Compiled by Robin Jovanovich 


Allen Striffler


obit strifflerAllen J. Striffler of Rye passed away peacefully on June 26, 2014 at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.


Mr. Striffler was born and raised in New York City. In 1943, at the age of 17, he left Brooklyn Technical High School to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. 


After boot camp at Parris Island and radio schools at New River and Camp Pendleton, he was deployed into combat with the 4th Marine Division. He participated in four invasions with the 4th Marine Division: Roi Namur, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. Wounded on Iwo Jima and while waiting to be evacuated on the beach, he witnessed the flag being raised on Mt. Suribachi. He returned two days later and remained in combat until the island was secured. It was on Iwo Jima that he earned a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star, awarded for bravery, heroism, and courage in combat.


Returning to civilian life, Mr. Striffler attended Columbia University and began his career in the shipping business at Standard Oil Company. He spent the bulk of his professional career as Executive Vice President of Transoceanic Marine Transportation, a company owned by the Greek shipping magnate, Stavros Niarchos.


In 1981 the Striffler family moved to Rye, and Mr. Striffler opened Greenwich Marine Transportation, a ship brokerage company, of which he remained as President and CEO until retiring.


Mr. Striffler is survived by his wife of forty years, Janet Striffler; his five children: Adam Striffler, Olivia Striffler Langston, Scott Striffler, Corinne Striffler Striepeke, and Eric Striffler; his five grandchildren: Alexandra Striffler, Charlotte Striffler, Worth Langston, Ian Striffler, and Leigh Striffler; and a brother, William. He was preceded in death by his brother Donald.


Donations in Allen Striffler’s memory may be made to The Fisher House Foundation or The Wounded Warrior Project.


Kathleen Coccola


obit coccolaKathleen (Kiki) Coccola passed away peacefully on June 24, 2014. A loving mother, grandmother, and friend to many, she was a woman who lived her life as a pillar of strength and spirit for all to admire, said her family. 


Born in Port Chester on February 25, 1931, she was the daughter of Anthony and Mae Moroney Tigano. Raised and educated in Rye, she was a graduate of Rye High School Class of 1949. 


She married Robert Coccola, and together they raised four children. He died on July 15, 1980. 


For many years, she was an active member and participant of the Rye Seniors. 


Mrs. Coccola is survived by her children: Kathy Bellotti (Chris) of Rye, Susan Taylor (Ricky) of Yorktown Heights, Bill Coccola of Scottsdale, Arizona, and David Coccola (Susie) of Florence, S.C.; her grandchildren: Kiley Taylor, Dana, Bobby and Emily Coccola, and Allison Bellotti; a brother, Pat Tigano of Venice, Florida; a sister, Eileen Ramspacher of Jupiter, Florida; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. 


A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Church of the Resurrection on July 1. 


Donations in Mrs. Coccola’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Eleanor Stappers


Eleanor E. Stappers passed away peacefully on July 7, 2014, at the Nathaniel Witherell in Greenwich. A longtime Rye resident, she was 92. 


Born in the Bronx in 1921, she was the daughter of William and Olga Halkenhauser. After graduating from high school in the Bronx she attended Hunter College.


She married Peter Stappers in 1942, and they moved to Rye in 1954. After her husband died in 2004, she moved to Greenwich in 2006.


Mrs. Stappers is survived by her daughters, Susan and her husband Philip Bartels of Greenwich, and Patricia and her husband Howard Burke of Williamsburg, Virginia; four grandchildren: Katherine, Christopher, Tamara, and Malinda; and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sister, Ann Martin. 


A private celebration of life for Mrs. Stappers will be held at a later date.


The family would like to thank Dr. Jeffrey Weinberger for his special care and support of Eleanor over many years. Her daughters would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the entire staff at Nathaniel Witherell for the wonderful care they provided the past five years.


Donations in Mrs. Stappers’ memory may be made to The Nathaniel Witherell, 70 Parsonage Road, Greenwich, CT  06830.


Jean Summerville


obit-summervilleDorothy Jean Scanland Summerville died June 2, 2014 at the age of 91.


Born October 19, 1922 in Kansas City, Missouri, she was the daughter of Cleo and Lester Scanland. After graduating from Westport High School in Kansas City, she attended Missouri Valley College in Marshall, where she studied English.


World War II and marriage interrupted her college years and she never finished college, although she made sure all five of her children earned college degrees.


“Even to the end, she did motherhood as well as any woman,” said her family. Her daughters, sons, son-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and student exchange “children” said that it was through her that they all discovered different kinds of joy. “She leaves us with her lifelong imprints of quiet grace and love.”


When they were growing up, Mrs. Summerville led her daughters around the dining room table while chanting their own song, “Women Are Real People: W.A.R.P.” She was proud of sinking several shots in a row on the driveway basketball court, while stunning her watchful teen-age son. After a winter storm at their home in Rye Brook, she followed her youngest son’s small footprints in the snow until she found his beloved stuffed animal — a ladybug — that fit in the palm of his hand.


In addition to being a wonderful wife and mother, Mrs. Summerville was an artist, weaver, knitter, sewer, antique lover, and avid reader.  


The family lived in Harrison, where Mr. Summerville grew up, before moving to Rye Brook in 1947.


Over five summers, Mrs. Summerville volunteered as arts & crafts director at the Port Chester YMCA Camp. She taught Sunday school at Rye Presbyterian Church in the late 1950s and most of the 1960s. She also worked at Lighthouse Bookstore in Rye in the 1960s and early 1970s.


In 1977, after all of their children graduated high school, the Summervilles moved to Minneapolis. Mr. Summerville died in 2006.


She is survived by her daughters, Ann Navario, Patricia Eldridge, and Nancy Summerville, and her sons, Russell and Peter Summerville; as well as eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister Mary Brenner, and a brother, William Scanland.


The Summerville family invites remembrances in her honor to be directed to one of two places she loved: Missouri Valley College, where she met her husband, and Rye Presbyterian Church.


On June 28, seventy years to the day she and Charles were married, a memorial service for Jean will be held at Rye Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. Her ashes will be interred in the church’s garden columbarium.


Kathleen Coccola


kathleen coccolaKathleen (Kiki) Coccola passed away peacefully on June 24, 2014. A loving mother, grandmother, and friend to many, Kiki was a woman who lived her life as a pillar of strength and spirit for all to admire, said her family. 


Born in Port Chester on February 25, 1931, she was the daughter of Anthony and Mae Moroney Tigano. Raised and educated in Rye, she was a graduate of Rye High School Class of 1949. 


She married Robert Coccola, and together they raised four children. He died on July 15, 1980. 


For many years, she was an active member and participant of the Rye Senior Citizen Program. 


Mrs. Coccola is survived by her children: Kathy Bellotti (Chris) of Rye, Susan Taylor (Ricky) of Yorktown Heights, Bill Coccola of Scottsdale, Arizona, and David Coccola (Susie) of Florence, S.C.; her grandchildren: Kiley Taylor, Dana, Bobby and Emily Coccola and Allison Bellotti; a brother, Pat Tigano of Venice, Florida; a sister, Eileen Ramspacher of Jupiter, Florida; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. 


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Church of the Resurrection on July 1 at 10 a.m. 


Donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Ann Meise


OBIT-Meise-001Ann Keeney Meise of Milford, Connecticut, and formerly of Rye, passed away on June 2, 2014 at home with her family by her side. She was 82.


Born on January 24, 1932 in the Bronx, she was the daughter of James T. and Irene Bonitz Keeney.


She worked as an executive secretary for the Dean of Men at Fordham University and for Dr. Raymond Vener (one of the developers of the atom bomb) at M.W. Kellogg Construction and Engineering Company. She also worked in the Foreign Service Section of the U.S. State Department and was proud of holding a Top Secret clearance.


While living in Rye, Mrs. Meise was active in the Resurrection Parish. Besides her family, one of her greatest passions was listening to opera, and she loved to go to the Met with her husband David.


“Ann was a great wife, mother, grandmother, and sister who will be truly missed by all who knew her,” said her family.


In addition to her husband David, she is survived by her children: Christopher Keeney (Joyce) Meise, Ann Marie (Kourosh) Moayedi, and Justin O’Hara (Erica) Meise; grandchildren Kevin, Brian, and Kelsey Meise, Ashley Moayedi, and Alexandra, Elissa, and Stephen Meise; and siblings Dorothy, Rita, and James. Two of her siblings, Joan and Thomas, predeceased her.


A Mass of Christian Burial was held June 6 at Christ The Redeemer Church in Milford. Burial followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne. To leave online condolences, visit


Ellen T. Marren


obit-ellen marrenEllen T. Marren passed away peacefully at her home in Greenwich, surrounded by her family on May 22, 2014.


She was born in New York City on May 15, 1927, the daughter of Dr. Joseph A. and Helen (nee Beckett) Stack of New York City and Montgomery, N.Y. She attended Villa Maria Academy and graduated from St. Simon Stock High School in 1945. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Our Lady of Good Counsel College (now Pace University) in White Plains in 1949, and, two years later, a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Columbia University Teachers College.


She began a career as a mathematics teacher at Linden High School in Linden, N.J. She went on to become a counselor and administrator at Pace University, and later worked in the parish office at St. Mary’s Church in Greenwich.


On November 22, 1952, she married Bernard D. Marren, an attorney. They enjoyed thirty wonderful and fun-filled years of marriage.


Mrs. Marren took pride in being active in her children’s schools, including Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Elmsford, Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle, and School of the Holy Child in Rye. She was the author of “Wonderful Memories,” a collection of funny and memorable family stories.


She will be remembered for her strong Catholic faith. “She set an amazing example for all those who knew her and always went the ‘extra mile’ to help those in need,” said her family. “Ellen loved having a big family and bringing people together. She always felt blessed and happiest in a room filled with family and friends.”


Among her many interests were: playing golf, watching her children and grandchildren play sports, all levels of Sudoku, playing Canasta with friends, following and investing in the stock market, knitting, needlepointing, designing floral arrangements, and creating exquisite Christmas wreaths. She loved dogs, learning about wildlife, and attending Broadway shows. She was an avid NY Yankees and Miami Heat fan. She enjoyed spending time in Sea Pines Plantation, Hilton Head Island, S.C., and traveling in the United States and abroad.


Mrs. Marren is survived by six children: Bernard D. Marren Jr. (Seane nee Donohue) of Rye; Joseph H. Marren (Joan nee Murtagh) of Harrison; Elizabeth T. Marren of Darien; Susan M. Whelan (William) of Rye; David S. Marren (Caroline nee Dillon) of Darien; and Robert J. Marren (Susan nee Lifvendahl) of Winnetka, Ill. A seventh child, Mary Ellen, died shortly after birth.  


She is also survived by her three sisters: Maria Stack Kinsella, MD of St. Louis; JoAnne Stack of New York City and Greenwich; and Cynthia Stack Byrnes of Montgomery, N.Y.; as well as 25 grandchildren: Tracey Marren Mumford and Timothy Marren; Anne Marren Bahr, Kathleen, Elizabeth, Patricia, Mary Kate, Caroline, and Joseph Marren; Mary Whelan Lovely, Patrick, David, Helen, Kelly, and Caroline Whelan; Katherine, Molly, Margaret, and Peter Marren; Thomas, Megan, Robert, Kristin, Kevin, and John Marren; and one great-granddaughter: Claire Ellen Lovely. A grandson, Colin Marren, predeceased her.


A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Greenwich, May 30. Interment followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne.


Donations in Ellen Marren’s memory may be made to: The Trustees of Columbia University, Attn: Matt Reals, Columbia University Medical Center, Office of Development, 100 Haven Avenue, Suite 29D, New York, NY 10032. (In the memo line, write Primary Lateral Sclerosis Research.)


Maureen Wetton


obit-maureen wettonMaureen H. Wetton died peacefully April 28, 2014 under hospice care at The Greenwich Woods Healthcare Center in Greenwich, Conn., with her daughter and son-in-law by her side. She was 81 years old.


She was born February 16, 1933 in the London suburb of Dulwich, England, the only daughter of the late Hilda & John Edmondson. In 1952, she married Brian Bennett, a chemical production foreman, in Lancashire, and shortly thereafter they emigrated to Ontario, Canada, where they planned to raise a family. She was widowed ten years later. Five months after Brian’s unexpected death she was blessed with their baby son, Ian.  


She and Ian remained in Canada for three years, until she became engaged to Maurice Wetton, also an English émigré residing in Ontario. They decided to start a new life in America and were married at Rye Presbyterian Church in 1966. They settled in Harrison, and their family became complete with the arrival of daughter Susan in 1967.


They enjoyed entertaining family and friends and many summers at their seaside cottage in Charlestown, R.I.   Together, they served the Sound Shore community for many years operating Wetton Plumbing & Heating until Mr. Wetton’s sudden passing in 1976. 


Always the devoted mother and example of strength, Maureen returned to the workforce to support her family as part of the welcoming administrative staff at the Jewish Community Center of Harrison for many years, and later in the real estate office of Newhall & Ogilvy in Greenwich. 


She tragically lost her son in 1984 to a drunk driver. Throughout this very difficult time in her life, she found solace in her friends and family.


Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family and cherished pets. She was most content in the kitchen and shared her love of baking with her grandchildren. She was also an avid gardener, reader, dog walker, and beachcomber.


In addition to her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Steven Drexler, M.D., she is survived by her beloved grandchildren, David and Alyssa of Greenwich.   


A memorial service was held May 15 at Rye Presbyterian Church.


The family wishes to express its love and gratitude to all of the caregivers who provided for her comfort and safety, brought a smile to her face, and showed her the kindness, patience, and respect that allowed her to maintain the essence of who she was and will continue to be in our memories.


Donations in her memory may be made to The Sunshine Fund, c/o The Greens at Greenwich, 1155 King Street, Greenwich, CT 06831, the Alzheimer’s Association (, or to the animal charity of your choice.


Lawrence Dempsey


Lawrence Dempsey passed away in his sleep on April 19. He was 88. 


Born to Edward and Ellen Veronica Dempsey, on June 3, 1925 at United Hospital in Port Chester, he was one of five children. He grew up in Rye and remained there the rest of his life. 


Bubby, as he was affectionately called by family and friends, attended Resurrection Grammar School and Rye High School. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater, landing in the Philippines.  


After the war, he worked at Continental Baking in Rye. He loved boating and his dogs, especially Chief, Snoopy, and Bourbon. For several decades, he was a volunteer in the Rye Fire Department. 


Mr. Dempsey is survived by his brother, Edward of Rye; his sisters, Regina, also of Rye, and Irene of Lake Ronkonkoma; as well as many nephews, nieces, and cousins. He was pre-deceased by a sister, Mary Jacqueline.


Sister Irene Dempsey


Irene Dempsey passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 13, less than a week after celebrating her 90th birthday. She died a few weeks after her brother Lawrence.


She was born on May 7, 1924 at United Hospital in Port Chester. She was one of five children to the late Edward and Ellen Veronica Dempsey. Tootsie, as she was affectionately known, attended Resurrection Grammar School and Rye High. At Rye High, from which she graduated with honors in 1942, she was a member of the National Honor Society, treasurer of her senior class, and played on the basketball and softball teams.


An accomplished athlete, she trained with the US Bobsled Team in Lake Placid, was a skilled equestrian and sailor, and a proud participant with the Rye Colleens, a State Champion travel softball team.  


She worked at Arnold’s Bakery and at Rye High School before becoming a nun in 1960. She served as a Cenacle Sister in Lake Ronkonkoma for fifty-four years, and studied in Rome. 


She is survived by her brother Edward and her sister Regina, both of Rye. 


A private funeral was held at the Cenacle. A Memorial Mass was held at Church of the Resurrection in Rye on May 31.


Gladys W. Henry

Gladys W. Henry of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, passed away May 8, 2014 at Harrisburg Hospital.

Born in Nook, PA on September 6, 1921, she was the daughter of Charles L. and Lova (Shover) Wilson.

A graduate of Juniata Joint High School and Central Penn Business School, she was throughout her life an avid reader. Early in her career, she was employed by United Telephone Company and later retired as a long-tenured employee of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Public Welfare. She had been a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Penbrook.

For the last five years of her life, she enjoyed living at Homeland Center, where she was close to her fellow residents and the staff.  

Mrs. Henry was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Merel Henry, and her brother, Wade Wilson. She will be dearly missed by her survivors: a son, Larry and his wife Terrie Ewbank Henry of Harrison, New York; a sister, Lila Depew of Mechanicsburg; and three loving grandchildren, Cameron, Caroline, and Meredith “Mary Grace” Henry.  

Funeral services were held May 12 at the Hetrick-Bitner Funeral Home in Harrisburg.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Henry’s memory to Homeland Center, 1901 North Fifth Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. To share online condolences, visit www.HetrickBitner .com.


OBIT-AltagraciaAltagracia Diloné Levat

Altagracia Diloné Levat, director of an ambitious cultural outreach program in Washington Heights/Inwood, died on April 16, 2014 at the Muriel and Alfred Block Residence, a hospice in the Bronx. She was 57.

During her tenure as head of the Alianza Project, funded by the New York City Council and administered by Catholic Charities of New York, Ms. Levat initiated and oversaw classical and folkloric music programs, as well as programs in dance and art — reaching more than 1,000 children. She established partnerships and programming alliances with leading community organizations in theater and film.

Previously, Ms. Levat held executive positions at Women’s Project Theater, Manhattan, and Clay Arts Center, Port Chester. She had also served as vice president for communications and marketing at Legal Momentum (a legal defense and education organization focused on women’s rights), as associate dean of New York Law School (the first Dominican-American to achieve that rank in the United States), and as assistant dean at Pace University Law School.

Ms. Levat served as a consultant at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, as a board member of the Alliance of Dominican Classical Artists, and as a pro bono advisor to the printmaking collective Dominican York Proyecto Gráfica. She received an Outstanding Latinas 2000 Award from el diario/La Prensa for Achievement in Communications.

A longtime resident of Rye, Ms. Levat was born in the Dominican Republic on February 19, 1957, and came to New York City at the age of 6. She graduated at the top of her class from The High School of Music and Art, and played viola in the All-City Orchestra. She received her undergraduate degree with honors in Political Science from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Ms. Levat is survived by a son, Hadley Levat; five sisters: Carmen Laura Diloné, Maria Jaquez, Josephine Tavera, Noemi Diloné, and Alba McDougal; and two brothers, Leonardo Aybar and Enríquez McDougal.


Dennis Mahoney

Dennis Michael Mahoney of Cary, N.C. passed away April 7 at UNC Chapel Hill Medical Center. The former Rye resident was 62.

Born February 28, 1952 in Port Chester to Dennis Francis and Patricia Ann Gavin, he grew up in Rye. At Rye High School, he played a sport in every season, and was a proud Garnet to the end.

Mr. Mahoney joined the Air Force upon graduation and later was a member of the Air National Guard. He then joined the New Castle Police Department in Chappaqua.

After he retired in 2000, Mr. Mahoney moved to Cary to manage the Tír na nÓg Irish Pub in Raleigh. He later became a partner. In 2004, he opened Mac’s Tavern in Cary, along with his business partner, Jim Cassese. In 2012, he and his sister Sheila opened Mahoney’s Pub in Cary.

“Dennis was a truly special person who was loved by all who crossed his path,” said his family. “His motto was ‘never take life too seriously.’ He always had a smile on his face, a big hug waiting, a song to be sung, and a story to tell.”

In addition to his sister, Sheila Ryan of Cary, Mr. Mahoney is survived by a niece, Colleen; three nephews, Kyle, Sean, and Brendan; and a great-niece, Sofia.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, William.

A memorial service was held April 16 at Brown-Wynne Funeral in Cary. A Mass of Christian Burial was held May 10 at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Port Chester.

Donations in Dennis Mahoney’s memory may be made to Special Olympics North Carolina, 2200 Gateway Centre Boulevard, Suite 201, Morrisville, NC 27560, or the Hibernian Charity of Wake County, 6009 Jones Farm Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587.




Peggy (Perosca) Conway passed away on April 30, 2014.  She was 85.


Born on August 9, 1928 in Florence, Italy, she was the daughter of Modesto and Amalia Cini Marconcini. She was a graduate of the University of Pisa from which she received a Bachelor of Arts degree.  


During her career, she was an interpreter on the <SS Argentina> while working for the Holms Italian Lines Steamship based in Genoa. She went on to work for Page Studios on Park Avenue in New York City, and as an assistant actuary at Marsh & McLennan and Companies, and at CM Almy and Sons in Rye and Greenwich from 1993 to 2007.  


On September 8, 1956 she married Robert J. Conway. Together they raised six children in their 54 years as Rye residents.  


Her community involvement included membership in the Evergreen Twig and working as an Italian language instructor at Wainwright House.


In addition to her husband, Mrs. Conway is survived by her children: Richard (Peggy) Conway of Rye, Carolyn (Dwight) Ryan of White Plains, Robert (Connie) Conway Jr. of Glenrock, N.J., Daniel (Michelle La Dore) Conway of Rye, Leslie (Charles) Lewkowicz of Greenwich, and Sharon Conway of Manchester, Vt.; and nine grandchildren: Daniel, Thomas, Tyler, Gavin, Ryan, Kevin, William, Caitlin, and Griffin.  


The family will receive friends at Graham Funeral Home on Sunday, May 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of the Resurrection May 5 at 10 a.m.


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.


Ann Mackintosh


Ann Mackintosh, an active member of the Rye Association for the Handicapped for half a century, passed away April 2, 2014 at the age of 102. The former Rye resident resided in Norwalk. She was predeceased by her husband Donald and is survived by her son Alex.

A victim of polio, Mrs. Mackintosh was one of the first Rye residents to join the association founded by Kate Loree in 1963 to provide services to the handicapped. From the very beginning, Ann worked very closely with Kate and in 1968 the two women filed for a certificate of incorporation for the Association for the Handicapped in Rye, Inc.

With a group from Rye, Ann twice attended the Annual Meeting of the President’s Committee on the Employment of the Handicapped in Washington, D.C. At workshops she diligently learned about developments in aids and materials for the disabled.

One of the Rye Association’s first programs was swimming at the YMCA, and during the summer at three different private pools.  In 1968 Ann became chair of the swimming committee, a post she held until recently.  Through a persistent and determined effort, she searched for and was able to locate a Nolan Pool Chair Lift – the first of several. This water-powered chair met the safety standards of the YMCA and enabled severely handicapped members to be lowered into and raised from the pool.

The association’s name was changed to the Rye Association for the Handicapped, Inc. and according to new by-laws Ann was made Vice President of the Swimming Program, and Shirley Hollis Vice President of the Arts and Crafts program.

From a small group of 22 members in 1970, the association grew to over 150 members, including approximately 45 volunteers. Ann supported a luncheon to be held annually to honor them. A Volunteer Pin she designed was presented to each volunteer after three years of service.

Mrs. Mackintosh was very involved as an officer and member of the board of directors and participated in all the important decisions affecting the association.  She was a strong advocate for the purchase and maintenance of a van and then a bus to transport members to programs. She also planned regular social activities. She arranged for members to attend productions at the Darien Dinner Theatre. Later, to accommodate members who used Paratransit, which could not go out of the county, she made arrangements with the Elmsford Dinner Theatre and then the Westchester Broadway Theatre.

In 1989, Ann arranged for the first boat ride on the Klondike IX from New Rochelle harbor down the East River and ending up at the Statue of Liberty. A morning cruise was instituted in 1998, since the evening rides were not well attended. Many members and their guests participated in and immensely enjoyed these outings.

She was Vice-president Emeritus of the Association and an active participant until her death. Despite her handicap and age, for half a century with unflagging enthusiasm Ann Mackintosh devoted her time and energies to the advancement of recreational swimming, water therapy, and entertainment for many whose possibilities were limited. 


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.


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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