Reports of the passing of New Rochellians over the past 12 months.
The New York Times is reporting: Eric Schmertz Dies at 84; Settled Many Labor Disputes
Eric J. Schmertz, who as one of the nation’s most relied-upon labor peacemakers helped resolve thousands of labor disputes, getting both the Rockettes and New York City cab drivers to end strikes in the 1960s, died on Saturday at his home in Mount Kisco, N.Y. A former dean of the Hofstra University School of Law, he was 84.
Schmertz grew up in New Rochelle.
Eric Joseph Schmertz, the elder of two sons of Max and Hetty Schmertz, was born in the Bronx on Dec. 24, 1925, and grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y. His first ambition was to become a diplomat, though he might have been an infielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who offered him a contract after watching him play at New Rochelle High School.
A four-year old child from New Rochelle, has died from complications related to the flu. The child, John Joseph Pippo, a student at Barnard Elementary School, was hospitalized earlier in the week and passed away Friday.
The family are members of Holy Name Church where parishioners were asked today to pray for John and the Pippo family. Memorial Services will be help at the Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel at 16 Shea Place near Blessed Sacrament Church in New Rochelle, NY. The phone number at Lloyd Maxcy is (914) 632-2700.
Danny Grosso better known as Mr. Boys Club or “the Pope” to family and close friends passed away at the age of 95. Danny was a retired railroad worker who devoted his energies to raising his family, supporting St. Joseph’s Church and was a tireless fixture at the Feeney Park Boys Club. Danny is one of dying breed of volunteers who dedicate their lives to helping our youth long after their children matured. My fondest memory of Danny is as emcee of the annual Feeney Park Roller Skating Shows; Dan was always decked out in his plaid jacket, burgundy trousers and white shoes. Dan would always open the show with a; why did the chicken………. joke. As a team Dan and his wife, Grace, raised two boys, Dan Jr. and Dom Grosso, in the west end of New Rochelle. In this age of townies and heroes Dan stands heads above as the quintessential quiet volunteer who never got involved in the petty politics but rather took action to solve problems and serve as a role model for all who knew him. To say Danny will be sorely missed is a gross understatement.
Arrangements are being handled by Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel Inc., 16 Shea Pl., New Rochelle, NY 10801. Visiting hours are Tuesday 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM.
God bless Danny and the Grosso family!Read more
New Rochelle resident Jared Bergman (NRHS '07) passed away yesterday, March 26. He was a junior at the University of Rhode Island.
Bergman was a large sports fan, baseball and basketball being his favorites. He also gave swimming lessons at the Jewish Community Center of Scarsdale.
EDIT (3/29) : Funeral services will take place on Monday, March 29 at Beth-El Synagogue Center, 1324 North Avenue, at 10 a.m.
Relatives and friends may call on Thursday, April 1, from 2-8 p.m. at the home of Leon and Rosalyn Darefsky, 164 Thistle Pond Drive, Bloomfield, CT. An evening Minyan service will be held at 7 p.m.
Donations in Jared's memory may be sent to the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence 265 Clove Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801, where a scholarship fund is being created.Read more