Christine Ann Dempsey, a 47-year resident of Rye, passed away June 15.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on November 11, 1940, the daughter of Charles W. Auth and Helen Thompson, she was a graduate of Avalon High School and received her registered nursing degree from Pittsburgh Presbyterian Univer-sity.
Upon joining the Army with the rank of lieutenant, she was posted to Ft. Benning, Ga. It was there in 1962 that she met her husband-to-be, Patrick Paul Dempsey. “She outranked me,” recalled her husband. “In fact, she was my boss, but she gave me a look one day – even though officers weren’t supposed to fraternize with enlisted men – and we sparked. For the rest of our married life, she was my field general, my anchor in life.”
Married in 1963, Mr. and Mrs. Dempsey moved to West Point, where she worked at the Martin Army Hospital, and then to Rye, where she was a career nurse at United Hospital. Most recently, she worked as a nurse at the methadone clinic at St. Vincent’s Hospital.
As a Rye Colony resident, Mrs. Dempsey served on the association’s board for 26 years, ten as its president. Her husband said, “She was the ‘warlord’ for Rye Colony, following up on every issue to make sure it was addressed.”
A jovial, very personable woman, Mrs. Dempsey was devoted to her children and grandchildren. She loved boating, traveling to the islands, and the Yankees.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children: Patrick of Pelham, Michael of Rye, and Leslie Dempsey Evans of Harrison; a brother, Charles Auth of Pittsburgh; and five grandchildren: Michael, Christopher, Patrick, Amanda and Daniel.
A mass of Christian burial was celebrated at the Church of the Resurrection on June 18.
Donations in Mrs. Dempsey’s memory can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Westchester, 95 South Broadway, 4th Floor, White Plains, NY 10601.
Lorna Whittelsey Hibberd died peacefully at her Rye home on June 9. She was 97.
The daughter of H. Newton Whittelsey and Myrtle Souther Whittelsey, she grew up in Greenwich, Conn., graduating from Rosemary Hall. She went on to Smith College. However, the negative impact of the Great Depression on her family prevented her from completing her studies.
A competitive sailor from the age of 6, she won the Women’s National Sailing Championship a record five times. It was through sailing that she met her future husband, Frederick Hyde Hibberd. They were married in 1945 and moved to Rye four years later.
Mrs. Hibberd teamed up with her husband Fred to successfully race cruising boats on Long Island Sound for many years out of American Yacht Club. She spent a number of years sharing her skills and seamanship with junior program sailors and adults new to the sport at AYC. She closed out her illustrious career sailing Ideal 18's and windsurfing into her 80's.
She began skiing in the 1930s in the era of rope tows and ski trains. Her lifelong enthusiastic pursuit of the sport allowed her to gracefully master the most difficult terrain, whether in Vermont or on her annual pilgrimages to Aspen, Colo., with family and friends. As a founding member of the Addlepate Ski Club, she was responsible for generations of lower Westchester County children taking to the slopes in a fun, family-centered environment at a reasonable cost.
An extremely outgoing, energetic person, Mrs. Hibberd believed in giving back to her adopted community of Rye. “She truly loved Rye,” her son David recalled. She was active in fundraising and volunteer work for United Hospital for many years, selling antiques for the 15th Twig, providing staff support in radiology, and serving on the hospital's board of directors.
The aesthetics of Rye were always of interest to Mrs. Hibberd, whether through her membership in The Rye Garden Club or her service as chair of the Board of Architectural Review.
Mrs. Hibberd was predeceased by her husband and a grandson, Frederick Hyde Hibberd III. She is survived by her two sisters: Myrtle Campbell of Seattle, Wash. and Cecelia Hunter of Lake Forest, Ill.; three children: a son, Frederick H. Hibberd Jr. and spouse Christine of Jackson, Wyo.; a daughter, Elisabeth Charas of Ventura, Calif.; and a son, David W. Hibberd and spouse Kathy of West Barnstable, Mass.; seven grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.
The family extends their thanks and gratitude to her two caregivers, Nana Frimpomaa and Ciselyne Clarke, who provided years of comfort and loving care to Mrs. Hibberd. Because of their compassionate support, she was able to live out her final years in her home on the Sound.
A celebration of her life was held June 12 at American Yacht Club.
Donations can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Westchester, 95 South Broadway, 4th Floor, White Plains, NY 10601, or the Alzheimer’s Association, 2900 Westchester Ave., Suite 306, Purchase, NY 10577-2552.
Mary Louise Vier of Rye died peacefully at Greenwich Hospital on May 31, with her family by her side.
She was born Mary Louise Hasey November 3, 1921 in White Plains. She graduated from Good Counsel High School in White Plains in 1939.
Upon graduation from secretarial school, she was promoted to a managerial position with the Republican Party of New York. She was one of several Republican Party officials selected to organize and run the 1944 Republican National Convention in Chicago.
In October 1949, she married John (Jack) Holden Vier of White Plains. In 1954 they moved to Rye, where they raised their six children. During this time, Mrs. Vier was actively involved in the Resurrection School Mother’s Guild and PTA. She sang in the Resurrection Church Choir for fourteen years.
Without question, her greatest joy in life was being a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a gracious and generous friend to all who knew her.
Mrs. Vier was predeceased by her husband; a son, John H. Vier; a daughter, Marilyn J. Vier; a brother, William J. Hasey of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and a sister, Henrietta Sullivan of White Plains.
She is survived by four children: Jacqueline N. Spang and husband John of Greenwich, Conn., Paul H. Vier and wife Anne of Ridgefield, Conn., Valerie Kratky and husband John of Darien, and Hillary deVere of Chicago; and six grandchildren: Betsy Spang, Brian and Marilyn Vier, and Teal, Michael and Jeffrey Kratky.
A mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Church of the Resurrection June 3.
Donations in Mary Louise Vier’s memory may be sent to Resurrection School, Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580.