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Victoria (Vicky) Carter Passes Away on April 22, 2019; Funeral Service in Christ Church Sunday, April 28 PDF Print Email


By the Family

Apr. 24, 2019:  Victoria (Vicky) Carter, 64, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2019. Born in Bronxville, she was the daughter of the late Diane Rivera Carter and the late J. Michael Carter. Vicky graduated from Bronxville High School and received a BA in elementary education from Ohio Wesleyan University. She spent the majority of her career working in the market research field.

She is survived by her sister, E. Elizabeth Carter, her brother, Joseph Carter, and their children, Matthew, Adam, and Melanie Gosselin and Samantha, Aidan, and Joshua Carter.

Vicky was a very active member of Christ Church Bronxville including being a sacristan. Calling hours will be at the Fred H. McGrath & Son Funeral Home, 20 Cedar Street, Bronxville, on Saturday, April 27, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Funeral service will be at 10:00 am at Christ Church on Sunday, April 28. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ Church Bronxville, 17 Sagamore Road, Bronxville, NY, 10708. 

Emil Roger 'Bud' Annunziato Passes Away at age 95 PDF Print Email


By the Family

Apr. 10, 2019:  On Sunday, March 31, 2019, Emil Roger "Bud" Annunziato, formerly of Bronxville, NY, loving husband and father of two children, passed away at the age of 95 in Tempe, AZ.

Bud was born on July 18, 1923, in New Canaan, CT, to Nemesio and Louise (Jassil) Annunziato. He received his undergraduate degree in 1943 from Niagara University. He was drafted immediately into the Army Air Corps, serving in Guam in the Pacific Theater. He was discharged in 1946. He graduated from New York Law School and received his law degree in 1949. He practiced estate and tax law in New Canaan, New York City, and lastly, in Bronxville.

On December 3, 1955, he married Jeannette Quencer Annunziato. They raised two daughters, Gail and Cathy. Bud enjoyed golf, paddle tennis, bowling, bridge, and traveling to all seven continents with his wife.

Bud is survived by his wife, Jeannette, daughters, Gail Anthony and Cathy Annunziato, grandchildren, Paige Annunziato and Juliana and Jonathan Anthony, and son-in-law, Jeffrey Anthony, as well as a rescued lab, "Sandy."

A memorial service was held on Friday, April 5, 2019, at Friendship Village Skirm Auditorium. Remember him by donation to your favorite charity.

Eleanor Colson Curtis van Hoogstraten Dies on March 11, 2019, at 92 PDF Print Email


By the Family

Apr. 3, 2019:  Eleanor Colson Curtis van Hoogstraten, age 92, a longtime resident of Bronxville and its environs, died on March 11 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, where she had been in hospice care. Ellie, as she was always called, was born in New York City on November 18, 1926. Her parents were Mary Helen (Seelbach) and Edward Gilman Curtis. She had two older sisters, Mary Gilman (Gil) and Anne. In 1927, her parents moved the family to Bronxville, where they had bought a new house at the corner of Woodland and Greenfield Avenues. A brother, Edward M. Curtis, was born in Bronxville at Lawrence Hospital in 1930.

Ellie attended the Bronxville School through the ninth grade and was then a boarding student at the Madeira School in McLean, Virginia, from which she graduated in 1944. In 1948, she graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in art history, but her true love was in creating art and she continued her studies at the Art Students League of New York. Then Macmillan Publishers hired her to illustrate a line of books for older children and young adults. During the 1970s, Ellie taught art at the Bronxville School and gave private lessons in painting and sculpting. She was also an excellent potter and jewelry maker who frequently exhibited and sold her work.

Ellie was a natural athlete. At the age of ten, she was diving off the high board doing jackknives or double twists or backflips. She also loved ice skating and in future years became a certified skating judge. She was particularly fond of ice dancing, and at the age of 60 she won an ice-dancing contest with a 16-year-old boy as her partner. Ellie also enjoyed singing. She was an alto who could sight-read and was a volunteer in several amateur theatricals both at home and abroad.

In the years following the Second World War, many young Americans headed to Europe to help address the refugee and displaced person crisis of the time. Ellie volunteered at Church World Service and was sent to Munich, Germany. She also worked with the Tolstoy Foundation. While in Munich, she met her husband of 58 years, Jan van Hoogstraten of The Netherlands. They were married at his family home on the 4th of July, 1953, and moved first to New York City and then to Fleetwood, New York, in 1956.  They moved to Bronxville in 1966.  

In 1980, she accompanied her husband back to Germany, where he served as chief of mission of the International Organization for Migration. They lived in Bonn for almost seven years. Upon their return to the United States, they settled into an 18th-century house in Thompson, Connecticut, which was their home for over twenty years.

Ellie is survived by her son David of Washington, D.C. and his wife, Michelle Kayon, and their children, Daniel and Julia, and by her son Nicholas of Hastings-on-Hudson and his wife, Sarah Brockus, and their children, Anya and Naomi. She is also survived by her sister, Anne Fredericks, and her children, Maria, and William and his wife, Ivy, and their children, Charlotte and Thomas Fredericks. She is also survived by many other relatives in the United States, The Netherlands, and Brazil.

On Saturday, May 4, at 11:00 am at the Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York, Ellie’s family will observe a graveside memorial service. All friends are welcome to attend.


Robert Platt Stout Dies on March 6, 2019, at 94 PDF Print Email


By the Family

Mar. 27, 2019:  Robert Platt Stout died on March 6, 2019, at his home in Siesta Key, FL, at the age of 94. He had waged a battle against prostate cancer for a number of years with characteristic stoicism and humor.

Bob is survived by his wife, Nancy, of 56 years, his sons, Jake (Leslie) and Bob (Maureen) of Seattle, WA; stepsons Peter Lourie (Melissa) of Weybridge, VT, and Jim (Colleen) Lourie of Bellingham, WA, and stepdaughter Annie Lourie of Greenwich, CT; by grandchildren Mackenzie Stout and Jason Stout, and step-grandchildren Suzanna and Walker Lourie, Colin Lourie, Nick Merrill, and double-step Elena Shifflette; and by great-grandson Patrick Stout (Jason). He is also survived by his sister, Rebecca Stout Underhill, and her sons Robert (Sarah) and Hugh (Betsy). His dearly loved little black Scottie, Callie, was by his side until the end.

Robert Platt Stout was born on Christmas Day, 1924, in Lawrence Hospital, Bronxville, NY. The hospital was established by his great-grandfather William Van Duzer Lawrence, whose commitment to the development of Bronxville’s Lawrence Park, beginning in the 1890s, included the construction of the Hotel Gramatan and the founding of Sarah Lawrence College. 

Bob attended the Bronxville schools and graduated from Bronxville High School in 1943. He had registered for the draft right after his eighteenth birthday, and a few days after commencement enlisted in the Navy as a Seabee, following his older brother Ferris into the Second World War. He was attached to the 4th Marine Division in the Pacific Rim and specialized in demolition and airfield construction. Bob’s unit received a citation from Secretary of the Navy James Forestal: “For outstanding performance in combat during the seizure of the Japanese-held islands of Saipan and Tinian in the Marianas from June 15 to August 1, 1944.”

He was a member of the Greatest Generation, and, as his sister Becky says, he led the charge. When Bob returned after more than two and a half years of service, he attended Hobart College. In 1947, he married Patricia Parsons, also from Bronxville, and they moved to Bermuda, where Bob worked for the Davis and Lawrence Company, a family-owned pharmaceutical enterprise.

Their sons Bob and Jake were born in 1950 and 1956, respectively. Somehow, with a challenging job and a growing family, Bob managed to find time to catch the world-record Allison tuna and win the Bermuda Snooker Competition – no surprise to anyone who knew him. Bob was transferred to Hamilton, Ontario, where he was president of Moore Thompson Klinger Pharmaceuticals. He was widowed in 1961.

In 1962, he married Nancy Clement Lourie and they blended their two young families, settling in Bronxville in 1967. Bob became president of an industrial baler and compactor company and was an avid volunteer for the American Cancer Society.

Bob and Nancy moved to Siesta Key in 1994, and Bob spent as much time as possible on his fishing boat. He became infamous in his volunteer work for Meals on Wheels, increasing productivity by driving twice as fast as everyone else.

Bob was a skilled outdoorsman with a deep love of nature, which he developed over a lifetime of summers spent at his beloved Big Wolf Lake in the Adirondacks. He was an avid fisherman who was delighted to share his skills – but not his secret spots. There was nothing Bob couldn’t build or fix in his shop, and he was most happy when he was rowing, fishing, or tinkering – with a Scottie and children nearby. The perfect end to a perfect day would find Bob on the terrace at Big Wolf with a scotch and a Scottie, telling tales, laughing, and watching the sunset.

A private celebration of his life will take place in July at Big Wolf Lake.

Donations in Bob’s honor may be made to The Wild Center, Tupper Lake, NY 12986, 518-359-7800,

Morgan Beach Passes Away March 1, 2019; Memorial Service is March 29 PDF Print Email


By the Family

Mar. 20, 2019:  Morgan Beach, 28, passed away in her sleep on March 1, 2019. She was living in Arlington Massachusetts, and taking biology courses at Harvard. She graduated from Bronxville High School in 2008.

She is survived by her mother and father, Dawn and Bruce Beach, her younger sister, Kendall Beach, and her grandmother Nancy Hudson.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 29, at 11:00 am at The Reformed Church of Bronxville at 180 Pondfield Road in Bronxville, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Scranton Memorial Library, 1250 Durham Road Madison, CT, Attention: Kari Castelli; please note that the contribution is in honor of Morgan Beach. Scranton Memorial Library is undergoing a major renovation and will include a corner in the children’s section to be called “Morgan’s Nook” to honor her love of sharing books.

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