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Mildred Ann Labella, who lived in Rye for nearly all of her 90 years, passed away on August 16, 2017 in Lititz Pa.

Millie, as she was called, was born on April 26, 1927, in Port Chester, N.Y. to Vito and Josephine Labella. After graduating from Rye High School in 1945, she went on to earn a certificate in electrolysis. For many years, she worked as a medical assistant for several dermatologists, including Dr. Mann and Dr. Davis. 

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, cooking, gardening, swimming, quilting, and exercise classes. A devoted animal lover, she cared for many beloved cats over her lifetime. She was a member of Church of the Resurrection, The Cardinal Newman’s Society, and Rye Seniors. 

At a neighborhood block party in 2016, Ms. Labella, who’d lived in the same home for 88 years, was given a proclamation by State Senator George Latimer, and was toasted by lifelong friends, neighbors, and family. 

The family wishes to thank Traditions of Hersey, Luther Acres and Masonic Village Hospice for their compassionate care. 

Ms. Labella is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Vincent and Eleanor Labella of Lititz, Pa.; her brother-in-law, Joseph Hannigan of Stony Point, N.Y.; and many nephews and nieces. Her sister, Ida Hannigan, predeceased her. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was held September 9 at The Church of the Resurrection. Burial followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Rye Brook. 

Donations in Millie Labella’s memory may be made to Humane Society of Westchester, 70 Portman Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801. 

Faith Harvie died peacefully on the evening of September 13, 2017, at her residence at The Osborn in Rye. She would have celebrated her 94th birthday on October 2. Born Faith Griswold Hall in 1923, she was the daughter of Eleanor (Fickeisen) and Frank Griswold Hall of New York City and Fairlee, Vermont. In her youth, Faith was an accomplished equestrienne. She attended Spence School in Manhattan and graduated from Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut, and later from Vassar College, in the accelerated wartime class of 1945-1944. On graduation from college she served as a researcher and assistant to noted economist Eliot Janeway in New York. After her marriage to U.S. Navy veteran James Beverly Harvie Jr. in 1947, the couple moved to Upper Nyack, N.Y., where they raised a family. For more than twenty-five years, the family summered in Chatham, Massachusetts. Mrs. Harvie was an avid tennis player, occasional bridge player, and devoted volunteer. She gave generously to numerous worthy causes and institutions, especially Grace Church in Nyack, St. Christopher’s Church in Chatham, and Christ’s Church in Rye. Mrs. Harvie is predeceased by her husband. She is survived by her three children, James B. Harvie III, Eleanor Harvie Gustafson, and Scott Chamberlayne Harvie, along with five grandchildren, and one great-grandson. A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held in the chapel at The Osborn on October 2 at 2 p.m.; burial will take place at a later date, in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia, next to her loving husband. Donations in her honor may be made to the Fresh Air Fund.

Born in Chicago, she was the daughter of Charles and Loretto Lederer. She and her twin sister Anne were born on their mother’s birthday (but refuse to state the year). They grew up in Greenwich and were both graduates of Our Lady of Good Council in White Plains and Marymount College (now Marymount University).

In 1961, Charlotte made what she considered to be the best decision of her life, by marrying Bob Flinn. They had a wonderful 46 years together filled with love, fun, and adventure.

In addition to raising four children, Mrs. Flinn was a designer of note, a skilled decorative painter and the owner of an eponymous art gallery in Vero Beach, Fla.

A convivial host, Mrs. Flinn loved to throw a good party or have friends for the weekend. In her travels, she visited dozens of countries on four continents. She and her husband collected art, antiques, and country clubs. 

She helped nurse her husband through his final days. The last years of her life rendered her unable to communicate, but she was able to spend precious time with her devoted children, Doug Flinn, Evan Flinn, Colin (and Susie) Flinn, and Leslie Flinn, and her beloved grandsons, Jack Saucedo and Grady Flinn. She is also survived by her sister, Anne Turco of Rye.

Her family asks that you raise a glass (preferably an Old-Fashioned or a vodka with a slice of orange) in honor of Charlotte, Choosh, Mom, Gaga, Char. Cheers to a life well lived and well loved.

Donations in Charlotte Flinn’s memory may be made to the National Association of Rare Disorders: Primary Lateral Sclerosis Fund at rarediseases.org

Martha W. Shaw, a 52-year resident of Rye, N.Y., died peacefully August 29, 2017, at Greenwich Hospital.

Born September 15, 1928, in York, Pa., she was the daughter of Hollis and Charlotte Ware. She graduated from high school in Alton, Ill. In 1949, she completed the nursing program at Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing in Boston, and met her future husband, Horton R. Shaw. They were married in March of 1950 and moved to Queens, N.Y., where Mrs. Shaw had two sons Edward (1955) and Stuart (1958). She was the president of the PTA for PS 199, and volunteered as a Cub Scout den mother.

In 1965, the family moved to Rye. Mrs. Shaw welcomed foreign exchange students to her home through the AFS and underprivileged New York City youth through the Fresh Air Fund. She returned to nursing, working at United Hospital in Port Chester, from 1972 to 2000. She volunteered at the Rye Nature Center, where she greatly enjoyed taking her grandchildren.

The Shaws were married for 55 years. Mr. Shaw died in 2005.

Mrs. Shaw moved to the Osborn Retirement Community, where she enjoyed painting and knitting. Several of her watercolors were displayed at the Rye Free Reading Room. As a prolific knitter/sewer, she took pride in knitting blankets, sweaters, and caps for Project Linus, which serves children in need and My Sister’s Place, which assists victims of domestic violence. She also knitted skullcaps for U.S. soldiers overseas and did needlepoint for church pew kneelers. Her blankets were particularly known for their intricacies and bold colors.

She is survived by her son, Edward and daughter-in-law Cathy of North Andover, Mass., granddaughters Amanda of Charlestown, Mass., and Catie of Houston, and her son Stuart and daughter-in-law Stephanie, and grandson Ian of New York, N.Y.

A celebration of Martha Shaw’s life will be held Saturday, September 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Formal Dining Room at The Osborn on Theall Road in Rye.

Donations in Martha W. Shaw’s memory may be made to The Rye Nature Center, 873 Post Road, Rye, NY 10580.

 

Richard Fraser, world-renowned neurosurgeon, died peacefully, surrounded by his devoted family, on September 14, 2017 after a long illness. A longtime Rye resident, he was 79.

 

A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, he earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of British Columbia. Following medical school, he was a medical resident in neurology and neurosurgery at Vancouver General Hospital, Stanford University Medical School, Columbia University Neurological Institute, where he also held an instructorship position, and The National Institutes of Health. He was Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Senior Neurosurgeon at Tufts-New England Medical Center before becoming an Attending Neurosurgeon and Professor of Neurosurgery at New York Hospital-Weill Medical College, where he practiced for twenty-eight years. Before his unexpected retirement because of illness, he became Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery. 

 

In addition to his practice at New York Hospital, Dr. Fraser held neurosurgical positions at Memorial Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Burke Rehabilitation Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, and United Hospital Medical Center. A licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada, an American board-certified neurosurgeon, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a member of twenty-two scientific and medical societies, Dr. Fraser published over fifty influential and frequently cited research papers. 

 

Dr. Fraser did pioneering research in cerebral and micro vascular surgery, and developed new microsurgical techniques for treating genetic brain disorders and conditions once thought inoperable. 

 

In 1986, he received an honorary degree at Drew University for “his willingness to take on complicated cases on short notice, to provide nurturing counsel under stress, to use to the fullest his skill of hand and eye and mind, and to champion the finest traditions of the medical professions [to bring] comfort, healing, and prolonged life to hundreds of children and adults.”

 

In addition to his passion for practicing medicine, he was an avid history buff. His article, “How Did Lincoln Die?” published in the February-March 1995 edition of American Heritage, provided a fresh and hotly debated perspective on Lincoln’s death.

 

He was also an ardent and skilled tennis and squash player, skier, sailor, and pilot. 

 

“Dick was happiest and most alive when he could put his medical genius, his healing gifts, and his compassionate heart to work,” said his wife, Anne Fraser. “Always calm, strong, and eager to serve in a crisis, he aided and consoled untold numbers of people in their distress. Well-known for making house calls at a moment’s notice to anyone who called out to him and for personally driving his patients home from the hospital after his surgical wonders, Dick was cherished by those whom he served. When complimented for his brilliance and artistry as a surgeon, Dick would always respond, ‘I’m just an instrument,’ and, indeed, he truly was.”

 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his four daughters, Cynthia (Rob) Attwell, Heather (James) Dungate), Eliza (Ned) Swain, and Emily Fraser; and his two grandsons, Alexander and Carter Dungate. 

 

 

A funeral service will be held at Christ’s Church Rye on Saturday, September 23 at 11 a.m.  Donations in his memory may be made to Christ’s Church Outreach, 2 Rectory Street, Rye, NY 10580.

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Barbara Ward of Rye died peacefully, after a short illness, at Greenwich Hospital on September 17, 2017. She was 87.

She grew up in the village of Kingsland, Herefordshire, England, and graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Birmingham.

In London, she worked for the Fulbright Scholarship Program, supervising and assisting visiting scholars from the United States. In those days she played tennis, and was a forward for the South of England Field Hockey team in regional competitions.

It was on a visit to the United States that she met her future husband, Sedgwick Ward of Wilmington, Delaware. They were married in 1960.

After a short stay in Washington D. C., the couple moved to Brooklyn Heights, where Mrs. Ward was active with the Girl Scouts and the Junior League. She served for a number of years as the secretarial assistant to Msgr. Charles Diviney, the Vicar General of the Brooklyn Diocese.

In 1973, the family, which by then included a daughter and son, moved to Summit, N. J. In 1998, they moved to Rye. From 1968 on they spent summers on Shelter Island, N.Y. where they owned a much beloved home.

Family and, in later years, her five grandchildren were the focus of her life.

For Barbara Ward, tennis held a fascination, both as an active and spectator sport. She sailed on cruises with her husband on Long Island Sound and on the coast of southern New England.

A guiding passion was her love of instrumental, choral, and operatic classical music, as well as drama and ballet. She had been a ballet student in England. She and her husband spent countless evenings at performances in New York. An opera buff, she was a fan of many of the reigning singers and delighted in opening night at the Met.

A love of fine art led her to undertake the definitive biography of Jervis McEntee, a 19th-century Hudson River School painter. The book, which she completed shortly before her death, will be published in the near future.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Ward is survived by her daughter Mary and son-in-law Michael Beran, son Andrew and daughter-in-law Arden, granddaughters Caroline, Sarah, and Lucy Beran and grandsons Christopher and Tucker Ward, as well as by her brother Eric Wall of Chichester, England, sister Sheila Bulbeck of Litchfield, England, and numerous nephews and nieces.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Cornelia Connelly Center for Education (Holy Child, Connelly Middle School) 220 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10009.

A Mass will be said at Resurrection Church in Rye Monday September 25 at 10 a.m. There will be a graveside service at the Catholic Cemetery on Shelter Island, September 26 at 11 a.m.