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Vira Mamchur Schwartz

Writer vschwartz@dailyvoice.com

Vira Mamchur Schwartz is the quintessential jack-of-all-trades... and master of a few of them. Vira’s editorial career started in technology publishing, writing and editing at the Ziff-Davis publication Computer Shopper. Later she served as Managing Editor at CD-ROM World and then Internet World, before moving to freelance writing.

Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, L.A. Times, Folio, Portable Computing, Internet Shopper and other websites and magazines that no longer exist. She ghost-wrote and designed an award-winning diet and fitness book for a popular fitness personality and, currently, loves to tell stories about people and animals. 

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  1. Westchester's Arlene M. Mavilia, 75, Was A Nurse In The Area For Over 50 Years

    Westchester's Arlene M. Mavilia, 75, Was A Nurse In The Area For Over 50 Years

    Arlene M. Mavilia, 75, of Baldwin Place, NY and a former resident of South Salem, passed away on May 9 after a brief fight with cancer. Arlene was born November 11, 1946 in Brooklyn to the late Alfhild and Edward Anderson. She grew up in Lake Telemark, NJ and Stamford, CT before settling in South Salem’s Lake Waccabuc community.A 1967 graduate of the Greenwich Hospital Nursing ...

  2. Harrison Native Lisa Kolberg, 73, Was Known For Her Infectious Smile and Quiet Kindness

    Harrison Native Lisa Kolberg, 73, Was Known For Her Infectious Smile and Quiet Kindness

    Lisa Kolberg, age 73, passed away on March 28, 2022 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL due to complications from diabetes and heart disease. A private viewing was held for the family in Florida.Lisa was born and raised in Harrison, attending the Harrison public school system and graduating from Harrison High School in 1966. She was an active participant in the Harrison Players — a group founded in ...

  3. East Rutherford's John D. Zoidis, M.D., Loved The Beatles And The Beach

    East Rutherford's John D. Zoidis, M.D., Loved The Beatles And The Beach

    John D. Zoidis, M.D., 63, of East Rutherford passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on March 29. John was born in Bronx, NY to John and Margaret (Barbato) and raised in Pelham Manor, NY. After graduating Pelham Memorial High School, John attended Fairfield University and St. George’s University School of Medicine (in Grenada). He previously lived in New Rochelle, NY and Fairfield, ...

  4. Mount Vernon's JoAnna Hood, 65, Was Beloved Mother, Sister, Aunt, And Friend

    Mount Vernon's JoAnna Hood, 65, Was Beloved Mother, Sister, Aunt, And Friend

    JoAnna (Laporta) Hood, 65, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. JoAnna was born January 6, 1957, in Mt. Vernon to Joseph and Raffaelina Laporta. She never missed the opportunity to smile, dance, or sing; especially "Happy Birthday." Above all else she loved her children, her dog, and coffee... in that order. She was the most loving and loyal ...

  5. From Conan O'Brien to YouTube, NY's Marty Geller Is The Go-To Guy For Photoshop Tutorials

    From Conan O'Brien to YouTube, NY's Marty Geller Is The Go-To Guy For Photoshop Tutorials

    Where’s the first place you look when you need to learn how to do something new? YouTube, of course. According to a 2018 Pew Research poll, over 50 percent of YouTube users—which accounts for 35 percent of all U.S. adults—are there to learn how to fix a leaky pipe, make a perfect omelet, master a video game, and use Photoshop to fix an old photo among many others things. And those ...

  6. Be Part of Highclere's History — Own a Piece of Highclere Castle Gin

    Be Part of Highclere's History — Own a Piece of Highclere Castle Gin

    “Downton Abbey” carried us away to a different time where we could imagine ourselves in white-tie formality or in elegant gowns with elbow-length-gloved hands holding martinis amongst royalty in a grand home’s halls. The martinis (or any drink), of course, should be made with Highclere Castle Gin, a brand launched in 2019 in partnership with the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon—owners of ...

  7. Mt. Kisco's Carol Gillian Barnes, 78, Loved To Sketch The Nature Around Her

    Mt. Kisco's Carol Gillian Barnes, 78, Loved To Sketch The Nature Around Her

    Carol Gillian Barnes—beloved sister, caring aunt, and gifted artist whose sweet and gentle presence graced those around her—died on January 10, 2022. She was 78 years old. Carol was born on July 27, 1943 on the island of Kauai, then a United States territory. Her early years were idyllic, living amid lush gardens, swimming at the beach down the street, sliding down moss-covered rocks ...

  8. Denise Martabano Lupia, 63, Taught 22 Years In Katonah-Lewisboro Schools

    Denise Martabano Lupia, 63, Taught 22 Years In Katonah-Lewisboro Schools

    Denise Marie Martabano Lupia (nee Edman) of Winter Park, FL passed away peacefully with a smile on her face on February 21, 2022 with her husband David Lupia by her side. She was 63 years old.She was born in Kingston, NY on July 1, 1958 to Donald and Noel Edman. Denise was the eldest of five children and grew up in Katonah. During her childhood, Denise discovered her passion for ...

  9. Architect, World Traveler, Beloved Family Man — Kenneth McGahren of Pound Ridge, 82

    Architect, World Traveler, Beloved Family Man — Kenneth McGahren of Pound Ridge, 82

    Kenneth McGahren, 82, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 1.  An architect, artist, and lover of nature, his last moments were spent in the tranquil, wooded setting of the home he built in 2017 in Pound Ridge.Ken was born on September 27, 1939 in Bayonne, NJ, youngest of 4 brothers born to Eugene and Cecilia (Paulson) McGahren. He graduated from Pratt Institute in New ...

  10. Eastchester's Centenarian Ed Ranieri: A Shining Example Of The Greatest Generation

    Eastchester's Centenarian Ed Ranieri: A Shining Example Of The Greatest Generation

    Hildebrand (“Ed”) Ranieri, a longtime resident of Eastchester, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 28. He was 100 years young, celebrating his century milestone this past September.He is survived by his children, Bill (and wife Tina), Joan (and significant other Mark) and Jamie (and wife Yvonne) and grandchildren Robert and Rachel. He is also survived by several cousins, nieces, ...

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