She married David Gile in 1949. In 1964, the Gile family moved from Pittsburgh to Rye.

At age 40, Mrs. Gile graduated from Goddard College in Vermont with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. She then began graduate studies at the NYU School of Social Work, and in field placements worked with offenders on probation and children with developmental disabilities. After a hiatus, she transferred to the U. Conn. School of Social Work, from which she earned an M.S.W. in 1975.

Mrs. Gile was a deeply spiritual, non-judgmental, and kind person with many interests, hobbies, and friends. She was an accomplished knitter (mainly scarves); played the accordion (which she called her “Stomach Steinway”), organ, and piano; and enjoyed reading, tracking full moons on her beloved Phillips Brooks calendars, and visiting older people.

Her family said, “Patsy had a talent for mimicking birdcalls, and could quiet a room with a sharp whistle without the use of fingers. She also had a delightful sense of humor, and was a beloved and generous mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law.”

The Giles had a long and happy marriage. He died in 2007. Their daughter, Nancy Gile Gehlke, died in 2002.

Mrs. Gile leaves two sons, David Gile Jr. of Snellville, Georgia, and Larry Gile and his wife Betsy (Roberts) of Brooklyn and their two daughters, Kathryn Gile and Lily Gile; and two grandsons, Joshua and David Gehlk, who live in Provence, France.

A funeral service was held at Rye Presbyterian Church on July 10, 2017.

Donations in Mrs. Gile’s memory may be made to: Chatham Hall School, 800 Chatham Hall Circle, Chatham, Virginia 24531.


Elizabeth Rose Ferris died peacefully on June 22, 2017 at the age of 93. She grew up and lived her entire life in Rye and Mamaroneck.

For many years, Betty, as she was called, was a bookkeeper at Charles Librett & Co in New Rochelle. After earning GRI designation, she had a career in real estate, working for Ann Pastor and at Weichert Realty in Rye.

In 1957, she and Leander (Lee) Ferris Jr. were married at Resurrection Church.

She was an active volunteer with Meals on Wheels. Betty Ferris enjoyed boating with her husband on Long Island Sound, and time spent with family, friends, and her dogs. She was well loved, not just by her family, but also by many children who lived at Rye Colony in the 1950s and ‘60s who came by and knocked on her door for a lollypop.

Mrs. Ferris was predeceased by her husband Lee, and by her three brothers: Jack, Michael, and Daniel Rose. She is survived by her sister Mary Lou Jurs, and two nieces, Patricia and Deborah Jurs.

The family received friends on June 26 at Graham Funeral Home in Rye. A graveside service immediately followed at Greenwood Union Cemetery.

Donations in her memory may be made in her name to The Alzheimer’s Association of Westchester, 2900 Westchester Ave., #306, Purchase, NY 10577.

Margaret G. Treganowan passed away on June 8, 2017. She was 70.

Born in New Rochelle, on March 8, 1947, she was the daughter of Charles and Loretta (Culley) McAloon.

For many years, she worked as a bookkeeper at P&H Painting.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald C. Treganowan. She is survived by her daughters, Kristin Cicchiello and her husband Philip of Rye, and Casey Siegenfeld and her partner Gary Ward of Los Angeles; as well as her grandchildren, Ryan and Jack Cicchiello.

The family received friends at Graham Funeral Home on June 10. A prayer service followed.

Donations in Margaret Treganowan’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association (

Mary M. Clerkin, a longtime Rye resident, passed away peacefully on June 20, 2017, with her family by her side. She was 93.

Born in Bayside, N.Y., she was the daughter of Agnes and William Godfrey. She attended Bayside High School and graduated from St. Vincent’s School of Nursing in New York City. For many years, she was a dedicated nurse at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Harrison.

She and her husband, Dr. Edward Clerkin Jr., raised their family in Rye. In 2015, she moved to Avon, Conn., to be closer to some of her children and beloved grandchildren.

Mrs. Clerkin was an active volunteer and Eucharistic Minister at Church of the Resurrection and St. Vincent’s Hospital. She looked forward to her weekly bridge game with her friends, was an avid reader, and enjoyed needlepoint, boating, and being near the ocean. Most of all, she adored her grandchildren and was so proud to watch them grow into beautiful young adults.

Mary and Ed Clerkin were married for 60 years. He predeceased her, as did their son, William James Clerkin, and her twin brother, Dr. William Godfrey.

Mrs. Clerkin is survived by her brother, Edward Godfrey of Cape Coral, Fla.; her children: Edward Clerkin and his wife Diane of Farmington, Conn., Peter Clerkin and his wife Karen Gioiella of East Windsor, Conn.; Mary Ann and her husband Michael Pendergast of West Simsbury, Conn., and Tom Clerkin and his wife Pam of Saratoga, Calif.; her grandchildren: Patrick Clerkin, Amanda Clerkin, Megan Roberts, Courtney Clerkin, William Pendergast, and Connor Clerkin; and many loving nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Church of the Resurrection on June 24. Interment followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla. 

Donations in Mary Clerkin’s memory may be made to P.O.T.S (Part of the Solution), 2759 Webster Avenue, Bronx, NY 10458, or a charity of your choice.

Robert W. Pratt IV of Essex, Connecticut, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2017. He was 86.

The son of Caroline (White) and Robert W. Pratt III, he was raised in Warwick Neck, Rhode Island, where he acquired a lifelong love of sailing. He attended the Moses Brown School until he moved with his family to San Antonio, Texas, following his junior year in high school. In 1953, he graduated from the University of Texas, where he was an active member and president of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. After graduation, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the days leading up to America’s entry into the Vietnam War.

In 1957, Bob married the love of his life, Ann Prosswimmer. They began their married life in Providence, where he worked for his father conducting market research. They then moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he received his M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan.

The Pratts lived in many places during their long marriage, including Greenwich; Louisville, Kentucky; Simsbury, Conn., and Rye. In 2006, they moved to Essex.

Mr. Pratt had a long career in business. He joined General Electric Company in 1963 as an economist and spent 14 years with GE in marketing and strategic planning assignments. He was later responsible for strategy development at Heublein, Inc., R.J. Reynolds Food & Beverage Group, and Avon Products, Inc. He retired from Avon as Executive Vice President and a member of the Corporate Executive Committee. During his long career, he found great joy in mentoring others and went out of his way to do so.

From 1992 through 1998, he taught a course in Strategic Marketing Planning at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business Planning where he was Marketing-Executive-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor.

Service was an important part of his life. He was a former member of the Kentucky Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors and served on several non-profit boards, including The Osborn Retirement Community, the Marketing Science Institute, and Ventures in Education.

His other passion was business ethics. He was a supporter and board member of The Institute for Global Ethics for many years. Bob and Ann’s enthusiasm and support also helped launch ethics education at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Their generosity will support that educational endeavor well into the future.

A wise and gentle man, he was devoted to his wife, his family, and to his country. He believed strongly in the responsibility of each person to contribute towards the broader social good. Bob gave generously of his time, encouragement, and expertise, and worked quietly and diligently throughout his life to leave the world a better place than he found it.

His wife Ann passed away in Essex on March 8, 2017. He is survived by his sisters, Imogene Pratt Luther and Cynthia W. Pratt; his brothers, Sam and Thomas White, his daughters, Cynthia Pratt and Carrie Pratt; and his grandchildren, Kwena and Tumi Moloto.

Interment was held July 1 at the Swan Point Cemetery in Providence.

Memorial donations may be sent to The World Ocean School, PO Box 51091, Boston, MA 02205. To share a memory of Robert, or send a condolence to his family, visit

<<Margaret Dunne>>

Margaret M. Dunne passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, at her home in Old Saybrook, Conn., on May 20, 2017.

Born in Ireland, she was the daughter of Armour and Margaret (McSweeney) Meldrum.

She married William J. Dunne in Dublin, Ireland. In the 1950s, they moved to New York, where they started a family and eventually settled in Rye.

She received Master of Fine Arts from Manhattanville College, where she continued her love of the arts as an Adjunct Professor of Art Education.

Not only was she an accomplished artist and exceptional pianist, she was also an avid tennis player and golf enthusiast.

She and her husband moved to Old Saybrook in 2014. He survives her, as do their five children: Michael (Dana) of Old Saybrook, David (Peggy) of Yonkers, John (Karen) of Auburn, N.Y., Sheila of Old Saybrook, and Lynda (Mike) of Cornwall, N.Y. She is also survived by sixteen grandchildren: Nicole, Patrick, Maggie, Betsy Dunne, Ian, Aiden, Mairead, Casey, Molly, Rory, Katie, Liam, Emma, Mikey, Carley, and Meghan.

A memorial service was held June 17 at 11 at the Church of St. John in Old Saybrook.

Donations may be made to the ALS Foundation.