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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. 

Vira Mamchur Schwartz's Contributions

  1. What Commits Someone To Selflessness? Alena Dillon's Novel 'Mercy House' Puts Nuns Center Stage

    What Commits Someone To Selflessness? Alena Dillon's Novel 'Mercy House' Puts Nuns Center Stage

    If you’re lucky, you just know. Fairfield native Alena Dillon knew she wanted to write from an early age. She did the requisite sports, youth groups and choir available to most suburban children, but words — stories— were her passion.In fifth grade she wrote her first novel — a take on a popular Disney movie released at the time, “A Kid in King Arthur’s Court.” “In seventh grade I ...

  2. Orthopaedic Surgeon, Port Chester Native Frank J. Lavallo Dies At 88

    Orthopaedic Surgeon, Port Chester Native Frank J. Lavallo Dies At 88

    Frank J. Lavallo, M.D., 88, of Zionsville, Indiana, passed peacefully on January 30, 2020, in the presence of his wife, Terri, and his children. Born in Port Chester on July 8 1931, he and Terri celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary in June.Frank graduated from Port Chester High School in 1949 and from Fordham University in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 through 1956, ...

  3. Highclere Castle Gin Evokes The Elegance Of A Time Gone By

    Highclere Castle Gin Evokes The Elegance Of A Time Gone By

    Picture it: A woman with her hair bobbed wearing a flapper-style dress dangles her gin cocktail from bejeweled fingers as she whispers in the ear of a man in black tie and tails. The magnificent halls, wall-size paintings, tables exquisitely set with china and stemware too numerous to count, the servants in their starched black and white. This is the Highclere Castle of a different ...

  4. Lyndhurst Native Patsy Tempio-Wilson, 45, Remembered For Laughter, Loyalty

    Lyndhurst Native Patsy Tempio-Wilson, 45, Remembered For Laughter, Loyalty

    Patricia Dawn Tempio-Wilson, 45, of Stafford, VA, passed away Jan. 17 at VCU Massey Cancer Center in Richmond.A Lyndhurst native, Patsy was a loving wife, mother, and aunt who lived life with the utmost happiness, sassiness and joy and brought the same to everyone who knew her. She selflessly dedicated all that she had to give to her family and friends and her care and love for ...

  5. Simonne Quigley, 99, Red Cross Translator In World War II, Local Community Organizer, Activist

    Simonne Quigley, 99, Red Cross Translator In World War II, Local Community Organizer, Activist

    Simonne (Lanowitz) Quigley, 99, of Newton, Massachusetts, formerly of Peekskill, passed away peacefully on January 18 at her home in Newton.Born October 25, 1920 and raised in Paris, France, Simonne worked as a translator for the American Red Cross during World War II. Following the end of the war, she immigrated to the United States, settled and worked in New York City, marrying her ...

  6. Can You Have An American Dream If You’re Not In The USA Legally?

    Can You Have An American Dream If You’re Not In The USA Legally?

    Editorial Note: Names and certain identifying details have been changed to protect the individual called “Osmin Garcia” in the article.No high school student could have been happier or prouder of winning a statewide academic competition and, more importantly, the prize of a sizable scholarship to a local college. It was a dream come true for high school sophomore Osmin Garcia. He had ...

  7. Hackensack Native William 'Billy' Ferrante Was Griller Extraordinaire, Beach Lover

    Hackensack Native William 'Billy' Ferrante Was Griller Extraordinaire, Beach Lover

    Hackensack native William V. “Billy” Ferrante Jr., died on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. He was 63 years old.Born to William V. Ferrante and Marian Gerfoil Ferrante on May 11, 1956, Billy had been living in Loxley, AL. He is predeceased by his parents and his sister, Linda Ferrante.Billy could often be found at the beach, where he spent most of his time relaxing. This was certainly his ...

  8. Former Fort Lee Bridal Shop Owner, Northern Valley HS Grad Laura Jefferson Dies, 51

    Former Fort Lee Bridal Shop Owner, Northern Valley HS Grad Laura Jefferson Dies, 51

    Laura F. (Squires) Jefferson of Port St. Lucie, FL, passed away peacefully on the evening of Dec. 25, 2019 due to a short-term illness surrounded by her immediate family. She was 51 years old.Laura was born in Hackensack and was the beloved daughter of Armand and Andrea Squires. She attended Northern Valley Regional High School Demarest. In partnership with a close friend, she ...

  9. Annelies Herzl, 95, Rye Resident, Holocaust Survivor, Mental Health Counselor, Optimist

    Annelies Herzl, 95, Rye Resident, Holocaust Survivor, Mental Health Counselor, Optimist

    Annelies Herzl died on Sunday, Dec. 22 after living with Alzheimer’s for more than 10 years. Annelies was born in Neustadt an der Sale, Germany, on Nov 30, 1924 to Irma and Selig Lustig. Her loving husband, Henry, predeceased Annelies in 1991. She is survived by her children Roy Herzl of Mamaroneck (wife Allison) and Vicki Herzl Watkins of Alplaus (husband Gray) as well as her ...

  10. Tarrytown Native, PA Artist, Teacher Cecelia S. Lyden Dies At 78

    Tarrytown Native, PA Artist, Teacher Cecelia S. Lyden Dies At 78

    Cecelia S. Lyden died on Dec, 20, 2019, succumbing to pulmonary fibrosis. Born February 12, 1941 in Tarrytown, she is the daughter of the late Peter and Mildred (Mascola) Barbella.She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Richard A. Lyden; her daughter, Cheryl Anne Cochran; her son, Christopher Paul Lyden; three grandchildren, Caroline Cochran, Ryan Cochran and Ricky Vega; her ...

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