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Jill Chafetz


I started my professional life as a research psychologist (not the "do you love your mother" kind). I enjoyed research and teaching, but noticed that I spent most of my non-classroom time writing and editing, often to help other people.

When I left academia,  all the "you should be a writer" admonitions followed me to job interviews. I've been squeezing in part-time writing and editing jobs for about 9 years, so now I am happily doing it full time.

Jill Chafetz's Contributions

  1. Rose Marie Johnson, 76, Of Milan

    MILAN, N.Y. -- Rose Marie Johnson, 79, died Thursday, Nov. 26.She was born March 13, 1936, in Poughkeepsie, the daughter of Alexander and Gladys (Morgan) Horne. Johnson was a nurse's aide.Survivors include her three daughters, Lynda Lee (Randy) Klawson of Milan; Victoria Lynn Johnson of Milan; Ginny (Chuck) Majors-Myers of Germantown; a son, LeRoy H. (Heather) Johnson Jr. of Milan; two ...

  2. John Joseph Fallon Jr., 46, Of Garfield

    GARFIELD, N.J. -- John Joseph Fallon Jr., 46, died Friday, Nov. 27. He was born in Saddle Brook and lived most of his life in Elmwood Park before moving to Garfield in 2010. He worked for many years at the Grand Union in Elmwood Park.Fallon was the beloved son of Patricia (née Mulligan) Klypka of Gilford, N.H., and the late John J. Fallon Sr.; the beloved step-son of Peter Klypka Jr.; ...

  3. Alfred Markim, 88, Of Piermont

    Alfred Markim, 88, Of Piermont

    PIERMONT, N.Y. – Alfred Markim, 88, of Piermont, died Nov. 24.Markim was a television and movie actor, producer, and the co-founder of Teletronics. He is best known as Astro from the 1950s show “Tom Corbett: Space Cadet.”He is survived by his wife, Sondra; children Nancy (Fred), Dan (Sue), Gary (Nancy), Nina (John), and Carla (Gregg); 11 adoring grandchildren; and one great-grandchild ...

  4. Maria I. Escobar, 87, Of Teaneck

    TEANECK, N.J. – Maria I. Escobar, 87, of Teaneck, died Thursday, Nov. 26.Escobar was a seamstress.She was the beloved mother of Max and his wife Teresa Milanes.Cremation will be private with interment at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus.

  5. Pauline M. Close, 86, Of LaGrange

    LAGRANGE, N.Y. – Pauline M. Close, 86, of LaGrange, died Saturday, Nov. 28 at The Pines in Poughkeepsie. She was born Sept. 15, 1929, in Buffalo, the daughter of Louis and Jadwiga Zielinski Shegda.She was married July 24, 1943, to Leon Straszewski, who predeceased her in 1974. On June 22, 1991, she married Robert L. Close in Pleasant Valley; he survives at home.Close was employed by the ...

  6. Mary E. Houseknecht, 85, Of Wappingers Falls

    WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. -- Mary E. Houseknecht,, 85, of Wappingers Falls, died Saturday, Nov. 28 at Lutheran Care Center in Poughkeepsie. She was the daughter of the late Harry and Agnes Armstrong McKelvey. She was born May 22, 1930, in New Paltz.In 1955, she married Karl Houseknecht, who predeceased her in 2009.Survivors include her children, Patricia Gierloff and her husband John of ...

  7. Frances Gregg Petersmeyer, 93, Formerly Of Bronxville

    BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Frances Gregg Petersmeyer, 93, a former resident of Bronxville, died in Washington, D.C. Nov. 10. She was born in Little Rock, Ark., and grew up in Memphis, Tenn., the eldest of four daughters to Irene Calhoun Gregg and Russell C. Gregg.She graduated from Lausanne School in Memphis and from Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She worked for the Commercial Appeal ...

  8. Clinton Bernard Snyder, 89, Of Norwood

    NORWOOD, N.J. -- Clinton Bernard “Bernie” Snyder, 89, of Norwood, died Saturday, Nov. 28. He was born in Hoboken to Clinton and Tess Snyder, and was a proud World War II veteran and member of the U.S. Navy.Snyder graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University and was a history teacher, as well as an employee of the State of New Jersey in the social services office.He was the devoted ...

  9. Bernard Louis Cohen, 94, Of Spring Valley

    SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. -- Bernard Louis Cohen, 94, of Spring Valley, died Thursday, Nov. 26. He was born March 12, 1921, in Brooklyn, N.Y.Funeral services were Sunday with Rabbi Wohlberg officiating. Interment was in the Jewish Community Center Cemetery, Brick Church Road and Route 306, New Hempstead.Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Hellman Memorial Chapels, 15 State St., ...

  10. Darien Man Joins Board Of Greenwich's Kids In Crisis

    Darien Man Joins Board Of Greenwich's Kids In Crisis

    COS COB, Conn. – Kids in Crisis, an organization that has been assisting children and their families in Connecticut since 1978, has named new members to its board of directors.M. Briggs Forelli is president and CEO of Precision Gear Inc., which supplies parts for the aerospace industry. Forelli has been a member of the annual Kids in Crisis golf tournament fundraiser, Kids Challenge, ...

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