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Obituary: Ann Schilder

Ann Farber Schilder, 55, of Great Neck, wife, mother and friend to the community, passed away on Monday, Dec. 17. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer. She died at home, holding the hands of her husband, daughter and son.

“She was a mother, mentor and best friend,” said her son, Bruce Ira Schilder, 27, of Great Neck. “She definitely was the matriarch, even of our extended family.”

Born at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan on April 1, 1957, Ann grew up in Valley Stream. There, she met her future husband, Marc David Schilder, at Valley Stream Central High School.

“They were high school sweethearts,” said their son. In addition to her husband and son, Ann is survived by her daughter, Tracy Sara Schilder, 23, of Great Neck.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in business at Syracuse University, Ann joined the family business, Sydney Farber & Son Inc., a wholesale giftware company based out of Great Neck.

The family lived in Valley Stream for many years and moved to Great Neck in 1980.

In 2010, she joined Anton Community Newspapers as a sales representative covering Glen Cove and Oyster Bay.

“We are all very proud of the drive, passion, and natural-born sales ability that enabled her to start a new career at 53 years old,” said her son.

It was a perfect fit.

“My mother was loving, social and very elegant. She could talk to any stranger and make a friend. In fact, she could dial a wrong number and turn it into a conversation.”

She worked at Anton until her illness prevented it earlier this year.

“Ann was a wonderful person and a wonderful salesperson,” said Frank A. Virga, executive vice president of sales and operations at Anton. “All of us miss her very much.”

A member of Temple Beth-El of Great Neck, Ann was interred at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY where she may rest in peace.

In memory of Ann, her family asks anyone who wishes to make a donation do so to Syracuse University, Temple Beth-El or a cancer-research organization “to help ensure that someday, this will not happen to anyone ever again.”

Ann will be greatly missed by her friends and family. She will always be remembered for her acts of kindness and generous spirit.

News

Some people deserve a long obituary: in a way, it is a tribute to the number of people’s lives they have touched, so for Dottie Brandt, it is a given. A long line of mourners stretched down the street from the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home, in Oyster Bay, where Dorothy R. Brandt, known to everyone as “Dottie,” was laid to rest, soon after her death on Friday, Sept. 12.

Dottie was a beautiful woman that age couldn’t change. When your warmth, spirit and love come from the inside, it keeps the outside looking bright and fresh. Dottie was always smiling, full of energy and always willing to help people.

The music was rocking and everybody was dancing on Friday, Oct. 3 in the St. Dominic High School gymnasium as the school hosted its Fall Ball dance. The event included gregarious kids from St. Dominic’s dancing and socializing with 20 disadvantaged children from St. Christopher-Ottilie Family of Services in Sea Cliff.

“St. Dom’s is very active with St. Christopher-Ottilie during the school year,” said Janice Seaman, who was the party coordinator and one of many volunteers at the dance, which ran from 7 to 10 p.m. “This was the first time, though, that St. Dom’s invited the kids from St. Christopher-Ottilie to their school for a dance and it is a great way to bring some normalcy into these children’s lives and show them what a school function is like.”


Sports

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.

The Diane Whipple Foundation with the cooperation of Manhasset PAL, Manhasset School District and St. Mary’s High School Athletic program has announced a premier College Division I Women’s Lacrosse Scrimmage day on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Competing in this great event will be Columbia, Fairfield, Michigan, Sacred Heart, Stonybrook, UCONN, UMASS, and USC.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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