Philipstown Obituaries

Christopher Forster (1932-2017)

Christopher A. Forster, 84, of New York City died at home on Jan. 31, 2017, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 12, 1932, and grew up in Garrison.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betsy; daughter Julia Thompson (John); son David Forster (Michèle Schnyder); daughter Emily Tappan (Joe); and six grandchildren.

He was a graduate of Groton School and Yale University (Class of 1954) and spent his career as an insurance broker and managing director with Marsh & McLennan Companies.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Feb. 20 at The Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th St., in New York. Memorial contributions may be made to the Christopher A. Forster Yale College Class of 1954 Scholarship Fund, c/o Yale University.

John Rath

John Rath, a longtime former math teacher and basketball coach at Haldane High School, died on Feb. 3, 2017. He taught at Haldane from 1964 to 1994. The Haldane school board observed a moment of silence at its Feb. 7 meeting.

“For those of fortunate enough to know John, he was very dedicated to all,” said Vice President Laura Hammond. “He had an infectious smile and we are grateful for the positive impact he had for so many of us.”

Marvin Schenck (1923-2017)

Marvin C. Schenck, 93, died at home in Garrison on Feb. 4, 2017. He was born in New York City on June 27, 1923, to Alfred and Sue Schenck.

Marvin grew up in New York City, graduated from Philadelphia Textile and New York University and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a stockbroker and investment banker before moving to Garrison 30 years ago.

Marvin loved to garden, play tennis and golf. Living along the Hudson River, he enjoyed watching the boats go by. He was also an avid sports fan, cheering for his New York Mets, always hoping “This is the year!”

Marvin is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joanne, and Tucker, his beloved Havanese. He will be buried at Wellwood Cemetery in Farmingdale.

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