Tributes to New Yorkers who died from COVID-19


That is the most recent in a collection of tributes to New Yorkers and tristate-area residents who handed away from the coronavirus. Here are the other tributes published by the New York Post.

One of many many issues the coronavirus pandemic has taken from us is the prospect to consolation the grieving. In time, we’ll be capable to hug each other once more. For now, all we are able to do is recall their lives via the eyes of those that’ve recognized them finest: household, associates and colleagues. Could their good works dwell after them, inspiring us all to be our greatest, most compassionate selves of their honor.

Darlene Gaydos, 73, Montclair, New Jersey

Darlene Gaydos
Darlene Gaydos (left), 73, Montclair, New JerseyGaydos household

Larry Gaydos, a talk-show host in Phoenix, remembers his mom, who handed away April 25.

There are few phrases sufficiently big to explain the small powerhouse that was my mom, Darlene Gaydos.

She was a lady who beloved The Beatles, touring, Hallmark films and her purple Corvette. She spent the primary a part of her life as a determine skater — touring the world and assembly fascinating individuals from each nook.

Nevertheless, in faculty, she met the love of her life, my dad Larry, with whom she just lately celebrated 50 years of marriage.

For a short while, she was a instructor, however that modified as soon as she had her three kids. As her oldest son, I had a front-row seat to her quite a few hours of devotion to our household. She was fully selfless and the spine of our household, persistently modeling humility, kindness and thoughtfulness.

My mom survived a coronary heart assault and breast most cancers; she bravely fought a number of myeloma and all its issues. My dad and mom really lived out their marriage vows — “for higher or worse” and “in illness and in well being.”

When my mother bought the analysis that she contracted the coronavirus, not as soon as did she ever say, “Why me?” She merely ready for battle.
She was the strongest individual I do know, and fortunately, she gifted us with that trait as effectively, figuring out we would wish it to bear her loss.

Whereas we’ll miss her enormously, we’re comforted by the truth that we really feel her presence greater than ever in heaven.

Miguel Marte, 30, Fairview, New Jersey

Miguel Marte (second from left), 30, Fairview, New JerseyMarte household

Miguel Marte could have lived in Yankee territory, however he was a Boston Purple Sox fan.

Born within the Dominican Republic, Marte was drafted as an adolescent and performed first base — in addition to catcher and proper fielder — for numerous Oakland Athletics minor league groups between 2008 and 2012.

It was when his spouse, Jasmin (who was his highschool sweetheart), realized they had been anticipating twins that he determined to stop professional ball in an effort to be house extra.

“Most gamers get launched,” says Veronica Flores, whose husband, Reynaldo Mateo, was Marte’s teammate and finest pal. “He was participant, however he felt the necessity to go away baseball and begin his circle of relatives.”

So after stints with Oakland associates in Arizona and Vermont, the Martes moved to The Bronx after which to New Jersey.

Marte bought a warehouse job with a trucking firm, however he continued to play in a Sunday league.

Though he was “outgoing” and “a jokester,” Flores says, Marte was level-headed, too.

“Being a baseball participant can include a variety of frustrations, however his perspective was all the time so chill. He was such a relaxed individual. He wouldn’t get loopy to the purpose the place he couldn’t benefit from the sport,” Flores recollects. “He really performed it as a result of he grew up with it and he beloved it. It was a part of who he was.”

Flores and Mateo, who dwell in Laveen, Ariz., visited the Martes in 2018. The foursome posed for photographs in Instances Sq. and ate a Dominican feast of pollo  guisado (braised rooster) and habichuelas (stewed beans) in The Bronx.

The 2 {couples} stored in contact by way of textual content and FaceTime. Jasmin is the godmother to Sofia, Flores and Mateo’s 3-year-old daughter. Marte contracted the coronavirus and handed away April 28.

“Jasmin by no means left his aspect and stored that promise from her marriage ceremony day to be there for her husband each step of the way in which,” says Flores, who arrange a GoFundMe to assist financially help Jasmin and twins Miguel Angel and Isabella, now 6. “She beloved him and gave up even her personal security, selflessly, to take care of him.”

Marte mustered the energy to ship Mateo a voice memo a couple of week earlier than he died.

“He didn’t say he was doing badly,” Flores says. “He stated, ‘You guys should deal with yourselves and take this severely. Do your finest to remain secure.’ He was so selfless that that was the final message he despatched to his closest associates.”

Joan Cohen, 77, Somerset, New Jersey

Joan Cohen, 77, Somerset, New Jersey
Joan Cohen (left), 77, Somerset, New JerseyCohen household

Erica Lyons remembers her mom, who died April 13.

My mom and I spoke almost each single day. And though I relocated to Hong Kong 17 years in the past, I by no means felt far-off.

She was a lifelong learner who was valedictorian of her highschool class in Asbury Park, NJ, and went on to earn a BA in historical past, a MA in constitutional historical past and — in her 40s — a level in accounting and her CPA. She embraced new expertise and social media (although, admittedly, with some hiccups!).

Lately, she enrolled in grownup schooling lessons.

Every little thing she did was finished with an intense ardour.

She was outspoken and daring. Whereas politics, drawing typically on her information of constitutional historical past, was all the time an curiosity, lately, she joined quite a few protests to voice her opinion on causes that had been vital to her. Along with political causes, she was deeply dedicated to Jewish causes and the worldwide Jewish neighborhood.

She was terribly lively. She path walked almost every single day with associates, traveled internationally and stored a packed social schedule. She by no means knew the best way to decelerate and accepted no limitations.

What mattered most to her, although, had been the individuals she cared about. Her expansive group of associates grew exponentially through the years. Her household was her raison d’être. She was fully dedicated to my father, her husband of 53 years (who survived her), to me and my brother, and to her seven grandchildren.

To see my household, she continually shuttled backwards and forwards between Philadelphia and Hong Kong; she was all the time there to assist with my 4 youngsters, to witness milestones and to have fun.

She was full of love and lightweight. It’s nonetheless current in all of us.

Joel Kupperman, 83, Sheepshead Bay

Joel Kupperman, 83, Sheepshead Bay
Joel Kupperman, 83, Sheepshead BayKupperman household

As a philosophy professor for 50 years, Joel Kupperman taught 1000’s of scholars on the College of Connecticut.

However Kupperman, who handed away April 8, was thrust into the nationwide highlight many years earlier. In 1942, when he was simply 5 years previous, he made his first look on “Quiz Children,” a radio present that later aired on tv. Clad in a cap and robe, Kupperman and different youngster prodigies answered trivia questions on matters from science to sports activities.

“I didn’t notice simply how well-known he was, what a giant deal he was, for awhile. It was a household factor that we didn’t discuss,” says his son Michael Kupperman, a comic book artist and author in Crown Heights. “He had magic methods finished for him by Orson Welles; he met Marlene Dietrich. He was on radio with Bing Crosby and Chico Marx and all these well-known individuals. He was a ball boy for Ty Cobb [during a 1945 exhibition game].”

He and the opposite “little geniuses” traveled to virtually each state, showing on about 400 exhibits and elevating greater than $1 million for the battle effort.

“Kids had been abruptly fascinating on their very own phrases and never simply imperfect adults,” Michael says. “These kids had been cute and humorous and sensible.”

However fame took a toll on Kupperman, provides Michael, who dug into the “Quiz Children” period in a 2018 graphic memoir, “All of the Solutions.”

“The primary factor I feel the present gave him was a horror of being observed. It gave him an impulse to be quiet and preserve his head down,” Michael says. “He wasn’t intellectually flashy in his life. He didn’t even use math that a lot.”

At age 16, he left the “Quiz Children” stage, the place he was privately tutored whereas on the street, and later earned a doctorate on the College of Cambridge. (He selected a college within the UK, Michael believes, as a result of nobody there had heard of
“Quiz Children.”)

When he wasn’t within the classroom, the “shy” and “reserved” educational loved listening to classical music. Along with Michael, he’s survived by his daughter, Charlie, and his spouse of 56 years, NYU historian Karen Ordahl.

“He had been badly damage by being so well-known and having such a bizarre childhood,” Michael says.

“He all the time did the work he wanted to do and took care of the individuals round him. He was an ethical individual, a really constant individual.”

James Mahoney, 62, Freeport, Lengthy Island

James Mahoney, 62, Freeport, Long Island
James Mahoney, 62, Freeport, Lengthy IslandSUNY Downstate

A pulmonary and critical-care physician who labored in Brooklyn hospitals for 40 years, James Mahoney was beloved.

“He was just like the mayor, strolling the halls of our medical heart,” says Dr. Robert Foronjy, Mahoney’s boss at SUNY Downstate Well being Sciences College. “Everybody knew him. He handled everybody equally. He didn’t take care of hierarchies or titles.”

Mahoney, who died on April 27, doted on his sufferers on the College Hospital of Brooklyn and Kings County Hospital Middle. He even gave out his cellphone quantity.

“He was nonetheless working from house, telling sufferers to scrub their palms, whilst he was getting sicker,” says Natasha Edwards of SUNY Downstate.

The daddy of three additionally educated residents and different junior docs, who adored him, dubbing him “our Jay-Z.”

“Even when it had been 3 o’clock within the morning, he would spend an hour coaching another person to do a process he might do in 10 minutes,” Foronjy says.

That sort of dedication was evident from childhood. “Any endeavor, he went all-out for it,” says his father, Oscar Mahoney. “He put his all into it — he didn’t maintain again.”

Mahoney “was humble and spoke to you with respect,” says Olu Akindutire, 30, who labored with Mahoney as a resident from 2014 to 2018. “He actually made you’re feeling like your opinion mattered. He was a real superhero to younger physicians of colour.”

These he mentored have began a scholarship fund to assist African-American college students attend SUNY Downstate med college.

After he needed to be admitted to the hospital, guests had been banned. However docs from throughout the establishment stopped by the ICU to go to.

“I instructed him how a lot I beloved him, and the way a lot everybody beloved him,” says Foronjy, who accompanied Mahoney, together with 4 different colleagues, when he needed to be rushed from College Hospital to NYU by way of ambulance for particular remedy. They had been with him when he handed. “Not like so many sufferers throughout the pandemic, he died with individuals who beloved him at his bedside. It’s the one comfort we’ve.”

Suzannah Chandler, 81, Higher East Facet

Suzannah Chandler, 81, Upper East Side
Suzannah Chandler, 81, Higher East FacetChandler household

As head of Search and Care, a nonprofit pairing homebound aged with companies, Suzannah Chandler deliberate many funerals.

Skilled in social work, she helped others give you end-of-life plans, in keeping with pal Molly Parkinson, who was, with Chandler, an lively member of the Church of the Holy Trinity on East 88th Avenue.

“For the final 20 or so years, as a sort of philosophical remark, she’s been planning her personal funeral,” says Gretchen Buchenholz, one other congregant and pal. “However within the final 5 years, she was doing it earnestly, as if every service had been her personal. She selected the hymns. She critiqued each sermon — selected some readings and discarded others — and she or he laughed at herself for all this!”

“Having finished all that, I feel when the time got here, she was prepared,” Buchenholz says. Chandler handed away on Could 4.

Chandler hunted down of us who wanted help by asking space supers and shopkeepers about their older residents and clients, Parkinson says.

“She was a pioneering visionary in getting old,” says Brian Kravitz, govt director of Search and Care, which Chandler helmed from 1972 to 2006. “All all through Yorkville and Carnegie Hill, she made certain individuals aged in place gracefully, had high quality of life and peace of thoughts.”

An avid and attentive gardener, Chandler took delight in internet hosting expensive ones within the yard oasis she cultivated outdoors her first-floor house, Parkinson recollects.

“There are such a lot of individuals whose lives Sue touched — individuals she beloved, and traveled with, and gossiped with (and about), and made music
with, and talked politics with and dined with,” says Buchenholz. “And so many individuals whose lives had been made richer and even attainable.”

Ali Schwartz, 29, Higher West Facet

Ali Schwartz, 29, Upper West Side
Ali Schwartz (left), 29, Higher West FacetKatie Kauss

Alison Schwartz was a consummate “Individuals” individual.

The director of digital platforms at Individuals journal, Schwartz, who handed away April 28, was a pressure of positivity and humor, endlessly artistic and beloved by her colleagues.

“She really beloved what she did for work, and I couldn’t be extra happy with her for following and, frankly, attaining her dream,” her brother, Dr. Adam Schwartz, tells The Put up.

“Ali was the very best sort of individual, not only for repeatedly making us smile, chortle and really feel particular, and never simply because she’d assist anybody and everybody (together with each animal), however as a result of she impressed us all to be higher individuals to ourselves, to one another, and to the world, and to dwell our lives to the fullest,” Adam says.

Schwartz would’ve turned 30 this week, and though she wasn’t a fan of celebrating herself, provides Adam, “one thing I’ll all the time bear in mind was how a lot she beloved celebrating her household.”

“Certainly one of my favourite days collectively was for our dad’s sixtieth birthday, we — which means largely her — deliberate a complete shock day together with all the pieces from fro-yo, mani-pedis, therapeutic massage, our favourite lunch spot and a photograph shoot,” Adam recollects. “She equally threw a giant shock
social gathering for our mom’s sixtieth.”

Schwartz remained selfless into her ultimate days.

“Earlier than Alison bought sick, she despatched a present card to certainly one of her associates, a nurse, to thank her for what she does, particularly throughout these difficult
occasions,” he says. “Her pal, in flip, used the present card to purchase masks for her group. Alison’s heat, generosity and love had been contagious and made this world a greater place.”

A local of Wellington, Fla., Schwartz attended the Dreyfoos Faculty of the Arts in West Palm Seashore. Adam, alongside together with her dad and mom, Robin and Richard Schwartz, have arrange a scholarship bearing her title that’s open for donations in her reminiscence.

Ernest Schwarz, 88, Dongan Hills, Staten Island

Ernest Schwarz, 88, Dongan Hills, Staten Island
Ernest Schwarz, 88, Dongan Hills, Staten IslandSchwarz household

Ernest Schwarz raised his household in a Cape Cod-style home on Staten Island.

However his story started in Berlin — the town he left as an adolescent when he fled the destruction of World Warfare II. As a child, he noticed Russians tanks roll down his avenue and almost bought shot at age 13.

“His mother instructed him, ‘You must go to America,’ ” says Thomas Schwarz, certainly one of his two sons. So at 17, Schwarz arrived in New York alone to dwell with an uncle in The Bronx, close to Yankee Stadium.

“[He] didn’t ever see a baseball sport, however he might hear the cheers,” Thomas says.

Schwarz struggled with English, so his uncle advised that he be a part of the Military to be taught it. He was stationed in Alaska throughout the Korean Warfare.

“He didn’t do any preventing, however he realized a variety of English,” Thomas says. “He sounded precisely like Henry Kissinger.”

In 1954, Schwarz grew to become an American citizen. He met his spouse, Sonja — who was additionally from Germany — at a bar in Midtown.

“They got here 1000’s of miles to fulfill in New York Metropolis,” says Thomas. The 2 remained married for greater than 60 years, finally doting on three grandchildren.

Schwarz spent his ultimate eight years caring for Sonja, who developed Alzheimer’s. On April 23, every week after Schwarz was recognized with COVID-19, Sonja died at age 91 of the mind illness.

Then, after his signs worsened and he was hospitalized, Schwarz too handed away, on Could 15.

One of many final issues Schwarz stated to his son was, “I can’t imagine it ends like this,” Thomas recollects.

On Wednesday, Thomas went over to his dad and mom’ home and noticed his father’s backyard. Schwarz took explicit delight in his roses. Even with out him tending to them, a cluster of pink blooms has managed to flower.

“He would have been very proud,” says Thomas. “They realized to develop on their very own, with out him.”



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