Obituaries (October 7, 2011)

0:00 Joan Mary Dempsey Joan Mary (Brown) Dempsey, a longtime resident of Rye, passed away peacefully September 29, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. […]

Published October 20, 2011 5:33 PM
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Joan Mary Dempsey

O-dempseyJoan Mary (Brown) Dempsey, a longtime resident of Rye, passed away peacefully September 29, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was 84.


Born March 6, 1927, in the Bronx to Alfred and Kathleen Brown, she moved to Rye in her youth, and graduated from Rye High School. During World War II, she worked at New York Telephone, and later at C.M. Almy on Purchase Street.


She married the love of her life, Edward T. Dempsey, November 29, 1947 at Resurrection Church.


An active volunteer, she served as a Eucharistic Minister at Resurrection for many years, visited the sick in her

parish, and helped out at the Resurrection Blood Bank. When her children were in school, she was a class mother and PTA president at Resurrection Academy.


As a member of the Rye Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, she took great pride in helping to host the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Field Day at Rye Recreation. For decades, she volunteered with her husband at the Rye Little League Parade. She played third base on the inaugural Rye Ryots team in the Rye Women’s Softball League. She also enjoyed swimming, which she did at the Durland Center, the Rye YMCA, and Rye Golf Club until she was no longer able because of her health.


Most of all, Mrs. Dempsey loved spending time with her husband Ed and watching her children and grandchildren participate in school events and sporting activities. After retirement, she and her husband traveled whenever they could. Hawaii was their favorite destination.


Together, with many friends, she was a longtime member of the Rye Seniors Association.


In addition to her husband of 63 years, Mrs. Dempsey is survived by two daughters: Patricia Berry (Len) and Maureen Moeller (Carl); three sons: Sean (Cecelia), Brian (Lisa), and Terence (Jacki); ten grandchildren: Michael (Erika), Colleen Foster (Jason), Steven, Christopher, Matthew, Theodore, Gregory, Andrew, Jeffrey, and Lauren; three great-grandchildren: Michael, Shayna, and August; and two brothers, Alfred and Rev. Patrick (John) Brown. She was predeceased by her son, Kevin, an infant daughter, Eileen Mary, and her sister, Adrienne Hagele.


Her family said she was a wonderful daughter, and a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed by her extended family and the Rye community.


A Mass of Christian Burial was held October 3 at Church of the Resurrection in Rye. Donations in her name may be made to Rye Seniors Association, c/o Rye Recreation, 281 Midland Avenue, Rye, NY 10580 or Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008.

Manville Hendrickson

Manville “Jof” Hendrickson died peacefully, of natural causes, at his home, September 14.  



Born in St. Paul, Minn., August 16, 1915, he graduated from Princeton and New York universities. He served in the U.S. Army and worked at the Pentagon in military intelligence during World War II and the Korean War.


After his military service, Mr. Hendrickson worked for and later managed Perey Manufacturing Co. in New York City. The company’s mechanical turnstiles were used throughout the New York City MTA subway system and in many of the region’s amusement parks and ballparks. He retired in 1999.


He was happily married to Alma “Sunny” Trubenbach Hendrickson from 1941 until her death in 1952. They had two children, Jill and Gary. In 1954, he married Mary Barrett, who died in 2003. They had two children, Merily and Ed.


He lived on the Westchester Country Club grounds for over 40 years and moved to an apartment in the clubhouse in 2000.

Mr. Hendrickson was very proud of his work with St. Vincent’s Hospital Westchester, where he was a member and chairman of the board in the 1970s. He was an active member of Westchester Country Club, and, for several years, was on the board of governors.  He belonged to the Princeton Club and the Metropolitan Club and was active in the Association of Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.


“Jof had a long and happy life and will be fondly remembered,” said his family.


A funeral mass was held at Resurrection Church September 16. Donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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