Compiled by Robin Jovanovich 


Mary Burns


obit-crop-mary burnsMary Burns, beloved mother, grandmother, and friend passed away April 14, 2014 at the age of 88. Mary, or Nana as her grandchildren called her, lived a life defined by selflessness, unwavering faith, and great joy that will live on in the memories and actions of her family and friends.


Born Mary Barr on October 25, 1925 in Park Slope, Brooklyn, she was the devoted wife of James J. Burns for 57 years, and a passionate elementary school educator for over 30 years.


A fixture in the Rye community, Mrs. Burns was an active and dedicated member of Resurrection Parish, Coveleigh Club, and the Rye Woman’s Club, known always for her energy and radiant smile.


She is survived by her sons, James and Robert; her daughters, Mimi and Patti; and her six grandchildren: Joe, Mark, Katie, Stephen, Peter, and Jackie. She was loved by all.


The family will receive friends at Graham Funeral Home April 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of the Resurrection on April 16 at 10 a.m.  


Donations in her memory may be made to San Miguel Academy, 245 Renwich Street, Newburgh, NY 12550.


Kay Bayha


obit-kay bayhaKathryn M. Bayha, a lifelong Rye resident, passed away peacefully at home on April 9, 2014.


She was born Kathryn Marie Otto on November 2, 1930, the daughter of Walter J. and Delia Curley Otto. Known as Kate when she was younger, she grew up on Locust Avenue in downtown Rye. She was educated at Resurrection Elementary School and Rye High School. The RHS Class of 1948 voted her the most “good natured.” After graduation, she started her career at Rye National Bank, and then the Homelite Corporation. 


In 1953, at the Church of the Resurrection, she married George Christopher Bayha Sr., also a native of Rye. They had three children. He passed away in 1973.


As an elected member of the City of Rye Board of Education from 1972 until 1978, Mrs. Bayha supported efforts to improve public education in the Rye school system and worked diligently to keep costs at a minimum for Rye taxpayers.


When she returned to the workforce in 1978, she worked for over ten years as an administrative assistant for the B’nai B’rith Women. She was the sole provider of administrative support to the Northeast Regional office and was known for her “customer service” to members, officers, and the Regional Board. She was recognized with multiple commendations from the organization. 


In 1995, she joined the Rye Seniors and reconnected with many old friends. She spoke often about the great joy she received from the many friendships, new and rekindled, during the later years of her life. She served as President of Rye Seniors from 2008 to 2011 and always remained vocal on senior rights. She was an active member of their knitting club and loved the group trips.  


She enjoyed nature walks and bird watching at Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary and was an advocate for the preservation of wildlife and historical structures. An avid gardener, she loved sharing this pastime with her grandchildren.  


A devoted mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and volunteer, she is survived by her three children: Martha Malpica of Rye, Maureen O’Brien of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and George Christopher Bayha Jr. of Rye; five grandchildren: Anicia Malpica, Kathryn Peterson (Brent), Astasia Peterson (Steven), Kendall O’Brien, and Regan O’Brien; and four great-grandchildren: Emma Grace, Darla Kay, August, and Shane Warren Peterson. She was predeceased by her three older brothers: Walter, Charles, and Thomas Otto, all natives of Rye. 


The family wishes to express its love and gratitude to Maxine Williams of Queens, for her caregiving during the last few months of Kay’s life. “Maxine provided great love, grace and care as Kay traveled the last portion of her journey in this world,” said her family.  


A Christian Mass in celebration of her life will be held at Church of the Resurrection in Rye on May 10 at 12:30 p.m.


If you would like to honor Kay’s life, donations “in memory of Kay Bayha” may be made to Rye Brook Seniors, 32 Garibaldi Place, Rye Brook, NY 10573; or Rye Seniors, 281 Midland Avenue, Rye, NY 10580. 


Jessie Payne


obit-jessie payneJessie Blackhall Payne, a longtime Rye resident, passed away peacefully at home on April 8, 2014, just a few weeks before her 100th birthday.


She was born on June 3, 1914 in Hollis, New York, to Alfred and Williamina Blackhall. She was a registered nurse, and it was while working at New Rochelle Hospital that she met her future husband, Gordon S. Payne, who was recovering from surgery. For many years she worked as a nurse at Playland.


For more than 20 years, Mrs. Payne owned and operated The Little Gift Shop on Elm Place, which she called her “occupational therapy.” On Wednesdays, she closed the shop and volunteered at the Rye Presbyterian Church thrifty Shop.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon S. Payne, and their son, David S. Payne.


She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Laurie Payne; her grandsons Christopher and Jason; and five great-grandchildren: Maggie, Max, Zoe, Julia, and Ethan.


A memorial service was held April 14 at Rye Presbyterian Church, with internment at Greenwood Union Cemetery following the service.


Mary Brine Fahey


obit mary faheyMary Elizabeth Brine Fahey, a 35-year resident of Rye, died peacefully on April 3, 2014 after a yearlong struggle with ALS. She was 81. Her beloved husband of 55 years, Robert (Bob) Joseph Fahey, passed away last April.


Mrs. Fahey was a loving and loyal spouse, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and volunteer. She was also a wonderful cook, gardener, and seamstress. Her Sunday, holiday, and birthday dinners for family and friends were well prepared, beautifully presented, and always served hot with a welcoming smile. She belonged to the Little Garden Club of Rye and enjoyed planting and making colorful flower centerpieces. Her hand-sewn curtains can be found in all of her children’s homes.


She had an eye for detail and appreciation for residential real estate. She worked with The Corcoran Group in New York City for nine years, first partnering with her sister, Barbara Brine, then working independently. In 1988, she won the firm’s award broker of the year award.


A lifelong Roman Catholic and daily communicant, she was also an active volunteer, belonging to The Twig, POTS, and other organizations. As Dame and Knight of Malta, she and her husband served communion to those suffering from AIDS in New York City. She enjoyed bridge and played competitively with her friends until she became ill.


She was born on August 5, 1932 to William Henry Brine and Marianne Healy Brine, and grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. After marrying in 1957, the Faheys moved to Belmont, Massachusetts. For a time, they also owned a home in Prout’s Neck, Maine, and enjoyed cruising in Saco Bay and surrounding waters. In 1978, they moved their family to Rye, and soon joined American Yacht Club.


Mrs. Fahey is mourned by her five children and in-laws: Michelle and Bill Ganon of La Jolla, California, Christopher Fahey of Rye, Timothy and Eileen Fahey of Guilford, Connecticut, Matthew and Missie Fahey of Rye, and Constance and Christopher Dingle of Toronto. She also leaves 12 grandchildren: Meredith, Carolyn and Robert Benjamin (R.B.) Ganon; Michael and Brendan Fahey; George Fahey; Quinn, Peter, and Harry Fahey; and Cordelia, Conrad, and Charles Dingle. She is survived by four siblings and their spouses: William and Ann Brine of Hanover, New Hampshire; Barbara Brine of Rye, Peter and Karen Brine of Hanover, New Hampshire, and Jack and Christina Largay of Centerville, Massachusetts. She was predeceased by her brothers, Christopher and Benedict Brine.


A Mass of Christian Burial was held April 7 at Church of the Resurrection. In accordance with her wishes, donations may be made in Mary Fahey’s memory to the Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA/ALS Multidisciplinary Care Center at Columbia University. (Columbia University Medical Center, Office of Development, 100 Haven Avenue, Suite 29D, New York, NY 10032). 


The family wishes to express its gratitude to Hospice and Mary’s caregivers during her last several months, especially Margaret Ramtahal and Paulette Blue. They also want to acknowledge Wendy Seaver and Marion Glennon, who graciously brought the Holy Eucharist to Mary for the past several months.


Leonard Bisceglia


obit-leonard biscegliaLeonard P. Bisceglia passed away on March 3. The longtime Rye resident was 62.


Born in New Rochelle on January 5, 1952, he was the son of Leonard and Mary Olive Cramer Bisceglia.


After graduating from Rye High School, Class of 1970, he attended the University of Bridgeport, where he majored in History. While in college he played defensive end in football and was a member of Alpha Gamma Phi, where he met his future wife.


On December 17, 1977 he married Susan Holander, beginning a 37-year marriage and raising three sons.


He was the owner of ICW, Inc., which he sold to Kass Industrial in 2004. He continued working for Kass until his death.


Locally, he was a member of Rye Golf Club and the Rye Fish and Game Club, where he will be fondly remembered for the Steak and Brew Parties. He coached Little League and CYO Basketball and served as president of the Rye High School Football Association.


Mr. Bisceglia was a communicant of Resurrection Church. He loved to read, travel, play golf, and collect things. The thing he enjoyed most was being with his family and friends. "Len had a wonderful sense of humor and loved playing practical jokes," recalled his family.


In addition to his wife Susan, he is survived by his sons: Jason and his wife Kelly, Peter, and Gaetan Bisceglia, a grandson, Leo Jackson Bisceglia; two sisters: Connie Lawler and her husband Andrew and Mary Lou Ossmann and her husband Charles; many nieces and nephews; and his mother-in-law, Hazel Holander.


A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Church of the Resurrection on March 7. Interment followed at St. Mary Cemetery in Rye Brook.


Donations may be made in memory of Leonard Bisceglia to a charity of your choice.


Frank DeBease

OBIT-Frank-DeBeaseFrank DeBease passed away February 11, 2014. The longtime Rye resident was 93.

He attended Port Chester schools and Pace College in New York City. During World War II, he served as a staff sergeant in the Army Air Force in England, specializing in intelligence and aerial photography interpretation.

Mr. DeBease joined Empire Brushes Inc., formerly the world’s largest brush manufacturing firm in Port Chester, in 1946. He rose through the ranks to become Vice President, Manufacturing in 1964, with responsibility for operations at headquarters, the main plant facility, the warehouse and distribution center, and two subsidiary plants in North Carolina and Mississippi. His final assignment, prior to retiring, was the consolidation of all operations at the North Carolina site. Empire Brushes was eventually sold to Rubbermaid, Inc.

He was active in the National and International Brush Manufacturers Association, serving for a time as its vice president, and of the National Association of Brush Manufacturers, for which he served as chairman of several divisions over the years.

Devoted to his family, he enjoyed golf, music, gardening, and gin rummy.

Mr. DeBease was predeceased by his wife, Lucy (LaRusso). He is survived by seven children: Ellen Carr of Henderson, Nev., Roberta Bennett of Black Forest, Colo., Celeste DeBease, Ph.D. of BalaCynwyd, Pa., Catherine DeBease of Everett, Mass., Michael DeBease of Ridgefield, Conn., Peter DeBease of Scotch Plains, N.J., and Mark DeBease of Rye; three grandchildren, Garrett and Grant DeBease and Adrienne Bennett; his step-grandchildren, Robert and Catherine Westerman; his brothers, Arnold DeBease of Tucson and John DeBease of Mamaroneck; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will hold a private service, respecting Mr. De Bease’s wishes.



Marion Williams

OBIT-WilliamsMarion O’Hara Williams, 91, a lifelong resident of Rye, passed away on February 18, 2014. The cause was cancer.

She was born on June 20, 1922 in Yonkers to Joseph and Victoria O’Hara. Shortly thereafter the family moved to Rye.

After attending Resurrection School, she graduated from Rye High School, Class of 1940. She went on to attend Ohio Wesleyan University and Westchester Community College.

She married Chester T. Williams in 1942, shortly before his departure for military service in the Navy. During World War II, in support of the war effort, Mrs. Williams worked at a battery manufacturing facility in Port Chester.
For some twenty years, she was the Assistant Librarian at Midland School.

Mrs. Williams will be remembered for her love of words, her humility, and quick wit. She spent many happy hours at Rye Beach. Her devotion to her family was unparalleled.

In addition to “Bud” Williams, her loving husband of 71 years, she is survived by her three children: Chester Williams of Sherman, Conn., Robert Williams of Poughkeepsie, and Victoria Weaver of Brooklyn; as well as six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A Mass will be held in her memory on September 13, 2014 at Resurrection Church.





Peggy Harper

OBIT-Peggy HarperPeggy McCoy Harper, 87, of Rye and New York City, passed away February 9, 2014. The cause was a stroke.


Born on March 22, 1926 in Mullens, West Virginia, she was one of six children of William and Irene Spangler McCoy. She grew up in Blacksburg, Virginia. She attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute, where she met and married Tom Harper in 1946. They lived in Bronxville at the time of their divorce in 1960.


Before her retirement, she worked with a major art collector, a prominent psychoanalyst in New York City.


She was musical and played the piano. Passionate about the arts, she regularly attended the opera and ballet, museums and art galleries. In her 50s, Mrs. Harper joined the West Side Tennis Club, where she learned and enjoyed the game. She loved to travel and spend time with close friends and family. She was a daughter of the American Revolution and a member of Brick Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.


Mrs. Harper is survived by her two children, Leslie Aldrich and her husband Simon of Harrison, and 
Wayne Harper and his wife Marge of Fort Worth; three grandchildren: Dillon Aldrich of Harrison and Meredith and Jennifer Harper of Dallas; and a brother, John A. McCoy of Carlisle, Penn. Mr. Harper predeceased her.


A private funeral was held. Donations in memory of Peggy Harper may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association ( for research on the disease.


Betty Hazen Paen

obit-betty paenBetty Hazen Paen of Lenoir, North Carolina, died at Caldwell Memorial Hospital on February 17, 2014 after a brief illness.


She was born to James W. and Louise B. Mercer in Athens, Georgia on May 3, 1932. After graduating from high school, she married Maynard Doran Hazen. They lived in many places before settling in Rye in 1967. She married Anthony Joseph Paen in 1974. They lived in Rye until 1994 when they retired to Lenoir.


In addition to being a homemaker, Mrs. Paen had an extensive and varied professional background. She was Director of Volunteer Services and Patient Relations for United Hospital. In her role at United, she ran the Volunteer Services Department of over 800 volunteers and received many corporate and community awards.


She was a member of the American Society of Directors of Volunteer Services, the New York State Association of Volunteer Services, and the National and New York State Hospice Associations. A founder and president of the NYSADVS, she served on many committees as well as on the national organization, the ASDVS. Previously, Mrs. Paen was a Division Manager for Personnel Aides in Greenwich, and founded Executive Secretarial Placement Agency in Stamford.


Mrs. Paen was very active in community and volunteer affairs. She served on the board of the Twig Executive Committee and was a member of the Rye Historical Society, the Rye Youth Council, American Cancer Society, and The Port Chester Council of Community Services. Prior to coming to Rye, she was a member and president of the Wilmette, Illinois Junior Auxiliary of the Women’s Club, District Junior Director for the Illinois Federation of Women’s Clubs, and a board member and 1st Vice President of the Wilmette Historical Society. After retiring, in her role as co-chair of the Caldwell Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Spring Antique Show in Lenoir, she received the 1996 Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service presented by Governor Jim Hunt.


Mrs. Paen will be remembered as a caring and loving mother, wife, and grandmother, and for her infectious enthusiasm, sense of humor, love of life, and her significant contributions to her community. She traveled extensively. She also loved her porch, her garden and flowers, and cooking. She had her own radio cooking show and reviewed restaurants as well.


In addition to her loving husband, Tony, she is survived by five children: Larry Doran Hazen of Linville, N.C., Lynne Hazen Morell of Greenwich, Mimi Hazen Burke of Rye, Lisa Hazen Davies of Greenwich, and Amy Hazen Spaeth of Greenwich; two stepsons, Steven Michael Paen of Plantation, Florida, and Anthony James Paen of Ketchum, Idaho; fifteen grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her former husband, Maynard Doran Hazen of Athens, and a brother, General James Robert Mercer of Gainesville, Ga.


A memorial service was held at Rye Presbyterian Church on  February 24.


Memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC 28645.


Adam Heller


obit-adam hellerAdam Hybl Heller, 46, of Longmont, Colorado, died February 8, 2014 in a skiing accident. 


He was born in Rye on March 17, 1967. After attending Rye High School, he received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder.


He is survived by his beloved of eighteen years, Kelly Custer; his parents Zdena Hyblova Heller and Gilbert Heller; his sister, Kathy Ama Hruby; many caring friends; and a community of ski and outdoor enthusiasts.


As a very young man Adam identified himself on a business card as a “skier, attorney, activist” — in that order. He spent his entire life exploring the ways in which he could be self-sufficient, independent, adventurous, and informed.


From the time he could walk, he was exploring Rye beach; he was always exploring.


At the age of 15, he rode his bicycle on a solo trip from Miami Beach to New York. The following year he bicycled from Washington State to California. Adam sought out and spoke with lumberjacks along the way, because he was interested in delving into the stories of people whose livelihood depended on the forest and whose perspectives differed from those of the then-active “tree huggers.”


His love of bicycling, skiing, hiking, and wild spaces translated into a political philosophy. He traveled the world to experience incredible beauty. Chamonix, France, was a place of special significance to him. He deeply loved the western mountains and the canyon lands of Utah and Colorado. Kelly was his companion in exploration and adventure.


In his professional life as an attorney, he was an effective advocate for individuals, families, and small businesses facing sometimes overwhelming tax issues.


A memorial service was held February 14 at Graham Funeral Home in Rye.


Donations in Mr. Heller’s memory may be made to Summit Medical Center Health Foundation (, P.O. Box 738, Frisco, CO 80443. On the memo line, note: In Memory of Adam Hybl Heller for Flight for Life.



Frank DeBease


Frank DeBease passed away February 11, 2014. He was 93.


A Rye resident for nearly 70 years, he attended Port Chester schools and Pace College in New York City. During World War II, he served as a staff sergeant in the Army Air Force in England, specializing in intelligence and aerial photography interpretation.


He joined Empire Brushes Inc., formerly the world's largest brush manufacturing firm in Port Chester, in 1946. He rose through the ranks to become Vice President, Manufacturing in 1964, with responsibility for operations at headquarters, the main plant facility, the warehouse and distribution center, and two subsidiary plants in North Carolina and Mississippi. His final assignment prior to retiring was the consolidation of all operations at the North Carolina site. Empire Brushes was eventually sold to Rubbermaid, Inc.


He was active in the National and International Brush Manufacturers Association, serving for a time as its vice president, and of the National Association of Brush Manufacturers, for which he served as chairman of several divisions over the years.


Devoted to his family, he enjoyed golf, music, gardening, and gin rummy.


Mr. DeBease was predeceased by his wife, Lucy (LaRusso). He is survived by seven children: Ellen Carr of Henderson, Nev., Roberta Bennett of Black Forest, Colo., Celeste DeBease, Ph.D. of BalaCynwyd, Pa., Catherine DeBease of Everett, Mass., Michael DeBease of Ridgefield, Conn., Peter DeBease of Scotch Plains, N.J., and Mark DeBease of Rye; three grandchildren: Garrett and Grant DeBease and Adrienne Bennett; his step-grandchildren, Robert and Catherine Westerman; his brothers, Arnold DeBease of Tucson and John DeBease of Mamaroneck; and many nieces and nephews.


The family will hold a private service, respecting Mr. De Bease's wishes.



Edwin Knobloch

OBITS-Edwin Knobloch 1Edwin Thomas Knobloch passed away on February 1. He was 91.


Born on July 2, 1922 in Flushing, New York, he was the son of Charles and Emma Salt Knobloch. During World War II he served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, and was awarded the Bronze Star.


After returning home from the war, he attended New York University graduating with a B.S. degree, Class of 1948. Mr. Knobloch went on to a distinguished career in advertising media sales for CBS, retiring in 1988. 


On August 20, 1949 he married the former Eleanor Fallon. They celebrated 64 years of marriage last summer.


They raised their two children in Bronxville and Monroe Township, N.J. In 2012, they moved to The Osborn in Rye.


The Knoblochs were longtime members of Coveleigh Club, where Mr. Knobloch served on the Board of Governors and enjoyed tennis and lawn bowling. From 1980 to 2012, he was also a member of The Old Guard in Rossmoor, Monroe Township.


“Our father was devoted to his family,” said his daughter, Barbara. “To his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he was ‘Dede,’ and will be remembered always.”


Mrs. Knobloch passed away 14 days after her husband. He is survived by his children, Barbara Hastings and her husband John of Amesbury, Mass., and Peter Knobloch and his wife Laura of Greenwich; three grandchildren: Kate Gemmellaro, Jack and Charlotte Knobloch; two great-grandchildren Benjamin and Emma Sucsy; and a sister, Lillian Bittel of Flushing, New York. 


A memorial service was held at Graham Funeral Home on February 3. 


Donations in Edwin Knobloch’s memory may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester (, 311 North Street, Suite 204, White Plains, NY 10605.


Eleanor Knobloch

OBITS-Eleanor KnoblochEleanor Gertrude Knobloch of Rye passed away on February 15, 2014. Born on October 4, 1925, she was the daughter of Daniel and Julia Reardon Fallon. 


After graduating from Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, Class of 1943, she attended Mount St. Vincent College, where she earned a B.A. degree, Class of 1948. Continuing her education, she earned a teaching certificate in 1957 and began a career as an elementary school teacher at Saints Peter and Paul Elementary School in Mt. Vernon, a career that spanned thirty-two years, from 1958 to 1990. 


She married Edwin Thomas Knobloch on August 20, 1949, a marriage that lasted over 64 years, until his death on February 1 of this year. 


The couple raised their children in Bronxville. In 1979 they moved to Rossmoor, in Monroe Township, New Jersey, where they resided for the next 33 years. At Rossmoor, Mrs. Knobloch was a member of the Emerald Society, enjoyed singing in the choral group and relaxing by the pool with friends. Most recently, Eleanor and Ed were happily living at The Osborn in Rye, and involved in numerous activities.


Mrs. Knobloch was an active member of St. Joseph’s Parish in Bronxville and St. James Parish in Monroe Township, as well as Resurrection Parish in Rye. She was also a loyal member of Coveleigh Club, which the family joined in 1958. “A devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, family always came first,” said her children.



Mrs. Knobloch is survived by her two children: Barbara Hastings and husband John of Amesbury, Massachusetts, and Peter Knobloch and wife Laura of Greenwich; three grandchildren: Kate Gemmellaro, Jack and Charlotte Knobloch; two great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Emma Sucsy; and her sister-in-law Margaret Fallon, wife of her late brother William Fallon. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. 


A Mass of Christian Burial was held February 19 at Church of the Resurrection.


Donations may be made in her memory to Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester (, 311 North Street, Suite 204, White Plains, NY 10605.


Gloria M. Shaw


obit-shawGloria Evelyn Mauriell Shaw, 89, died peacefully in her home on January 4, surrounded by her family. She lived at the Osborn Retirement Community in Rye, where she was one of the original residents in the independent living buildings.  


She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Shaw Dempsey (Guy) and Karen Shaw Stubbs (Monte), both of Rye, and by six grandchildren, Katie, Elizabeth and Laura Dempsey, and Emily, Sarah, and Teddy Stubbs.  


She was predeceased by her parents, Ralph M. Mauriell and May Love Mauriell, her brother Ralph V. Mauriell, and her beloved husband Russell Channing Shaw, who died in 1976 at age 53.


Born on January 31, 1924 she grew up in Oceanport and Little Silver, N.J. She graduated from Douglass College of Rutgers University in 1946 with a B.A. in psychology. 


That fall she married Russell Channing Shaw, who had recently been discharged from the Army Air Corps following his service in World War II. As newlyweds, they spent two years in New Haven, where he finished his Yale degree while she worked in personnel. They spent another two years in New York City, while Mr. Shaw earned a graduate business degree at Columbia.


The couple settled in Little Silver and then Rumson, N.J., where they raised their daughters. Mr. Shaw had a successful career as a CPA at Arthur Young & Co. and then as a partner in the investment bank of Dillon, Read & Co.


For many years Mrs. Shaw was a library volunteer and frequent substitute teacher in the Rumson elementary schools. She was an avid gardener, a great fan of musical theatre, a voracious reader, and a lifelong lover of the beach.  


She loved playing the piano, which she did mostly by ear. She could play instantly, with full chords and embellishments, an impressive arrangement of any tune that was hummed to her. 


After her husband’s untimely death from cancer, Mrs. Shaw managed an independent bookstore as well as an orthodontist's office. In 1996 she moved to Rye to be near her family.


Even in her later years, she was a poised, elegant woman who was known for her ladylike wardrobe, perfect posture, and impeccable manners. She was nevertheless a lot of fun and a great lover of silly stories, jokes, puzzles, and quiz games of all kinds, and 1940s music (especially Frank Sinatra). Her friends all knew that chocolate was her only vice, and in her last year of life, after the broken hip that began a long downward spiral, her family often found chocolate treats left outside her door at The Osborn.


“Most of all, Gloria was a devoted mother and grandmother, and her family adored her in return. She will be dearly missed,” said her family. 


A funeral was held at Christ’s Church, Rye, on January 10, and burial followed at Fairview Cemetery in Middletown, N.J. Memorial contributions may be made to Yale University. 


Rick Bartlett Jr.


Richard M. Bartlett Jr. of Rye passed away January 24 at New York Presbyterian Hospital surrounded by his family. He was 46.


The son of Marianne and Richard Bartlett Sr., he was born in 1967, in Glens Falls, N.Y.


After graduating from Hudson Falls High School in 1985, he attended Dartmouth College from which he received an undergraduate degree in 1989.


He married Loring Barnett in 1998 and they began their family life in Manhattan. In 2010 they relocated to Rye with their three children, Jack, Cole, and Caroline.


Mr. Bartlett began his career on Wall Street in 1989 with Drexel Burnham, soon moving to Smith Barney. Starting as an analyst, he progressively worked his way through the ranks, being promoted to head of US ECM in 1993. Following the Salomon Smith Barney merger in 1997, at age 31, he was named a managing director, one of the youngest ever to attain that title. After the Travelers / Citigroup merger in 1998, he was named co-head of Equity Capital Markets, Americas, a position he held until he was named head of Americas Equities in September 2007.


Whether building Smith Barney’s insurance or equity capital markets capabilities in his early years on Wall Street, leading equity capital markets after the Salomon Smith Barney and Citi mergers or, more recently, leading Citi’s Equities Markets business through the financial crisis, he had an indelible positive impact on the firm, the business, clients and, most importantly, the teams with which he worked. Working on the most important transactions and trades in the market for decades, he helped create capital markets history on numerous occasions while consistently helping issuers raise money and investors make money, an extremely difficult achievement.


It is rare for someone to work on Wall Street for his entire career and be universally respected by colleagues, clients and competitors as a world-class businessman, leader and person. Mr. Bartlett was a remarkable man who is loved and respected by everyone because he genuinely cared about everyone. Always doing the right thing, he managed to bring out the very best in everyone. He had a unique ability to connect with people, to communicate clearly, to solve problems, to defuse trouble with wit and humor and to make a lasting, positive impact. Most importantly, everyone enjoyed the opportunity to work with him because he was a smart, tenacious leader who focused on making sure the entire Citi team won whenever he won, or persevered when Citi didn’t win. He will forever be an inspiration to all of those who worked with him.


He most enjoyed being with his family, encouraging and supporting his children in all of their endeavors. He looked forward to annual family vacations on Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Lake George. He loved taking family pictures and recording important events. He would always make photo books of his best shots and share them with everyone.


Throughout his life Mr. Bartlett loved athletics and competition. He loved all sports in high school and played football and pole vaulted for four years at Dartmouth. Although his time on the golf course was limited, he was an excellent golfer and always enjoyed the annual golf outing with his Dartmouth pals where he was invariably on the winning team. He enjoyed gardening and maintained gardens at his summerhouse in Salisbury and in Rye.


He was a member of Apawamis Club, Bayonne Golf Club, and American Yacht Club.


Besides his wife and children, he is survived by his parents, Marianne and Rick Bartlett Sr. of Ticonderoga, N.Y.; a sister, Amy (Jerry) Chandler of Manlius, N.Y.; his mother-in-law, Betsy Barnett of South Salem, N.Y.; his father-in-law, Stephen Barnett of Nantucket; his brothers-in-law, Will Barnett (Karen) of Chicago, and James Barnett (Chris) of Seattle; and a number of nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and cousins.


A funeral service was held February 1 at The Church of the Resurrection in Rye.


The family requests, if you have not already done so, to please consider becoming an organ donor to help save lives in the future.


Kara McCole

Kara McCole, a former Rye resident, died in a tragic accidental death in Killybegs, Ireland on January 10. He was 21.


Though born in Boston, he and his family moved to New York when he was just two and half years old and he remained a Yankees fan despite living overseas. He attended Midland Elementary and Rye Middle School before moving to Ireland in 2006.


His summers were spent at Rye Recreation Summer Camp and Rye Golf Club during the day, and, most evenings, he played baseball under many of the volunteer coaches who gave of their time so freely. He also actively played point guard on the Resurrection Basketball team.


After moving to Ireland, Kara traveled to Dublin for three years and was one of the youngest players ever to play on the Irish Senior Baseball team. He managed to go to France for MLB Spring Scouting Season. After graduating from Senior School, Kara opted to defer college and spend time traveling. Over the past two years, he visited Australia and worked at various activities. He was set to begin college this month.


He is survived by his parents, Bernadine and Donnie McCole, and his brother, Brendan.


His Rye friends plan to hold a birthday mass for him October 22 at 8 a.m. at Resurrection Church.



Sis Ladd 


laddMariette Walker Ladd, of Greenwich and Vero Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully on January 16. She was 87.


Born on May 20, 1926 in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of Mariette Chandler Walker and Willard Foster Walker. She attended the Laurel School in Cleveland, and graduated from The Madeira School in McLean, Virginia and Briarcliff College.


Sis, as she was called, met her future husband, Delano Wood Ladd Jr., in Madison, Connecticut, where he took advantage of her love for sailing to propose while out on a boat on the Long Island Sound. They and their family continued to summer in Madison for many decades to come. They began their married life in Rye, where they raised their six children.


She was a skilled business woman and consummate volunteer. She ran a glue factory in Brooklyn during the war and was on the governing board of her family’s company, The Cleveland Container Company. In addition to being actively involved in fundraising activities for United Hospital in Port Chester, she held numerous positions in the Twig organization, including Program Chair of the Westchester Golf Classic (then known as the Thunderbird Classic) and Vice-Chairman of the first Mayfair, a fundraising event at Playland Amusement Park. Mrs. Ladd also served in numerous capacities on the auxiliary boards of her childrens’ schools.


Her love for gardening ranged from mowing lawns, cultivating vegetable gardens, and clipping hedges with a corn cob pipe in her mouth, to finer horticulture and flower arranging which she pursued  as a member of Rye Garden Club and Hortulus of Greenwich.


An accomplished athlete, her name is immortalized on club walls in Rye and Madison for numerous championships in tennis and paddle tennis. She was an accomplished sailor, who sailed every summer along the coasts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine, but her true love was her keeled sloop, the Zip. An avid skier, she was thrilled when she turned 65 and could ski for free. She loved to swim, especially when accompanied by her grandchildren. No water was too cold for her.


Sis Ladd was one of a kind. She relished every minute of her never dull life, and lit up the room with her presence and charisma. Devoted to her family and friends, she will be sorely missed by all.


In addition to Del Ladd Jr., her loving husband of 64 years, Mrs. Ladd is survived by her four daughters: Cynthia Ladd of Guilford, Conn., Marcy Champagne (Chip) of Winnetka, Ill. Susan Rogers (William) of Dover, Ma., Margot Brady (Sean) of Riverside, Conn; and two sons, Delano W. Ladd III and his wife Nancy of Rye, and Willard F. W. Ladd and his wife Katarina of Riverside, Conn. She is also survived by seventeen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


She was predeceased by her brother, Willard Foster Walker Jr., and granddaughter, Emily Prescott Rogers.


A memorial service was held February 1 at The Community Church of Vero Beach Chapel in Vero Beach, Florida. There will also be a celebration of her life on April 5 in Greenwich, at a place and time to be determined.  


The family asks that donations be given in Mariette Ladd’s name to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, 30 Glenn Street, Suite 407, White Plains, NY 10603, or VNA Hospice, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960.


Doris Lange


Doris Lange, of Jupiter, Florida, died on January 2, surrounded by her loving family. She was 87.


Born on November 9, 1926 in New York City, to Stella and Frederick Sasse, she grew up in Larchmont. After graduating from Mamaroneck High School, she attended Centenary College for Women.


She met her future husband, Robert (Bob) Frank Lange in 1947 through friends of her parents at Westchester Country Club. The couple moved to Rye in 1956, where they raised their three children.


Mrs. Lange was a member of Westchester Country Club for over 50 years and a member of Rye Presbyterian Church. An avid bridge player and golfer, she loved to socialize, cook, travel, and spend time with her family and friends.


In 1986, the Langes made Jupiter, Florida their permanent residence. There, she was a member of PGA National, Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club, and Jupiter First.


She was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Robert, and her son, Robert Frank Lange Jr. She is survived by her two daughters, Marjorie (Margie) L. Boatwright of Alpharetta, Georgia, and Catherine (Cathy) A. Lange of Falls Church, Virginia; grandchildren Robert F. Lange III, Peter C. Lange, and Mary Rebecca Nichols; a sister, Joan Hughes of Jupiter, and a brother, Frederic (Fred) D. Sasse Jr. of Rye.


A funeral service was held at Aycock Riverside Funeral Home on January 6.


Contributions in Mrs. Lange’s memory may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County, The Salvation Army, or The Special Olympics.


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