas, Va., in 2000.

Mrs. Heinzinger was a restaurant manager for many years in Eastchester and White Plains, until her retirement. She was a volunteer for children’s groups and causes and was most passionate about making a difference in the lives of her children. She loved to travel, especially on family vacations to Long Beach Island, N.J. She was best known as “Little Grandma” with a big heart. She had a big smile and laugh with a twinkle in her eye that filled your heart with joy, her family said. She always wanted an update on her family up to the day of her death. She loved to read and spent many hours doing crossword puzzles, painting and crafts while relaxing on the beach.

Mrs. Heinzinger is survived by her sister Barbara of Georgetown, Ky., and 11 children: Benedict of Tallahassee, Fla.; Thomas of Universal City, Texas; James of Manassas, Va.; Mary Ellen of Plantation, Fla.; Edwin of Mahopac, N.Y.; Margaret; John William of Elmsford, N.Y.; David of Milton, N.Y.; Gerald of Tonawanda, N.Y.; Timothy of Orangeburg, N.Y.; and John Fitzgerald of Carmel, Ind. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Heinzinger was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia; and her siblings Fred, Lucille, Sarah, Thomas, Eldiva, Patricia and James. She will be placed alongside her daughter Patricia at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Newburgh, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and to say a prayer for peace.

Elizabeth “Betty” Precht

Former Scarsdale resident Elizabeth “Betty” Precht, daughter of famed television host Ed Sullivan, died June 7 in Missoula, Mont., where she made her home. She was 83.

She was born Elizabeth Davis Sullivan on Dec. 22, 1930, in New York City to Edward Vincent “Ed” Sullivan and Sylvia Weinstein. In 1937 her father, then a newspaperman, was transferred to Los Angeles where young Betty for the first time lived in a house, attended a public school and had a bike.

At the outbreak of World War ll the family moved back to Manhattan and lived at the Astor Hotel in Times Square. She dined with her parents at fine restaurants or ate with her companions at the automat. When her family moved to the Delmonico Hotel on Park Avenue, Betty was enrolled at Miss Hewitt’s Classes, a private girls’ school where, in 1948, she graduated in a class of nine. She chose to go to UCLA where she met Bob Precht, an NROTC student from San Diego. Upon graduation they were married.

Mrs. Precht became a Navy wife as Bob served in Korea and later Washington, D.C., where their first child was born. In 1956, now with two children, they moved to Scarsdale, where they lived for 23 years, leaving in the late ’70s for Los Angeles, where Mrs. Precht worked part time as a travel agent and AIDS hotline volunteer. In 1990 the Prechts moved to Missoula, where Mr. Precht managed the family’s TV stations and other businesses.

Though Mrs. Precht enjoyed the advantages of being the daughter of a celebrity, she remained firmly grounded, her family said. For 24 years she was a volunteer at St. Patrick Hospital helping patients and families. She made lasting friendships, gaining the respect and affection of everyone who met her, they said. She will be remembered as a lovely lady, in a pink smock with a warm, ready smile.

Mrs. Precht was predeceased by her parents and her son Andrew. She is survived by her husband of Missoula; children Robert Edward Precht of Honolulu, Hawaii; Carla Elizabeth Precht-Rodriguez of Brooklyn; Vincent Henry Precht of Burbank, Calif.; Margo Elizabeth Speciale of Annapolis, Md.; and grandchildren Sylvia and Zina Precht Rodriguez; Skylar, Sophie and Chloe Speciale; and Sullivan Precht.

In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances should be donated to the Poverello Center. A memorial Mass was held June 11 at Christ the King Catholic Church.

Donald Dean Keller

Donald Dean Keller, a resident of Scarsdale for over 50 years, died on June 6 in Hollywood, Fla., after a long illness. He was 81.

Mr. Keller was born in the Bronx on Jan. 28, 1933. He moved with his family to Norfolk, Va., when he was a boy and eventually settled in Scarsdale, where he attended Edgewood Elementary School and graduated from high school in 1951. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and became a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean Conflict. Following his military service, Mr. Keller graduated from the University of Vermont, and worked in the textile business before becoming a TV commercial producer and director at several of the top New York advertising agencies.

Mr. Keller was a member of the Directors Guild of America, and won the prestigious Palme d'Or Award for the roll out campaign of the Boeing 747 aircraft at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival as well as several Clio Awards during his advertising career.

He lived in Bronxville and Scarsdale until he relocated to Key Biscayne, Fla., in 1992. He is survived by two daughters, Kristen Coffield and Heather Lee, as well as twin sons, Jason and Shane Keller, along with seven grandchildren. Funeral services will take place at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Judith E. Famellette

Judith E. Famellette, an educator, author and mother of four whose career spanned 50 years, died peacefully at home in Hartsdale on May 31 from a rare form of cancer. Born in 1936, Mrs. Famellette earned her M.S. in education from Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y., and her educational administration degree from SUNY New Paltz. Vibrant and passionate about education she served in many roles including administration, instructional services and the production of professional development videos for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Mrs. Famellette began her teaching career at Suffern High School in 1958 where she met her husband of 53 years, Joseph M. Famellette. He and their four children (Suzanne, Joseph, Jeannie and Andrew), six grandchildren (Montana, Rosetta, Nicholas, Evan, Grace and Helen) and three siblings (Muriel, Walter and Daniel) survive her. “Aunt Judy” who never missed a birthday will also be missed by her several nieces and nephews, her family said.

With a heart for her students, Mrs. Famellette continued to serve after retirement. She edited manuscripts for Science and Children Magazine, served on the board of directors of Greenleaf Gardens, ran workshops on tapping trees to make maple syrup (even as recently as a few weeks ago while fighting her disease) and never passed a lemonade stand without buying two lemonades to encourage young entrepreneurs.

Funeral services are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, June 6 at Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Homes, 824 Scarsdale Ave., Scarsdale. Viewing will be Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her name to Alfred University, 1 Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802 or Scarsdale High School PTA Scholarship Fund, PO Box 147H, Scarsdale, NY 10583.

Former trustee Sharon Lindsay has died

Community volunteer Sharon Lindsay, president of the Westchester County League of Women Voters, died May 21 at Westchester Medical Center from complications of liver failure. She was 65.

Mrs. Lindsay served Scarsdale in many capacities. She was a village trustee from 2006-2010 and police commissioner and deputy mayor during her tenure. Chairing the Land Use Committee during some of the most contentious and difficult discussions on land sale and upzoning at Heathcote Five Corners, she won praise for her “thorough preparation, endless patience and ability to run a meeting” in the words of her fellow trustee, David Irwin.

Mrs. Lindsay served on the Scarsdale Bowl Committee from 2004 until 2006 and the Citizens Nominating Committee, 2000-04. She was a member of the board of the Town and Village Civic Club, now known as the Scarsdale Forum, co-chairman of its Municipal Services Committee, and past chairman of the Scarsdale Board of Appeals.

Mrs. Lindsay was director of the Greenacres Association and its president from 1997 until 2002, served on the School Board Nominating Committee and the high school’s and middle school’s Compacts for Learning. She chaired the PT Council’s Calendar Committee and various other PTA committees. She was on the board of the Friends of the Scarsdale Library, edited its newsletter, and coached boys’ and girls’ basketball.

A 32-year resident of Greenacres, she was educated at Fordham University and Harvard Law School. She was a litigation attorney at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy from 1973 until 1983. From 1983 until 1996 she was vice president and assistant general counsel at JP Morgan & Co. In private practice, she represented individuals, community organizations and small corporations pro bono in a variety of matters.

She served as a trustee of Fordham University.

Mrs. Lindsay was an accomplished pianist and her love of music found expression in her work for the Westchester Symphony Orchestra. As president from 1998 until 2001 she directed all operations of the (now defunct) professional orchestra. She also was chairman of Carnegie Hall’s Link Up committee responsible for organizing and funding children’s music instruction in New York City public schools.

“Sharon will be sorely missed by her family, friends and the community,” said former mayor Carolyn Stevens. “She was smart and thoughtful and had a wonderful wry wit. She did everything with grace … On the village board together and later when I was mayor I counted on her wisdom and collaboration and her sense of humor. She was selfless and cared deeply about this community. She was always willing to take on the difficult tasks and was always mindful of process and worked hard to serve her community well. I have also had the pleasure to be on the Board of the Westchester County League of Women Voters where she served the county with the same dedication and leadership skills.”

Mrs. Lindsay was born Sharon Winnett in Queens on April 10, 1949.

She married George Lindsay in 1973 and the couple, who lived on Mamaroneck Road, raised two children, a son, William, and a daughter, Kimberly.

In addition to her husband of Scarsdale, she leaves her son of Venice, Calif., daughter and son-in-law Ira Friedman of Brooklyn, who are expecting their first child in a couple of weeks.

The family will receive friends and family at the Bennett Funeral Home at 824 Scarsdale Ave. from 1 to 4 p.m. today, Friday, May 23. A private service will be held afterward for the family. In lieu of flowers, the Lindsay family requests that memorial gifts be directed to Fordham University, Office of Development and University Relations, 888 Seventh Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10019, Attn: Stewardship. Donors are requested to note that gifts are made in the memory of Sharon Lindsay.

“She was quite a gal,” her husband told the Inquirer. “I was really proud of her and I hope the village was too.”

Perry Stamas

Perry Stamas of Stratford, Conn., a retired teacher in the Scarsdale school system, died May 8 in Griffin Hospital. He was 83.

Born in East Orange, N.J., to the late Spyridon and Demetra (Eliopoulis) Stamatiadis, he received his bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College and his master’s degree from Columbia University.

Mr. Stamas was a fifth-grade science teacher at Quaker Ridge Elementary School, joining the faculty in the 1965-66 school year. In 1977 he was assigned to Edgewood Elementary School, from which he retired in 1991.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betsy Soteropoulos Stamas; his children, Marc Stamas of New York, Helen Smaldone of Fairfield, Conn.; two grandsons Hunter and Christopher Smaldone; their father Jamie Smaldone of Fairfield, Conn.; brother Gus Stamas and his wife Fran of Charlotte, N.C.; and 12 nieces and nephews.

Mr. Stamas was predeceased by two brothers, Tony and Chris Stamas, and his sister Rita Gaze.

Mr. Stamas was a man of God, his family said, and loved his family and his students.

Private funeral services took place on May 12 in Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Bridgeport, Conn. The Adzima Funeral Home, 50 Paradise Green Place, Stratford, Conn., was in charge of the arrangements. For more information or to make an online condolence, visit

Lynette A. Robinson

Lynette A. Robinson died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 81.

Born April 15, 1933, in Rochester, N.Y., she and her family moved to Scarsdale in 1967. She was married to Jack Robinson, who predeceased her in 2007. Mrs. Robinson was the executive director of the Society for Motion Picture & Television Engineers for many years and traveled extensively. She was involved in the Scarsdale Community Baptist Church, loved playing bridge, doing crossword puzzles, eating chocolate and smoking an occasional cigar.

She is survived by her three children: Lisbeth, Kathryn and Douglas, their spouses and significant others: Dave, Bill and Alexandra; grandchildren Molly, Pat, Josh, Nicole, Jack and Zachary; great-grandchildren Jeb, Ivy, Maizey, Ella, McKenna and Griffin; stepchildren Andrew and Susan. She also leaves her caretaker Wendy who kept her alive and well for so long.

Funeral services will be held at Scarsdale Community Baptist Church at 1 p.m., Friday, May 16.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Scarsdale Community Baptist Church, 51 Popham Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583, or the Alzheimer’s  Association National Office, 225 North Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

Joan Fenrow

Joan Fenrow, a longtime art teacher in Hartsdale, died May 1 at her home in Hampden, Maine. She was 79. According to an article in the Bangor Daily News last spring about Ms. Fenrow and her artistic life, she had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

From 1979 to 2008, Ms. Fenrow, who helped her students grow up and shaped their aesthetic sensibilities, taught art classes at RAD in Hartsdale. She was an inspiring teacher to several generations of girls from Scarsdale High School who took her classes.

After moving to Maine with Lynda Marvin, her partner of 47 years, Ms. Fenrow continued to work and teach art classes from her studio in Hampden.

She was born in New York, N.Y., and attended the School of Art and Design. She also studied with Nicolai Abracheff of New York. She turned her focus to studio art after an early career as a modern dancer with the Martha Graham Co. and as a theater actor, director and drama coach, as well as in advertising.

The Bangor article related how Ms. Fenrow moved to Israel in her 20s and joined the army. Ms. Fenrow said the American consulate caught up with her and asked her to leave the country, but not before she learned to handle firearms and toss a grenade.

From a first prize for a still life in 1958 in Ogunquit, Maine, to the Prix de Paris in France in 1966 at the Galleries Raymond Duncan in Paris, Ms. Fenrow’s work was “inspired by life,” according to her website. “Whether it be death, experience, inspiration, or whimsy, Joan Fenrow captures this through her use of light and dark and the expressions which her characters portray.”

She had numerous group exhibitions and one-man shows and her work has been displayed in art galleries and private collections in the United States, Europe, India and Israel.

Former student Linda Sinvani, a candidate at Bezalal Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, who also studied art in Florence and taught art in a high school in Crema, Italy, said, “Joan was an incredibly special person and an amazing teacher. I learned with her every week from about age 8 to 18. Although I started younger than most of her other students, she allowed me to be part of the “big kids” class with her, giving me a much needed breather from other kids in my grade. She always took her students and our artwork seriously, no matter what our age or skill level. All of my best artwork was done under her guidance. She helped me develop my art portfolio to apply to colleges, she helped me pick out my first oil paint set, and she taught me the wonders of watercolor paints (but only once I was ready).

“Art class with Joan was wonderful and unique from any other art education experience I have ever had. Instead of telling us what to do, we chose our own subjects and she guided us, working one on one with each student while bouncing around the class and telling us stories about her daily swimming and her travels in India. She created an open environment where we all felt free to focus on our art, experiment with our pieces, and even talk to other people in the class that we might not have had the chance to within the confines of school. She gave me confidence in myself and my sense of color.
“Joan made art an inherent part of my life. Thanks to her, I see art as a way of touching other people's lives and understanding the world around me. This is something that has always stayed with me.”

In addition to Ms. Marvin, Ms. Fenrow is survived by her nephews, Alan Ziaman of Mamaroneck, Eric Ziaman and his wife Karen of Williamsburg, Va., scores of friends and extended family.
Donations in Ms. Fenrow’s memory may be made to Eastern Maine Medical Center CancerCare or to Hospice of Eastern Maine.

George Moses Knebel Jr.

George Moses Knebel Jr. died April 28. He was 83.

Born in Venezuela, he was a son of the late George Moses Knebel Sr. and Carolyn G. Knebel. He spent the first 10 years of his life at an American Oil Camp in Venezuela, where his father was a geologist and exploration manager. Once back in the Sates, Mr. Knebel graduated from Scarsdale High School. He received a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Wharton School of Business. Mr. Knebel served in the U.S. Army after college in the 101st Airborne Division in Germany. He then went to New York City and White Plains. He was promoted to systems engineering manager and spent many years in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Atlanta, Ga.

Mr. Knebel was dedicated to serving his community and his church. In Scarsdale, he became a Mason, the order in which he was a lifelong member. In Chattanooga, he was an active Civitan and received the “Man of the Year” award and served as an officer of the group for many years. A devout Episcopalian, Mr. Knebel served as a Junior and Senior Warden, and on the vestry at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Lookout Mountain, Tenn. He also was an active member of St. Martin’s In the Fields, in Dunwoody, Ga. In Columbia, S.C., he joined Trinity Cathedral and regularly attended services at the Chapel at Still Hopes.

Mr. Knebel is most remembered for his qualities of honesty, kindness and generosity, his family said. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his sister, Betty Kahle (Loren) of Austin, Texas; his daughter, Carolyn Green (Win) of Blythewood, S.C.; his son, Craig Knebel (Jennifer) of Darien, Conn.; his grandchildren, Bill, Meghan and Tanner Green of Blythewood, S.C.; and Emily, Laura, Nicholas and Bradley Knebel of Darien, Conn. He is also survived by his dear friend Jane Berry of West Columbia, S.C. He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Jane Ann H. Knebel.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Still Hopes in Columbia, S.C., with reception to follow. The burial will be private. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the American Chestnut Foundation at An online guestbook is available at

Raymond Orteig

Raymond Orteig died May 4 at the age of 50.

He was born on Feb. 11, 1964, to Elizabeth and George Orteig in Scarsdale.

“Raymo” graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1982, was the varsity football team manager and was admired by all his teammates, his family said. He was an accomplished bowler, swimmer and a passionate Dallas Cowboys fan.

Mr. Orteig is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Murphy Orteig, his sisters, Elise Hunnicutt and Celeste Russell, as well as his brother George. “Everyone who knew him felt blessed to have him in their life. He carried joy, warmth and a loving heart every place he traveled. His mind is at ease and his soul is at rest,” his family said.

A memorial mass was held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Thursday, May 8.

William J. Tierney

William J. Tierney of Bronxville, Southampton and formerly of Scarsdale died of a sudden heart attack on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, just shy of his 69th birthday. He was born to the late William C. and Helen Genevieve Tierney on March 22, 1945, and was raised in Flushing, N.Y.

Mr. Tierney graduated from Holy Cross High School in 1963 and Iona College in 1967. He received an M.B.A. from George Washington University and a law degree from Fordham University. He married Barbara Kelly in 1969 and they recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary snorkeling in the Caribbean and crossing the Panama Canal.

Mr. Tierney is also survived by his daughters, Sarah Tierney Wisnieski of Arlington, Va., and Lauren Tierney of New York City, as well as his son-in-law George Wisnieski, and his granddaughter, Genevieve. He is also survived by his sister, Sheila Villani and her family.

In his 31-year career at Texaco Inc., Mr. Tierney held many executive positions both in the U.S. and internationally including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe. At retirement, he was vice president of global gas and power in the Harrison headquarters. His Texaco experiences enriched his family, affording the opportunity to develop many lasting friendships, his family said. He enjoyed participating in community activities including serving on the boards of the Bronxville Community Fund and Friends of the Scarsdale Library as well as coaching T-ball in The Hague and girls’ tennis in London and Scarsdale.

After his retirement in 1999 he taught business classes at Westchester Community College and Iona College and pursued his many passions including seascape painting, oyster farming and cooking. As a competitive golfer and links course specialist, he led many tours to the British Isles and Ireland. The icing on the cake of his retirement was the joy of his granddaughter, Genevieve, named for his mother, his family said.

A funeral service was held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scarsdale on March 22, his 69th birthday. In their eulogy his daughters Sarah and Lauren spoke of their father’s many talents, expressing gratitude for his unconditional love and devotion. A reception celebrating Mr. Tierney’s life was hosted by his friends at Scarsdale Golf Club where the St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Open was renamed the Bill Tierney Shamrock Open.

Donations in memory of Mr. Tierney can be made to the Group for the East End which shares his interest in marine conservation and education.

Catherine Ann Timoney

Catherine Ann Timoney, a resident of Scarsdale for over 40 years, died on April 30. She was 79.

Mrs. Timoney was born on Nov. 5, 1934, in Flushing, N.Y., to the late John and Catherine (Halleran) King. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from the College of New Rochelle and in 1960 married James P. Timoney, who predeceased her in 1985.

Mrs. Timoney was a longtime active volunteer at White Plains Hospital. She is survived by her five children, Mary Catherine (Frank) Strauch, Nancy (Sam) Fedele, James (Kimiko) Timoney, John (Sonia) Timoney, Daniel (Nancy) Timoney, her sister Jane King, and seven grandchildren. She was predeceased by her siblings John King, Clare Scanlon and Patricia Fitzgerald.
Visitation will be on Sunday, May 4 from 4-8 p.m. at Bennett Funeral Home, 824 Scarsdale Ave. A funeral mass will be on Monday, May 5, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

Harriet Boyd Sedgwick

Harriet Boyd Sedgwick died peacefully April 16 surrounded by family and friends at the Sarah Neuman Nursing Home in Mamaroneck. She was 97.

She was born in Cambridge, Mass., on June 27, 1916, daughter of Frances Boyd and Sarah Lyles. She was a 1938 graduate of Vassar College and married James Sedgwick in 1944. He died in 1971 from complications from his tour of duty in the South Pacific during World War ll.

Mrs. Sedgwick is survived by their four children: Aileen, David, James and Sarah, two grandchildren: James and Zachary, several nieces, and nephews.

Mrs. Sedgwick worked briefly at the Massachusetts General Hospital and at the Atlantic Monthly before she married. She moved to Gaylor Road in Scarsdale where she raised her family and volunteered at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and Children's Village in Dobbs Ferry. She was a scout troop leader, taught sewing at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and was a member of the Village Squares quilting group. Her work in social ministry helped to establish the Bread Table and Sewing Circles at I.H.M. that remain active today. She was a vibrant member of the community well into her 80s.

She is fondly remembered by those that knew her for her charming sense of humor, tireless support, and passion for helping people in need, her family said. The family requests that donations be made to the Children's Village in her memory. A funeral Mass was held April 21 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scarsdale.

Barbara M. Rovit

Barbara M. Rovit died peacefully on April 13. She was 85.

She was born Aug. 26, 1928, in Boston, Mass., the daughter of Joseph and Ruth Margolis. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and lived in Boston, Mass., Wynnewood, Pa., and Scarsdale.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Dr. Richard L. Rovit. She is also survived by her three children, Hugh (Alice), Adam, and Sandra (Peter) Golze; six grandchildren, Elizabeth, Sarah and Andrew Rovit, Julina Coupland, and Benjamin and Michael Golze; and two great-grandchildren, Sasha and Miri Coupland. She is also survived by her sister Ellyn (James Stewart) Polshek.

Services were private. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Barbara M. Rovit Memorial Fund, Sarah Neuman Center, 845 Palmer Ave., Mamaroneck, NY 10543.

Karl Erik Peterson

Karl Erik Peterson, 29, of Scarsdale, died in the early morning hours of April 9 after jumping from the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Born May 23, 1984, Mr. Peterson, known as Erik, was the son of Lyn Peterson and Karl Friberg of Park Road. He was the brother of Anne-Marie, Kris and P.F. Peterson.

A 2002 Scarsdale High School graduate who attended Syracuse University where he studied design, Mr. Peterson was the art director at Motif designs in Mamaroneck, his parents’ furniture and home design firm.

He was also a talented designer, sculptor, painter and musician. He was lyricist and lead vocalist in a number of bands. His first band, Rothko, performed at small venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The band also helped to raise money for those displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

He was christened “Erikino” by his longtime nanny Carmen, who has been part of the family for decades. Erikino became his nickname, his email address, his brand name and alter ego. His most recent band was Vogue Fantasy.

Mr. Peterson had a keen sense of design and loved finding old objects to work into his interiors. He also had a tender heart. Once, while conducting a search on Craigslist, he came across a listing for a free dog. He adopted the dog, a huge Great Pyrenees mix he named Goliath and loved tremendously.

Mr. Peterson was also an avid skier who loved his family’s trips to ski in Deer Valley, Utah. His sister Anne-Marie recalled a “wonderful” family vacation in February to Park City.

“He was the sweetest, gentlest person I knew,” Ms. Peterson said. “I have two girls. My oldest one loved playing music with him. He opened up for them and he was always available for them.”

His friend Andrew Lichtenberg said, “Growing up with Erik was always exciting. He had an energy that attracted people to him. They could tell, even from afar, that he was an intensely creative and passionate person worth knowing. He pursued his passions, from music and art to skateboarding and skiing, with impressive vigor. Those of us close to Erik witnessed his passion regularly. His family's home was like a second home to us. Following Erik's lead, we felt comfortable exploring ourselves there. We could nearly simultaneously be rebellious teenagers playing music in his attic and suburban kids barbecuing with his family. Growing up with Erik shaped who I am today. I am proud I knew him. While Erik was passionate, he also had a great sense of humor.”

“He has left a hole in our hearts and lives and a void that will never be filled,” his family said.

Donations in Mr. Peterson’s memory may be made to JDRF juvenile diabetes research. He was diagnosed with the disease at age 9. Alternatively, donations may be made to the Dave Nee Foundation. The foundation seeks to eliminate the stigma associated with depression and suicide by promoting and encouraging the diagnosis and treatment of depression among young adults. Checks can be mailed to Dave Nee Foundation, c/o Rachael Barrett, 9412 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11209. Donations can also be made online at <> .
A service for Mr. Peterson will be held at the family home this weekend. For information, contact Anne-Marie Peterson at

Leda Ann Kahn

Longtime Scarsdale resident Leda Ann Kahn died March 14 in Brookfield, Conn. She was 99.

Born in Dubuque, Iowa, on March 1, 1915, to Frank and Marguerite Huelsman, she graduated from Dubuque High School in 1933 and went on to study ballet with Hazel Sharp at the Chicago Ballet Co.

In 1939, while dancing in Caracas, Venezuela, she met Peter Kahn who would become her husband. They were married in 1940 and went on to have three daughters, Alexandra (McBrien), Petrina (Ulme) and Gretchen (Espe). They raised their children on Greenacres Avenue and Mrs. Kahn was a devoted mother to all three. Leda and Peter were married for 61 years until Mr. Kahn died in 2001.

Mrs. Kahn was enormously talented and she quilted and sewed beautifully, her family said. Not only did she make elaborate clothing for her children and grandchildren but her hand-stitched quilts were frequent prizewinners at local quilt shows. She enjoyed spending time with fellow quilters and doll collectors and was a longstanding member of both a quilting and a doll club filled with close and loving friends. She was a fabulous cook and a gifted gardener. She and her husband enjoyed spending summers at their working farm in Fishkill, N.Y.

Mrs. Kahn is survived by her daughters; five grandchildren, Travis McBrien, Duane, Brittany and Forrest Berkey, and Keeta and Seth Espe; and four great-grandchildren, Jenna Link, Nicholas Berkey, and Oliver and Violet Espe.

Allan D.R. Stern

Allan D.R. Stern died peacefully in his Scarsdale home on March 23. He was 81.

His memory will be treasured by his wife Beth, their three adult children Douglas, Michael and Trish as well as seven grandchildren, Gregory, Sarah, Katie, Avery, Julia, Kyle and Matthew, his family said. Mr. Stern died as he lived with a deep love for his family, a dry sense of humor and a never-give-up attitude.

Born on April 10, 1932, in New York City to David and Marion Stern, Mr. Stern graduated from the Collegiate School and attended Lafayette College as well as Columbia University. His early work years included the advertising industry, a financial services career at Coleman and Co. and Bankers Trust. His experiences ultimately culminated in a 38-year career at Haskell & Stern Associates, a New York-based executive recruiting firm he founded and successfully built into an industry recognized organization. In addition, he served on the boards of International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters as well as the Alzheimer’s Association.

Mr. Stern loved golf and could often be found on one of his favorite courses, Century Country Club, where he served on the Board of Governors and as president from 1996 to 1999.

John Lodge Gillespie

John Lodge Gillespie, 81, died peacefully Wednesday, March 19, at St. Andrews Village in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. He was 81.

He was born June 9, 1932, in Worcester, Mass., the son of John and Elinor (Lodge) Gillespie. He graduated from Choate in 1950 and attended Dartmouth College, graduating in the class of 1954. After serving in Germany as a captain in the United States Air Force, he returned to attend Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and graduated with a B.S. in hotel administration in 1962.

On Oct. 19, 1963, he married Sandra Hamill Barnes in Lake Forest, Ill., and their first home was the Ambassador East Hotel in Chicago. After being hired by Needham & Grohmann, an advertising agency specializing in hotel, resort and travel advertising in New York City, the Gillespies relocated to Bronxville and then Scarsdale. He was one of the original “Mad Men,” working in Manhattan at the height of the era of the three-martini, expense account lunch. He knew how to live life to its fullest, indulging in travel, food, drink, his friends and family with great exuberance.

He was known for his love of Dartmouth College, service to his class of 1954, and in particular for organizing and hosting the class’s spectacular reunions. He was particularly proud of receiving the college’s Dartmouth Alumni Award in 1986. In 1987 Dartmouth College once again recognized his value and service to the college by hiring him as director of the Dartmouth College Parents’ Fund and he and Mrs. Gillespie happily moved to Hanover, N.H. He retired from Dartmouth College in 2000 and they retired to Boothbay Harbor, Maine, which he often described lovingly as a “rural fishing village.”

He was a camper and counselor alumnus of Camp Lanakila in Fairlee, Vt., and served as a trustee on the board of the Aloha Foundation. He served as an overseer of the Hanover Inn at Dartmouth College.

In retirement he continued his lifelong love of trains by becoming an Amtrak Ambassador, riding the Downeaster between Portland, Maine and Boston, Mass., assisting travelers and sharing information about the train and the charms of its destinations.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years; his daughter Laura Langdon Gillespie of Etna, N.H.; his son, John Lodge Gillespie Jr. and his wife, Anne Sarah Rubin of Bethesda, Md.; niece Jennifer Clarice Barnes of Chicago, Ill.; three grandsons, Ethan Barnes Demarest, Jack Hamill Gillespie and Lucas Nathaniel Gillespie. He was predeceased by his sister, Nancy (Gillespie) Goodhue.

Condolences may be expressed to the Gillespie family in an online guestbook at Simmons, Harrington and Hall,  HYPERLINK "" \t "_blank" No funeral services are planned, but a memorial service will take place this summer in Hanover, N.H.

Memorial contributions may be made to Dartmouth College Class of 1954, or to The Aloha Foundation, 2968 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, VT 05045.

Regina McClellan Sciarra

Regina McClellan, 70, of Scarsdale and Northampton, Massachusetts, died February 26 in Mt. Pleasant, New York of complications of cystic fibrosis.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of the late Camille Polizzi and Ephram Audley McClellan. After graduating from Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, New Jersey in 1962, she was certified as a medical secretary by the Essex College of Business in 1963. She attended Farleigh Dickenson University, and later graduated pre-medical from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York.

From 1966 to 1970, she worked for Dr. Ernest H. Wood at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, directing a National Institutes of Health research grant in cerebrovascular disease, thermography, and brain tumors, before directing the Neurological Perimetry Laboratory at the same hospital until 1973. She studied to become a court reporter at the Simmons School in New York and more recently worked as a Realtor for ERA Insite Realty Services in White Plains, New York.

She married the late Dr. Daniel Sciarra of Scarsdale in 1972, and they later divorced.

She was a devoted original member of Grace United Church of Northampton, MA and had previously attended College Church of Northampton, where she was involved in their GAP ministry program for the homeless. She was a talented gardener and gifted artist in many mediums. She loved animals and throughout her life rescued and cared for many cherished pets, including the three cats she leaves behind.

She leaves a daughter, Gina-Louise Sciarra of Northampton, a son-in-law, William Scher, two granddaughters she adored, Alazne Pax and Simone Vrai; a beloved sister Catherine, brother-in-law David and three nephews, David, Daniel and Joseph Houle of Merritt Island, Florida; as well as her many dear friends, including William and Barbara Scher of Scarsdale.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 22 at College Church, 58 Pomeroy Terrace, Northampton. All are welcome.

Thanks to her dear friends Evette and Jack Deltenre of Hartsdale, a Mass will be said for Regina on Wednesday, March 26 at 12:10 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 92 South Lexington Avenue, White Plains, New York.

Flowers may be sent to College Church by 3pm on Friday, March 21 or in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Grace United Church, P.O. Box 8, Northampton MA 01061 or to Westchester Medical Center Foundation to benefit the Armond V. Mascia, MD, Cystic Fibrosis Center, Suite 1400, 19 Bradhurst Avenue, Hawthorne, NY 10532.

David Cummings Donaldson Sr.

David Cummings Donaldson Sr. died Jan. 15 at his home in Orleans, Mass., “essentially from old age,” his family said. He was 92.

Mr. Donaldson was born on Sept. 26, 1921, on the North Fork of Powder River at the end of the Horn of the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming. He grew up between Mount Vernon, N.Y., and Buffalo, Wyo.

Earning a full scholarship to Dartmouth College, he graduated with a B.A. in 1943. He served in World War ll as a decoder for the CIA’s predecessor, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). After college and the war, he received an M.B.A. at the Amos Tuck School of Business before embarking on a more than 30-year career selling IBM main-frame computing solutions to large corporations. 

He and his wife, Anne Link Donaldson, raised their five sons in Scarsdale from 1953 to 1985, when they retired to Cape Cod.

He is survived by wife Anne; sons David Donaldson Jr., Henry Donaldson, Robert Donaldson, William Donaldson, and their spouses and partners (respectively) Patricia Reville, Erica Curtis, Carrie Fraser, Holly Donaldson; 10 grandchildren ranging in age from 12 to 30; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 26, at 11:30 a.m. on Cape Cod at the Federated Church of Orleans, HYPERLINK "" In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made online to or by calling (800) 228-1769; or to Operation Delta Dog, which rescues and trains shelter dogs to serve veterans. For memorial service and other info, visit and register  here.

Marianna Collins Tostanoski

Marianna Collins Tostanoski (Mickey), a 58-year resident of Scarsdale, died March 3. She was 87.

Born in Detroit, Mich., to John Timothy Collins and Dorothea Holmes, Mrs. Tostanoski moved to New York City when she was young. The family then moved to Bronxville, and Mrs. Tostanoski graduated from Bronxville High School in 1943, when she was just 16. She earned her B.A. from Barat College in 1947 and her J.D. from Fordham University Law School in 1950. She was admitted to the New York State Bar Association in 1950. It was in law school that she met Ed Tostanoski, her future husband. The couple was married on June 7, 1952. 

Mrs. Tostanoski was probably best known as a loyal supporter to her large family and even larger circle of friends. She was always “there” when needed, often before the friend even recognized the need, her family said. She was the “go to” gal for advice, bridge, theater, intellectual discourse and support. She was active in the Scarsdale community, donating her time to numerous groups including the Adoption Agency of Westchester, Catholic Charities, the Scarsdale Historical Society, the Westchester Food Pantry, HOPE Community and Meals on Wheels. She was also a longtime and active member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

Mrs. Tostanoski was predeceased by her husband, Edward Joseph Tostanoski. She is survived by her seven children, DeeDee Tostanoski of Alexandria, Va., Edward Tostanoski Jr. (Teresa) of Mount Kisco, Timothy Tostanoski (Maureen) of Danbury, Conn., Katie Frosinini (Riccardo) of Florence, Italy, Jean Tostanoski (Edward Higham) of Armonk, Nancy Tostanoski (Brian Hogan) of Scarsdale, and Patty Tostanoski of Suffern; her 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and her two brothers, Richard W. Collins of Vero Beach, Fla., and the Rev. Msgr. Timothy Collins of the Bronx.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 7 at Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Home, Scarsdale, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, March 8 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Scarsdale, at 10 a.m. followed by interment at Holy Mount Cemetery, Eastchester.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in her honor be made to either Pediatric Cancer Research, NYU Langone Medical Center, 550 First Ave., New York, NY 10016 or to Catholic Charities, 204 Hawthorne Ave. Yonkers, NY 10705.

Kathleen Gibbons Ellis

Kathleen Gibbons Ellis of Scarsdale died Feb. 24. She was 53.

She was the wife of Richard L. Ellis Jr., mother of Kimberly Lynn Ellis, daughter of Patricia and the late Joseph C. Gibbons, sister of Trish Gibbons Zapanta (Chris) and Maureen Gibbons Baker (Doug). She was the aunt of Christopher, Collin and Dominic Zapanta, and Stephanie and Matthew Baker, the niece of John and Lloyd Gibbons. She was the daughter-in-law of Richard L. Ellis Sr. and Edie Ellis, and Joysan Ellis, and sister-in-law of Carol and Elizabeth Ellis.

Private cremation took place. Contributions may be made to The Kathleen Ellis Memorial Fund, c/o of her daughter Kimberly's high school, Northwood School, 92 Northwood Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946. To sign the online guestbook, visit

Mary Ann E. Brady-Kelly

Mary Ann E. Brady-Kelly died peacefully in her home in Scarsdale, where she was born and grew up. She was 64.

Her degrees in art history and classical studies at New York University led her to a career at the Frick and Morgan libraries. She was most recently with Prudential Centennial Realty in Scarsdale.

Mrs. Brady-Kelly is survived by her husband, Robert James Brady, three step-children, her two brothers, Thomas and Paul Kelly, and step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Janet Fischer Sieck

Janet Fischer Sieck, an Edgemont resident for over 50 years, died on Jan. 29 at age 90.

Mrs. Sieck (Jan) was born Feb. 21, 1923 and grew up on Lynwood Road with her brother John Fischer (killed during World War II) and her parents, John Albert Fischer and Marguerite Allen Fischer. She graduated from Bronxville High School in 1941 and then graduated from the Katharine Gibbs School.

She married Carleton H. Sieck in 1943 and after the war they settled in Mr. Sieck’s hometown, Los Angeles, Calif. However in 1958, they returned to Edgemont to live in the same house that she had grown up in. She was fond of saying that when she enrolled her two boys in the Seely Place School, the same school that she had attended, her former second-grade teacher, now the principal, stated that “she knew that she should have retired!"

In subsequent years, Mrs. Sieck was secretary to the boys’ dean at Edgemont High School and then for many years the executive secretary to the Village Manager of Scarsdale.

In addition to her sense of humor, for which she was well known, Mrs. Sieck was active in the PTA and often volunteered at Grasslands Hospital.

Mrs. Sieck was an athlete for most of her life and she claimed that her proudest moment was being named captain of the boys’ football team in fifth grade. She was also an active tennis player and for many years she and her husband were members of and played at Fox Meadow Tennis Club in Scarsdale.

In 1989, the Siecks retired to Colorado to be near their younger son Bill and his family and after the death of Carleton in 2004, some years later she moved to New Jersey to be near her older son, John, and his family.

Mrs. Sieck was a huge animal lover, especially of dogs, which she claimed she liked better than people.

Mrs. Sieck is survived by her sons, John and his wife, Kathy, of Montclair, N.J., and Bill and his wife, Reny, of Gunnison, Colo., along with four grandchildren: Kyra, Alta, Barbara and Eric.

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Eda Newhouse

Volunteer dynamo Eda Newhouse is dead at 88

Eda Loeb Newhouse died Monday, Feb. 10, at age 88 after a short illness. Mrs. Newhouse spent much of her life committed to the enrichment and well-being of Scarsdale and Westchester County.

Mrs. Newhouse was a resident of Scarsdale for 61 years but she really never left her southern roots and Montgomery, Ala., upbringing. In Montgomery, her family was well known for founding the leading cotton merchant firm, Weil Brothers Cotton Inc., which was established in 1878. 

Mrs. Newhouse attended the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Mass., and Oberlin College, where she studied music. After graduating from college, she moved to New York City and taught piano for several years at the Diller–Quaile School of Music.

In the winter of 1947, she met the love of her life, Stanley Newhouse Jr., of Kansas City, Mo., at a party in New York City. They married in 1949 in Montgomery, Ala. In 1952, the Newhouses moved to Scarsdale where Mrs. Newhouse continued her professional career as a piano teacher at the Hoff-Barthelson Music School up until her first child was born in December of 1953.

Like many new residents, Mrs. Newhouse initially became involved in community affairs by joining the Parent Teacher Associations of the schools. In this capacity, she was on the boards of the Greenacres, Heathcote and middle and high school PTAs and PT Council from 1959-79. Within the schools she will be remembered for founding both the Scarsdale Recreation Program and the Scarsdale High School Recreation program for teens known as Asmodeus. Through her involvement with the PTAs she began to hone her organizational skills and ability to get others to see her vision and work with her to accomplish the many projects of these organizations.

Mrs. Newhouse will best be known for her sustained commitment to historic preservation, which was a focus of her life. For 28 years, she served as the president of the Scarsdale Historical Society. Combining her passion for history, experience as an educator and seemingly unlimited energy, Mrs. Newhouse, and her board of community leaders, helped steer the organization to a place of special prominence in the Scarsdale and broader Westchester County communities.

Under Mrs. Newhouse’s leadership the Scarsdale Historical Society restored and moved into the 1734 Cudner-Hyatt house and also acquired, moved and restored the 1828 Quaker Meeting House. However, she was most proud of the educational programs at the society, which at their peak were serving almost 7,000 students annually.

Bill Doescher of Scarsdale, who succeeded Mrs. Newhouse as president of the historical society in 2002, said, “She was responsible in many ways for preserving parts of Scarsdale’s heritage. Under her tutelage, the society celebrated many successes including the saving of two historical buildings — the 1828 Quaker Meeting House and the Cudner-Hyatt House. Mrs. Newhouse and her late husband, Stanley, were instrumental in the development and continuation for the society’s former annual fall foliage walk-and-run.”
Doescher recalled that former Scarsdale resident and 2003 Scarsdale Bowl winner Corky Thompson said, upon Mrs. Newhouse’s leaving, “Eda’s knowledge and dedication have been the backbone of the society for more than a quarter of a century. The society wouldn’t be where it is today without her. Eda is a legend in her own time. Her dedication is something we’ll never see again.”

Mrs. Newhouse expanded her Scarsdale community involvement by serving in a variety of leadership roles with the Town & Village Civic Club, Friends of Scarsdale Parks, Scarsdale Community Center, Scarsdale Conservation Council, Scarsdale League of Women Voters, Citizens Nominating Committee, Scarsdale Woman’s Club and the Scarsdale Council for the Arts.

Beyond Scarsdale, Mrs. Newhouse served on the boards of the Westchester Community Foundation, the Westchester Arts Council, the Council of Women’s College Clubs of Westchester, the Oberlin College Club and the Women’s Enterprise Development Committee. She was also committed to advancing Jewish causes and was the founding board member of the American Jewish Committee’s Westchester chapter. She was also on the women’s board of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies.

In recognition of her many years of community service, Mrs. Newhouse was presented with the Scarsdale Bowl Award in 2000. The Scarsdale Bowl Award is the highest honor bestowed on a Scarsdale resident in recognition of his or her voluntary public service in the community.

Her friend and former Scarsdale Historical Society Board member Barbara MacDonald said, “I never met anyone with as much energy or who was as organized as she was.”

Outside of community affairs, Mrs. Newhouse always loved music and was recognized by the New York Philharmonic as its oldest continual season ticket holder. She was also a passionate bridge player, having achieved the level of silver life master through competitive tournament play. She was a consummate gardener and took great pride in showing her extensive gardens and in competing in various flower shows. She was a member of the Sunningdale Country Club for over 50 years, where she was an avid golfer, and a member of the club’s bridge and bowling teams and a great enjoyer of the club’s social life.

Lastly, she was a fan, and with her husband, a longtime season ticket holder of the New York Giants football team. She complained only days before her death that they had a disappointing and unsuccessful season in 2013, but she expected them to do better next year, her family said.

Mrs. Newhouse was predeceased by her husband, her parents Helen Weil Loeb and Lucien S. Loeb, and her brother James Loeb. She is survived by her sister Kathryn Loeb Wiener of Jackson, Miss., her sister-in-law Joan Byck Loeb of Montgomery, Ala., her son Douglas L. Newhouse and his wife, Holly M. Bannister, M.D. of Weston, Conn., her son James L. Newhouse and his wife, Stephanie Kelly Newhouse of Bedford, and three grandchildren, Olivia Newhouse, Robert “Nick” Newhouse and Alexa Newhouse. Numerous nieces and nephews with whom she was very close also survive her.

Visitation will be at Congregation Kol Ami, 252 Soundview Ave., White Plains, Friday, Feb. 21 starting at 10 a.m. There will be a memorial service beginning at 11 a.m. and a lunch reception immediately following the service at the home of Eda Newhouse, 10 Morris Lane, Scarsdale.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to: The Fund for Westchester’s Future, Westchester Community Foundation, 200 N. Central Park Ave., Suite 310, Hartsdale, NY 10530.

Dale Michael Cihi
Dale Cihi of Norwalk, Conn., died unexpectedly on Feb. 2, at the age of 60.  
Born Jan. 11, 1954, the son of Robert Cihi and Nancy Reith, he was the second of four sons. Mr. Cihi was a clever kid, full of energy and always up to something: an entertainer, an inventor, a camp counselor, a Boy Scout. His childhood was full of pyrotechnics, music, pets and sophisticated practical jokes. In many ways, Mr. Cihi was Peter Pan — he never grew up, his family said.

Mr. Cihi graduated from Edgemont High School in 1972 and pursued his artistic passions at SUNY Purchase, where he earned a B.F.A. in film in 1977. There he met Kathy Whitten, his “ballerina” of Larchmont. On a rainy summer afternoon in 1981, Dale and Kathy were married. The following year, they settled in Norwalk, Conn., in a cobbler’s house from the 1700s that became their home for more than 30 years.

In 1985, their son Justin Charles was born. Krysta Carroll, Mr. Cihi’s “Goose,” followed in 1988. He gave them stories. He gave them their sense of humor. He gave them infinite love, his family said.

Mr. Cihi’s creative enthusiasm drove his life, from his independent films (including the renowned “Big Duck”) to the start of his career working on IMAX films for Francis Thompson to numerous other freelance endeavors.

In 1983, he founded Videofilm Systems Inc., a company that evolved over the course of his career. He was a skillful master of adapting to new developments in virtually all technical aspects of film and video production. His most recent niche was in large-screen projection, monitor and LED wall installations. He was also responsible for the creation of STAGE 18, Norwalk’s only film and video sound stage for more than 20 years.

His projects took him all over the world to collaborate with leading designers and television networks. His work can be seen at “ABC World News,” “NBC Nightly News,” “CBS This Morning,” “The View,” “The Chew,” “The Colbert Report” and CNN, as well as in studios in Africa, Egypt and Canada. 

Mr. Cihi was a thrill seeker. He was at home on the water, whether diving 100 feet under the ocean, jumping waves on his jet ski, or kayaking on the lake behind his office. He loved animals, from his guinea pig Wiggles to his “faithful hound,” Kelly. Mr. Cihi sang his way through life; his day wasn’t complete without his favorite Broadway show tunes.

He generously contributed his time and expertise to many local organizations. For a theater production at Greens Farms Academy, where his children attended school, he made Peter Pan “fly.” No challenge was too great and there was nothing he couldn’t fix with a little gaffer tape and Velcro. At any holiday or family gathering, fireworks was a given. He made magic happen for others.

“Dale was a one-of-a-kind human being and crammed the energy of countless lifetimes into one extraordinary 60-year adventure, filled with family, friends, laughter and fun. He was bigger than life and his spirit will live on. He will be greatly missed,” said his family.

Mr. Cihi is survived by his wife Kathy and children Justin and Krysta; parents, Robert Cihi and Nancy Reith; brothers, Guy and wife Keiko, Kurt and wife Helen; aunt Jill Maguire; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. His older brother Rob predeceased him.

A celebration of his life will take place Saturday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m., at Christ & Holy Trinity Church in Westport, with a reception to follow.
Donations in his memory may be made to the National Symphony Orchestra (contact  HYPERLINK "" To leave an online condolence, go to

Rodman J. Zilenziger

Rodman J. Zilenziger, a former longtime resident of Scarsdale and Vero Beach, Fla., died Feb. 2. He was 85.

Born Oct. 10, 1928, in Philadelphia, Pa., his family settled in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. Mr. Zilenziger was a graduate of Pennsylvania Military College (PMC) and served as a first lieutenant in the Korean War in the 2nd infantry regiment, receiving the Bronze Star. 

Mr. Zilenziger was the founder and past president of Rodman Publishing Corp., a business-to-business trade magazine publishing corporation located in Ramsey, N.J.

Mr. Zilenziger married Roxane Shugart Zilenziger who died in 2010. They were married for 53 years. They held memberships in the Fox Meadow Tennis Club, the Shenorock Shore Club of Rye, as well as the Moorings Club of Vero Beach where they enjoyed playing tennis, platform tennis and golf. 

Mr. Zilenziger was a member of the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church and was a volunteer fireman in Scarsdale for many years.

He is survived by his three children, Gaye Geiger (Scott), of New Canaan, Conn., Susan Maier (Rich) of Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., and Rodman Zilenziger Jr. (Jennifer) also of Ho-Ho-Kus; and 11 grandchildren, Daniel, Sarah, Caitlin, Taylor, Rodman, Lindsay, Kevin, James, Claire, Katherine and Anna. A private service is to be held at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the National Parkinson's Foundation.

William F. Koegel

William F. Koegel, a resident of Somers and Vero Beach, Fla., died Feb. 3 in Florida. He was 90. After seven years living outside of Chicago (long enough to become a lifelong Cubs fan), he grew up in Bronxville and attended Williams College in the class of 1944 (but actually graduated in September 1946 due to service in the First Army of the United States in Europe in the Second World War). After graduating from the University of Virginia Law School in 1949, he joined the New York law firm of Dwight, Royall, Harris, Koegel & Caskey, where he spent his entire professional life, retiring in 1989 as a senior partner and head of the litigation department (the firm then being known as Rogers & Wells).

From 1952 to 2007 he lived in Scarsdale where he was active in a range of civic affairs. In 1946 he married Barbara Bixler, whom he had met in 1941 while she was attending Smith College. She died in 1968. In 1969 he married Ruth Swan Boynton, who died in 1983. In 1984 he married Irene Lawrence, who survives him.

Also surviving him are: his older sister, Ruth Macreery; his two sons, John Koegel of New York City (and his wife Lesley) and Robert Koegel of Rochester, N.Y., (and his wife Mary); and six stepchildren: Whitney Boynton, Thomas Boynton, Barbara Hinman, Beverly Orser, Geoffrey Lawrence and Amelia Kelly. He is also survived by four grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, one great-step grandchild, and seven nieces and nephews. His generous, loving spirit will remain in the hearts of everyone who has been fortunate enough to know him, his family said.

A service will be held at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church, 6 Greenacres Ave., Saturday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. He will be interred with family members at the Amawalk Hill Cemetery in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

Albert Freije

Albert Freije died Jan. 31 of heart failure after a long illness. He was 91.

He lived in Wilmot Woods and his children attended Scarsdale grade schools.

He left Northeastern University in his senior year to volunteer for the Army during World War ll. He was a lieutenant and saw action in the Pacific.

Retired from New York Telephone Co. 28 years ago, he was active at the Church of St. James the Less and received an award there for outstanding service.

Mr. Freije is survived by wife Pat, daughter Elizabeth Mazzeo, and grandchildren Christian and Samantha Mazzeo and Christina Fales.

Burial took place Feb. 4 in the St. James the Less graveyard.

Frances Williams

Frances Williams died at home on Feb. 2 after battling the final stages of lung cancer for more than two years. She was 54. 

Ms. Williams was born in Bronxville on July 26, 1959, the daughter of Marshall Henry Williams Jr., M.D., and Mary Butler Williams. Dr. Williams was the longtime director of the Pulmonary Division and professor of medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. Mrs. Williams was mother to five children, of which Frances was the fourth.
Ms. Williams grew up in Scarsdale and graduated from Scarsdale High School. She studied fine art at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., and at Murray State University in Murray, Ky. In 1981, she moved to Bonnieville, Ky., and made her permanent home on a 240-acre farm, where she raised goats, ducks, geese, chickens, horses, sheep and purebred Anatolian shepherd dogs over the course of 34 years there. Ms. Williams was an avid environmentalist and land conservationist. She loved the writings of fellow Kentuckian Wendell Berry. She loved raising dogs and was passionate about animal welfare. 

She is survived by her four siblings, Dr. Stuart Williams of Montpelier, Vt., Pattie Williams of Colchester, Vt., Marshall Williams of Woonsocket, R.I., and Richard Williams of Barre, Vt. Ms. Williams is also survived by her son, Morgen Neagle of Burlington, Vt.; and her daughter, Dorothy Neagle, her husband, David Weinstein, and their daughter, Mae Weinstein, of Hastings-on-Hudson.

Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to Hosparus of Elizabethtown, Ky., or to the ASPCA. 

Philip A. Feiner

Philip A. Feiner, a 50-year resident of Scarsdale and father of Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner, died Jan. 9 after a long illness. He was 92.

Mr. Feiner was an accountant by profession and spent many hours in the last 22 years as a volunteer, a fiscal watchdog looking for ways to save taxpayer dollars, his son wrote on the Greenburgh town website.

“I want to make my father proud and every time I think of him (which will be many times a day) I will be inspired to make Greenburgh an even better place to live and work,” Paul Feiner wrote, returning to work after a period of mourning.

In 2012 Mr. Feiner was honored and inducted into the Westchester County Senior Citizen Hall of Fame.

At age 70, he retired from his family's garbage can manufacturing business in the Bronx. He was a graduate of St. John's University.

In addition to his son, Mr. Feiner is survived by his wife Sylvia, daughter Carrie Feiner Trenk of Scarsdale and several grandchildren.

A private family service was held.

“In lieu of flowers please do something nice for someone else or make a contribution to your favorite charity,” Paul Feiner said.

Anne Page Harmon

Anne Page Harmon died peacefully in the presence of her daughter, Paula Mery Harmon, on Jan. 20, in Northampton, Mass. She was in her 100th year.

Mrs. Harmon was born Aug. 11, 1914 in the barn of her family’s house on Park Road in Scarsdale. Construction of the house was not completed, and the family was living in the barn. Even at that time babies were typically born in hospitals, so home birth, let alone birth in a barn, was unusual.

Mrs. Harmon grew up on Park Road, the daughter of Albert and Rachel Page. Dr. Page was a surgeon and general practitioner, practicing at the nearby White Plain Hospital. His practice included what would now be considered primary care, general surgery with appendectomies, obstetrics with deliveries, orthopedics setting fractures, and ENT doing tonsillectomies. He made house calls by sleigh in the winter, proud of his excellent availability when other local doctors were having difficulty making their rounds in the unreliable automobiles of the day.

Mrs. Harmon spent her childhood in a farmlike setting on Park Road, with cows, chickens, sheep and horses. She and her sisters enjoyed riding their horses throughout much of the Scarsdale area, occasionally having their horses spooked by a car or a dog, to “run away,” cantering out of control back to Park Road. One destination was the blacksmith shop adjacent to the train station in Hartsdale.

Mrs. Harmon attended Scarsdale schools, first at Greenacres and then Scarsdale High School. She married Fred Harmon, a classmate in high school, after graduating from Mount Holyoke College. They had three children: John, Tom and Paula. Mrs. Harmon particularly enjoyed the scouts. John and Tom were Boy Scouts in Troop 3, which she supported enthusiastically. She became a leader in Girl Scouts, leading a troop even after her daughter Paula graduated from high school. She joined the leadership of the girl scouts as a “Bald Eagle” and was among the leaders who arranged for the construction of the Girl Scout House. The Scarsdale Chamber of Commerce honored her and co-leader Betty Taubert with their annual Community Service Leadership Award in the 1980s. 

Mrs. Harmon enjoyed summer vacations on Chappaquiddick in the 1950-1970s before the Kennedy accident made the island famous. The gathering of her sisters and their children in a large beach cabin made for memorable and wonderful times. Large family meals at a long table, blueberry picking, clamming, swimming and small boat sailing were all part of the adventure. Mrs. Harmon lost interest in Martha’s Vineyard as it became fashionable and lost its simple charm. But the family memories of good times on “Chappy” were so vivid that four of the nine cousins have lived there full time.

The Harmons maintained a residence at 15 Ardmore Road. Their always-productive vegetable garden was particularly noted for a bountiful harvest of tomatoes. After Mr. Harmon’s death in 2003, and a stroke she suffered shortly thereafter, Mrs. Harmon moved to Northampton, Mass., to an elder care facility, where her daughter Paula cared for her, until her death.  

Mrs. Harmon is survived by her children, John Harmon, of Baltimore, Md., Thomas Page Harmon of Albuquerque, N.M., and Paula Mery Harmon of North Hampton, as well as five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Interment will be at a later date at St. Joseph of Arimathea, Elmsford: details from John Harmon ( In lieu of flowers please donate to the Lathrop Home, 215 South St., Northampton, MA 01060.

Dr. Leila Joseph

Dr. Leila Joseph died suddenly Jan. 16. She was 66.

She was raised in Scarsdale, earned her bachelor's degree at Sarah Lawrence, her master's degree at Yale, and her doctorate at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Dr. Joseph worked as a teacher, editor, therapist, caregiver and a healer, and was a pillar in her community in Lincoln, Vt., her sons said.

She was buried in her family plot in Valhalla, and is survived by her sons Benjamin and Jacob and grandson Stephen Asher.

Donations in her name may be made to Sunray Meditation Society of Lincoln, Vt.

Dr. Stephen B. Kardon

Dr. Stephen B. Kardon of Scarsdale died Jan. 12 of cancer. He was 70.

He was the son of Annette Kardon and the late Leonard Kardon. 

A graduate of Dartmouth College and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he was a radiologist at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx for over 30 years and a longtime member of Young Israel of Scarsdale. He served as a major in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison and Belmont Country Club in Belmont, Mass.

He was the husband of Ellen (Kaplan) Kardon of Scarsdale and Weston, Mass. He was the father of David (Karen), Brian (Tali), and Aaron (Lisa), grandfather of Jason, Jeremy, Rivka and Alyssa; Yair, Noah and Alex; Louis, Maya and Shayna. He was the brother of Nancy (Joe) Peters, Peter (Dee Ella), and James (Nancy). He was predeceased by his late wife, Dr. Nataline (Berman) Kardon.

Energetic, witty and warm, Dr. Kardon enjoyed making puns, and he will be deeply missed, his family said.

Services were held Jan. 13 at Riverside Memorial Chapel in Mount Vernon.

Helen Peck

Helen Peck of Scarsdale died peacefully on Jan. 27. She was 101.

Born Helen Joffe on April 4, 1912, in Missouri, she was the second youngest of 10 children. She married Milton Peck in 1946, the love of her life until his death in 1994.

Mrs. Peck loved flowers, socializing and walking in Scarsdale Village where she knew everyone. She had a serious sweet tooth, loved Coca-Cola and Walter’s hotdogs, or frankfurters as she called them. She supported many causes over the years but was particularly dedicated to the Albert Einstein School of Medicine.

Above all she was dedicated to her family, they said: her three children, Joseph (deceased,) Robert (Paula) of Mamaroneck and Mary Ellen Rogers (Peter) of Scarsdale and New York City; her grandchildren, Micheala, Tain and Alex Kendrick (Scott); and her great-grandsons Cooper and Parker.

She was greatly loved and will be missed by all who knew her for her kindness, sharp wit and wonderful presence, her family said.

Edwin Shmerler

Edwin Shmerler, a 79-year resident of Scarsdale, died Jan. 13. He was 94.

Mr. Shmerler was born in Mount Vernon but moved to Scarsdale in 1935. He graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1938 and was responsible for a senior project in which his mural-sized black-and-white photographs hung above the blackboard in the biology classroom for the next 40 years.

He was a proud alumnus of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, class of 1942, where he was president of the Kappa Nu fraternity and a member of the golf team. A World War II veteran, Mr. Shmerler served in the Navy in the Solomon Islands.

He was a 70-year partner at Maxwell Shmerler & Co., the 100-year-old certified public accounting firm founded by his father, and a past president of Fairview Country Club, where he had been a member since 1936.

He is survived by his children, Andrew (Tina), Bill (Susan) and Cindy (Ford Levy); his grandchildren, Erica Nahmad, Bari Shmerler, Kristen Levy, Maxwell Levy and Harry Shmerler; two great-grandchildren, Owen and Maggie Nahmad; and his brother Walter (Hannah).

He was predeceased by his parents, Ethel and Maxwell, a brother Irving, sister Natalie and his wife of nearly 60 years, Paula Cohen Shmerler.

Helen Birmingham Keenan

Helen Birmingham Keenan, wife of the late Frank L. Keenan, died at her home at Indian River Estates, Vero Beach, Fla., on Jan. 8. She was 100.

She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Dec. 22, 1913, the daughter of Donald C. Birmingham and Helen (Brown) Birmingham. Her father, as his father before him, was president of the Hazlewood Savings and Trust Co. for many years. Mrs. Keenan attended Miss Simonson’s classes in Pittsburgh and graduated from the Winchester-Thurston School and from the Pennsylvania College for Women, now known as Chatham College.

She lived for many years in Scarsdale, where she served on a wide variety of volunteer organizations including the Red Cross, White Plains Hospital and the Scarsdale Woman’s Exchange. She was a member and past deacon of the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church, a member of the Board of Chatham College and a past officer of the Scarsdale Woman’s Club. She belonged to the Shenorock Shore Club in Rye. For several years, she was part of the public relations department at the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains.

In April 1982 she married Frank Keenan. In 1991 they moved to Vero Beach, Fla., where they were active in community affairs and in the Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Keenan enjoyed the theater, travel, entertaining and the world around her. She kept in touch with her many friends and was close to her large family. Mrs. Keenan had a sunny disposition, winsome personality, sparkling sense of humor and was a joy to be with, her family said. She was unfailingly gracious and generous in spirit. She was cherished by sisters, nieces and nephews, and will be everlastingly held in their memories, they said.

Mrs. Keenan was predeceased by her sisters, Barbara Birmingham of Hartford, Conn., and Suzanne Birmingham of Greensburg, Pa. She is survived by her two sisters, Nancy B. Jamison of Greensburg, Pa., and Margot Perot and her husband Ross, of Dallas, Texas. She is also survived by her cousin, Diane Mercer of Pittsburgh, Pa., as well as 13 nieces and nephews, and 25 grandnieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held today, Jan. 17, at 1:30 p.m., at Indian River Estates West, 2440 Citrus Blossom Circle, Sweetwater House, Vero Beach, Fla., arrangements under the direction of Cox-Gifford Funeral Home, Vero Beach. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Indian River Estates, where Mrs. Keenan was cared for during her final years.

Harry “Buddy” M. Williams Jr.

Harry Williams Jr., known to family and friends as “Buddy,” died on Jan. 11. He was 85.

Mr. Williams was born in Yonkers to Ruth and Harry Williams Sr. and had a sister, Shirley Williams McKenney, who predeceased him.

He was a lifelong resident of Scarsdale, attended high school at the Riverdale Country School and college at New York University. Mr. Williams spent from 1950-52 serving his country in the National Guard Air. Automobiles were an important part of Mr. Williams’s life, and he was known in the industry as he eventually took over the family’s Chevrolet dealership, Williams Chevrolet. He spent many years commuting from Scarsdale to Smithtown, N.Y., understanding that leading by example was the best way to show his employees that he cared about the business’s success. Mr. Williams retired and closed the business in Smithtown approximately 10 years ago; however, he still owns property in the area.

Mr. Williams is survived by his niece Allyson M. Florkowski, her husband John and their children, Jack and Meagan.

A service was held Jan. 15 at Ballard-Durand Funeral Home, 2 Maple Ave., White Plains. The family’s online guestbook may be viewed at!/Obituary. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital at

Patricia S. Wise

Patricia S. Wise died peacefully at her home in Scarsdale on Jan. 11. She was 87.

Born Dec. 1, 1926, Pat, as she was known, was the wife of the late Robert J. Wise, who died in 2001.

Mrs. Wise was retired from BOCES of New York State, and for many years she volunteered at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in New York City.  

Mrs. Wise is survived by brother James L. Sammet; daughter Margaret Rice; sons Fredric, Richard, William and Thomas; and seven grandchildren, Lindsay, Kelly, Sofie, Clara, Tatum, Elias and Arden.

Sheila Julia (Hanley) Cardinal

Sheila Julia (Hanley) Cardinal of Ridgefield, Conn., a longtime resident of Scarsdale, died Jan. 4 at Bethel Health Care in Bethel, Conn. She was 80. Mrs. Cardinal was born in New York, N.Y., on Dec. 14, 1933, a daughter of the late James and Anna (Collins) Hanley. She graduated from St. Nicholas of Tolentine High School in 1952 and attended Hunter College.
Her first job was with Milliken & Co. in New York. She subsequently worked for many years with Cleveland E. Van Wert Real Estate in Scarsdale before founding her own firm, Sheila Cardinal Real Estate, in 1984.

She lived for several years with her family in London, England.
She married James Cardinal in 1956 and they became residents of Scarsdale in 1962. Mrs. Cardinal was an active member of the Scarsdale Woman’s Club and the Factotums. She was an avid bridge player and a member of the original group that worked to start the Scarsdale Pool.

She was devoted to her husband and children, her family said. Her husband died in 2012.

She is survived by her sister, Sally (Hanley) McGrath of Madison, N.J., and her three children, Roger Cardinal of New York, N.Y., Valerie Cardinal Fry of Columbus, Ohio, and Kenneth Cardinal of Ridgefield, Conn.
A mass of Christian burial was celebrated Jan. 9 at St Anthony's Parish Church in Nanuet, N.Y.

Barbaralee Newquist

Barbaralee (Bolly) Newquist, a Westchester resident since 1940, died on Dec. 27. She was 88. A resident of White Plains, she had lived in Scarsdale from 1940 to 1994.

She was active in Scarsdale real estate from 1953 to 1965 and still held her New York state broker’s license when she died. She was a founding member of the Beat the Dow Club in 1994, an investment club for seniors, and was a current member of its board.

Her consuming lifelong interest, inherited from her father, was as a stock market technician. This occupied her time daily for 60 years researching, writing, trading and computerizing her work. In addition she formed and led three corporations involved in manufacturing and marketing products for which she held patents. She was an avid painter and architectural designer, leaving many such works behind including her former home in Scarsdale. An enthusiastic tennis player, she was a former member of the Scarsdale Golf Club where she headed the Junior Tennis Program, a member of the Shenorock Shore Club, and was currently active at Manursing Island Club in Rye. 

A direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson and other original founders of the country, she was a member of various genealogical organizations and a former board member of the Scarsdale DAR.

She married her first husband, who predeceased her, Don A. Crawford Jr., a World War II bomber pilot veteran, in 1945. She married Lester J. Newquist in 1965, an economist and partner of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., who also predeceased her.

She is survived by her son, Scott Crawford Newquist, his wife Aileen, two granddaughters, Peyton Elizabeth and Paige Anne all of Palm Beach, Fla., a sister Cecyl Bassett of Scarsdale, a step-granddaughter, Megan Wells Bettinger, and three step-great-grandchildren all of Denver, Colo.

A memorial service will be held at the Rye Presbyterian Church after the holidays at a time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Schepens Eye Research Institute, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, 20 Staniford Street, Boston, MA 02114.

Obituaries 2012-2013