Dorothy V. Reinhard (1935 – 2015)
HILLSDALE—Dorothy Virginia Reinhard passed away peacefully at home August 28, 2015.
She was born in Bellmore, July 19, 1935, the daughter of Edna and Eugene Reinhard.
She attended Cooper Union and graduated from Adelphi University. At The New Seminary, she studied and was ordained an interfaith minister in 2004.
She was an executive assistant at the Nassau County Department of Museums for 45 years. She was the secretary of the Agricultural Society of Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties in charge of the Long Island Fair. Rev. Reinhard relocated to Hillsdale in 1998 and joined the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, Friends of Taconic State Park, Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association, the Copake Grange and the Young-At-Hearters. She volunteered for the Taconic Stage Company.
Ms. Reinhard was predeceased by her parents and her brothers, Harry and Robert Reinhard.
She is survived by her many friends who miss the blessing she was in their lives.
A memorial service celebrating her extraordinary life will be held October 4 at 3 p.m. at the Copake Park, 305 Mountain View Road.
Mary Byrne Carroll (1924 – 2015)
ALBANY—Mary Byrne Carroll, 91, a native of Poughkeepsie, and longtime seasonal resident of Venice, FL, and Nantucket, MA, died surrounded by her family Tuesday, September 22, 2015.
She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, James E. Carroll, a Poughkeepsie attorney.
She was the daughter of John F. Byrne, a Poughkeepsie builder, and Margaret Daly Byrne.
Mrs. Carroll was the salutatorian of Poughkeepsie High School class of 1941, and a graduate of Vassar College class of 1944 to 1945. She obtained a post-graduate degree from SUNY New Paltz. Her only sibling was the late Margaret Byrne Garibaldi, an administrator of the Arlington public school system.
Mrs. Carroll’s engagement announcement in the Poughkeepsie Journal was headlined “Brains Plus Beauty,” which perfectly described her. The couple had seven children, many dogs, and lots of adventures in family boating aboard the Hattie on the Hudson River and Long Island Sound and Nantucket Sound.
Often sunburned and freckled and most comfortable wearing a bathing suit and straw hat, she loved the beach and salt water and went swimming daily into her 90s. She also enjoyed bicycling, beachcombing and foraging: blueberry and blackberry picking, clamming and fishing were among some of her favorite activities.
At a time when 10% of women attended college, Mrs. Carroll graduated from Vassar College with a degree in mathematics. While at Vassar, she was recruited by her mentor, Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, USN, mother of the COBOL computer language and head of the Vassar College Math Department, to work on the Manhattan Project. Mrs. Carroll worked as part of a team that worked day and night to solve the mathematical problems surrounding the development of the Atomic Bomb.
During this work, Mrs. Carroll was one of the earliest mathematicians to work with the ENIAC computer.
After World War II, she worked as an engineer at Central Hudson Gas and Electric Company in Poughkeepsie. She engineered the utility’s power lines that crossed the Hudson River at the Danskammer Point power plant. The construction of the wire ways and the supports over which they were routed was considered an engineering feat at the time. Back then, Mrs. Carroll was the only woman engineer, if not the first, employed at that company. As she ascended the ranks at Central Hudson, she learned that she was paid two-thirds of what men in similar positions were paid.
After her marriage to Jim Carroll, another Poughkeepsie native, she had seven children. This responsibility took her away from the Central Hudson Company. Later, with her children approaching college age, Mrs. Carroll went nightly to graduate school at SUNY New Paltz and earned her master’s degree so that she could teach high school mathematics. She taught mathematics for many years at Our Lady of Lourdes, Poughkeepsie and Arlington high schools.
After her husband died in 2005, Mrs. Carroll moved to Avila Assisted Living, where she made many dear friends in that community and wrote for Avila’s newsletter.
She loved the game of Bridge. Wherever she went, she was able to find a card game where she normally won a few quarters from the “pot.”
Mrs. Carroll is survived by: her children, attorney John B. Carroll of Malden Bridge, Mary Cathleen Strang and her husband, Robert, of Warwick, RI, James E. Carroll and his wife, Maria, of Ballston Lake, Joseph G. Carroll of Old Saybrook, CT, Margaret Carroll-Bergman and her husband, Keith, of Concord, MA, Anne Carroll Fernandez, MD, and her husband, Henry, of Niskayuna and Thomas G. Carroll and his wife, Pamela, of Southport, CT; her grandchildren, Genevieve Strang Lee (Anthony) and Catheryn Strang, Mary Bergman and Elizabeth Bergman Falco (Tony), James “Edward” and Henry Carroll, and Henry James Fernandez; one great-grandchild, Viola Grace Lee and by JD.(a/k/a “Jim’s Dog”), a 15 year-old Bichon Frise.
The family thanks Mrs. Carroll’s many caregivers who cared for her during her recent illnesses.
Funeral services are Saturday, September 26, 7:30 a.m. from the McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 North Allen Street, Albany, thence to Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Niskayuna at 8:30 a.m. where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited and may visit with Mrs. Carroll’s family Friday, September 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow the Mass at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Poughkeepsie.
To leave a message on the family’s guestbook, light a candle or obtain directions visit www.McVeighFuneralHome.com
Linda A. Dean (1942 – 2015)
ALBANY—Linda (Jensen) Dean of Chatham passed away September 23, 2015.
She is survived by: her daughters, Audrey, Monica, Hilary and Theresa; her eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Family will receive friends at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Sunday, September 27 from 3 to 6 p.m. Burial will be private at a later date. Condolences may be conveyed at frenchblasl.com.