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– Compiled by April Miller –
Natalie Mildred Feinson
Natalie Mildred Feinson, a longtime Rye resident, died Oct. 18. She was 88.
Mrs. Feinson was born Jan. 26, 1918 in Canandaigua, to Hope (nee Hall) and Milton Nutting.
She graduated from the New Rochelle Nursing School and worked at the New Rochelle Hospital until she married David Feinson Nov. 7, 1941. They moved to Rye in 1950.
After Mr. Feinson’s death in 1968, Mrs. Feinson went back to work at the newly opened Bloomingdale’s, where she worked first as a nurse and then at the switchboard, for more than 20 years.
She was an active member of the Mother’s Guild, the Twig organization, and was a deacon at Rye Presbyterian Church. According to her daughter, Hope Reeser, Mrs. Feinson would always tape the minister’s sermon to bring to those who couldn’t make it to church. She was also known for her chicken soup, which she made for anyone she knew who was ill or going through a hardship, whether a close friend or mere acquaintance.
Mrs. Feinson loved to travel all over the world and across the United States.
She is the fond mother of Hope Reeser and her husband Bob, and Jeff Feinson and his wife Liz; the dear grandmother of David Feinson, Christopher Feinson, and Molly Feinson, as well as Erica Coulter and her husband Jim, and the loving great grandmother of Madigan Coulter.
A service was held at Rye Presbyterian Church, where Mrs. Feinson was interred.
John X. McWeeney
John X. McWeeney, a longtime Rye resident, died Sept. 28. He was 89.
Mr. McWeeney was born Dec. 3, 1916 in New Haven, to Laurence R. and Mary McWeeney. He attended Philips Academy Andover and Yale University, before working as a business executive for a manufacturing company. Mr. McWeeney moved to Rye in 1935.
He married Marjorie Sweeney Oct. 29, 1940. They would have celebrated their 66th anniversary this month.
Mr. McWeeney enjoyed tennis, painting and the NY Times crossword puzzle.
He was predeceased by Mrs. McWeeney, who died in June. Mr. McWeeney is survived by a daughter, Baroness Shawn De Gunzburg and her husband Baron Dimitri, of London, England and Provence; two sons, John L. McWeeney and his wife Felicity, of Shelton, Conn., and David McWeeney, of Rye; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Mark McWeeney; a daughter Marney Kennedy; and a grandson Peter Kennedy II.
A Funeral Mass was held at Resurrection Church.
Charlotte Brolat Schneider
Charlotte Brolat Schneider, a resident of Rye, died Oct. 8. She was 97.
Dr. Schneider was born July 22, 1909 in Berlin, Germany to Fritz and Martha (nee Wenzel) Brolat. Her father was a city councilman in Berlin and an important part of the government of the Weimar Republic.
She earned a medical degree from the University of Berlin. While it was rare for American women at that time to be doctors, a third of Dr. Schneider’s class was made up of women. It was also at University of Berlin that Dr. Schneider met the man she would marry, Louis Schneider. He was an American Jew, studying in Germany; American universities had strict quotas for Jews at that time, according to her daughter, Marion Brown.
Dr. Schneider came to New York City in 1935 and married her husband the day after arriving.
She began a residency at the New York Infirmary for Women and Children, but because of the Great Depression was forced into practice early. She and her husband both became general practitioners. Though they had separate practices, they worked out of the same house, with Mrs. Schneider on the top floor and Mr. Schneider on the ground floor.
During World War II, she was one of the only doctors left in town, so men were forced to come to her. It was the only time during her career she ever had male patients.
Though she was incredibly busy with her practice, making house calls even on Sundays, Dr. Schneider tried to make time for traveling. It was a girlhood dream to visit India, and on her 49th wedding anniversary, she and her husband flew over the Himalayas.
Dr. Schneider was predeceased by her husband in 1995. In 2001 she moved to The Osborn.
Dr. Schneider is survived by a daughter Marion Brown and her husband Alan, of Yonkers, a son Martin Schneider and his wife Judith, of Ellicott City, Md., as well as two grandchildren, Monica and Leo Schneider, and Leo’s fiancée, Jenny Tseng.
A memorial service was held at The Osborn.
Darlene Francis Seaver, a longtime Rye resident, died Oct. 20 at Westchester Medical Center. She died of a head injury from a falling tree. Mrs. Seaver was 58.
Born in Queens, Dec. 11, 1947, she was raised in Massapequa. She graduated from St. Francis College in Pennsylvania.
She married Thomas Seaver May 24, 1975. They moved to Rye in 1977 to raise a family.
Once here, Mrs. Seaver became an enthusiastic and tireless community volunteer. She was an active parishioner of Resurrection Church and dedicated volunteer of P.O.T.S., Helping Hands for the Homeless and Hungry, the Junior League, The Rye Newcomers Club, the 22nd Twig, and the Rye Youth Council.
Since 1994 Mrs. Seaver has worked as a sales associate at John T. Henningsen Real Estate. “We never heard an unkind word about anyone from Darlene. She was an angel,” said Joan Henningsen. “She also demonstrated an incredible work ethic. I don’t think she missed a day of work in those 12 years and she was a fabulous wife and mother.”
Gail Feeney, of Rye, a close friend of Mrs. Seaver’s for over 25 years, said one of the best things about Mrs. Seaver was that she was the “same warm, open, positive person to everyone. She was a very real person who voiced her opinions and listened to yours.”
Scott Seaver described his mother as a woman of enormous energy and vitality. “She lived life non-stop and brought all of us along with her. She loved sailing with her family and dancing with my dad. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas we served at soup kitchens because she had signed us all up.” He noted that his mother was also a woman of intellect who enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles.
Mrs. Seaver is survived by her husband; her children, Colleen, Scott, Tracy and Megan; her mother, Helen Bennett of Seminole, Fla., and her brother, Brother Edward Bennett T.O.R. of St. Patrick’s Church in Tampa.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Resurrection Church Oct. 25.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.
Seance Ward, of Rye, died Oct. 2.
She was the beloved daughter of Kieran and Catherine; loving sister of Devon; and caring friend of Esther, Laura, Victoria and so many more.
Ms. Ward was a confident, fun-loving, carefree, giving young lady. She enjoyed singing, dancing, modeling, fashion, and was an animal lover. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Resurrection Church.Donations can be made in her memory to the Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20037.