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BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Josephine Ruvolo, a Village resident for almost all her life and the widow of Dr. Charles Ruvolo, died Tues., Dec. 6, at the age of 95. She was the secretary and receptionist and handled the billing in her late husband’s medical office, and raised two sons, both of whom are doctors. […]

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BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Clive Robbins, a pioneer of music therapy and founding director of the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at New York University’s Steinhardt School, died Wed., Dec. 7, at the age of 84. “He was one of the founding fathers of music therapy and revered by thousands of people throughout the world,” […]

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Rosemarie Antoinette Rich Gregory passed away on Oct. 12, at Kaaterskill Care Nursing Home in Catskill, N.Y. Her son, Colin K. Gregory, is a longtime advertising account executive for Community Media, which publishes The Villager and East Villager. Rosemarie was born on April 17, 1933, to Anthony Rich and Mariella Porto Rich in Athens, N.Y. […]

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By ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Dr. Francis Ottaviano, who lived and practiced medicine in the Village all his life, died Sun., Nov. 6, at the age of 85. One of his sons, Dr. Lorenzo Ottaviano, ran his own practice from the same Sheridan Square medical office as his father until two years ago. Dr. Francis Ottaviano, […]

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By ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Lynn Shapiro, a dancer, choreographer, writer and longtime Soho resident, died Sat., Nov. 19, in Beth Israel Hospital at the age of 54. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, she began writing poetry in 1999 and won the Pushcart Prize with her poem “Sloan Kettering” in 2008. She organized and led […]

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[media-credit id=1 align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit]William G. Spreitzer, a resident of the Village and the bookkeeper for more than 40 years at Greenwich House, died at his home on Sheridan Square on Sat., Oct. 15, at age 79. “Bill was an amateur artist and freelance writer who loved music and literature,” said his friend Kathleen McGurk. For […]

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BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Marie Mirisola, a fashion designer who with her husband, Charles, made and sold women’s clothes in Greenwich Village for many years, died in Beth Israel Hospital on Fri., Sept. 23, at age 84. She had heart problems and was in ill health for the past several years, said her son Michael. […]

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By ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Samuel Menashe, whose short, jewel-like poems won him a following in Britain and belated recognition at home, died Aug. 22 at the age of 85 in a Manhattan nursing home, where he moved last year. The cause was listed as heart disease. For more than 50 years, Menashe lived in a […]

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By ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Abe Greiss, a sculptor who was a neighbor of the late Jane Jacobs and fought by her side 60 years ago to save the West Village from a devastating urban renewal project, died Sun., Sept. 25, in his Greenwich St. home at age 92. He was an advertising art director for […]

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BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Lauretta Vinciarelli, a professor of architecture and painter whose work was in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and other galleries, died Aug. 3 in her Greene St. home at the age of 68. She fought a long battle with cancer, said her husband, Peter Rowe. “She was a very special woman and […]

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