Ferne Bendel (Bramhall), a longtime South Salem resident and competitive swimmer, died Sept 4. She was 96.
She was born in the Bronx, where she attended St. Nicholas of Tolentine elementary and high schools. She graduated from New York University, where she was president of the day student body and captain of the swimming and diving team. She was a successful competitive swimmer and diver for a number of years and met her future husband, Charles, at a pool in Astoria, Queens. He also was an accomplished swimmer and deep sea diver.
After they were married, the couple purchased a property in Twin Lakes Village in South Salem so they could share their love of the water. They were the first to buy on the lake, her family said. They relished the beauty and tranquility of the lake throughout her life, according to her family.
Her other interests included reading and making trips to the local library, where she found a connection to the town and all her friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a daughter, Shannon. Survivors include a daughter, Alice (Bill), sons-in-law David Robinette and Don Campbell, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Burial was scheduled to be held Thursday, Sept. 10, at South Salem Cemetery with a graveside service. A mass and memorial service will be scheduled at a later date due to COVID-19.
Memorial donations can be made in her name to the Lewisboro Library at lewislibrary.org.