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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. Laura Belle H. Raven, Formerly Of Valhalla, Dedicated Church Volunteer

    Laura Belle H. Raven, Formerly Of Valhalla, Dedicated Church Volunteer

    Laura Belle (L.B.) Raven, 96, formerly of Valhalla, died on Aug. 4. She was the wife of the late Albert Raven.L.B. was born on Dec. 24, 1922 in White Plains, a daughter of Hazel and Harry Havery. She lived and worked in White Plains until her marriage to Albert Raven in 1946. They settled in Valhalla and raised two daughters, Susan and Patti. L.B. worked for the Valhalla United ...

  2. Nicholas M. Berardi, Formerly Of Larchmont, Loved Making People Laugh, 88

    Nicholas M. Berardi, Formerly Of Larchmont, Loved Making People Laugh, 88

    Westchester native Nicholas M. Berardi, Jr., 88, of Jacksonville FL, lost his battle with Alzheimer's disease on Sept. 20. He was born on May 15, 1931 in Mount Vernon. He loved entertaining others, making people laugh with his stories and jokes. He was always sought after for his great advice.Nicholas was an honorable man who served his country in the Army during the Korean War; ...

  3. William Richard Burke, 64, Of Paramus 'Had Love For Life'

    William Richard Burke, 64, Of Paramus 'Had Love For Life'

    William “Bill” Richard Burke died in the arms of his brothers on Sept. 27 at Community Hospital in Toms River.  Bill was born in New York City to John James and Margaret Theresa Burke on October 7, 1954. Formerly living in Franklin Place, Paramus and Lakehurst (Leisure Knoll), Bill was an active member of his communities -- known and loved for his ...

  4. Lifelong GE Marketing, Ad Manager Karl L. Koss Of Southport, 91, Was An Accomplished Pianist

    Lifelong GE Marketing, Ad Manager Karl L. Koss Of Southport, 91, Was An Accomplished Pianist

    Karl L. Koss, 91, died peacefully at his home in Southport on Oct. 2.He was predeceased by his wife, Janet. He leaves a son, W. Judson Koss with his wife Pamela, as well as a daughter, Gretchen Koss-DeFrank with her wife Polly, along with five grandchildren and two sons-in-law.Surviving family also includes two brothers, Warren Koss and his wife Patricia of North Carolina and Clarence ...

  5. Former Van Cortlandtville School Teacher Helen DeMaria Millicker Dies

    Former Van Cortlandtville School Teacher Helen DeMaria Millicker Dies

    Helen DeMaria Millicker of Cortlandt Manor died on Oct. 5. She was born in Peekskill on July 26, 1934 to Michael and Helen Pisani DeMaria and graduated from the Assumption School and Peekskill High School, Class of 1952, as well as SUC in New Paltz in 1956. She taught in Van Cortlandtville School.Helen married John Millicker on April 17, 1960 in the Church of the Assumption. They ...

  6. Prominent Princeton Broadcaster Herbert W. Hobler, 96, Was Bronxville Native, Stamford Raised

    Prominent Princeton Broadcaster Herbert W. Hobler, 96, Was Bronxville Native, Stamford Raised

    Herbert W. Hobler, age 96, died on Aug. 10 at the Stonebridge Retirement Community in Skillman, NJ. Born in St. Louis, and the son of Atherton W. and Ruth W. Hobler, he grew up in Bronxville, attending kindergarten through the 7th grade with Mary Fitz Randolph whom he later married in March of 1944. A graduate of the Hill School, he was in the class of 1944 at Princeton and during World ...

  7. 25th Time Is The Charm: Finding The Perfect Recipe For Highclere Castle Gin

    25th Time Is The Charm: Finding The Perfect Recipe For Highclere Castle Gin

    They say the third time is the charm. But sometimes, the fourth, 10th and even the 24th don’t fit the bill.Ask Adam von Gootkin. When it came to creating the right recipe for Highclere Castle Gin, to say the Highclere Castle Spirits CEO was picky is an understatement. “We took about a year to develop the recipe,” said von Gootkin. “I was adamant that it had to be a product that I ...

  8. Longtime Wilton Schools Employee, Former Stamford Resident, Jack Droney of Darien, 94

    Longtime Wilton Schools Employee, Former Stamford Resident, Jack Droney of Darien, 94

    Longtime Wilton Schools employee John (Jack) Droney of Darien died peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 28. Jack was born April 29, 1925 to John and Kate (Howley) Droney in Bellharbour, County Clare, Ireland. He was the youngest of four children: Mary (Sisty Scarsbrook), Michael, Martin, and Jack. Jack immigrated to the United Ståtes in 1947 with his cousin and lifelong friend, James (Gus) ...

  9. Lifelong Peekskill Resident Pauline Hunt Dies

    Lifelong Peekskill Resident Pauline Hunt Dies

    Pauline Marie (Frugis) Hunt, 82, of Peekskill died Sept. 15 in the Royal Cape Cod Rehabilitation Center in Buzzards Bay, MA. She was the widow of the late Charles R. Hunt and the daughter of the late Sebastian Frugis and Beatrice (Tritto) Hongach. Pauline was born in White Plains and was a lifelong resident of Peekskill. She graduated from Peekskill High School in 1955. Mrs. Hunt was ...

  10. Former Trumbull Women's Club and Welcome Wagon President, Sally Garrick, Dies At 103

    Former Trumbull Women's Club and Welcome Wagon President, Sally Garrick, Dies At 103

    Sally Dorothea Toth Garrick, 103, died on Sept. 22 at Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, SC. Born in Fairfield, she was the last of 10 children born to Hungarian parents, Joseph and Suzanna Kanotz Toth. She enjoyed swimming and golf. She married architect Joseph E. Garrick in 1940 and remained married for 65 years until his death in 2004. Sally and Joe traveled to ...

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