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Obituary: Ann Schilder

Ann Farber Schilder, 55, of Great Neck, wife, mother and friend to the community, passed away on Monday, Dec. 17. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer. She died at home, holding the hands of her husband, daughter and son.

“She was a mother, mentor and best friend,” said her son, Bruce Ira Schilder, 27, of Great Neck. “She definitely was the matriarch, even of our extended family.”

Born at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan on April 1, 1957, Ann grew up in Valley Stream. There, she met her future husband, Marc David Schilder, at Valley Stream Central High School.

“They were high school sweethearts,” said their son. In addition to her husband and son, Ann is survived by her daughter, Tracy Sara Schilder, 23, of Great Neck.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in business at Syracuse University, Ann joined the family business, Sydney Farber & Son Inc., a wholesale giftware company based out of Great Neck.

The family lived in Valley Stream for many years and moved to Great Neck in 1980.

In 2010, she joined Anton Community Newspapers as a sales representative covering Glen Cove and Oyster Bay.

“We are all very proud of the drive, passion, and natural-born sales ability that enabled her to start a new career at 53 years old,” said her son.

It was a perfect fit.

“My mother was loving, social and very elegant. She could talk to any stranger and make a friend. In fact, she could dial a wrong number and turn it into a conversation.”

She worked at Anton until her illness prevented it earlier this year.

“Ann was a wonderful person and a wonderful salesperson,” said Frank A. Virga, executive vice president of sales and operations at Anton. “All of us miss her very much.”

A member of Temple Beth-El of Great Neck, Ann was interred at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY where she may rest in peace.

In memory of Ann, her family asks anyone who wishes to make a donation do so to Syracuse University, Temple Beth-El or a cancer-research organization “to help ensure that someday, this will not happen to anyone ever again.”

Ann will be greatly missed by her friends and family. She will always be remembered for her acts of kindness and generous spirit.

News

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

An expert’s tips on bringing the

best of your garden into your home

Right now, Oyster Bay is in bloom. From the well-tended gardens of Planting Fields to unmowed patches near the Shu Swamp preserve, flowers are not just beautify our community, they also are calling out to us to bring them inside our homes to add color and fragrance. You don’t hear them? Trust me, the flowers in your garden are even calling you by name.

But don’t just stuff a bouquet in a vase. Make them look as good and last as long as possible. To find out how to do that, as well as how to improve your backyard flora, I asked Scott Lucas, the greenhouse supervisor of Old Westbury Gardens for some advice. He invited to join him in his cutting garden.


Sports

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Aug. 22

Junior Triathlon

Sunday, Aug. 24

Historic Church Service And Tour

Sunday, Aug. 24



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