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Albert Simon Barsa, a longtime local resident, passed away on October 4, 2015 in Charlotte, N.C. He was 91.
Born in 1924 in New Rochelle to Simon and Odette Matouk Barsa, he was raised in New York City, where he attended Loyola School, graduating in 1942. Mr. Barsa continued his education at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving a degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1947. While at MIT, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the Corp of Engineers in Europe during World War II.
After college, he became involved in the day-to-day running of Odette Barsa, Inc., a business that was started by his mother that specialized in making fine lingerie.
He later became its president and under his leadership it became one of the first companies in the apparel industry to use computers for inventory and billing. He was even featured in a newspaper IBM ad campaign. In 1990, not yet ready for retirement, he joined his son’s computer consulting business, Barsa Consulting Group, where he worked until 2005.
In 2010, Mr. Barsa and his wife moved from Rye, where they had lived since 1956, to Charlotte, to be closer to their daughter.
Mr. Barsa was an avid gardener, loved photography, woodworking, and watching sports, especially the NY Giants. He was a longtime class representative of Loyola School Alumni Association, and a member of Westchester Country Club and New York Athletic Club.
Mr. Barsa is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Gloria (Trabulsi) Barsa; a daughter Barbara and son-in-law Jim Jamison; a daughter-in-law Susan Barsa; four grandchildren: Albert and Christina Barsa, Kyle and Blake Jamison; a sister, Nadia Gerrity; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Albert Barsa Jr., and his brother Gabriel.
A memorial celebration of Mr. Barsa’s life will be held in Charlotte.
Erdmann K.H. Riedel died quietly on September 30, 2015 at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife, Adele, of Port Chester; four children, Lesa Riedel-Curtis of Port Chester, Steve Riedel and his wife Catherine of Croton, Tina Dupuis and her husband Dale of Wallkill, and Jonathan Riedel and his wife Rhonda of Pleasantville; as well as five grandchildren, Joseph, Emily, Christopher, Edgar, and Elizabeth.
Mr. Riedel was born on March 10, 1933 in Rauten, Germany (now Poland) to Marta Rieger and Paul Riedel. When he was 2, the family relocated to Milwaukee, where he eventually met and married Adele Ellenbecker in 1955.
In 1959, Mr. Riedel graduated with honors from the University of Illinois with a degree in architecture, having received both design and engineering awards and earning membership in the Gargoyle Society. At Illinois, he also joined the Army ROTC program, and served in the Army Corps of Engineers earning the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
In 1961, the couple moved to New York, where Mr. Riedel began a long and successful career with Warner Burns Toan & Lunde Architects & Planners (later known as WBTL) in New York City, eventually becoming a senior partner. As an architect, he traveled widely, visiting 40 countries and spending extended periods of time in Egypt, Columbia, Africa, and China. The Riedels lived in Rye for more than 50 years.
A wonderful storyteller, Mr. Riedel was also blessed with an infectious sense of humor. He loved to sail and to spend summer vacations in Lake George, camping on Waltonian Island. His children knew him as a generous and kind father who never missed one of their theater or dance productions. He went out of his way to visit with them at home and abroad, and warmly welcomed new friends and family into his home. He spent his retirement visiting his children and grandchildren every day. Mr. Riedel was well loved and will be deeply missed by his family and by many friends of all ages around the world.
A memorial gathering will be held October 10 from 3 to 7 p.m. at 134 Betsey Brown Road in Port Chester.
Donations in his name may be made to the Chordoma Foundation.
Marilynn Sears Lord
Her loving family mourns the loss of Marilynn Sears Lord who died peacefully on September 12, 2015. Marilynn, or Skip as she was known to friends and family, was born on November 23, 1924 in Huntington, West Virginia, to Opal Miller Sears and Stephen Roxell Sears.
She spent her early years in Eden, New York, a suburb of Buffalo, before pursuing a career at Music Corporation of America in New York City during the Second World War.
A resident of Rye for over 55 years, her legacy in the town is one of tireless volunteerism. She spent years caring for homeless and abandoned animals that she cherished at local animal shelters. Her contributions of time and energy were vital to the workings of the Rye Presbyterian Church, as well as the Rye Historical Society. But perhaps her greatest impact was felt by the patients and staff of United Hospital in Port Chester. Before its closing, the hospital recognized Mrs. Lord’s unsurpassed contribution of over 40 years of service. Hers was a life of selflessness and good deeds, which brought light into the lives of many.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Llewellyn W. Lord Jr.; two daughters, Lynne Parmelee Warns and her husband Mark of Baltimore, and Ellen Parmelee Emerson and her husband Edward of Monroe, Conn.; a son, Scott Sears Parmelee and his wife Kathleen Dobbin of Briarcliff Manor; and six grandchildren: Mark S. Warns Jr., Kathleen, William, and James Parmelee, and Edward and Elizabeth Emerson. She is also survived by her brother, Stephen R. Sears and his wife Jeanne of Lakewood, N.Y.; and three stepdaughters, Virginia McKee and her husband Robert of Charlottesville, Va.; Ann Brezniak and her husband Gene of Newton, Mass.; and Charlotte Lord of St. Helena, Calif. She was predeceased by her first husband, Edward T. Parmelee, of Rye.
Contributions in Mrs. Lord’s memory may be sent to National Urea Cycles Disorders Foundation (www.nucdf.org), the American Heart Association (www.heart.org), or any local branch of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (www.aspca.org).
The service and burial will be private.