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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

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Movie: Godzilla

Thursday, Sept. 25

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Sept. 26

Plein Art Competition

Saturday, Sept. 27



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