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Steven Mulvey Jr.

Stephen W. Mulvey Jr. of Rye, New York and Vero Beach, Florida passed away September 13, 2017 following complications from a stroke.

Born on December 18, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York, he was one of six children of Stephen “Bud” and Patricia Mulvey. His parents and grandparents were part owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers dating back to the Brooklyn Dodger days.

After graduating from Iona Prep School in 1971, he attended Notre Dame. He remained an avid supporter and devoted fan of all Notre Dame Irish Sports.

Mr. Mulvey was a successful businessman. Early on, he was involved in the Mulvey McKeever Exhibition Company, a family holding company formed in 1912, with substantial investments in the motion picture industry, Major League Baseball, golf, and real estate.

His found his greatest success with the formation of Pinnacle Golf and the creation of three distinctive clubs in Vero Beach: Quail Valley in 2001, the River Club in 2003, and The Pointe in 2016.

Outside of his professional life, he was either supporting his wife Kathy’s golf accomplishments or hunting and fishing. He was a lifelong member of Westchester Country Club, where he and his wife spent countless hours with friends.

In addition, Mr. Mulvey was a proud member of the National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, and many organizations committed to balancing land conservancy and wildlife.

He will deeply miss his friends at his beloved cabin at The Wounded Bear Lodge in Long Eddy, N.Y., as well as the numerous sportsmen whom he hunted with over the years.

In addition to his devoted wife Kathy, he is survived by his brothers, Kevin, Patrick, and James, and his sister, Keelyn Mulvey, along with his beloved St. Bernard, Truman. His parents and sister, Maripat Mulvey, predeceased him.

Steve Mulvey will be remembered as a man who was loyal to his family and friends, a devoted husband, and someone who would happily share a beer.

He was so grateful to everyone who took time to send him cards and letters, along with those who visited him during his recovery and rehabilitation. He will undoubtedly be remembered for his zest of life.

Robert Whiteman, who lived a long and truly accomplished life as a concert violinist, inventor, and expert in licensing intellectual property and marketing died peacefully on September 10, 2017. The longtime resident of Rye was 91.

Born November 1, 1925 in Savannah, Georgia, he was the son of Arthur and Rosebud Whiteman. Bob, as he was called, was a child prodigy who at the age of 10 was invited to play the violin for President Franklin Roosevelt at the White House. Seven years later he moved to New York to attend the Julliard School of Musical Art and later was a founding member of the New York String Quartet, playing Carnegie Hall and touring nationally.

While still in his twenties, he co-produced Broadway shows, invented board games, candy bars, and food products. During this period, he met and became a protégé of Robert Ripley, who was intrigued with Bob’s marketing ideas for Ripley’s Believe It or Not. This led to a fifty-year relationship during which Bob was the primary licensing agent for the Ripley organization, including the production of three television series that are still being broadcast around the world.

Simultaneously, he was the owner and CEO of Liberty Library Corporation, the holder of the copyrights for Liberty Magazine, which was published from 1925 through 1950. Over 120 major motion pictures have been produced based on stories that appeared in Liberty. Through his management and curating of the Liberty Library, Mr. Whiteman helped establish landmark copyright case law that still governs the licensing of intellectual property.

Retirement was not part of his vocabulary and his office was open until the day he died.

According to many of his friends, Bob’s other “business interest” was gin rummy and he was a formidable competitor whose win-loss record could not be explained by good luck. He loved to share his card-playing skills with his children and grandchildren, and they will carry on this family tradition.

In addition to Bettye, his loving wife of nearly 70 years, Mr. Whiteman is survived by his daughters, Dale Pinto and her husband James and Caren Kline and her husband Peter; his eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. His son Robert and his wife Cindy passed away in 2014.

“Everyone in the family is truly grateful for the wonderful team of staff and caregivers whose loyalty and support have been truly extraordinary over the years. The kindness and compassion shown by Paulo, Simone, Soraia, Living, Eros, Mariangelas, and Norma is appreciated beyond words.”

A Celebration of Life service for Mr. Whiteman was held September 14 at Rye Presbyterian Church.

Martha W. Shaw, a 52-year resident of Rye, N.Y., died peacefully August 29, 2017, at Greenwich Hospital.

Born September 15, 1928, in York, Pa., she was the daughter of Hollis and Charlotte Ware. She graduated from high school in Alton, Ill. In 1949, she completed the nursing program at Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing in Boston, and met her future husband, Horton R. Shaw. They were married in March of 1950 and moved to Queens, N.Y., where Mrs. Shaw had two sons Edward (1955) and Stuart (1958). She was the president of the PTA for PS 199, and volunteered as a Cub Scout den mother.

In 1965, the family moved to Rye. Mrs. Shaw welcomed foreign exchange students to her home through the AFS and underprivileged New York City youth through the Fresh Air Fund. She returned to nursing, working at United Hospital in Port Chester, from 1972 to 2000. She volunteered at the Rye Nature Center, where she greatly enjoyed taking her grandchildren.

The Shaws were married for 55 years. Mr. Shaw died in 2005.

Mrs. Shaw moved to the Osborn Retirement Community, where she enjoyed painting and knitting. Several of her watercolors were displayed at the Rye Free Reading Room. As a prolific knitter/sewer, she took pride in knitting blankets, sweaters, and caps for Project Linus, which serves children in need and My Sister’s Place, which assists victims of domestic violence. She also knitted skullcaps for U.S. soldiers overseas and did needlepoint for church pew kneelers. Her blankets were particularly known for their intricacies and bold colors.

She is survived by her son, Edward and daughter-in-law Cathy of North Andover, Mass., granddaughters Amanda of Charlestown, Mass., and Catie of Houston, and her son Stuart and daughter-in-law Stephanie, and grandson Ian of New York, N.Y.

A celebration of Martha Shaw’s life will be held Saturday, September 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Formal Dining Room at The Osborn on Theall Road in Rye.

Donations in Martha W. Shaw’s memory may be made to The Rye Nature Center, 873 Post Road, Rye, NY 10580.

Ruth Louise Williams Stearns, age 92, formerly of Rye, died peacefully at her home in Falls Church, Virginia, on January 13, 2017, after a fall three weeks earlier.

Born on October 26, 1924 in Chicago, she was the daughter of Daniel E. and Flora Janssen Williams. She grew up in Maywood, Ill., graduating from Proviso High School in 1941. She spent her freshman year of college at Lawrence College in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She then left school to go to work, including for the American Can Company, supporting its wartime efforts to feed the troops.

After World War II ended, she resumed her college education, at the University of Chicago. There, she met her future husband, Richard T. Stearns, a fellow student and an Army veteran originally from Worcester, Mass. They were married on September 20, 1947.  The following year, she received her Bachelor of Philosophy.

Drawn by educational and employment opportunities, in 1950 Ruth and Richard moved to Albany, Calif., where she worked for Up-Right Scaffolds; then to Arlington, Va., in 1952, where she worked for the federal government; and then to Hinsdale, Illinois, in 1953, where she worked for United Air Lines, and where her daughters were born. Mr. Stearns’ position with the Hertz Corporation, during a period of expansion for the car rental firm in Europe, brought the family to the suburbs of London, England, in 1959; and then to Rye, in 1962. From 1975 to 1981, the Stearns owned and operated the Lighthouse Bookstore in Rye. 

In 1981, the couple moved to Ormond Beach, Fla., where Ruth worked as a reference librarian at the public library and volunteered with the police department, typing police reports. After Richard passed away in 1994, she spent more years in Florida, relocating in 2009 to the Goodwin House in Falls Church, to be close to her daughters.

Among many other things, Ruth Stearns loved to write, read mysteries, play cards (favorites were bridge and the game called “May I,” which was a family tradition), listen to music, watch movies (especially those starring Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald), play the piano, knit (including sweaters for penguins as part of a special environmental project after an oil spill), and make friends with every dog she met.  She moved comfortably into the computer age, making great use of her amazing typing skills. 

Her volunteer work with the police gave her the chance to ride along with an officer both in a police car and on a motorcycle. In Florida, she was on the board of the Friends of the Ormond Beach Public Library.

She is survived by her two daughters, Amy and Laurie, both of Alexandria, Virginia. She is buried at Mt. Emblem Cemetery, in Elmhurst, Ill., with her parents and her husband. 

Donations in Ruth Stearns memory may be made to the Goodwin House Foundation, 4800 Fillmore Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22311.

Mildred Ann Labella, who lived in Rye for nearly all of her 90 years, passed away on August 16, 2017 in Lititz Pa.

Millie, as she was called, was born on April 26, 1927, in Port Chester, N.Y. to Vito and Josephine Labella. After graduating from Rye High School in 1945, she went on to earn a certificate in electrolysis. For many years, she worked as a medical assistant for several dermatologists, including Dr. Mann and Dr. Davis. 

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, cooking, gardening, swimming, quilting, and exercise classes. A devoted animal lover, she cared for many beloved cats over her lifetime. She was a member of Church of the Resurrection, The Cardinal Newman’s Society, and Rye Seniors. 

At a neighborhood block party in 2016, Ms. Labella, who’d lived in the same home for 88 years, was given a proclamation by State Senator George Latimer, and was toasted by lifelong friends, neighbors, and family. 

The family wishes to thank Traditions of Hersey, Luther Acres and Masonic Village Hospice for their compassionate care. 

Ms. Labella is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Vincent and Eleanor Labella of Lititz, Pa.; her brother-in-law, Joseph Hannigan of Stony Point, N.Y.; and many nephews and nieces. Her sister, Ida Hannigan, predeceased her. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was held September 9 at The Church of the Resurrection. Burial followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Rye Brook. 

Donations in Millie Labella’s memory may be made to Humane Society of Westchester, 70 Portman Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801. 

Faith Harvie died peacefully on the evening of September 13, 2017, at her residence at The Osborn in Rye. She would have celebrated her 94th birthday on October 2. Born Faith Griswold Hall in 1923, she was the daughter of Eleanor (Fickeisen) and Frank Griswold Hall of New York City and Fairlee, Vermont. In her youth, Faith was an accomplished equestrienne. She attended Spence School in Manhattan and graduated from Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut, and later from Vassar College, in the accelerated wartime class of 1945-1944. On graduation from college she served as a researcher and assistant to noted economist Eliot Janeway in New York. After her marriage to U.S. Navy veteran James Beverly Harvie Jr. in 1947, the couple moved to Upper Nyack, N.Y., where they raised a family. For more than twenty-five years, the family summered in Chatham, Massachusetts. Mrs. Harvie was an avid tennis player, occasional bridge player, and devoted volunteer. She gave generously to numerous worthy causes and institutions, especially Grace Church in Nyack, St. Christopher’s Church in Chatham, and Christ’s Church in Rye. Mrs. Harvie is predeceased by her husband. She is survived by her three children, James B. Harvie III, Eleanor Harvie Gustafson, and Scott Chamberlayne Harvie, along with five grandchildren, and one great-grandson. A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held in the chapel at The Osborn on October 2 at 2 p.m.; burial will take place at a later date, in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia, next to her loving husband. Donations in her honor may be made to the Fresh Air Fund.