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Rosemary K. Corwin

Yorktown Heights, New York

May 14, 2024

Rosemary K. Corwin Obituary



Rosemary K. Corwin (Rosie) passed peacefully at home surrounded by family and her caregiver on May 14, 2024 at the age of 86. The cause was complications associated with corticobasal syndrome, a rare, progressive movement disorder she was diagnosed with six years ago.


Rosie lived at her bucolic home in Yorktown Heights, NY for over sixty years. A New York resident all her life, Rosie was born in Port Chester in 1937 to Adrienne Warren Kelly and Ironton Austin Kelly III. She grew up in Rye.


Above all else Rosie cherished her roles as wife, mother and grandmother. Her ability to be gently positive and persevere, even during the most trying of times, was an inspiration to her family and all who knew her. She was a devoted friend, and especially adored her lifelong friendships. Rosie had a long and fulfilling career as a Special Education teacher at the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) where she taught in the Hendrick Hudson, Ossining and Yorktown school districts in Westchester. Countless students and families over the years benefitted from and appreciated her teaching skills, empathy and humor.


One of Rosie’s accomplishments of which she was most proud was graduating from Vassar College in 1970, at age 32 with a bachelor’s degree in English after being accepted into a pilot program of “older” students whose prior college years elsewhere had been interrupted. She achieved this as a single mom while raising three young children, and she went on to get a master’s at Manhattanville College. Before finishing her first degree she worked as a substitute teacher and a school bus driver.


Rosie had many interests and passions - she loved literature and the theater, nature, wildlife and gardening and she finished the NY Times crossword puzzle every day, including Sunday. She and Garry - her beloved husband of 40 years - enthusiastically enjoyed sailing, skiing, skating, horseback riding, rock climbing, hiking and canoeing. Rosie even had a motorcycle license and for a time rode her purple Honda to work and to pick up her daughter after school. She treasured animals of all types, especially the many dogs, cats, horses and a goat she lived with over the years. Her most recent companion was a border terrier named Skip.


She was active and engaged in causes important to her - especially women’s rights (she was one of the first subscribers to Ms. Magazine) and environmental issues. She volunteered to help conserve a neighboring 200-acre farm when it closed - which ultimately became a county park dedicated to environmental stewardship. Over many years she and Garry spent time in Lake Placid, NY, a place they both adored, enjoying the outdoors and supporting local conservation non-profits to preserve, forever wild, the Adirondack Park.


Growing up down the street from the American Yacht Club (AYC) in Rye, Rosie developed a love of sailing and racing on Long Island Sound at a young age. At 17 she was one of three selected by the club to race in the Sears Cup, US Sailing’s National Championship for Youth Teams, where they placed second. She went on to participate in hundreds of races and regattas and was especially known for her skills as a navigator and spinnaker trimmer. In her later years she was asked to be on the club’s race committee and in 2010 was awarded the AYC Race Committee 20-Year Service Award.


Rosie was predeceased by her second husband, Garrison R. Corwin, Jr. She is survived by her children Wally Corwin (Kim), Cricket Corwin Wilbur (Dean) and Tanya Corwin Herbick (David), grandchildren William Corwin, Kelly Wilbur, Samuel Wilbur, Marian Herbick, Daniel Herbick, sisters Catharine Kelly and Ellen Schulten (Tom), brother-in-law Nathaniel Corwin (Sarah) and many loved nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.


A private burial service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, NY. The reception will be on Saturday, June 1, 2024, 1:00pm at Peter Pratt's Inn, 673 Croton Heights Road, Yorktown Heights, NY  10598.


In lieu of flowers please send a donation to:


Pace University

Corwin Environmental Law Externship

Elisabeth Haub School of Law

78 North Broadway

White Plains, NY 10603

https://law.pace.edu/


The Wild Center

45 Museum Drive

Tupper Lake, NY 12986

https://www.wildcenter.org/


Vassar College

124 Raymond Ave.

Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

https://www.vassar.edu/








To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Rosemary K. Corwin hosted by Clark Funeral Home.



Rosemary K. Corwin (Rosie) passed peacefully at home surrounded by family and her caregiver on May 14, 2024 at the age of 86. The cause was complications associated with corticobasal syndrome, a rare, progressive movement disorder she was diagnosed with six years ago.


Rosie lived at her bucolic home in Yorktown Heights, NY for over sixty years. A New York resident all her life, Rosie was born in Port Chester in 1937 to Adrienne Warren Kelly and Ironton Austin Kelly III. She grew up in Rye.


Above all else Rosie cherished her roles as wife, mother and grandmother. Her ability to be gently positive and persevere, even during the most trying of times, was an inspiration to her family and all who knew her. She was a devoted friend, and especially adored her lifelong friendships. Rosie had a long and fulfilling career as a Special Education teacher at the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) where she taught in the Hendrick Hudson, Ossining and Yorktown school districts in Westchester. Countless students and families over the years benefitted from and appreciated her teaching skills, empathy and humor.


One of Rosie’s accomplishments of which she was most proud was graduating from Vassar College in 1970, at age 32 with a bachelor’s degree in English after being accepted into a pilot program of “older” students whose prior college years elsewhere had been interrupted. She achieved this as a single mom while raising three young children, and she went on to get a master’s at Manhattanville College. Before finishing her first degree she worked as a substitute teacher and a school bus driver.


Rosie had many interests and passions - she loved literature and the theater, nature, wildlife and gardening and she finished the NY Times crossword puzzle every day, including Sunday. She and Garry - her beloved husband of 40 years - enthusiastically enjoyed sailing, skiing, skating, horseback riding, rock climbing, hiking and canoeing. Rosie even had a motorcycle license and for a time rode her purple Honda to work and to pick up her daughter after school. She treasured animals of all types, especially the many dogs, cats, horses and a goat she lived with over the years. Her most recent companion was a border terrier named Skip.


She was active and engaged in causes important to her - especially women’s rights (she was one of the first subscribers to Ms. Magazine) and environmental issues. She volunteered to help conserve a neighboring 200-acre farm when it closed - which ultimately became a county park dedicated to environmental stewardship. Over many years she and Garry spent time in Lake Placid, NY, a place they both adored, enjoying the outdoors and supporting local conservation non-profits to preserve, forever wild, the Adirondack Park.


Growing up down the street from the American Yacht Club (AYC) in Rye, Rosie developed a love of sailing and racing on Long Island Sound at a young age. At 17 she was one of three selected by the club to race in the Sears Cup, US Sailing’s National Championship for Youth Teams, where they placed second. She went on to participate in hundreds of races and regattas and was especially known for her skills as a navigator and spinnaker trimmer. In her later years she was asked to be on the club’s race committee and in 2010 was awarded the AYC Race Committee 20-Year Service Award.


Rosie was predeceased by her second husband, Garrison R. Corwin, Jr. She is survived by her children Wally Corwin (Kim), Cricket Corwin Wilbur (Dean) and Tanya Corwin Herbick (David), grandchildren William Corwin, Kelly Wilbur, Samuel Wilbur, Marian Herbick, Daniel Herbick, sisters Catharine Kelly and Ellen Schulten (Tom), brother-in-law Nathaniel Corwin (Sarah) and many loved nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.


A private burial service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, NY. The reception will be on Saturday, June 1, 2024, 1:00pm at Peter Pratt's Inn, 673 Croton Heights Road, Yorktown Heights, NY  10598.


In lieu of flowers please send a donation to:


Pace University

Corwin Environmental Law Externship

Elisabeth Haub School of Law

78 North Broadway

White Plains, NY 10603

https://law.pace.edu/


The Wild Center

45 Museum Drive

Tupper Lake, NY 12986

https://www.wildcenter.org/


Vassar College

124 Raymond Ave.

Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

https://www.vassar.edu/








To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Rosemary K. Corwin hosted by Clark Funeral Home.

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