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Grace F. Rothstein

Grace F. Rothstein

Grace Florence [Goodman] Rothstein of New Rochelle, New York passed away on July 1, 2017 after a long and interesting life. Born June 22, 1923, in Manhattan, Grace was the middle daughter of a physician, Alfred, and his wife Rose, a piano teacher.
Mrs. Rothstein was the widow of photojournalist Arthur Rothstein. Grace and Arthur married soon after they met, in 1947, and moved to Peter Cooper Village where Grace found work as a portrait photographer. The couple traveled widely, even after their four children, Robert, Ann, Eve, and Daniel were born.
The Rothsteins moved to New Rochelle, New York in 1956 and became sailors as well as avid year-round gardeners. Arthur often traveled on assignment for LOOK magazine and Grace managed the house, the kids and continued her photography career in a photo studio Arthur built for her behind the house. Soon Grace was the official photographer for the City of New Rochelle.
When her youngest child started school, Grace earned a degree in Special Education and thereafter taught at P.S. 94 in the Bronx, where she created her own curricula, incorporating her love for and knowledge of music, visual arts and gardening for eighteen years.
Since Arthur’s death in 1985 Grace dedicated herself to organizing her husband’s photographic archive. She also enjoyed visiting with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. A private service will be held in her memory.

Joyce L. Henriques

Joyce L. Henriques

Joyce L. Henriques, of New Rochelle, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on June 29, 2017. She was 92 years old.

The story of Joyce’s life is one of unselfish love, compassion and understanding. She was born in Cuba in 1924 where she spent her early years. Her parents returned to Jamaica and resumed living on their farm when Joyce was a teenager. In Jamaica, Joyce learned to speak English and made new friends, some became life long friends. As a young child she developed a deep interest in nature and remained true to the philosophy that natural foods are best. She maintained her love of all things natural throughout her life.

By her early 20’s she was well organized and resourceful, she participated in community events for local farmers, to which the local Colonial Government officials attended. It was at one of these events that she met a young reporter named Irvine B. McGeary who was destined to change her life. When Irvine proposed marriage Joyce agreed but there was one hitch. Irvine was raised by his Irish and very Catholic maternal grandmother, while Joyce was the product of a Sephardic Jew and a nondenominational Christian. Irvine could not marry Joyce in the Catholic Church unless she converted. This she did. She embraced Catholicism and raised her children to be true and faithful Catholics. She remained a true believer all the days of her life.

Joyce and Irvine’s marriage produced four children, Keith, Judith, Patrick and Richard. Sadly and unexpectedly Patrick predeceased her in 1993. As a wife and mother she taught English and Arithmetic at St. Catherine’s Grammar School, she also sold her baked goods to the local country store. She spent many happy years living at home, while caring for her family and her ailing mother. After her mother passed away she went to New York on vacation, and loved it.

Joyce discovered a new life in New York and decided that this was the life she wanted for her family. She saw opportunities and thought her family would thrive there. Unfortunately, Irvine did not want to move to New York and stayed behind in Jamaica with his business interests. So, displaying her strong determination and against society’s norms, she moved to New York and soon found a position with Texaco. After a few years she was able to bring all four of her children to live with her. Joyce did well at Texaco and they showed their appreciation as she rose to become a member of the Executive and Administration team. Joyce worked at Texaco for more than 30 years before retiring.

After retirement she spent more time with her two youngest grandchildren in Connecticut. Children were the joy of her life. Her influence was multi-generational. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and
great-grandmother. She insisted that books must be part of a child’s early development, she also believed that children must use their own imagination to develop and create their own stories.

Joyce faced many difficulties throughout her life, but I never heard her raise her voice or shout at anyone. She had a unique way of listening closely to the opposite point of view; did not get angry, then would quietly think about the matter, before making her decision. Joyce was authentic, confident and fearless, she had a genuine love for people and life, this made her attractive to all who came to know her.

Above all else, Joyce was a mom, grandma and friend to all who came to know her.

Joyce leaves behind her children, Keith of Florida, Judith of New Rochelle, Richard of Connecticut, brothers Roy Henriques of Canada and Owen Henriques of Florida. Four grandchildren; Robert and spouse Trudie Coverdale with great grandchildren Solomon and Sophia Coverdale, grand daughter Heather Azzan with great grandchildren April, Ariana and Dorian. Grandson Gerard and spouse Sarah McGeary of New York, granddaughter Ashley McGeary of South Korea and Washington DC, many dear friends and her dear childhood friend, Vinton Beckett.

Jose Diaz

Visiting Thursday 9am-12noon
Interment Greenwood Union Cemetery

Arnold Zucker

Arnold Zucker

Arnold Zucker, a longtime resident of New Rochelle, died on June 24, 2017. He was 86.
A graveside service is scheduled for Monday June 26, 2017-10:00AM at:
Sharon Gardens Cemetery
273 Lakeview Avenue
Valhalla, NY 10595
914-949-0347

Irene Stern

Irene Stern

Irene Stern, a longtime resident of New Rochelle, died on June 22, 2017. She was 100.
A funeral Mass is scheduled for Friday June 23 at 11 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Pelham Manor
Interment will follow at Kensico Cemetery

John L Heller

John L Heller

John L Heller a longtime resident of New Rochelle died on June 18, 2017. He was 80
John was born on August 4, 1936 in NYC to the late Nathan and Romola (Shapiro) Heller.
John graduated from Bayside High school and received his undergraduate and Master’s Degree from University of Pennsylvania
He worked for the City of Trenton Department of Planning, The Department of Housing and Development, and the Lawrence A. Alexander and Co as a planner. John was the Commissioner of Development for the City of New Rochelle for many years. He was a current Board Member of the NDR Group Inc. in New Rochelle. John was a lover the arts. He enjoyed collecting paintings, sculpture and attending operas, going to museums and ballet performances in NYC.
John was predeceased by his first wife Maxine Jacobson Heller and his second wife Sandra S. Heller who died on May 1, 2003.
Funeral Services and Interment will be private.

Gioacchino Ricotta

Gioacchino Ricotta

Gioacchino Ricotta, a longtime resident of New Rochelle passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. He was born in Italy on August 18, 1926. He married Rosaria Gelsomino on May 4, 1957. He is survived by his wife Rosa, daughter Maria Teresa Benton (Bob), grand daughter Stephanie, great grandson Christian and devoted nephew Fedele Gelsomino and family and many other relatives locally and in Italy. Jack was a Landscaper in New Rochelle for many years. He took great pride in his work and business. Visiting hours are 2-4, 7-9 on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at George T. Davis Funeral Home LLC, 16 Shea Place, New Rochelle. A service is scheduled for 3pm at the funeral home on Thursday afternoon. Interment will be on Friday at Greenwood Union Cemetery at 10:00am.

Bernard Hallote

Bernard Hallote

Bernard Hallote, a longtime resident of New Rochelle, died on May 8, 2017. He was 96.
A Service will be held on May 9, 2017 at 12 noon at George T. Davis Funeral Home LLC
16 Shea Pl. New Rochelle
Interment will follow at Mt. Eden Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY

Carrie H. Leak

Memorial Service on Thursday 11:30am at the funeral home
In lieu of flowers, make a donation to Calvary Baptist Church, 188 Orawaupum Street, White Plains, NY 10606 Attn: Rev. Walker Williams

Gongcheng Yang

Gongcheng Yang

Gongcheng Yang, a longtime resident of New Rochelle, died on April 30, 2017. He was 88.
Visiting hours will be Tuesday from 5-8pm
Service and interment will be private

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