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Obituary: Mary Alice Wren Passes Away At 79

Garden City’s Wren family has announced the death of Mary Alice Wren, a writer, teacher and journalist who died from Alzheimer’s disease on Nov. 6.

Ms. Wren, a resident of Garden City for 41 years, was formerly a teacher at Adelphi University, an editor for Vantage Press and a freelance writer of essays, short stories and reviews for publications such as Ms., Newsday and The Village Voice.

Born in Alpena, Michigan, on July 1, 1933, as Mary Alice Rouse, the daughter of Aldro Martin Rouse and Pauline Robertson Rouse, Ms. Wren was raised in Atlanta, MI, and later in Lansing. She attended Michigan State University and then worked for a year as a newspaper reporter in Kalamazoo, MI, while waiting for her sister, Suzanne Rouse, to graduate from Michigan State. They then set out for New York, Ms. Wren as an aspiring writer and her sister as an aspiring actress.

In New York, Ms. Wren worked for Beauty Fashion magazine, and in 1960 married Charles Gayden Wren, a fellow Lansing native living in New York. They subsequently had four children, and relocated to Garden City in 1971. Ms. Wren subsequently earned a master’s degree in English literature from Adelphi University, later teaching writing and literature at the same school.

A private burial took place on Nov. 10 at Calverton National Cemetery, the burial place of Mr. Wren, who died in 2008.  The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Ms. Wren’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Ms. Wren is survived by her siblings, Suzanne Rouse Stern of Kingston, NY, and Kendall Rouse of Madison, WI., as well as by her four children, C. Gayden Wren III of Steinway, N.Y., Kendall C. Wren of Hoboken, NJ, Carrie Prystalski of La Grange, IL, and Lauris P. Wren of Kew Gardens, as well as by five grandchildren: Lenny, Ben, Mary and Katie Prystalski of La Grange and Max Mills-Wren of Kew Gardens.

“The two things she loved most were her family and books,” her son Gayden said. “Books and words meant the world to her, and she passed on that love to her children and grandchildren, as well as to her students at Adelphi. Her favorite author was Jane Austen, her favorite book Pride and Prejudice, but she also was a devotee of modern novels and contemporary poetry, as well as a fan of modern art, grand opera, 1960s rock ‘n’ roll and classic country music.

“All her children are readers,” he concluded, “and all of us are musicians. That love of the arts is surely her greatest legacy to us.”

News

Garden City’s Gregory Burke recently donated $25,000 to help fund Mercy Medical Center’s brand new pediatric Express Care Unit. A benefactor to numerous organizations, Burke was so impressed with the quality of care given by Mercy’s medical and nursing staff, he decided to assist the hospital in this initiative.

“A significant proportion of the patients seen in Express Care are children. Thanks to Mr. Burke’s generosity, families will get the immediate care they deserve,” said Mercy Vice President of Finance and Chief Operating Officer Ron Steimel. “This new unit is an expression of the hospital’s commitment to providing the highest quality services to our community.”

The expansion of the pediatric Express Care program is part of Mercy’s ongoing effort to address the needs of underserved communities, including individuals and families who may not have a personal physician.

Michael Stano named to Master Teacher program

Michael Stano of Garden City High School has been named a New York State Master Teacher by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“The Master Teacher Program creates a community of teacher experts dedicated to providing a first-rate learning experience for students across New York, and contributes to our efforts to attract and retain the best and the brightest in our STEM classrooms,” Cuomo said.


Sports

Registration For The Community Garden Begins

If you are interested in obtaining a plot in Garden City Recreation and Parks’ Community Garden, it is now time to register. Applications will be accepted until May 1. Plots will then be assigned for planting around May 10. If more applications are received than the number of plots available, all applications will be put in a lottery and winners will be notified.

Spring/Summer Adult Tennis Registration Forms Available

The Garden City Recreation Department will conduct evening tennis lessons for adults who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City at the Community Park tennis facility. The lessons will run for one hour each week in three sessions during the spring/summer months. The registrant has a choice of a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday class and a choice of time. There will be a maximum of four players per court. The dates and fees will be as follows:

Easter Egg Hunt For Pre-K To Grade 5

The Garden City Recreation Department is once again sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at Community Park’s fields. This Year Three hunt will be held at 10 a.m. sharp with three age divisions: preschool to kindergarten, grades 1 and 2; and grades 3 to 5.

Special eggs will be stuffed and hidden for all divisions. Each hunt will also feature a grand prize (an Easter basket filled with goodies) which will go to the youngster who finds the egg marked “#1 Lucky Egg.” For further information about the hunt, please call the recreation department at 516-465-4075.


Calendar

Going To The Birds (Sanctuary)

Saturday, April 26

Nassau Coaches Meet

Saturday, April 26

Making A Beautiful Noise

Friday, May 2



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com