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Obituary: Beth McKenney Dahlman

Beth McKenney Dahlman passed away Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009 at home in Manhasset. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, she graduated from Peabody High School and attended Carnegie Tech as a drama major. After college, she worked as a character voice artist on-air at KDKA radio. During the war she worked at Carnegie Steel in Pittsburgh and later was a driver for the American Red Cross in Georgia, after her marriage to William “Bill” Dahlman in 1943.

In 1948, the family moved to Long Island, settling first in Roslyn and then moving to Munsey Park in 1955. An avid artist, she studied with the Paul Wood Studio and continued to be active her entire life. A past president and a driving force in the Manhasset Art Association, she was also a member of the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton and a lifetime member of the Silvermine Guild of Art in Connecticut. Her oil and acrylic paintings have been exhibited at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, the Parrish in Southampton and the Whitney Museum in Manhattan, and are still in the collections of many patrons.

Active in the business of real estate on Long Island and Manhattan during the 1970s and ‘80s, Beth was honored for her efforts numerous times. She made many friends through her work at the Horizon in Manhattan, Baybridge in Bayside, North Hills Colony in Manhasset as well as through her work with Lane Realty and with Blaiche/ Coach Realty in Manhasset.

Beth was passionate about art, the natural beauty of Long Island and the importance of family. Her sense of style and composition was apparent in her ability to see grace and beauty in nature, especially trees. She always welcomed friends of her children to the dinner table and was active as a Scout Mother, Sunday school teacher and nurturer in her children’s various activities. Her gifts will live on through her children. She will be dearly missed.

Beth was pre-deceased by her beloved husband Bill in 1974, and her sister Phyllis McKenney Pick in 2004. She is survived by her six children, Susan Dahlman-Fisch, Nancy Dahlman Riggs, Amy, William, John and Jeffrey Dahlman, as well as her sons-in-law Nicholas Fisch and Russel Spillmann and daughter-in-law Binika Dahlman.

Arrangements were made by Fairchild in Manhasset. Interment was private at Nassau Knolls, and a memorial service was held on Nov. 25, 2009 at the Congregational Church in Manhasset. Donations may be made in Beth’s name to the Congregational Church of Manhasset.