Obituaries 8-23-13

0:00   Mark Schindler   Mark E. Schindler, 48, a resident of Rye, passed away suddenly on August 14 while vacationing with his family.    […]

Published September 11, 2013 6:17 PM
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Mark Schindler


obit-mark-schindlerMark E. Schindler, 48, a resident of Rye, passed away suddenly on August 14 while vacationing with his family. 


Born June 24, 1965 in Bismarck, North Dakota, he grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota.


After graduating from Henry Sibley High School, he received B.A. degrees in Economics and International Relations from Brown University in 1987. Two years later, he received an M.B.A. from The Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.


For the past decade, Mr. Schindler has been a Director for Corporate & Markets Fixed Income Sales at Commerzbank in New York City. He held numerous positions in the banking industry over his career, including at BNP Paribas and Dresdner Kleinwort.


He met his future wife, Lilli de Brito, at Brown University, and they were married on September 20, 1992 at the Manursing Island Club in Rye. She has worked at the United Nations for the past 20 years. They have three children, Heather, 17, David, 14, and Isabelle, 11.


Mr. Schindler loved Rye and was an active member of the community. He sat on the Board of Architectural Review, and was an enthusiastic member of a men’s book club. As his fellow book club members said, “Mark was infectiously delighted by the world of books.”


Having been an Eagle Scout in his youth, he was proud to serve as Committee Chair of Rye Boy Scout Troop 2. He revived the Brown University Club of Westchester, serving as President from 2008 until just last month. He enjoyed tennis and spending time with family and friends at Shenorock Shore Club.


In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his parents, Norman and Lynn Schindler of St. Paul, Minnesota; his sister and brother-in-law, Audrey Schindler and Bruce Felix of Portland, Oregon; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Diana de Brito and Jonathan Gottlieb of Washington, D.C. and their daughters, Allie and Caroline; and by his aunts, uncles, and many cousins who reside in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Washington, Tennessee, and Missouri.


He will be immeasurably missed by his family and the many friends he made throughout his life, including a group informally called the “FOM” – Friends of Mark. In dozens of emails to the Schindler family, friends and colleagues described him as someone “who brought people together. He was always welcoming.” One of his closest friends, John Keller, said, “He was a loyal friend, colleague, and mentor — and a great debater.” John Falcone wrote, “Mark was the kind of guy who would do anything for anyone in need for nothing more than the satisfaction of doing a good deed. The world could use an army of Mark Schindler’s, but I’m lucky enough to count the one and only as a close friend and mentor.”


A memorial service will be held at Rye Presbyterian Church Tuesday, August 20, at 1 p.m., with burial following at Greenwood Union Cemetery. 


Donations may be made to the Mark Schindler Children’s Fund, c/o The Caring Committee, 365 Grace Church Street, Rye, NY 10580. 


George Russell


obit-george russellGeorge Russell died peacefully at home in Rye August 11. He was 74.


Born in New York City on May 20, 1939, he was the son of Mary Love and George Russell.


He graduated from the Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Yale University, and the University of Michigan. At Yale, he received the Mead Cup from Berkeley College.


After graduating from Michigan, Mr. Russell joined Chase Manhattan Bank in the Special Development Program. Subsequently, he worked for International Paper Company for 17 years, lastly as General Manager of Land and Timber.


As the founder and principal owner of The Private Office, an executive business center in Rye Brook, he was a dedicated promoter of the serviced workspace industry for over 30 years. He was a past president of the Rye Chamber of Commerce.


Outside his professional life, Mr. Russell dedicated much of his time, energy, and expertise to a diverse group of interests, projects, and causes. He was active in local politics as a member of the Westchester County Association and as a member of the Government Action Committee of the Business Council of Westchester.


He was a volunteer at Mystic Seaport and served as past president of the Seaport’s Pilot Steering Committee. He spearheaded the Pilot gift of $1 million towards the Kresge challenge grant, and participated as a member of the Seaport’s National Council of Advisors.


For nearly 40 years, he was a member of American Yacht Club, where he served as a trustee and was on the club’s race committee for 29 years. Mr. Russell was twice awarded the Mallory Cup for Race Committee Service.


He was deeply committed to Rye Presbyterian Church and the Hudson River Presbytery. A 36-year member of Rye Presbyterian, Mr. Russell served as a deacon and two terms as both elder and president of the board of trustees. He also served on two pastor nominating committees, as financial manager, chairman of the building committee, and co-chairman of the most recent capital campaign. In recent years, he took an active role in the Hudson River Presbytery, both as elder and trustee.


Whatever project he undertook, whatever interest he pursued, he did so with passion and an unmitigated attention to detail. He loved sailing, spending time in Nantucket, classical music, and woodworking. He was an omnivorous reader of history.


Weekends would often find him cruising around Westchester and Fairfield on his motorcycle. He also loved anything technical or mechanical; if something was broken, he could fix it. He set high standards.


“He was a remarkable individual,” said his family.


Mr. Russell is survived by his wife of 49 years, Robin Duke Harris Russell; his two sons, David and Christopher; his daughter, Lindsey; and five grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Mary-Love Russell Harman.


A memorial service will be held at Rye Presbyterian Church on September 6 at 11 a.m.


Memorial gifts may be made to Rye Presbyterian Church, the Cranbrook Schools, or Leukemia Fighters/ New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell.


William Farrell


obit-william-farrellWilliam Farrell, a lifelong Rye resident, passed away at his home, surrounded by his family, on August 8. He was 91.


Born on November 28, 1921, he was the son of Harry J. and Mae Hehir Farrell.


Bill, as he was known, attended Resurrection Grammar and Rye High schools. As a young high school baseball player, he pitched a no-hitter.


During World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater and the campaign in the Aleutian Islands.


He met and married Anna Belusky, a native of Czechoslovakia, in 1945.


An electrician by trade, Mr. Farrell worked in and around his hometown for most of his life. He also served as a volunteer fireman for the City of Rye. He was also a frequent volunteer at his daughters’ school and town sporting events.


Mr. Farrell was an avid fan of New York sports teams, especially the Mets and Giants.


Longtime members of the Rye Seniors, Mr. and Mrs. Farrell traveled all over the country on senior-sponsored trips.


A familiar figure around town, Mr. Farrell walked the length and breadth of Rye, sporting his signature “Ireland” green cap, smiling and giving a friendly wave to friends and strangers alike as he traveled the streets of the city he loved.


Mr. Farrell was a lifelong parishioner of Church of the Resurrection and a member of the Resurrection Grammar School Dad’s Club.


Mr. Farrell was predeceased by his beloved wife, Anna, and by his oldest daughter, Barbara Owen.


He is survived by his daughters: Cathleen Montimurro (Anthony), Vickie Cox (Joe), and Jacqueline Wellott (Trent); his eight grandchildren: Jason, Andrew, and Christopher Owen, Jesse Petrucelli, Emily Montimurro, Keelin Moore, and Conor and Clare Wellott; and three great-grandchildren.


A mass of Christian Burial was held at Church of the Resurrection August 14. Interment followed at Greenwood Union Cemetery.


Donations in memory of Mr. Farrell may be made to Westchester Hospice and Palliative Care, 311 North Street, Suite 204, White Plains, NY 10605.


Eileen Herbster


obit-eileen-herbsterMarie Eileen Born Herbster died August 6, surrounded by her loving family, in Rye. She was 84.


Born June 7, 1929 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late George P. and Margaret M. Born. She grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, where her parents and grandparents instilled a strong Christian Catholic faith.  


She attended Central Catholic High School, where she developed a love of music, singing, dancing to the big bands, art, and thespian activities. With a performer’s passion, she displayed her musical and comedic chops in many plays while enrolled as a dramatic art student at the Wyomissing Institute of Arts. After attending Immaculata College in Pennsylvania for two years, she received a B.S. in Education from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. She then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Remedial Education from the College of New Rochelle in 1976.


A born nurturer, Mrs. Herbster was a dedicated and talented teacher. She taught in the Rye school system and Primrose Elementary School in Somers, for more than 20 years. After retiring from Somers, she volunteered at Resurrection Elementary School in Rye, focusing on reading and writing.


She was an active parishioner and member of the Vicariate at Church of the Resurrection. She was also an avid gardener who designed and created an English-style garden at her home in Rye and spent many happy years as a member of the Ceres Garden Club.


If she wasn’t working with children, involved with family or friends, you could find her outside, getting her hands dirty, knowing all the plants and flowers she cared for by their Latin names.


Mrs. Herbster was quick with a smile, warm, engaging, had a knack for making friends, and was kind and generous to everyone she knew in life. Her biggest joys were watching her children grow into their own lives, the many visits from her grandchildren, and the frequent large family gatherings.


As a baker, Mrs. Herbster loved reaching for the family recipe cookbook, making mountains of Christmas cookies, and bringing a creative flare to cake-making and decorating to honor everyone’s birthdays.


She had the talents of a true lady: art, music, cooking, and a life-long passion for sewing, crocheting, knitting, and other handiwork – skills passed down from her mother and grandmothers. With a growing family of five children, she often burned ‘the midnight oil’ to finish one outfit or another, for everyday or special occasions like graduations, proms, and weddings.


She is survived by her husband Edward of 60 years, and by her five children: Anne M. Herbster of Rockville, Md., James E. (Karen) Herbster of Port Chester, Kathleen M. (John) Wood of Rye, Barbara A. (Dylan) Distasio of Rowayton, and Christopher G. (Elizabeth) Herbster Ormond Beach, Fla. She is blessed with 11 grandchildren: Katie, Colleen, Andrew, and Brendan Wood, Mary Beth Anderson, Jaime, John, Caroline, Maggie and Brian Herbster, and Maren Distasio. She is also survived by her brother, James P. Born of Reading, Pa.; and two brothers-in-law Gene (Eileen) Herbster of Andover, Mass.; and Monsignor Kenneth Herbster of Glenn Ridge, N.J.


A funeral mass was held August 9 at Church of the Resurrection.


Donations in Eileen Herbster’s memory may be made to the Calvary Hospital Hospice.


Robert Langeloh


Robert H. Langeloh, a former longtime Rye resident, died August 11 in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, where he had lived for the past five years. He was 90 years old.


Born in Rye on February 4, 1923, he was the son of Edward J. and Rose Larkin Langeloh. He was a third-generation Langeloh and the nephew of George Langeloh, after whom a street is named in Rye. He was a member of the Rye High School Class of 1940 and the salutatorian of his class.


During World War II, he served with the 10th Mountain Division, where he participated in the Aleutian Island Campaign and ski patrolled the Appennines in Italy. He was an avid skier throughout his life.


After a 35-year career with FMC Corporation, Mr. Langeloh spent his retirement years collecting antiques and traveling the world. He left well over 100 photo albums of his travels. His favorite quote was, “The truth will set you free.”


He is survived by his former wife, Jean Kleppinger Langeloh; a daughter and son- in-law, Gail and John Roback of Norwich, Vermont; two granddaughters, Cleo and Lucy; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Geoffrey Robert Langeloh, who was killed by a drunk driver in 1989.


Internment will be private.


Donations in Mr. Langeloh’s memory may be made to the 10th Mountain Division Foundation, P.O. Box 1, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80901.


Frank Johnson


Frank Erland Johnson passed away on July 19, after a valiant struggle with a number of health ailments. He was 79.


Born on April 28, 1934 in New York City to Carl and Margaret Johnson, Frank attended New York City Schools and The City College of New York.


On September 6, 1958, he married Carol Anne White at Resurrection Church.


Mr. Johnson enjoyed deep personal and professional attachments to his adopted hometown of Rye. For over 40 years, he was a volunteer member of Poningoe Hook & Ladder Company. He was a parishioner of Resurrection Church and was a dedicated member of The Knights of Columbus. He also maintained a strong connection to his roots in the Bronx as a lifelong member of the Inwood Canoe Club. 


In 1990, he retired from BP, having spent over 35 years as a cartographer in the oil industry. Shortly thereafter, he joined The Rye Police Department, retiring in 2001.


He will be remembered for his love of dogs, storytelling, Irish music, and his sense of humor. 


Mr. Johnson was predeceased by his beloved wife Carol, and his sisters, Doris J. Schwake and Ruth J. Adriansen. He is survived by 14 nieces and nephews: Barbara B. McHugh (Balston Lake, N.Y.), Corinne B. Weber (Harrison), W. David Ball (Fairfield), Diane B. Brendel and Andrew C. Ball (Rye), Mary Ann West (Westport), Peter D. West (Stamford), Philip W. West (Fairfield), Robert Schwake (Pompton Plains, N.J.), Ann Marie Glinka (The Woodlands, Texas), Donna Cicoria (Denville, N.J.), Carol Dwyer (Etowah, N.C.), Susan Lowe (Fresno, Calif.), and Lorraine Adriansen (Littleton, Colo.), and a bevy of grandnieces and grandnephews.


A funeral mass was held July 26 at Resurrection Church.


Donations in Mr. Johnson’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


Mary Fenton


obit mary fentonMary Noonan Fenton passed away August 6 at her home in Rye, surrounded by her family. She would have been 100 this month.


She was born on August 15, 1913 in County Cork, Ireland, the daughter of Benjamin and Julia Murphy Noonan. She grew up on a farm with her three brothers and two sisters, and worked in local shops to support her family while she attended school.


After coming to the United States in 1939, she worked for Dr. Koplick in Florida, and later became a food service supervisor in the New York offices of the Commonwealth Fund. 


On April 13, 1941, she married Thomas Fenton. They raised their children in the Bronx. Mr. Fenton died on February 5, 1970. Mrs. Fenton moved to Rye eight years ago.


“Our mother was known for her keen memory, and people loved listening to her tales of growing up in Ireland,” said her family.


Mrs. Fenton is survived by her sons, James Fenton and his wife Janet of Rye, and Michael Fenton and his wife Liana of Middletown, R.I. She was the proud grandmother of James Fenton who lives in the Bronx with his wife Christine, Barbara Ann Fenton of Newport, R.I., and Kyle Fenton of Portsmouth, R.I. She is also survived by her sister, Joan Cronin of County Cork, Ireland; a great-grandson, Elliott Fenton; and many nieces and nephews in Ireland and the United States.


The family extends their appreciation to home aide Melanie Obstaculo, for her dedicated service over the last four years. 


A mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, August 10 at 10 a.m. at Church of the Resurrection in Rye. Interment will take place at St. Raymond Cemetery in the Bronx. 


Donations in her memory may be made to the charity of your choice.


Frederick Brauer Jr.


obit brauerFrederick J. Brauer Jr. of Rye passed away on June 24. The son of the late Bertha and Frederick Brauer Sr., he grew up in Mt. Vernon.


He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Mr. Brauer went on to a more than 25-year career as a computer analyst with Bankers Trust in New York City. He later worked as a ranger for Rye Golf Club for a decade.


On Sept. 5, 1953, he married Anne Caparelli. They raised two sons.


Mr. Brauer was an 18-year member of Corpus Christi Church in Port Chester. He loved music and polka dancing.


In addition to his wife Anne, he is survived by his sons John and Robert; his sisters-in-law Mary Rose Caparelli and Patricia Cote; his brother-in-law Frank Caparelli; and many nieces and nephews. His brothers, Albert and Edward Brauer, and his sisters, Helen Graves and Elsie Johnson, predeceased him..


A Funeral Mass was held June 26 at Corpus Christi Church, followed by interment at Kensico Cemetery.


Donations in Mr. Brauer’s memory may be made to Corpus Christi Church, 136 South Regent Street, Port Chester, NY 10573.


Mary McCready


obit-mary mccreadyMary McCready of New York City passed away peacefully on July 30, at New York Presbyterian Hospital surrounded by her family and friends.  She was 57.


She was born July 12, 1956 in New Rochelle, N.Y. After graduating from the Academy of the Resurrection in 1974, she earned a nursing degree at the Cochran School of Nursing. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Pace University.  


In 1976 she began her career as a dedicated caregiver at New York Presbyterian, where she went to work as a nurse. Most recently, she worked as the Patient Care Director for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.


She is survived by her loving parents, Thomas and Margaret Sayers, her brother Tom and his wife Edith, her sister Rosemarie Hanley and her husband Scott, and her sister Elizabeth. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews Caitlin, Matthew, Diana, Kelsey, Lindsey, and Scott.


The family will receive friends August 1 between 4 and 8 p.m. at Graham Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Church of the Resurrection August 2 at 11 a.m. 


Donations in her memory may be made to New York Presbyterian Hospital, 525 East 68th Street, Box 123, New York, NY, 10065. On the memo line of the check please include: “In honor of Mary McCready Memorial Fund.”



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