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Obituaries 2012

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Irene Connelly McMahon, longtime resident of Bedford

Irene McMahon died suddenly on Monday, Dec. 17, in Somers Manor nursing home from respiratory complications. She was 85. A native New Yorker and the daughter of Alice and Joseph Connelly, Ms. McMahon was born and raised in the Inwood section of Manhattan.

Mrs. McMahon was a graduate of Cathedral H.S. in Manhattan, where she was an honor student. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in education from the Fordham University School of Education in 1949 and served as co-chair for her 10th and 15th reunion class events. After graduation, she was employed by the Federation of Department Stores as the buyer for children’s clothing and remained with the company until 1958.

She married Raymond J. McMahon, now deceased, in 1955, and they lived in Bronxville until they  moved to Bedford in the 1960s.

Mrs. McMahon was a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Bedford Village for many years, and had volunteered for the Katonah Community Center & Cancer Care.

She is survived by her daughter, Jean Marie McMahon of Bedford Village, and numerous nieces and nephews. Her brother, Joseph Connelly, is deceased.

A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m., at St . Patrick Church in Bedford Village.

Suzan G. Scherer

Suzan G. Scherer of North Salem died on Nov. 19 at age 61. Suzan was a retired special education teacher and had taught at the Hawthorne Cedar Knolls School district for most of her career. She is survived by her father, Arthur H. Scherer Jr., two sisters, Liz Ruediger and Joann Jacobson, and two brothers, JR Scherer and Bill Scherer.

A memorial service will be held at the Katonah Memorial House at 71 Bedford Road in Katonah on Sunday, Dec. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Doris Cakavell, longtime Pound Ridge employee

Doris Cakavell, age 77, of Pound Ridge died Saturday, Dec. 15 at Greenwich Hospital. Mrs. Cakavell was born Feb. 17, 1935, in New York City. She is the daughter of the late Alfred and Friedel (Hempel) Lachhein.

Doris held many positions for the Town of Pound Ridge during her 42-year career, most recently as town receptionist. She was a member of the St. Peter Lutheran Church of Norwalk, Conn.

Doris is survived by her husband George A. Cakavell, her daughters Leslie Dickert and Deborah (Makoto) Wray Kikuchi, her son Jonathan Dickert, her stepson Frank Dieter Cakavell, and her grandsons Robert and Christopher Wray.

The funeral service will be held at Clark Associates Funeral Home on Friday, Dec. 21, at 11 a.m. The interment will follow the service at the Pound Ridge Cemetery in Pound Ridge.

Anne Marie Murphy, 52, dies in school tragedy

Anne Marie Murphy, 52, a 14-year resident of Sandy Hook, Conn., formerly of Katonah, died Friday, Dec. 14 at the Sandy Hook school tragedy.

She was born July 25, 1960, in Mount Kisco, the daughter of Dr. Hugh and Alice McGowan of Katonah, and graduated from St. Mary’s School in Katonah, John F. Kennedy High School in Somers, and Southern Connecticut State University with a Master of Science degree in education.

Anne was employed by the Newtown Board of Education as a teacher at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

She will be remembered for her love of the arts, walks in the outdoors and, most importantly, her family.

Anne is survived by her devoted husband Michael; her loving children Kelly, Colleen, Paige and Thomas; her beloved parents Hugh and Alice McGowan of Katonah; and her siblings Mary Pat of Ridgefield, Conn., Alice of Newtown, Catherine of Katonah, Hugh of Pawling, Thomas of Somers and Peter of Troy.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, Dec. 20 at St. Mary of the Assumption in Katonah. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540;

Jane Claflin Baxter, former Katonah resident

Jane Claflin Baxter died Dec. 3, just two weeks short of her 91st birthday, of natural causes, in Gainesville, Fla. She was born Mary Jane Claflin in Chippewa Falls, Wis., on Dec. 14, 1921, to Billie and Doc Claflin. When Jane was 9 she settled with her parents in Barron, Wis., where she attended junior high and high school.

Jane graduated from Hamline College in Minneapolis with a two-year degree and then the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a Bachelor of Science in economics in 1943. She moved to Chicago, where she worked for IBM, and later volunteered for the American Red Cross in Hawaii during World War II. She returned to Chicago, worked again for IBM, and met and married Frederick Albert Baxter on Sept. 13, 1947.

The couple moved to the New York City area and eventually settled in Katonah, where they raised their three children. Jane was active in civic affairs, especially the Katonah Village Improvement Society, and served in several capacities at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Mount Kisco.

Jane decided to embark on a career in teaching children with developmental disabilities, and graduated from Danbury State College in 1971 with a masters degree in special education. She worked for ten years as a special education teacher for the New York State Board of Cooperative Education Services in the northern Westchester area.

In 1985, she and Fred became snowbirds, adding a home in Ocala, Fla. Upon retirement, Jane traveled extensively, played bridge and improved her golf game.

In 2004, she moved into the Oak Hammock continuing care retirement facility in Gainesville, where she maintained an active, engaged life, making many new friends. Jane was predeceased by her husband Fred in 1991. She is survived by her daughter Susan, sons Jeffrey and Jonathan, and grandchildren Lissa, Blythe, Charlotte, Allie, Jordan, Nicholas and Emilie.

Contributions in memory of Jane Baxter may be given to St. Marks Church of Mount Kisco, the University of Wisconsin, or a charity of your choice.

Memorial gatherings will be held on Dec. 15 at Oak Hammock in Gainesville, Fla., from 3 to 5 p.m., and at a time to be announced later in Mount Kisco.

Conny Ketting

Conny Ketting, born Jacoba Cornelia Petronella Helena Van Rossen, died on Nov. 30, age 87, from complications of a stroke last May. Mrs. Ketting was born Sept. 16, 1925, in Surabaya in the Netherlands East Indies, present day Indonesia. Her father, Cornelis Van Rossen, was a governor on the island of Java. After the outbreak of World War II, she suffered through several years in Japanese concentration camps.

In 1946, Conny left with her parents for the Netherlands. She obtained her teaching degree in The Hague and came to the United States in 1949 to continue her studies at Teachers College at  Columbia University. In 1950, she married Jaap Ketting, who predeceased her in April of this year. Shortly after getting married, they moved to their home in Bedford Hills, where they remained for 62 years.

Conny was a past member of the Bedford Hills Woman’s Club. She loved nature and the outdoors, proudly maintaining a large collection of well-stocked bird feeders in her yard.

Conny is survived by her son, Jaap Jan, of Princeton, N.J., and two grandchildren, Juliana and Conrad.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah. A private cremation was held.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Bedford Hills Historical Museum, P.O. Box 331, Bedford Hills, NY 10507.

Margaret Sinclaire, long-time Bedford resident

Margaret W. Sinclaire, 85, of Bedford, died on Nov. 24. Born 1927 in Rochester, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Rochester and went on to marry her husband, John Sinclaire, on May 24, 1952.

She lived most of her life in Bedford, where she raised her seven children and was a community volunteer for many organizations, including Saint Patrick’s CCD and Wainwright House in Rye. She had a great love for world travel, literature and history, and maintained a keen interest in learning throughout her life.

She is predeceased by her husband, John, and her son Robert. She is survived by her six children, Kathy, Anne, Elizabeth, Michael, Patricia and John Paul, as well as five grandchildren, Erica, Peter, John William, Emily and Matthew, and two great grandchildren, Colin and Lily. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick’s church in Bedford on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m., followed by interment at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks contribution be made to Wainwright House.

Care and services have been entrusted by the family to the Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home., 288 Main Street, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549; 914-666-4840;

Hank Blaney, local resident

Henry Joseph (Hank) Blaney, born on April 8, 1935, a Bedford resident, died on Nov. 19 after a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Hank, who was born in Jackson Heights, graduated from Manhattan College and New York University with advanced degrees. He was an electrical engineer whose career spanned several decades at Bell Labs, AT&T, Telephone/NEX and Verizon, where he was on the forefront of innovative telecommunications technology.

Hank particularly enjoyed Irish music and culture, and among the highlights of his life were his trips to Ireland to trace his family roots and visit relatives. He was also an avid photographer.

Hank’s faith also gave him great comfort. He was a longtime member of St. Patrick’s Parish in Bedford.

Hank was devoted to his family and, particularly later in his life, his grandchildren gave him great joy.

Beloved husband and father, he leaves behind his loving wife of 48 years, Kathleen; daughters Mary (Dozois) and Diana (Sabados); sons Henry, Daniel and Thomas; brothers John and Richard; sisters Arline (Pavlochik) and Margaret (Christy); grandchildren Kevin, Michael, Matthew, Daniel, Emmet, Ian, Ailish, Dylan and Kyle; and numerous extended family.

Friends may visit at Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Rd. in Katonah, on Friday, November 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1,  at 10 a.m., at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Bedford. Interment will follow at Mount St. Mary Cemetery in Flushing. The family is requesting donations to the Alzheimer’s Association at in lieu of flowers.

Marion D. McKenna, former Pound Ridger

Marion D. McKenna, 89, of Waterloo, Neb., formerly of Pound Ridge, died Friday, Nov. 16, at Life Care Center of Elkhorn, Neb. Marion was born on July 28, 1923, in Flushing. She was a graduate of Adelphi University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in English. Marion was the beloved wife of the late Arthur V. McKenna and the loving mother of Philip of Waterloo, Neb., and Stephen of Sausalito, Calif. She was the devoted grandmother of Greg, Brandy, Misty and Michael, and of great-granddaughter Ella Rose. Marion is preceded in death by her sister Helen Ivey of Franklin Square. Friends may call at Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Rd., Katonah, on Friday, Nov. 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. Internment and a graveside ceremony will follow at Pound Ridge Cemetery West Lane, Pound Ridge.

Flora Fontana, lifelong Bedford Hills resident

Flora M. Fontana, 78, a lifelong resident of Bedford Hills, died Saturday, Nov. 17, at Northern Westchester Hospital Center in Mount Kisco, surrounded by her family, after a two-year battle with cancer.

She is the daughter of the late Ida and Luigi Fontana, sister of Dionisio (Danny) Fontana, aunt of Danny, Louis and Teresa, and grandaunt of Louis, Cory and Holly.

Flora was a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 136 in Mount Kisco and a long-time member of St. Matthias Church in Bedford Hills.

She was a real estate agent in Mount Kisco for many years and an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Nov. 21, at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Katonah. Entombment followed at Ferncliff Mausoleum in Hartsdale.

Jane E. Banks, formerly of Bedford Hills

Jane Elizabeth Banks, 81, of Poughkeepsie, a former longtime resident of Bedford Hills, died Oct. 13, 2012, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

She was born April 13, 1931, in Mount Kisco to William and Gladys Mooney, and was employed as a secretary by Tanrackin Farm in Bedford Hills for many years.

Mrs. Banks was predeceased by her beloved husband, Lloyd Franklin Banks, who died on Dec 15, 2003, and her daughter-in-law Mary Denise Banks, who died in 1996. Jane is survived by her loving children, Lloyd Banks Jr. of Bedford Hills; Kathleen Taylor of Westport; John Banks of New Rochelle; Robert of Poughkeepsie; and Jeffrey of Poughkeepsie. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Melissa, Jennifer, Scott, PJ, William, Jillian, Matthew, and Bobo; her sisters, Carolyn Fazzinga and Diane Netsch; many nieces and nephews; and her cousin, Peter Crane

Friends may visit on Friday, Oct. 19, from 2 to 7 p.m., at Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Road in Katonah, with a prayer service also to be held at the funeral home at 6:30 p.m.

Private interment will follow.

Marjorie Wright Phillips, 88, of Katonah

Marjorie Wright Phillips, 88, of Katonah, died on Friday, Oct. 5 at Franciscan Oaks in Denville, N.J. Marjorie was born on April 2, 1924, in Northern Westchester Hospital to the late Harry Clement Wright and Lucy Susanna Reeves Wright. Mrs. Phillips grew up in Chappaqua and graduated from Horace Greeley High School. She was the executive secretary to DeWitt Wallace, founder of Reader’s Digest, and his wife, Lila Acheson Wallace. She retired from a career at Reader’s Digest and continued to work part-time, including performing office support at Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah. Mrs. Phillips is survived by her daughter, Christy Campbell of Denville, N.J., and son, Roger Phillips of Port Hudson, La.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Mount Kisco.

Georgiana McGill Hull, longtime Bedford resident

Georgiana McGill Hull of Bedford died on Sunday, Oct. 7 in Greenport. She was the wife of the late Oliver Hull, mother of Oliver Hull Jr. of West Sayville, Christopher M. Hull of Bayport, and Peter A. Hull of Bedford, and grandmother of Oliver Hull III, Braden T. Hull, and Cassidy M. Hull.

She was born in 1918, and graduated Erasmus high school in 1935 and Douglas Residential College at Rutgers in 1939. Mrs. Hull worked for the Patent Trader newspaper and Northern Westchester Hospital. She was the author of the “Fire Island Cook Book.”

Family remember her for her love of cooking, gardening, skiing, tennis and the ocean, and for being a prolific reader. A service is to be held Friday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m., at St. Patrick’s church in Bedford.

Kathryn Ann Ronfor Cameron, psychotherapist

South Salem resident Kathryn Ann Ronfor Cameron died on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Kathryn was born on Oct. 1, 1953, in Morristown, N.J., to artists Philip Alan Ronfor and Eva Genevieve Spieler Ronfor. In her youth, her family moved to Wilton, Conn., where Ms. Cameron forged profound friendships that would last throughout her life.

She studied art at Cabrillo College in Aptos, Calif., and graduated from Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She continued her education at Fordham University, receiving a masters degree in clinical social work, while simultaneously completing a three-year program in Kabbalistic Healing with A Society of Souls. Ms. Cameron became a valued member of a team of professionals at Four Winds Hospital in Cross River, working as a psychiatric social worker. She later developed a private psychotherapy practice in Mount Kisco, and Santa Barbara, Calif.

She was a gifted artist and photographer, her creativity inspired by her love of nature, the ocean, and the hothouse colors of Mexico. Through her work and love of life she developed a highly attuned aesthetic sensibility and an abiding love of beauty. Friends recall that Ms. Cameron possessed great intellectual and spiritual curiosity; her exploration connected her to people and places all around the world.

She is survived by her sister, Buddhist Acharya Allyn Ronfor Lyon, of Colorado, and her beloved nephew, Chris Ronfor Lyon, also of Colorado.

There will be a memorial service and reception to celebrate her life on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 1  p.m., at the Hammond Museum, 28 Deveau Road in South Salem.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Kathryn’s memory to the nonprofit organization Swamahiman at Self Inquiry Life Fellowship, P.O. Box 30627, Santa Barbara, CA 93130.

Charlene Denton, former Pound Ridger

Charlene (Lenox) Denton, daughter of Robert and Mabel Lenox, born in West Chester, Pa., in 1942, died at her home in Gales Ferry, Conn. on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Charlene, the daughter of two school music teachers, grew up in Stratford, Conn., and received a degree in elementary education from SUNY Fredonia, majoring in music and the pipe organ.  During her junior year in college, she studied under Flor Peeters at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerp, Belgium. Later she earned a masters degree from the University of Bridgeport.

In 1970, Charlene married The Rev. Frank Denton. For most of the following 35 years, Charlene was organist and choir director in United Methodist Churches in Stratford and Monroe, Conn., and Pound Ridge.

Music, education and the church were important in Charlene’s life. From the time she was in high school, Charlene was a substitute organist in several Bridgeport-area churches. She was a long-time member of the American Guild of Organists. She taught elementary school music in Ossining and Greenwich, Conn., followed by teaching instrumental music in Stratford, Conn. A significant family experience was when all four family members joined the Stratford Sister Cities Band, and after a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City, played concerts in Germany during a two-week tour.

She was pleased with the accomplishments of her family. Her daughter, Janet, is the Associate Pastor of the Salem Presbyterian Church in Salem, Va., and her husband, Brian Chisom, is the Associate Dean of Students at Roanoke College. Her son, Richard, and daughter-in-law, Bonnie, are members of the U.S. Coast Guard Band.

Charlene enjoyed outdoor activities such as gardening, hiking, camping and walking with friends. And in many settings she found ways to help others. During one period she was a regular volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, and Heifer Project’s alternative gifts have been part of her gift shopping for many years. She participated in at least 30 CROP Hunger Walks, and after moving to southeast Connecticut, was a monthly volunteer at the Community Meal Center in New London.

Charlene is survived by her husband, Frank; their daughter, Janet Chisom, and her husband, Brian, of Salem, Va.; and their son, Richard Denton, and his wife, Bonnie, and their son, Henry, of Gales Ferry, Conn. In addition, she is survived by her sister, Susanne MacNamee, and her husband, David, of Clearwater Beach, Fla.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m., at United Methodist Church, 10 Chapman Lane, Gales Ferry, Conn. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, Ark. 72202, or to a charity of your choice.

Debra J. Stewart, 45, formerly of Pound Ridge

Debra J. Stewart, formerly of Pound Ridge, died in New York City on Sept. 11. Ms. Stewart was born in Stamford, Conn., on Jan. 12, 1967, and grew up in Pound Ridge. She attended the Pound Ridge Community Church Playschool, Pound Ridge Elementary School and Fox Lane Middle School. She graduated from Fox Lane High School, class of 1985. She attended Lehigh University and Ohio State University. After college she moved to New York City, embracing her life there and becoming a true Manhattanite.

Ms. Stewart worked for many years in the cable industry, first at Discovery Channel and then at Oxygen, before leaving to follow her love of and passion for New York real estate. At the time of her death, Ms. Stewart was a broker for Prudential Douglas Elliman.

She is survived by her mother, Judy Stewart, of Stamford, Conn.; her father, Don Stewart, of Tequesta, Fla.; her brother, Kyle, his wife, Sarachon, and her nephew, Matthew, of Hong Kong and Bangkok; as well as aunts, uncles and cousins. She also leaves behind her much-beloved Bernese mountain dog, Shelby. A memorial service will be held at the Pound Ridge Community Church on Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. The family invites guests for a reception, following the service, at the Carriage House of the Waccabuc Country Club. In lieu of flowers, donations are invited to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Wendy J. Tisch, 59, of Pound Ridge

Wendy J. Tisch, age 59, a resident of Pound Ridge, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, with her husband of 29 years, Richard, and her family by her side. Born in State College, Pa., on Nov. 25, 1952, Ms. Tisch was the daughter of Raymond Jolie of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and the late Helen Frownfelter Jolie.

An exceptionally talented pianist as a child, Wendy won a statewide piano competition in New Jersey and was rewarded with a recital in Carnegie Hall on her 10th birthday. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio, she earned her law degree and worked as a lawyer for several years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and then in a private corporation. Upon the birth of her son, Alex, 25 years ago, Ms. Tisch gave up her legal career. Several years later she returned to the classical music she loved and began teaching piano to children, an occupation she pursued for over 20 years. A longtime member of the Schubert Club of Fairfield County, Inc., Ms. Tisch recently served as chairwoman, Teachers Roundtable.

In addition to her father, Ms. Tisch is survived by her husband, Richard G. Tisch of Pound Ridge; her son, Alex Tisch of Orange, Va.; and her five sisters: Kris Cheeseman of Charleston, S.C.; Pat Jolie of Averill Park; Judy Branson of Chapel Hill, N.C.; Kim Jolie of Manchester, Mass.; and Barbara Jolie of Gillette, N.J.

A memorial service will be held on Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. at the Pound Ridge Community Church, 3 Pound Ridge Road in Pound Ridge, with the Rev. Lori Miller officiating. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made through checks payable to “The Schubert Club of Fairfield County,” a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, designating payment on the checks for the “Wendy Tisch Fund.” Address checks to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Third Party Deposit, P.O. Box 5629, Portland, OR 97228.

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Robert C. Vincent dies at age 74

Robert C. Vincent Jr., age 74, of Pound Ridge and Florence, Wis., died Sept. 12, 2012, in Greenwich, Conn., from complications related to treatment for cancer. Mr. Vincent, born May 21, 1938, in Staten Island to Robert C. and Elizabeth M. Vincent, was married twice; first to Barbara M. Vincent who pre-deceased him and then to Karin R. Vincent.

Mr. Vincent was a graduate of Dartmouth College, Class of 1961, and Columbia Law School, class of 1965. He retired as a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and was currently counsel at Gellert & Klein, P.C. He was a past director and board chairman of Barclays Bank of New York, N.A., and a director of several other companies including the National Securities Corporation, Mercantile & General Reinsurance Co. of America, and First Westchester National Bank. In addition to his professional roles he once served as a trustee of Choate Rosemary Hall School, the Institute for Humanist Studies, and the Westchester Land Trust. He was previously a director of the Bedford Association, chairman of the Washington College 1782 Society, a vestryman and junior warden of St. Matthew’s Church, and a governor and past president of the Bedford Golf and Tennis Club.

He devoted his life to ensuring that the needs and wants of his family, friends, clients and community were always met. He is survived by his wife Karin, his three children: Page Vincent of Bedford, Caroline Mockridge of Mount Kisco, and Robert Vincent III of Greenwich, Conn., and their spouses, Oscar Mockridge and Elise Vincent; three stepsons Erik, Tore, and Rolf Carlson; nine grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; two siblings, Wendy Townsend of Bedford and Roger Vincent of Bedford Hills; as well as two sisters-in-law, Nancy Vincent of Bedford Hills and Maureen Vincent of Bedford. He was predeceased by his wife Barbara Vincent in 1993 and by his brother Peter Vincent in 2006.

A memorial service for Mr. Vincent was held Tuesday, Sept. 18 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bedford.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in memory of Robert C. Vincent Jr., to Dartmouth College, ASD Office, 105 Wentworth Hall, Hanover, N.H. 03755-3526.

Dorothy Wettje Cook, longtime South Salem resident

Dorothy Wettje Cook, 94, died on Sept., 4. Mrs. Cook, previously of South Salem, lived in Jensen Beach, Fla., for the past 15 years.

She was pre-deceased by her first husband Henry Wettje, second husband Robert Cook, daughter Martha Schettini, and great-grandson Russell Bakhart. Dorothy is survived by her son Curtis Wettje of Jensen Beach, Fla.; her grandchildren Denise and her husband Mark Macri of South Salem; Elizabeth and her husband Ted Seminara, of Mount Holly, N.C.; Laura and her husband Craig Dibble of Danbury, Conn.; and Paul Schettini of North Salem. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren Michael Dibble and Molly Schettini.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations to be made in her memory to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201, S.E. Indian Street, Stuart, Fla. 34997.

Otis (Pasciuti), Marian

Marian Otis Pasciuti passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the age of eighty-four. She was born on Aug. 25, 1927, in New Rochelle. Upon completing high school in New Rochelle, she worked for March of Time in New York. This was the company that produced the newsreels shown in movie theaters during the 1950s. She married V. James Pasciuti in 1948 and moved to Pound Ridge, where she lived for about fifty-five years. Jim Pasciuti also passed away on Aug. 7, forty years prior, in 1972.

Marian enjoyed working at Schellings Market for many years. She was an active member of the Pound Ridge Community Church and sang in the choir. She also researched, wrote and published “Alexander Gordon and His Descendants: A Genealogy of the Gordon Gamily,” about her original Scots ancestor, who emigrated to the colonies in 1652.

She is survived by her four children, Paul, Sandra, Jim and Marian, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Since 2003, she spent one year with her son Jim in Vermont and eight years in Helena, Mont., with her son Paul. She passed away in Helena loved and cared for.

There will be a memorial service at the Pound Ridge Community Church on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. All are welcome.

Nanny Wyeth, resident of Katonah for 57 years, dies at age 85.

Nancy Coffin Wyeth, a long-time resident of Katonah, died of cancer on Aug. 21, in Princeton, N.J. She was 85 years old.

Born and raised in Manhattan, Ms. Wyeth moved in 1953 to Mount Holly Road in Katonah, where she raised three children with her husband Buz Wyeth, worked as a teacher and real estate broker, and played an active role in the sporting and social circles of the Katonah/Bedford area for much of her life.

Known as “Nanny” to her friends, Ms. Wyeth’s creativity was evident in both her work and play and in the care she devoted to her photography and art work, her extensive garden, and the decoration of the home she lived in for 57 years.

She began her work career with a nine-year stint as the lower school art teacher at Rippowam Cisqua School. In 1966, she switched to real estate and became a broker with the firm of Houlihan-Lawrence and, over the next three decades, was awarded on multiple occasions for her superior salesmanship.

Ms. Wyeth excelled in gardening as well. In addition to her own beautifully kept garden, she took prizes in competitions held by the Bedford Garden Club, where she was a long-time member, and was on the flower committees of St. Matthew’s Church, the Bedford Golf and Tennis Club and other venues. She was also an advocate for the preservation of open space and the natural beauty of the Bedford/Katonah community.

An avid sportswoman, Ms. Wyeth was a competitive tennis player and golfer and loved to ski. She cherished many generations of dogs, including the Jack Russell terriers that she bred and raised on her own.

She is survived by her son Sims Wyeth of Montclair, N.J.; her daughter Ellie Wyeth of Skillman, NJ; her sister Lisa Coffin Witte of Cumberland, Maine; her brother Jarvis Coffin of Peterborough, N.H., and six grandchildren. Her husband, Marion S. Wyeth Jr., died in 2011. Her daughter, Lisa Wyeth Kirk, died in 2001.

Ms. Wyeth’s memorial service will be held at St. Matthews Church in Bedford on Sept. 15 at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to

Dorothy Butler Harder

Born April 20, 1920, in New York, Dorothy Butler Harder passed away Aug. 22, 2012, at Waverly Heights in Gladwyne, Pa. Dorothy (Dotty) was a lifelong resident of Bedford until recent years when she moved to Gladwyne to be near her two daughters. Dotty graduated in 1937 from the Westover School in Middlebury, Conn., and attended Parsons College in New York City, where she studied interior architecture and mechanical drawing. In 1941 she married Lewis Bradley Harder who, after his graduation from Harvard College, was a decorated naval aviator who fought in the Pacific during World War II. In 1943, their first daughter, Deirdre, was born and in 1945 Diana was born. By the early 1950s, Dotty and her family moved to her family’s home in Bedford, “Little Cassiobury. Throughout her life, Dotty was active in charities and her community. During World War II she worked as a volunteer with the Red Cross Emergency Canteen. In Bedford, she was a trustee of Northern Westchester Hospital, the Bedford Garden Club and the Bedford-Rippowam School. In 1954, Dotty was elected as Town Councilman in the Town of Bedford.

Dotty was also an accomplished sportswoman, excelling in equestrian, golf and tennis. She was a member of the Bedford Golf and Tennis Club, The Colony Club, Gulph Mills Golf Club and the Mill Reef Club of Antigua, where she and her family vacationed for several decades. Throughout her life, Dotty was considered a guiding light to her family, her community and her friends. She is survived by her two daughters, Deirdre Laveran of Gladwyne, Pa., and Diana Terrell of Wilmington, Del. In addition, Dotty leaves seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Mianus River Gorge Reserve, Inc., Gibb House, 167 Mianus River Road, Bedford, New York 10506. A memorial service will be held on Sept. 29, 2012 at 3 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Bedford.

Mildred Wolken Connors, Katonah resident

Mildred Wolken Connors, aged 90, passed away peacefully at home in Katonah, NY, on Aug 25, 2012. Born February 27, 1922, in New York City to Carl and Margaret Wolken, she was the widow of Howard F. Connors.

Affectionately known as Mooie, she lived with a gusto for life. A dedicated Girl Scout earning her Eaglet award in Yonkers in 1939, her motto was “Do a good deed daily.” For fifty years she was involved in the Women’s Civic Club and the First Presbyterian Church in Katonah. Her children, gardening, history and discovering treasures were among her myriad passions.

She is survived by her children, Pamela Tonery, Russell Connors, Joyce Romano and Brian Connors; grandchildren, Mark, Justin and Adam; and her great-grandchildren, Lance, Brooks, Dallas and Aubrey.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Katonah on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 12:30 p.m., followed by lunch. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to W/P Girl Scouts and Hospice Care Westchester/Putnam.

James Louis Gilleo, 61, volunteer firefighter

James Louis Gilleo, 61, of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., passed away peacefully on Aug. 7. Born Nov. 16, 1950 in Peekskill, “Big Jim” was a member of the USMC Reserves and a volunteer of both the Peekskill and Bedford Hills New York fire departments.

Mr. Gilleo retired to Port Saint Lucie, Fla., in 2007 from the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, where he served for more than 30 years.

Survivors are his son, Wayne, and his daughter-in-law, Amanda Gilleo of Port Saint Lucie, Fla. Mr. Gilleo is also survived by his brother, Charles, and sister-in-law Deborah Gilleo of Wylie, Texas, as well as many other family and friends.

A celebration of life was hosted in the Gilleo home on Sunday, Aug. 19.

John E. O’Neil, former local businessman

John E. O’Neil, 83, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., passed away, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 at the Treasure Coast Hospice residence in Ft. Pierce, Fla.

Mr. O’Neil was born in Brooklyn. He served in the United States Army as a first lieutenant in the 7th regiment. He was a graduate of The College of Insurance in New York. For 24 years prior to retirement, he owned Carpenter & Pelton, Inc. in Mount Kisco. He had been a resident of Port St. Lucie for the past 27 years, where he was a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Joan B. O’Neil of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; his son Thomas O’Neil of Stamford, Conn.; three daughters, Patricia D’Alton of Bedford Hills; Catherine Nanda of Avon, Conn.; Maureen Roth of Longwood, Fla.; his sister Jane O’Neil Prendergast of Palm Harbor, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, Fla. 34997.

Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Hills-Byrd, Young & Prill Funeral Home in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Flowers, Gifts and a guest register may be found at

Robert W. Swartz, longtime Katonah resident

Robert Walter Swartz, a resident of Katonah for 62 years, died on June 19, at age 96. Fondly known as Bob, he was born in Philadelphia, Pa., to the Rev. George and Jeanette Swartz. In 1947, Bob married the love of his life, Elois Reinhard.

His younger years were spent in Cobleskill. The family relocated to Brooklyn, where he continued his education. After graduating from New York University as a civil engineer, he worked for many years as an electrical engineer, primarily for Ward Leonard Electric in Mount Vernon. During the war, his talents were well used. He designed the gun hoists and tracking for battleships and submarines. He was awarded a commendation from the War Department at that time.

After the war he became chief engineer, designing controls for dimmers, as used in stage lighting. These were used in large theatres in the major cities as well as universities. Adapting his talents, he designed the lighting for the World’s Fair symbol, the rotating Trylon and Perisphere. He furthered his career successfully in the sales department, lighting division.

He was a 60-year member of the Katonah Methodist Church, in an active capacity. He was an active member of the square dance community, especially in Friendly Squares of Katonah, in which he and his wife held life memberships. He was also active in the Lions Club.

Additional interests were in history and geography, leading to numerous trips, especially to our national parks. Trips abroad included Egypt, Spain, and South America by freighter. His deep interest in astronomy was awakened in college and fostered by continuous reading in the last 50 years, when knowledge in this field exploded.

They were married in the Kings Highway Methodist Church, Brooklyn, by the Rev. Arch Tremayne and the Rev. George Swartz, his father. The couple celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary earlier this year. Celebrating this milestone were his three children, Raymond Swartz and his wife Hilary of Coarsegold, Calif.; Walter Swartz and his wife Janet of Highland Park, Ill.; and Ellen Reeder and her husband Geoff of Spring, Texas. His is also survived by granddaughters Rebecca and Paula. Mr. Swartz was predeceased by his brother George.

Bob was particularly proud of his home, which was designed by his wife and architecturally drawn by Mr. Swartz.

A memorial service is planned for Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. at Katonah United Methodist Church. For details call 232-4094 or 232-4517. Mr. Swartz achieved his wish to donate his brain to the Parkinson Research Program. The family suggests that any donations be made out as checks to either the Mayo Clinic Research, Robert Swartz Memorial or the Katonah United Methodist Church. Send these donations to the church at 5 Bedford Road, Katonah, N.Y. 10536. R.S.V.P. for the memorial service by Sept. 9 at 232-4094.

Irwin Walter, 75, South Salem resident

Irwin Walter, age 75, died Thursday, Aug. 16, at home in South Salem. Mr. Walter was born Jan. 16, 1937 in Brooklyn. He is the son of the late Hyman and the late Bessie (Adler) Walter.

Irwin served in the Air Force. He graduated from Queens College, and was employed for 28 years by Litton Industries, located in Mt. Vernon. He then went to work for the Hessel Group, in Wilton, Conn., as their director of tax administration. Recently, Mr. Walter enjoyed working as a manager at the Ridge Club in Vista.

Mr. Walter is survived by his wife Beth (Siple) Walter; his son Michael Walter; his stepson David (Kim) Oltman; his stepdaughter Leigh Ann (Tom) Arthur; and three grandchildren, Scott, Kelsie and Alan Oltman.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 17 at South Salem Cemetery, Spring Street, South Salem with Rabbi David Greenberg officiating.

Memorial donations in memory of Irwin Walter may be sent to the American Cancer Society or the Make A Wish Foundation.

Cameron Wells Kilby, 15

Son of Jim and Ivy Kilby of Annandale, Va., grandson of Gerald and Cecilia Kilby of Pound Ridge, died  unexpectedly on Aug. 4. Cameron was a rising sophomore at Woodson High School where he participated in cross-country and track. He also swam on the Truro swim team and was a member of Boy Scout Troop 1115. Cameron served as an acolyte at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, where a memorial service was held on Aug. 11.

Donations may be made in Cameron’s name to Triple R Ranch, 3531 Bunch Walnuts Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322; (757) 421-4177, or through the online giving link at

Laura Thorn, owner of Thornbrook Farms

Laura Thorn, age 58, died Saturday, Aug. 11 at home in Mount Kisco. Ms. Thorn was born June 3, 1954, in New York City. She is the daughter of William Kelly and the late Marilyn (Milton) Simpson.

Ms. Thorn was a prominent horsewomen and owner of Thornbrook Farms, Bedford Hills. She was a lifelong animal rights advocate and loving mother and grandmother.

Laura is survived by her three children: Will O’Neill of San Francisco; Eliza O’Neill Sommerville of South Salem; Kalynda R. Klementis of Katonah; two grandchildren Marilyn and Cormac; and a sister: Abby Simpson of New York City. A private family service will be held in the future.

Arrangement are entrusted to Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah.

Celebrate the life of Richard Lemon

Molly, Ben and Ted Lemon invite the community to a celebration of Dick Lemon’s life. Richard C. Lemon, 81, a longtime resident of Bedford, died of a stroke Friday, June 29, at Northern Westchester Hospital.

The event takes place Saturday, Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. All are welcome at the Bedford Historical Hall, 608 Old Post Road, Bedford.

Christina Rohrer, scientist and artist, dies at 72

Christina Marie Rohrer, accomplished wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, died of lung cancer on July 30 at the age of 72. Ms. Rohrer was a resident of Pound Ridge for over 40 years, and brought much love into the world by contributing to society as an artist, scientist and volunteer.

Ms. Rohrer was born in Washington, D.C., to Colonel Andrew and Mary Scheele, and traveled the world for her first 20 years as part of her father’s army career. Ms. Rohrer received an undergraduate degree, with a major in biology and minor in chemistry, from Randolph Macon Woman’s College in Virginia, and a Ph.D from Harvard, even spending time at Dartmouth Medical School for part of the program.

She met and fell in love with her husband Dean while studying abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and they married in 1969 in Thetford Center, Vt. Throughout her life, Ms. Rohrer enjoyed downhill skiing, ocean sailing, playing bridge and doing The New York Times crossword puzzle (even the Sunday edition).

In her first career, Ms. Rohrer was a distinguished scientist and contributed to advancements in virology through her work at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and the department of viral oncology of the Public Health Research Institute Center in Manhattan. Ironically, she was a recipient of a Damon Runyon Cancer grant.

After several years raising a family, she started on her second career as an artist. In her words, her art helped her with her spiritual, emotional and mental health, which later served her well as she worked through the emotions of fighting and beating breast cancer twice as well as with some of life’s other challenges. She was an avid volunteer in the community and served on the Pound Ridge Library Board as well as at Stamford Hospital.

She found a welcoming, supportive and happy home in the art community at the Silvermine Guild Center for the Arts in New Caanan, Conn., the Loft-Artists Association in Stamford, Conn., ArtPlace in Fairfield, Conn., and the NoHo Gallery in Manhattan. She volunteered her time for all of these groups as well. Ms. Rohrer’s art was featured several times in The New York Times. In her 27 years as an artist, she participated in many art shows and won numerous awards. She painted for the love of creation and her art is a graceful intersection of her scientific/geometric mind and a strong artistic eye for colors, movement, shading and dimensions.

She is survived by her loving husband Dean; her son, Jonathan Rohrer of Long Beach, Calif.; her daughter, Kirstin McPolin of Navesink, NJ; her son, Jay Rohrer of San Francisco, Calif.; her sister, Nancy Louise Waite of Solvang, Calif.; and her brother, Drew Scheele of Bellevue, Ore. She was graced with five grandchildren: Emma Christine, Manuel Peter, Luna Jane, Juliet Rose and Isabel Christina, all of whom will miss her dearly.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Aug. 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Hoyt Funeral Home, 199 Main St., New Canaan, Conn. 06840. Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m. at St. Aloysius Church. Interment will follow at Pound Ridge Cemetery. For online condolences and directions, visit our website at

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Bennett Cancer Center at Stamford Hospital or the Silvermine Guild Center for the Arts.

Henrietta Voorhees Herkert, former Bedfordite

Henrietta Voorhees Herkert, formerly of Bedford, died on July 26, 2012 surrounded by her family. Henrietta was born in New Brunswick, N.J. on March 26, 1924 to Adelaide Parker and Clifford Irving van Voorhees. She was a graduate of Brearley School ’42 and Vassar College ’45. Henrietta was predeceased by her former husband Carl John Herkert, Jr. and her siblings, Frances V. Kelsey, Willard P. Voorhees and Clifford I. van Voorhees. She is survived by her three children: Adelaide Harris, Carl John Herkert and Marie Louise Bogdanovics, and six grandchildren: Adelaide B. Harris, William R. Harris, Sophie M. Harris, Henrietta M. Bogdanovics, Alexandra B. Bogdanovics and Andre P. Bogdanovics. She was a wonderful mother and friend to us all.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. at The First Congregational Church in Litchfield, Conn.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Brearley School and Vassar College.

Robert Joseph Yates, 18

Robert Joseph Yates, 18, of Pound Ridge, New York, died at his home on July 30. Born Jan. 9, 1994, Robert was the son of Jim and Jean Yates.

Robert attended Mount Kisco Elementary School, Fox Lane Middle School and Fox Lane High School, and loved playing with his brothers and on his computer. Robert was an exceptionally gifted child who was known for his loving nature and his ability to bring a smile to the face of anyone he came in touch with.

Robert is survived by his parents, Jean and Jim Yates, of Pound Ridge. He is also survived by his brothers Ian, Dylan, Jim and Sandy, his sisters Emily and Abby, and his nephews Sam, Robby and Matthew.

Donations in his name may be made to: Westchester Exceptional Children’s School, 520 New York 22, North Salem 10560 or by calling 277-5533.

Thomas Bassett, Muscoot farmer

Thomas Bassett, age 70, a lifelong resident of Somers, died at his home on July 23.

Mr. Bassett was born in Mt. Kisco on March 28, 1942, to Edward Bassett and Anna Towey. He graduated Somers High School and worked as a farmer at Muscoot Farm for many years. Mr. Bassett (Tommy) will be remembered for his quiet demeanor, sense of humor and fondness for animals.

He is survived by his nephews, John Askew and Leon Askew, Jr., and his great nieces and nephews, Leon Askew, III, Amanda Askew, Jeremy Askew, John Askew, Jr. and Andrew Askew.

A graveside service took place Thursday at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Somers. Arrangements were made by Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Road, Katonah.

Norma DeRoberts, long-time Pound Ridge resident

Norma DeRoberts, a long-time Pound Ridge resident died on Thursday, July 19, at her home. Mrs. DeRoberts, 69, was the wife of Kenneth DeRoberts.

Born in Port Chester on Jan. 31, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Mildred Wicks. She was raised in Rye and graduated from Rye High School.

Mrs. DeRoberts worked for the J. Walter Thompson Company and for BBDO, two of the premier advertising agencies in New York City. She and Mr. DeRoberts married in 1972 and, after her daughter was born, she left her advertising career to raise her family, which eventually included two more sons.

In addition to raising her three children, Mrs. DeRoberts was a substitute teacher with the Bedford Central School District, a member of the Bedford Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School and a volunteer for countless sport teams and school programs. Her family described her as “a voracious reader, often reading multiple books in a week’s time and leading the discussions in her book group.” Mrs. DeRoberts also enjoyed traveling and skiing.

Besides her husband, Mrs. DeRoberts is survived by her daughter Susan Brodnicki; sons Kevin and Brian DeRoberts; grandson Luke Brodnicki; and a number of other relatives and friends.

There will be a graveside service at the Pound Ridge Cemetery on Friday, Aug. 3, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at or P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

Jack Egan Reyna, 13, of Bedford

Jack Egan Reyna, 13, of Bedford, died on July 19 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. Jack was born in Wolfsburg, Germany on April 9, 1999, to Claudio and Danielle Reyna. Jack was older brother to Giovanni, 9, Joah-Mikel, 5, and Carolina, 2.

Family members recalled that sharing happy times with his parents, siblings, extended family and special friends was important to him, and he always shared in the joy of other friends accomplishments. 

A student at Greenwich Country Day School, family said that he loved his friends, teachers and the overall learning environment. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Making Headway Foundation, 115 King Street, Chappaqua, in Jacks honor.

Helen Federico, artist, dies at 90

Helen Federico, a painter, illustrator and graphic designer who lived in Pound Ridge for 60 years, died at her home on Thursday, July 19, 2012, at age 90. She was the wife of the noted art director Gene Federico, who died in 1999, and the mother of Lisa Federico of Hillsdale and Gina Federico of Pound Ridge.

She was born Sept. 15, 1921, in Manhattan, to Donald and Augusta Brand Lesser, and was raised in Manhattan and Toledo, Ohio. A talented and directed young artist, she graduated from Washington Irving High School and then enrolled in the Parsons School of Design at age 16.

As a young graphic designer, she worked in advertising for the Abbott Kimball Co., where she met her future husband. They were married on June 26, 1942, while he was on leave from the U.S. Army during World War II.

In the 1940s, Helen worked at I. Miller shoes, assisting the acclaimed designer Alexey Brodovich, who was noted for introducing modern graphic design elements to the U.S. from Europe. She was an associate art director under another of graphic design’s major figures, Paul Rand, at William H. Weintraub Co.

In the late 1940s, Helen and Gene bought five acres in Pound Ridge, on which they helped design and build one of the town’s first mid-century modern houses. They moved in 1951, and were followed to Pound Ridge within several years by a dozen others from the New York City advertising, graphic design and art world.

In Pound Ridge, Helen set about establishing herself as an independent illustrator, painter and graphic designer. Her clients included the Museum of Modern Art, IBM, Mobil, Doubleday, Glamour, Fortune, and Harper’s Bazaar. Standard Oil commissioned her to travel throughout New York State to paint local scenes, which the company reproduced in its magazine, The Lamp.

Specializing in gouache and acrylics, Helen created dozens of beautiful paintings both for clients and for her own pleasure, generously giving many away to friends and family. For years the Pound Ridge Post Office has been graced with a large painting of Helen’s featuring the town’s ZIP code — 10576 — in big white numerals.

In the 1950s and ’60s, she wrote and illustrated at least 11 children’s books for Golden Books, including “The Golden Sturdy Book of Counting,” “A Golden Sturdy Happy Book of ABC,” “The Sunshine Book,” and “I Look Out My Window.”

She was a regular illustrator for Gourmet Magazine and illustrated numerous cookbooks, including “James Beard’s Treasury of Outdoor Cooking.”

Her skill as an illustrator of food and cooking spilled over to her skill in the kitchen. Helen was an enthusiastic and accomplished cook, both for festive holiday gatherings and everyday occasions. She learned the cuisines of several European countries, adapted the techniques for her own use, and passed them on to her daughters and other young friends. Some of her happiest times were spent in the kitchen with her daughters and grandchildren.

Helen was equally enthusiastic about travel. She visited Europe dozens of times and made one around-the-world trip with her husband. In Europe in particular they established a circle of lasting friends in the art and design world.

In Pound Ridge she served for 15 years as a trustee of the Hiram Halle Memorial Library, and was also active in the Pound Ridge Democrats.

In addition to her daughters, she is survived by four grandchildren, Rio Goodman of San Francisco, Deco Goodman of Brooklyn, Elie Andersen of Pound Ridge and Kaare Andersen of Pound Ridge; and her sons-in-law, Michael Goodman and Tom Andersen.

She was lovingly attended in her later years by her two caregivers, Steven Hunt and Paula Forbes.

Donations may be made to the Cary Library, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, to support the Helen Federico Collection.

A private memorial is planned for Sept.

Bertil (Vinny) Hall dies at 95

Bertil (Vinny) Hall, 95, of Bethel, Conn. formerly of Bedford Hills, beloved husband of the late Louise Hall, passed away at the Cascades in Bethel on Saturday July 7. He was the son of the late John V. and Elin (Lundgren) Hall. He was born on Dec. 17, 1916 in Brockton, Mass. When he was 10 years old, his family moved to Bedford Village. He went to elementary school at the two-room schoolhouse on Seminary Road in Bedford Village. He graduated from Bedford Hills High School in 1934. During the Depression, he worked at the Kinkle Quarry in Bedford Village. He served as a Merchant Marine during World War II. After the war, Vinny received a degree from New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences, now known as Westchester Community College. He retired from United Technologies in Norwalk, Conn., in 1981.

Mr. Hall loved gardening, camping and watching sports. He is survived by his loving family, Lynn Martin and her husband James of Alexandria, N.H., Dale Osborne and her husband Bruce of Katonah, Leslie Guest and her husband Rodger of Bedford Hills, Glenn Hall and his wife Dana of Newtown, Conn., and Carol Diebold and her husband Thomas of Brewster; nine grandchildren, Bradley and Erika Osborne, Kristin and Brandon Guest, Michaela and Mark Hall, Sean, Nicole, and Cameron Diebold; a brother, Warren Hall of East Amherst, and a sister Mildred Mullaney of Bedford, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother Verner Hall.

There will be a memorial service at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 15 South Bedford Road, Mount Kisco, on Sunday, July 29 at 2 p.m. Cremation and interment will take place at the convenience of the family. Arrangements in care of Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White St., Danbury, Conn.

There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions in Bertil’s memory may be made to the Regional Hospice of Western CT, 405 Main St., Danbury, Conn. 06810 or Zion St. John’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 151, Sharon Springs 13459. To light a candle of hope and remembrance please visit our website at

Jody Sandhaus in 2004
Jazz vocalist Jody Sandhaus dies after cancer battle


Family and friends of jazz singer Jody Sandhaus, a longtime Pound Ridge resident, were shocked earlier this week to hear of her untimely death. Ms. Sandhaus died Tuesday, July 17, following extended treatment for breast cancer.

Her husband and performing partner, jazz pianist Pete Malinverni, in part announced his wife’s passing by email and on Facebook. “Jody’s body eventually gave out under the brutal strain of a 29-month siege by breast cancer, but I believe she beat that disease,” Mr. Malinverni wrote. “She never complained, never entertained the thought of not surviving the fight, and she died as she had lived, with dignity, wit and grace. To say we will all miss her is to state the obvious.”

Born in Texas and raised on Long Island, Ms. Sandhaus grew up in a family where singing and playing instruments were part of life. Her father, a physician, helped instill a love of music in Ms. Sandhaus and her siblings, but he did not encourage it as a career path, preferring they find work in the medical world.

Ms. Sandhaus followed her heart, however, taking classes at the Cleveland Institute of Music while an undergraduate at nearby Case Western Reserve University.

“Life has its twists and turns, and I ended up in the jazz world,” she said in a 2010 Record-Review interview. “I really don’t know why, except that I loved the music, all the standards, and loved listening to the singers of that era — Sinatra, Holiday, Fitzgerald — and fell into that direction.”

A fixture since the 1990s on the musical scene in New York and beyond, Ms. Sandhaus had performed on WNYC’s “Around New York” and in venues such as Steinway Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Rich Forum Theater and the Buffalo Museum of Art. She was a featured performer at the Ear Shot Jazz Festival in Seattle, Women in Jazz Festival in Mendocino, Calif., William Paterson University’s “Jazz it Up” concert series, Mohonk Mountain House’s Jazz on the Mountain Festival and the Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival in Rome, Italy.

A number of years ago she volunteered to sing at the Pound Ridge Library in a concert benefiting the library foundation’s building fund. The event came close on the heels of the death of Ms. Sandhaus’ father, but she forged ahead and continued on in spite of her grief.

“Library director Marilyn Tinter told me I didn’t have to come,” Ms. Sandhaus told The Record-Review, “but I did it anyway and found it was incredibly rewarding to be able to get up and sing during tough times. It made me just so much more aware of what music is all about.”

Ms. Sandhaus said it was a “blessing” to have music in her life, adding, “My mission is to make listeners aware of the feelings they have.”

Most recently Ms. Sandhaus and Mr. Malinverni entertained on Sunday evenings at the Roger Sherman Inn in New Canaan, Conn. Jazz singing differs from performing as a solo artist, she said, in that “it’s not the singer out front; you and the musicians are a unit working together. The nature of jazz is that you are listening very closely to each other and it’s not pre-worked out.”

Ms. Sandhaus said that she became “enveloped in the song” when singing jazz, which gave her the “freedom to improvise to whatever degree I feel like. It’s really more about tearing down layers of the song to get a real, honest interpretation of music.”

She was also a member of the choir at the Pound Ridge Community Church, where Mr. Malinverni is music director and organist.

In addition to performing in New Canaan and recording a new album with Mr. Malinverni, Ms. Sandhaus spent the last year working on an album of World War II-era songs based on musical references she found in the letters her father wrote home during the war, when he lived through the Battle of the Bulge and the freeing of prisoners at Buchenwald. She also hoped to publish a book of her father’s letters, “because he wrote beautifully and it’s an interesting view, to me anyways, of [her parents’] relationship and the nature of different people and how they handle situations that are so traumatic and horrific.”

In addition to Mr. Malinverni and her siblings, Ms. Sandhaus is survived by three children: Hayes, Guss and Peter Luca.

A service celebrating her life took place yesterday, Thursday, July 19, at the Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale.

Shiva is being observed at the Pound Ridge home of Mark and Lori Sandler from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, July 21.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ms. Sandhaus’ memory may be made to Historic Saranac Lake, 89 Church Street, #2, Saranac Lake NY 12983.

Phyllis Andrews, South Salem resident

Phyllis Andrews, 101, a resident of South Salem for more than 15 years and formerly of Manhasset, died Monday July 9, at Meadow Ridge Health Center in Redding, Conn., with her family by her side.

Born in New York City on April 20, 1911, Ms. Andrews was the daughter of the late Antoninna and Luigi DiGiulio and the wife of the late Vincent Andrews. She was an active member of the Lewisboro Seniors and a communicant of St. Aloysius Church in New Canaan, Conn.

Relatives said Ms. Andrews “enjoyed knitting, cooking and reading and visits with friends and family. Phyllis will long be remembered for her legendary Sunday dinners.”

Survivors include her two sons, Vincent and his wife, Ashley, of North Salem and Robert and his wife, Suzanne, of South Salem, and six grandchildren, Sarah, Vincent Chesley, Matthew, Robert Jr. and David.

In addition to her husband, Ms. Andrews was predeceased by her sisters, Antionetta and Mary, and brothers, James and William.

A Mass of Christian Burial is being celebrated today, Friday, July 13, at St. Aloysius Church, with interment to follow in Calvary Cemetery in Queens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

For online condolences and directions, visit

Douglas E. Kellogg dies; was born in Katonah

Former local resident Douglas E. Kellogg died peacefully in Wilder, Vt., on July 6.

Mr. Kellogg was born Aug. 16, 1919, in Katonah to parents Ethel (Green) and William Kellogg. He grew up in Katonah.

Mr. Kellogg graduated in 1941 from Amherst College. Family members said Mr. Kellogg’s fondest memories were playing the clarinet and conducting his big band, the Lord Jeff Jesters. Upon graduation, Mr. Kellogg joined the United States Army and served in Panama, Alaska, Guatemala and Okinawa during World War II as a member of the signal corps. He served 22 years in the Army Reserves, retiring as a major.

Mr. Kellogg married Joan (Hill) of Freyburg, Maine, in 1951. They lived in Connecticut and New Hampshire until her death in 2010 and raised four children, Linda Glover (Rob) of Morgan Hill, Calif.; Randolph of Washington, N.H.; Lisa (who predeceased Mr. Kellogg); and Diane Forester (Jake) of Jamaica, Vt.

Mr. Kellogg is also survived by his brother, Robert, of Middlebury, Vt., and four grandchildren, Katherine, Andrew, Oscar and Finley.

In 1959, Mr. Kellogg began a long career with Foredom Electric Company in Bethel, Conn. He became president and renamed the company Blackstone Industries. In 1987 Mr. Kellogg wrote “A Primer For Buying and Selling Small Manufacturing Companies.”

Family members said that Mr. Kellogg will be remembered for his wit and charm, adding that “he restored old things, built stonewalls, collected coins and stamps, carved canes and enjoyed walking in woods.”

Mr. Kellogg was a member of the AFS, served on the Newtown Library Board, was a trustee of several companies and belonged to the ROMEO Club in Hanover, N.H.

A celebration of his life will be in September. Burial will follow at Pine Knoll Cemetery in Hanover.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Amherst College.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home of Hanover. To view an online memorial and/or send a message of condolence to the family, visit

Jayne Aquilino Wilkinson dies, resident of Bedford

Jayne Aquilino Wilkinson, 62, of Bedford died Wednesday, July 11, peacefully at her home surrounded by family and friends.  

The daughter of the late Nick and Pat Aquilino, Ms. Wilkinson was employed by the Bedford Central School District and was a fire commissioner for the Bedford Village Fire District. Family members said she was “full of life, love and laughter” and “an amazing friend to many.”

Ms. Wilkinson was the sister of Joanne and Paul Aquilino. She was a loving aunt to two nieces, two nephews and two grand-nieces.

Calling hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, at Oelker-Cox & Sinatra Funeral Home, 262 E. Main Street, Mount Kisco.

A memorial service will be held Monday, July 16, at 3 p.m. at Bedford Presbyterian Church on the Village Green.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Care of Westchester and Putnam or the ASPCA of Westchester.

To light an online candle in Ms. Wilkinson’s memory, visit

‘Kitty’ Harrington dies, mother of Pound Ridger

Kathleen “Kitty” Harrington, a longtime resident of Larchmont, died on June 26 at the age of 98. She was born Sept 12,1913, in Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland. Her son, Denis, is a Pound Ridge resident.

Ms. Harrington immigrated to the United States as a young girl and married the late Michael Harrington in 1939. Five children were born from this union: Michael, Denis, Donald, John and Mary. Ms. Harrington was predeceased by two sons — Donald, age 7, and John, age 52 — as well as her sisters Mary, Nora and Sheila and brothers John (Maura), Denis and Michael. 

Ms. Harrington was one of the founding parishioners of Sts. John and Paul Parish in Larchmont, where she served on the Altar Guild. She was also active in the Columbettes, Ancient Order of Hibernians and the American Irish Association.

According to relatives, her interests included “family, friends, swimming, gardening, sewing, baking, dancing, reading, a good chat, her neighbors, the porch at 712, the daily ‘Page 6’ and praying for and with others”

Ms. Harrington is survived by her sister Margaret; sons Michael and Denis and their spouses, Gail and Lynn; daughter-in law Christine Harrington; daughter Mary; grandchildren Denise and spouse Robert Cohen, Vanessa Harrington and Vincent Barth; and her two beloved great-grandchildren, Madeline and Michael Cohen. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and her many friends.

Services were held at Coxe and Graziano Funeral Home in Mamaroneck on June 29. A Mass of Christian Burial was planned to be at Sts. John and Paul Church in Larchmont, with interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla.

Howard D. Fogle Jr., former Katonah resident

Howard D. Fogle Jr., of the Watermark at East Hill in Southbury, Conn., formerly of Katonah, died peacefully on Saturday, June 23, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Fogle was born on Jan. 25, 1923, in Corvallis, Ore., loving son of the late Howard D. Fogle and Esther (Roeder) Fogle.

Besides his wife of 67 years, Roberta (Ashe) Fogle, he is survived by his sons, H. Daniel Fogle III (Virginia McCarthy) of North Salem and Kenneth J. Fogle (Janet Ferguson) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; and his daughter, Mary Anne Denton (Kirk Denton), of Southbury; seven grandchildren and their spouses; and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Mr. Fogle was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II, serving his country in Italy, Greece and Austria. Upon his discharge from the military, he completed his degree with honors in electrical engineering at Penn State University and had a 37-year career with AT&T.

His major hobby was working with electronic projects, and he was known as a man who could fix anything. The Fogles traveled extensively pursuing his deep interest in caves, tunnels, bridges and trains. Mr. Fogle was also a licensed pilot who enjoyed many hours in the air and passed along his love of flying to his sons.

He was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon for many years. A celebration of his life will be held tomorrow, Saturday, June 30, at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Bedford Road in Katonah. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mr. Fogle’s memory to Gift of Life, Inc., 31 Louise Drive, Chagrin Falls OH 44022 or to Keith Kopka Fund for ALS, 6509 Zephyr Drive, Wilmington, NC 28412.

Munson-Lovetere Funeral Homes Inc., 235 Main Street North in Southbury, is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, visit

Madolin Clark Davies, lifelong Katonah resident

Madolin Clark Davies, 96, a lifelong resident of Katonah, died on June 10. She was born on Feb. 24, 1916, to Fredrick Stephen Clark and Ethel May Clark. She was a proud descendant of the Settlement of 1680 and graduated from Katonah High School in 1933. She briefly attended nursing school in Grasslands.

Mrs. Davies was the oldest surviving member of the First Presbyterian Church in Katonah. The church was a constant throughout her life and a true source of comfort and strength. She was married there in 1941, and each of her five children were baptized there. In her earlier years she was active in the church, working the rummage sale and the Pres Notes church publication.

She was a homemaker, caretaker and mother. A voracious reader, she was remembered by family members as grateful for the Bedford Hills Public Library and their home delivery of hundreds of books over the last few years. She remained a lifelong Democrat.

Mrs. Davies is survived by her children, Linda Davies of Mount Kisco; Richard Davies and Philip Davies of Bedford; Denise Davies Tedaldi of Danvers, Mass.; Stephen Davies of Garnerville; and her grandchildren Samantha Tedaldi of New York and Sean Davies of Garnerville. She was predeceased by her husband, William Daniel Davies, and her granddaughter, Traci Elizabeth Tedaldi.

All are invited to a celebration of her life to be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Katonah on Saturday, June 16.

Eugene L. Hammer Jr., former Pound Ridge resident

Eugene (Gene) L. Hammer Jr., 72, died at home Monday, June 4, surrounded by friends and family after a long illness.

Born in Wheaton, Ill., in November 1939, the son of Dr. Eugene L. and Roberta Hammer, he spent most of his childhood in Kingston, Pa. Growing up, he loved tinkering with things, especially cars, and had his first hot rod shortly after he got his driver’s license.

After graduating from Wilkes College in 1961 with an engineering degree, he moved to New York City. In New York, he met his first wife, Madeline Genise. They married in 1963 and eventually built a house and settled down in Pound Ridge.

Mr. Hammer started his career as a control salesman for Honeywell before moving into the HVAC service business.  He worked for a few different service companies before buying his own company, Atlantic-Westchester Inc. in Bedford Hills, in 1979. He and his wife jointly ran the business, growing it into one of the most well-respected service companies in Westchester County.

In 1997, Mr. Hammer retired to Savannah and rediscovered his love of cars. In retirement, he was an active participant in vintage racing in Georgia and throughout the Southeast and was happiest behind the wheel of his race car. When not racing, he liked to play golf and often described his golf game as “moments of brilliance surrounded by long periods of mediocrity.” He also enjoyed collecting guns and target shooting. He had a terrific, sarcastic sense of humor, loved assigning new friends nicknames and would happily spend hours debating politics with any willing sparring partner.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Roberta Lee Hammer, and his first wife, Madeline Hammer. He is survived by his current wife, Pamela Oakes Hammer; his eldest son and daughter-in-law, Bud and Lisa Hammer of Katonah; his youngest son and daughter-in-law, David and Megan Hammer of New Canaan, Conn.; his stepson, Patrick Mims, of Macon, Ga.; stepdaughter, Brittany Pilcher, of Savannah, Ga.; his three grandsons, Tyson, Max and Sam Hammer of New Canaan, Conn.; and his step-grandson, Peyton Mims, of Athens, Ga.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, at the Plantation Clubhouse at the Landings. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416.

Patricia McCue Sorge, longtime Pound Ridge resident

Patricia McCue Sorge, 76, a resident of Pound Ridge for over 45 years, died suddenly Wednesday, May 23 at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, New York. Born in Middletown, Conn., June 12, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Margaret Slater McCue.

Mrs. Sorge received a bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Rose, a master’s degree from Fairfield University and an MBA from Fordham University. Her work included being a music teacher in the elementary school system in Stamford, Conn., and New Hyde Park,  An accountant, Mrs. Sorge had worked for Chase Packaging in Greenwich, Mutual of America in New York, and most recently Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Southwestern Connecticut. She was a chairperson for the Pound Ridge recreation committee as well as the Pound Ridge Republican Party, for which she was also the secretary for many years.

Ms. Sorge is survived by her husband, Paul E. Sorge, of Pound Ridge; two sons, Paul E. Sorge Jr. of Pound Ridge, and Thomas J. Sorge and his wife, Cathy, of Redding, Conn.; her sister, Honorable Sheila Hennessey of Wethersfield, Conn.; and three grandchildren, Thomas, Jonathan and Brandon.

Teresa R. Constantino, former longtime Pound Ridge resident

Teresa R. Constantino, 76, of Somers, and a former 30-year resident of Pound Ridge, died Monday, May 14, at her daughter’s home. She was born July 3, 1935, in the Bronx, the daughter of the late Salvatore and the late Rosa (Sberna) Puglia.

Mrs. Constantino was a 1953 graduate of Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx, and graduated from Hunter College in Manhattan and the Bronx in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education.

She was a teacher with the Port Chester School District. She enjoyed needlework and crafts, and had a love of antiques.

Mrs. Constantino was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Joseph Constantino, who died on April 3, 2000.

She is survived by her twin sister, Agata McCusker, of Clinton; her two daughters, Andrea Neri and her husband, Joseph, of Patterson; and Stephanie Chisolm of Maryland; one son, Joseph Constantino Jr. and his wife, Virginia, of Carmel; her granddaughters Claire, Katherine and Caroline Chisolm; Maria, Teresa and Francesca Neri; and her grandson, Nicholas Constantino.

She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Joan Giordano and Angela Cristentello, and 10 nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and -nephews.

The family requests that contributions in her name may be made to Hospice Care in Westchester & Putnam, 540 White Plains Road, Suite 300, Tarrytown NY10591-5132.

Danielle Freudenheim, former resident

After a long illness battling severe reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS), Danielle Freudenheim of New York, N.Y., died May 5 at the age of 39. She was a graduate of John Jay High School (’91). She was born in Mount Kisco on Feb. 24, 1973.

Ms. Freudenheim had an M.A. from Connecticut College and a Ph.D. in psychology from Case Western University. She worked as a licensed psychologist.

Her passions were many: art, music, jewelry design, fly-fishing, tennis, lacrosse and skiing.

Surviving family are her parents, Kari and Steve Freudenheim; her grandmother, Lenore Freudenheim; a brother, David Freudenheim; and her longtime fiance, Lee Berendsen.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in her honor to the RSD Association, 99 Cherry St., Milford, CT 06460, or at

A private memorial service will be held on May 19 on Isle of Palms, S.C. In addition, there will be a celebration of friends in Fire Island.

Maribeth Curtis, former Pound Ridge resident

Maribeth Curtis, 70, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 2, with her two daughters by her side.

Ms. Curtis was born Aug. 20, 1941, in Herkimer, N.Y. Until recently, she lived in Ridgefield, Conn., and Pound Ridge, where she owned The Olde Lamplighter, an antique lighting business, for over three decades.

She is survived by her two daughters, Leta Applegate, of North Andover, Mass., and Katie Cohen, of Pacific Palisades, Calif., and her sister, Louise Sullivan, of St. Louis, Mo. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Chris, 14, Colby, 10, Jack, 10, Caleigh, 8, and Molly, 7. She is also survived by two sons-in-law, Will Applegate and Bobby Cohen.

To offer online condolences visit In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.

John Friedler, driving force on town issues, dies at 79


John Friedler, whose passions included family, the outdoors and the betterment of Bedford, died last weekend. He was 79.

Following his death at his longtime Guard Hill Road home on April 27, family, friends and neighbors remembered him as both elegant and eloquent, who was as calm on his sailboat as he was driven when fighting for an issue or improvement project in town that he believed in.

Bedford Town Supervisor Lee Roberts said she was deeply saddened by Mr. Friedler’s passing, and pointed to his tremendous love of the town. “John was a wonderful person, and was very committed to the well-being of Bedford and was actively engaged in this community,” Ms. Roberts said. “Our thoughts are with his wife, Carole, and his family.”

Ms. Roberts, other town leaders and fellow activists recalled Mr. Friedler’s many involvements over the years, serving as one of the leaders of the Bedford Coalition, one of the founding members of the Community Organizations Committee 18 years ago and an important participant in the development of the town’s Comprehensive Plan in 2002.  “John had a particular interest in traffic and was always coming up with innovative ideas on ways to reduce the volume and speed of vehicles that sometimes seem to overwhelm our country roads,” Ms. Roberts said. “John encouraged us to be creative and look beyond the usual approaches to our problems. He was very bright, and generous with his time and talent. We are grateful for all his many contributions to Bedford.”

Others who served in civic organizations or on issues alongside Mr. Friedler remembered him this week in similar ways. “John was such a true gentleman, but he was a tiger when it came to pushing for what he thought was best for Bedford,” said Peter Ehrlich of Bedford Village, a friend who was involved in several groups with Mr. Friedler. “Perhaps the area he was most interested in in terms of issues was traffic, and did so much to make our roads safer because of his efforts to reduce speeding, clear up congestion, preserve our dirt roads and introduce other safety measures. Whether it was by committee or on his own, he really pushed to make our town better in many ways.”

Another friend, Richard Pearl, pointed to the traffic pattern changes on Route 172 near the Fox Lane campus as one of many success stories that resulted from Mr. Friedler’s vision and efforts. “John called for improvements to that stretch of road at least a decade ago, and envisioned the traffic turnaround and other changes that were made there in recent years as a way to address the congestion and safety issues that had plagued that part of Route 172,” Mr. Pearl said. “But traffic issues were only one of his passions. If it meant Bedford would be better for it, John was behind it. He made many contributions to our town, but he was also just a great, great guy. He’ll be missed.”

Whether it was writing letters to the editor to the newspaper, speaking at public meetings or recruiting neighbors to get more involved, Mr. Friedler also took an active role in advocating for the town to adopt a wetlands buffer, as well as other issues involving the preservation and protection of Bedford’s natural resources.

Mr. Pearl, a longtime resident of Old Wagon Road, also recalled how he and his wife, Jane, joined the Friedlers, the Ehrlichs and other townspeople in the successful effort to launch The Record-Review in 1995. After two newspapers, The Bedford Record and The Pound Ridge Review, folded in the spring of that year, a group of residents rallied together to raise the funds and other support to bring back a community newspaper for both towns.

That grass-roots effort convinced Deborah White to serve as publisher, and the new weekly newspaper serving Bedford and Pound Ridge hit newsstands in November 1995.

“John Friedler was certainly a key person in making The Record-Review happen,” Mr. Pearl said. “It’s just another example of John’s determination, his view of what could help the community and his knack for getting others to join in doing what was best for the town.”

Mr. Friedler’s wife of 33 years, Carole, known to family and friends as “Cookie,” said her husband had many passions. “He really loved the outdoors, especially hiking and biking on trails in Pound Ridge, Bedford and beyond,” she said. “And relatively later in life, he took up sailing. We bought a home in Cape Cod, and soon after, he purchased a little sailboat. He fell in love with being out on the water. I grew up in Westchester and spent a lot of my childhood on a sailboat on Long Island Sound. For me, it was a return to sailing, and for him, he just couldn’t get enough of it. He so looked forward to summers on the Cape.”

In addition to being an avid gardener and dedicated handyman, Mr. Friedler adored his black poodle, named Blackberry. “Anyone who knew my husband knew how much he loved that poodle,” his wife said.

Two of his other loves —vintage automobiles, an MG and an MG Club — led to treasured day trips and further car rides, Ms. Friedler explained. “We drove the MG on some great vacations, to Nova Scotia, through the Rockies and throughout the U.S.,” she said. “We had some marvelous adventures in those beloved cars.”

Reflecting back on her husband’s life, she also pointed to his love of family. In addition to their daughter, Elizabeth, he is survived by two children from a previous marriage: a son, Mark, who is married to Anna, and a daughter, Nicole, and her husband, Michael. Mr. Friedler loved his roles as grandfather to Matthew and Adriel, and uncle to Nick and Suze. He is also survived by his sister, Monique Kunewalder.

Mr. Friedler was born March 11, 1933, in Amsterdam to his mother, Nelly, and his father, Frans. The family fled Europe in 1939 and settled in Mexico, where he grew up. After attending school in the United States, first at the Westminster School in Connecticut and then at Hamilton College in upstate New York, he spent several years in his native Europe working for a trading company. When he returned to the U.S., he settled in New York and had a successful career on Wall Street.

He and Cookie shared their time between an apartment in Manhattan and a home in Bedford, first on Pound Ridge Road, then their current house on Guard Hill Road. Eighteen years ago, the couple and their daughter, who was about to start school, moved here full time.

Ms. Friedler said she and her family were touched by the expressions of sympathy and condolences they received this week.

Mr. Friedler did not want a public service, so his family held a private one at his graveside this week.

The family asked that anyone wishing to make a donation in Mr. Friedler’s memory do so online or via mail to Smilow Cancer Hospital at the Yale Cancer Center. Online donations can be made at, or checks can be mailed to Smilow Cancer Hospital, P.O. Box 208028, New Haven, CT 06520.

Shirley Anne McManus, former Katonah resident

Shirley Anne (nee Whelan) McManus, a former resident of Katonah, died April 13 in Westerly, R.I., following a brief illness.

Born to David Everett Whelan and Alice Whelan on July 5, 1928, in Providence, R.I., Mrs. McManus graduated magna cum laude from Classical High School in 1945, and from Manhattanville College in 1949 with a degree in nursing.

She met her future husband, Dr. James E. McManus, of Hollis, Queens while each were employed at the French Hospital in New York City, she as a nurse and he as a surgical resident. They married in 1950 and lived in East Norwich and Douglaston, Queens, until 1962, when they moved to Katonah. They lived there for the next 40 years before eventually moving to Kingston, R.I., in 2005.

Mrs. McManus was a long-time member of the Westchester County League of Women Voters, served on the town committee of the Democratic Party in Bedford and was a parishioner at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Katonah. An accomplished lawn and paddle tennis player, she helped establish the women’s tennis program at Katonah Memorial Park, served as player-captain of the town’s lawn and paddle tennis teams and for many years was an instructor in the town’s recreational youth and women’s tennis programs.

She was a voracious reader of both fiction and nonfiction literature, and made a daily practice of completing the New York Times crossword puzzle, often in well under an hour. She was an accomplished gardener, chef and an aficionado of all genres of music, especially classical and heartland America folk music and an avid member-supporter of several environmental and human rights organizations.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. McManus is survived by her daughter and son-in law, Drs. Susan McManus and Robert Pickoff of Morristown, N.J., and Rodgers Rock Ticonderoga; sons and daughters-in-law James Jr. and Suzanne McManus of South Salem; John McManus and Dr. Marsha Kallich of Princeton, N.J.; Thomas and Kaori McManus of Ridgefield, Conn.; Dr. Paul and Elizabeth McManus of Altanta, Ga.; David and Susan Smiga-McManus of Etna, N.H., and Kevin and Renee McManus of Newtown, Conn.; her 16 grandchildren, including Dylan, Kate, James, Michael, Conor, Ryan, Margaret, Padraic, Kenneth, Liam, Zackary, Erika, Jack, Kiely, Reilly, and Lucie; and her two brothers, David W. Whelan, U.S.N. (retired) of Seattle, Wash., and Dr. Richard J. Whelan of East Greenwich, R.I. She was predeceased by her brother, John Everett Whelan.

Donations may be made in her name to Manhattanville College, Purchase, or to Christ the King Church in Kingston.

Peter Belliveau, Pound Ridge resident

Peter Belliveau of Pound Ridge died from a stroke in December of last year.

Mr. Belliveau was born in New Britain, Conn., and on graduation from New Britain Senior High School joined the U.S. Air Force. After four years in the service, he attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in advertising design. His career spanned over 28 years in pharmaceutical advertising in Manhattan, during which he received several awards.

In retirement Mr. Belliveau became an avid collector of clocks and was president of his  local chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. He leaves his wife, Lorraine; his daughter, Allison; and two grandsons who live in Texas.

Samuel Brock, John Jay graduate, 25

Samuel Brock, 25, son of Deborah and Bruce and brother to Lucas and Hannah, died on Tuesday, April 10, in his home in Los Angeles, Calif. He grew up in South Salem, attended John Jay High School, and graduated from the California Institute of the Arts. Family members described him as “in love with music, brimming with ideas and joy. He is deeply mourned by his family, friends, and community.” In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to

Marguerite Rae (de Smet) Wiess

Marguerite Rae (de Smet) Wiess, 80, a resident of Fishkill, previously of Peekskill and Pound Ridge, died peacefully on March 17 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and as a child she and her late parents, George and Kathryn, moved to Arlington, Mass.

She graduated from Arlington High School, Cornell University and Harvard Law School, where she was in one of the first classes that admitted women. She was admitted to the bar in 1956, and early in her career she clerked for Judge Murphy in New York City. From 1975 to 1977 she served on the Pound Ridge Zoning Board and from 1978 to 1985 she served as a councilwoman on the town board. She retired from the Westchester County attorney’s office in 2000.

Ms. Wiess is survived by five children and five grandchildren: Jim and his wife, Debbie, of Boston, Mass.; John and his wife, Maryellen, and son, Matt, of Wood-Ridge, N.J.; Rich and his wife, Helen, and children Christina and Jordan, of Monroe, Conn.; Kathy, of New York City; and Bill and his wife, Ursula, and sons Wilson and Blair, of Mill Valley, Calif.

Donations in Ms. Wiess’s name to Salesian Missions or Doctors Without Borders would be appreciated. 

Margaret (Scanlon) Murphy, area resident

Margaret (Scanlon) Murphy, 85, of South Salem, wife of Paul E. Murphy, died on Wednesday, March 28, at Somers Manor Nursing & Skilled Care Center in Somers.

Mrs. Murphy was born in Boston, Mass., April 4, 1926, a daughter of the late Leonard and Margaret (McLaughlin) Scanlon. She attended Boston schools and spent much of her time sailing Cape Cod Bay with her father. After high school graduation, she worked in the office of Scientific Research and Development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mrs. Murphy and her husband were wed in Boston in 1950. They resided in Boston until 1962, when they moved to Commack, L.I., where Mrs. Murphy was a teacher’s aide. They lived there for twenty-seven years. Upon retirement, they moved to South Salem in 1989.

Mrs. Murphy was an accomplished dressmaker, enjoyed knitting, quilting and playing the piano. She attended St. Mary Church, Ridgefield.

In addition to her husband of 62 years, Mrs. Murphy is survived by three daughters, Paula Murphy of New Canaan, Conn.; Lorraine Murphy-Starr and her husband, Gary, of Pound Ridge; and Ann Nolan and her husband, Tim, with whom they made their home; a sister, Eleanor Groves of Mexico, Mo.; and four grandchildren, Jack Starr, and Terence, Sarah and Emma Nolan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 14, at 10:15 a.m. at St. Mary Church, Ridgefield, Conn., with Fr. Peter K. Smolik, parochial vicar, officiating. Interment will take place on Cape Cod.

The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield, on Friday, April 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Westchester County Chapter, 2 Gannett Dr., Suite LC, White Plains NY 10604 would be greatly appreciated.

Richard Taylor Williams Sr., Bedford resident

Richard Taylor Williams Sr. of Bedford died Monday, April 9.

Mr. Williams was born the son of Edwin Taylor and Arline Little Williams in Orange, N.J., Jan. 31, 1931. He attended the Pennington School and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Thereafter, until retirement in 2000, he worked at Williams Automatic heating and air conditioning in Tuckahoe, serving for three decades as its president. He also served on the board of American Republic Insurance.

He married Julianne Lay, who survives him, on Nov. 24, 1956. He is also survived by their children, Richard Taylor Williams Jr. of Fort Worth, Texas; Sheryl Lynn Williams of Copake; David Lay Williams of Chicago, Ill.; and foster daughter Julie Micone, as well as three grandsons, Paul, Matthew, and Benjamin Williams.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Camphill Village USA (

David P. McNamara, local resident

David P. McNamara of Somers died on April 1.

Mr. McNamara was born Sept. 3, 1920, in Great Barrington, Mass. He was the son of the late John F. and the late Florence (Riordan) McNamara. The family moved to Garden City, where he was raised, and attended Garden City High School, graduating in 1938.

He served in the U.S. Army from January 1942 to September 1945 with the 29th Division, landing at Omaha Beach during the Normandy invasion. He was decorated with the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Air Medals. He later served with the National Guard in the 42nd Infantry Division.

Mr. McNamara was senior vice president at William Douglas McAdams, a pharmaceutical advertising agency in New York City, then created and ran Macor Publishing, publishing medical journals.

Mr. McNamara was predeceased by his wife, Nina. He is survived by four children: Owen McNamara of Bloomfield, Conn.; Mimi Hopgood and her husband, James, of Boonton N.J.; Katie Brunner and her husband, Rick, of Bedford Hills; and Margherita Farrell and her husband, Bryan, of Darien, Conn., and seven grandchildren as well as his brother, Eugene McNamara, of Phoenix, Ariz., and sisters Jane Coughlin and Brenda Millette of Northampton, Mass.

A private family cremation was held and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Anne Catherine Esack, longtime Katonah resident

Anne Catherine Esack, 89, a longtime resident of Katonah, died Thursday, March 22, in Brewster. Born March 31, 1922, in Yonkers, she was the daughter of the late William S. and Carmel Foster and lived most of her life in Katonah and Port St. Lucie, Fla. Mrs. Esack was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Bernard Esack, and a son, Richard Esack.

Her hobbies included gardening and spending time with her family. She enjoyed vacations at the beach and traveling. She will be remembered not only for the love of her four children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but for her kindness and caring spirit.

Mrs. Esack is survived by a son, Donald B. Esack Jr., and his wife, Marylou, of Pawling; Patricia Esack, of North Bend, Wash.; and Marilyn Drevik and her husband, Darren, of Manhattan. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Donald Esack III and his wife, Elizabeth, of Pleasant Valley; Maureen Garland and her husband, Chris, of Pawling; Sue DiVestea and her husband, Ken, of Union Vale; Erin Anne Brady of Roswell, Ga.; and Richard Charles Brady, of Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 9, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Katonah. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne.

Joyce B. Smith, lifelong area resident

Joyce B. Smith, a lifelong resident of the Katonah area, died on March 6 at her home in Bedford Hills. Mrs. Smith was the daughter of the late Lelon and Edna Brooks.

She is survived by her son, Mitchell C. Smith of Catskill; her granddaughter, Olivia L. Smith; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 38 years, Richard W. Smith, and her daughter, Lucinda L. Smith. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. March 24 at St. Mark’s Church, Mount Kisco.

Madeline C. Yodice, longtime Katonah resident

Madeline C. Yodice, 86, a longtime resident of Katonah and also of the Country House in Yorktown Heights, died on Feb. 23.

Miss Yodice was born Sept. 23, 1925, in Katonah. She was the daughter of the late Ralph Yodice Sr. and the late Anna (Ruocco) Yodice. She was a telephone operator for AT&T in Mount Kisco for 40 years.

Miss Yodice is survived by her sister, Mary Santori, of Sarasota, Fla.; her nieces, Janet Luff of Andover, N.J., Marianne Holian of Kinnelon, N.J. and Mary Stephens of Sarasota, Fla.; her nephew, Frank Panetta, of Succasunna, N.J.; as well as six great-nieces and -nephews and three great-great nieces.

Burial took place at St. Francis Cemetery, Mount Kisco.

Thomas L. Feeney, lifelong Bedford Hills resident

Thomas L. Feeney, age 54, a lifelong resident of Bedford Hills, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Cape Carteret, N.C.

Mr. Feeney was born June 28, 1957, in Mount Kisco. He was the son of the late Richard and the late Adelaide (Medeiros) Feeney.

Mr. Feeney was predeceased by his wife, Cindy Smith Feeney. He is survived by his daughter, Tara Anne Feeney; and his sisters and brothers: Patricia Mahoney and her husband, Kevin; Richard; Kathy; Lisa Yozzo and her husband, Robert; Pamela Lacko and her husband, John; and Michael Feeney and his wife, Bethany. He is also survived by eight nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends on Friday, Feb. 24, from 6 to 9 p.m., with a memorial service starting at 7:30 p.m. at Clark Associates Funeral Home, Katonah.

Mary E. Hayes, Katonah resident

Mary E. Hayes, 91, of Katonah, died Saturday, Feb. 18, at home.

Mrs. Hayes was born May 2, 1920, in Eustic, Fla. She was the daughter of the late Henry and the late Eleanor (Anderson) Miller.

She was employed by William A. Kelly Inc. of Katonah as a secretary until her retirement in 1990.

Mrs. Hayes is survived by her son, Mickey Hayes and his wife, Lauren; her daughter, Lauren B. Jarmoszko of Montville, N.J.; four grandchildren: Jamie Jarmoszko, Sarah Quinn and her husband, Dan; Krystyna McDonald and her husband, Eric; and Jennifer Jarmoszko; a brother, Ralcey Miller; and a sister, Grace Emmons.

Mrs. Hayes was well-known for her walking throughout Katonah. She was the secretary for the Bedford Historical Society and an avid quilter and member of the Nutmeg Quilting Society of Ridgefield, Conn.

A graveside service was held on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Bedford Union Cemetery, Clinton Road, Bedford.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent directly to the Women’s Guild of the First Presbyterian Church of Katonah, 31 Bedford Road, Katonah NY 10536.

Judith Lawson, longtime Pound Ridge resident

Judith Lawson, age 71, a resident of Pound Ridge for many years, died Friday evening, Feb. 10, at her home with her daughters by her side.

Born May 21, 1940, in Huntington, L.I., Mrs. Lawson was the daughter of the late Bernard and Esther Stevens.

Mrs. Lawson grew up in Huntington and Northport, L.I. She began her college career at the University of Chicago and eventually graduated from Cornell University. She then attended Stanford University graduate school to study science. While at Stanford, she met her husband and left graduate school to move back to the East Coast, where she worked as a research scientist in Manhattan.

Mrs. Lawson left her job to raise two daughters in Armonk. When her girls were older, she went to Fordham University to earn a master’s degree in social work. She became a psychotherapist, eventually practicing privately with offices both at her home and in Rockland County. She specialized in individual and family therapy.

She was an avid animal lover and devoted much time to volunteering as a docent at the Bronx Zoo. She was also a world traveler who visited varied locales ranging from Africa to Israel to Russia and most recently Central America. Although a busy woman with varied interests, her greatest joy in the last years of her life was spending time with her four grandchildren.

Mrs. Lawson is survived by her daughter Suzanne Lawson and her husband, Michael Earley, and their two children, Thomas and Jane Earley, of North Falmouth, Mass.; and her daughter Pamela Lawson and her two children, Frances and Agatha Ryan, of Pound Ridge. She is also survived by her sister, Ann Stevens.

A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. at the Hoyt Funeral Home, 199 Main St., New Canaan, Conn. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wildlife Conservation Society,

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Carmelina Curra, longtime Bedford Hills resident

Carmelina Curra, an 80-year resident of Bedford Hills, died at her home on Feb. 6 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. She was 86 years old.

Mrs. Curra was born Nov. 27, 1925, in Calabria, Italy, to the late Frank Purello and Concettina Picera Purello. She was educated at St. Mary’s in Katonah and had training in banking and nursing. She was retired from the Department of Corrections in Bedford Hills.

Mrs. Curra married her husband, John, who survives her, on March 25, 1955. She is also survived by her children John Jr., Linda Hanrahan, and Tina Curra, as well as eight grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Rosie.

A funeral Mass was held on Thursday at St. Mary’s Church, Katonah.

Charles Howard McDuffie, 84, longtime Bedford volunteer

Charles Howard McDuffie, 84, died at home on Jan. 22.

Mr. McDuffie was born in Lawrence, Mass., on Feb. 22, 1927, son of Katharine Selden McDuffie and Charles Dennett McDuffie. He grew up in North Andover and attended Phillips Academy, Andover, graduating in 1945. He entered Yale University in 1945, served in the U.S. Army for 16 months, and graduated from Yale in 1950.

Mr. McDuffie worked at American Woolen Company and then at Burlington Industries, planning and designing textiles as vice president for product development in Burlington's menswear division. He married Ann Van Norden in 1954, and they lived in New York before moving to Bedford in 1957.

He traveled to Europe, Asia, Central and South America for both work and leisure, loved music of all types, was an avid reader of historical and cultural nonfiction, and enjoyed gourmet cooking.

Following his retirement in 1992, Mr. McDuffie was active in many local volunteer jobs. He served on the board of Bedford Audubon Society for several years as vice president and treasurer and helped with the improvement and refurbishing of the society’s headquarters. At Marsh Sanctuary, he enjoyed outdoor work and served on the executive committee as treasurer. He served on the Bedford Town Housing Committee and was treasurer for the Blue Mountain Housing Development Corporation. He also oversaw and helped with several housing renovations. With A-HOME, he was on the President’s Council, an advisory committee to the president.

With the Appalachian Service Program, which helps poor people with various needs, he went to Tennessee in the summer on two occasions. With Bridges to Community, which has the same mission, Mr. McDuffie worked in Nicaragua for several weeks one summer.

As a trustee of the Katonah Village Library, he was active on the Building and Grounds Committee. Even when his term ended in 2007, he continued to volunteer his time and talent. At the Community Center more time and talent was used in a variety of ways, including repair and construction.

When it was apparent that the long, low branch of the Bedford Oak was in danger of breaking, Mr. McDuffie obtained permission from the Bedford Historical Society, assembled a few friends and arranged the shaping and placing of the needed support.

Mr. McDuffie is survived by his brother, Frederic Clement McDuffie, M.D.; his wife, Ann; four daughters, Sunshine Tartter, Carrington McDuffie, Katharine Etchells and Margaret McDuffie; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, March 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Church, Bedford, followed by a reception at the Parish House. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Community Center, 84 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY 10536. 

Robert Allen Rubinstein, former Katonah resident

Robert “Bob” Rubinstein, 75, a Middlebury resident and previously a longtime resident of Katonah, died at home on Feb. 3 with his wife by his side after a battle with cancer.

He was born in New York City on Dec. 18, 1936, the son of the late Herman and Fanny (Trachtenberg) Rubinstein. Before his retirement, Mr. Rubinstein was the self-employed owner of Karl’s Garage & Motor Service Inc. in Riverdale. Prior to that he worked for Lotus East in Manhattan. He was also a veteran of the Korean War.

After briefly attending City College of New York and completing his service in Korea, Mr. Rubinstein worked for Johns Manville before deciding to create his career around what he loved most: the automobile. His talents in this field were broad: an expert at complex repairs, including exotic cars, automotive sales and test-driving special models.

He gained some fame on the regional amateur racing circuit when, throughout the ’60s and the early ’70s, he won dozens of trophies and awards for slalom or obstacle course, driving his white Jaguar at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.

He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Jaguar Club. Especially, he was known to his friends and family for his jovial nature and penchant for humor of all kinds.

Mr. Rubinstein is survived by his wife of 30 years, Constance Burak Rubinstein; his sons, Gary and Jay, both of Hoboken, N.J.; and his stepdaughter, Johanna Bates; her husband, Colin Mitchell; and their son, Emlyn Mitchell-Bates, of Montague, Mass.

He also leaves a sister, Helene Rubinstein Bergman, of Manhattan. He was predeceased by his brother, Joel Rubinstein. He is also survived by his niece, Meredith Bergman Apicella; her husband, David Apicella; and their son, Ben, of Stamford, Conn.; and his nephew, David Bergman, of Manhattan. His previous marriage to Joan Hoffman Rubinstein-Payne ended in divorce.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101 or Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, 405 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810.

Elizabeth Beardsley, longtime Katonah resident

Elizabeth W. Beardsley, 91, of Heritage Hills, Somers, died peacefully at home on Jan. 25 following a short illness.

A longtime resident of Katonah, Mrs. Beardsley was born in Minneapolis to Percy Wash and Elizabeth Stacy Wash on May 6, 1920. She was a graduate of Wellesley College (1942) and received an M.L.S. degree in library science from Long Island University (1977). She served on the Katonah-Lewisboro board of education from 1960 to 1968 and was director of the Katonah Village Library from 1974 to 1988. She was a member of and a volunteer with many local community organizations, including the League of Women Voters, Katonah Village Improvement Society, Wellesley in Westchester and the Somers Library.

Shewill be remembered for her independent spirit, her passion for reading, bridge, politics and education in all their aspects, a love of travel and cooking, and a deep engagement with the lives of family and friends. Childhood summers spent on the North Shore of Lake Superior fostered in her a love of the outdoors and conservation, and in her later years she led large family trips to Block Island, the Canadian Rockies, the coast of Maine and the south of France.

Mrs. Beardsley was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, James Beardsley, a well-known local artist, in 2004. She is survived by a sister, Margaret Van Tassell; two daughters, Ann and Mary; three sons, James, Peter, and John; 10 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. A private interment will be held. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in her name to the Katonah Village Library.

Pauline O’Connor, longtime Bedford Hills resident

Pauline O’Connor, 88, a longtime resident of Bedford Hills, died on Jan. 26 at Waterview Hills. She and her twin sister, Betty, were born in Elgin, Scotland, Dec. 29, 1923, to Paul and Ann MacDonald. The family immigrated through Canada into the United States settling in Katonah, where Mrs. O’Connor grew up. She became a registered nurse after attending the University of Michigan and worked at Northern Westchester Hospital.

She married Eugene O’Connor after his return from World War II and had three children: Thomas, Barbara and Joan. She was predeceased by her husband; her daughter Barbara; and her sister. She is survived by her children Thomas O’Connor and Joan O’Connor; a daughter-in-law, Eileen O’Connor; and four grandchildren: Jamie O’Connor, Jason O’Connor, Leighann Terraforte and Megan Terraforte.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Fund.

Ruth Buehler, longtime Pound Ridge resident

Ruth S. Buehler, a longtime resident of Pound Ridge, died on Jan. 20 at the age of 93 at Meadow Ridge in Redding, Conn.

Born Ruth Arnold Shontz in Port Washington, she attended Syracuse University and Smith College (class of ’41) majoring in art and art history.  She was an accomplished children’s portrait artist for many years.

In 1943 she married Robert Buehler. Together they were active in the community for five decades.

Mrs. Buehler will be remembered for her leadership in the Pound Ridge Garden Club and the Pound Ridge Historical Society, including the 1976 publication of “Pound Ridge Cemeteries,” a photographic essay she wrote. She often did flower arrangements for the Pound Ridge Community Church, where she was a member. In the 1990s she worked with children of inmates at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility doing watercolor, pen-and-ink and finger-paint drawing. Her art talent was a great asset to her husband’s business, Weblon Inc.; she often worked with him in fabric designs for awnings, canopies and boat covers. They were both early members of Waccabuc Country Club and avid golfers.

She will be deeply missed by her friends in Pound Ridge; at Meadow Ridge, the retirement community where she spent her last years; and by her family: her daughter, Barbara, and son-in-law, Dale Laurin, of New York City; her son, Peter, and daughter-in-law, Kati, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; her grandsons Peter and Rudy and Rudy’s wife, Sarah; and her great-grandson, Jack.

A celebration of her life is being planned at Meadow Ridge (contact Barbara at, and memorial gifts may be sent to the Meadow Ridge Employee Appreciation Fund at 100 Redding Road, Redding, CT 06896. 

Mary Ellen Alpi, lifelong area resident

Mary Ellen Alpi of Port St. Lucie, Fla., a native of Mount Kisco, formerly of Bedford Hills, died on Jan. 3. She was 83 years old and the wife of Edward V. Alpi Jr.

Mrs. Alpi will be remembered not only for her love of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but for her strong faith, her kindness and mostly for always putting others before herself.

Mrs. Alpi is survived by three daughters, Jane Zink and her husband, Kevin, of Mansfield, Pa.; Anita Rotyliano and her husband, Joseph, of Rockledge, Fla.; Veronica Alfredo and her husband, Rob, of Ridgefield, Conn.; two sons, Edward Alpi III of Goldens Bridge and James Alpi and his wife, Donna, of Arlington, Va.; 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She is also survived by a brother, Thomas Fox, and his wife, Ronnie, of Chatham, Mass.; a sister, Catherine Stevens, of South Salem; and a brother-in-law, William Reilly, of Katonah. A sister, Margaret Reilly, of Katonah, predeceased her.

The family will receive friends and family on Friday, Jan. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Road, Katonah. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 117 Valley Road, Katonah. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Somers.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation for breast cancer research to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Helen S. Lazzaro, former Katonah-Lewisboro teacher Helen S. Lazzaro, 94, of Katonah, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Northern Westchester Hospital.

Mrs. Lazzaro was born July 27, 1917, in Glen Cove. She was the daughter of the late Frederick and the late Helen (O’Brien) Stroppel.

She graduated from St. Joseph’s College for Women and received her master’s degree from Teachers College at Columbia University. She was a social studies teacher for the Katonah-Lewisboro School District and for many years was also a substitute teacher. Later, she worked at the Book Worm in Katonah.

Mrs. Lazzaro was predeceased by her husband of 36 years, Dominick N. Lazzaro, in 1984. She is survived by two daughters: Anne Miller and her husband, Roger, of Loudonville; Jean Barrett of Yorktown Heights; and two sons: Robert Lazzaro and his wife, Beth, of Hopewell Junction; and William Lazzaro and his wife, Elaine, of Mount Airy, Md. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Her family will receive friends at Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Road, Katonah, on Friday, Jan. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption RC Church, 117 Valley Road, Katonah.

Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Katonah Village Library or St. Mary’s Church.

Annie B. Swenson, former Bedford resident

Annie B. Swenson, a former resident of Bedford Village, died Dec. 24 at the Redwoods in Mill Valley, Calif., the assisted living facility she called home for the last 11 years. She was five days shy of her 100th birthday.

Born Dec. 28, 1911, to Harry and Annie Elliott Adams, Mrs. Swenson was the youngest of nine children and graduated from Mount Kisco High School in 1930. She then attended the Merchants and Bankers’ Business and Secretarial School, and upon graduation in 1931, worked as a secretary on Wall Street for several years.

She married Harold Swenson of Bedford on Sept. 5, 1940.

Mrs. Swenson was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and while in Bedford was an active member of the Bedford Presbyterian Church. She loved to travel, was an avid walker and reader, and enjoyed the company of her large circle of friends. In 2000 she moved to the Redwoods retirement home in Mill Valley, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, in December 1974. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Jay Knox, and a grandson, Michael Knox, all of Corte Madera, Calif. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews in Rhode Island, Virginia, Florida and Nevada.

A memorial service will be held in Bedford Village in the summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Redwoods, Mill Valley, Calif.

Grazia Cambareri, Bedford Hills resident

Grazia Cambareri (nee Oliveri), 88, of Bedford Hills, died Jan. 2.

Born June 8, 1923, in Solano, Italy, Mrs. Cambareri was predeceased by her husband, Annunziato Cambareri, and a brother, Fortunato Oliveri. She is survived by her brothers, Antonio and Umberto Oliveri, as well as her children, Nina and Rocco Tripodi, Pino and Melina Cambareri and Maria and Giuseppe Bueti. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Angela and Giuseppe Gioffre, Grace and Diego Cardillo, Grace and Stephen Latus, Carmela and Stephen Slansky, Judy and Troy Coleman, Nancy and Bobby Cardea, Nunzio and Maria Tripodi, Joseph Cambareri and Lydia Cambareri, and her great-grandchildren, Daniela and Stefania Gioffre, Sam, Rocco and Francesco Cardillo, Maribelle, Luke and Noah Slansky, Troy, Ariana and Jeffece Coleman, Courtney and Bobbie Cardea, and Isabella, Nina and Rocco Tripodi.