Passed away on July 1, 2012
FEINER, AUDREY SARNOFF (LEOPOLD)
Nov. 1,1921-July 1. 2012
Audrey, the greatest mother in the whole world (in our humble opinion) passed away on Sunday July 1st at Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville,NY, with her loving daughter, Wendy close at hand, ready with a Haagen Daz chocolate milk shake should she be allowed fluids again. Unfortunately, she didn't get her last taste -- but she had a wonderful taste of life in her 90 and a half years, mostly lived in Fleetwood, NY. She loved Walter's Hot dogs and sweet potato fries, Angelina's eggplant parmigiana, decorative pins, broadway shows, music (Michael Feinstein, songs by Marilyn/Alan Bergman), Gunhill Road (her son's group), reading (PD James, Ruth Rendell, Barbara Pym) and even (gulp!) NCIS! She loved to travel with the Elder Hostel groups -- Israel, New Mexico, Europe -- and even sailed to England on the QE2 with two of her children -- and met PD James on board the boat!) But most of all, Audrey loved her three children -- and grandchild - and they loved her.
Audrey was born in NYC to Minnie and Irving Sarnoff. Her father owned Sarnoff's Stationery Store in Pleasantville,NY, where Audrey went to high school, with younger sister Sondra and brother Nelson. There she met her first husband, Ben Leopold, and had three children -- Glenn, Wendy and Gary. After graduating from Fordham College, Audrey moved to Quincy, MA. where Ben had a job in the shoe business, She was a past President of the Quincy Chapter of Hadassah and has plenty of trees in Israel to show for it. After Quincy, there was a brief move to Atlanta,GA, then back to Pleasantville when she was divorced. Working as a single Mom, she worked at the Reader's Digest while raising her three kids (and we weren't easy!) Mother called Glenn a nudnick and a crazy bozo -- which he considers terms of endearment, because he knew she was his biggest fan. And vice versa.
Audrey married Marty Feiner and moved to Mt. Vernon,NY, and decided to get her teaching degree. She went on to teach special needs students in the South Bronx Public Schools for 25 years and would often run into a-now-grown-up-kid who remembered her fondly. They were lucky to have her as a teacher and a role model. So was her grandson, Jared Drace, Wendy's boy. He called her Badonda because he couldn't say Grandmother when he was a baby -- and the name stuck. Audrey even had Badonda license plates on her rollator! Collector's items now. Jared even accompanied Badonda to visit Glenn in California two years ago.
Though Audrey's body grew frail, she never lost her sense of humor. Recently, she was told her son Gary was competing for some business. She said 'He'd better get the business to keep this bag of bones going." She was one of a kind. She always put her kids first. She was our Mom and we miss her terribly, but are so thankful for all the time we got to spend with her.
Survivors include her son Glenn Leopold and daughter-in-law Alison Leopold of Santa Barbara, CA., son Gary Leopold and girlfriend Kim Colombi of Boston, MA., daughter Wendy Leopold of Fleetwood, NY. and her boyfriend John Isaia of New Rochelle NY, who was always there for Audrey, Michael the turtle of Fleetwood, NY, and sister Samantha (Sondra) Lipson of Palm Beach, FLA.
In lieu of flowers, please go to hadassah.org click 'donate' and plant a tree in Israel in Audrey's honor. Funeral Service Thursday, July 5 12:00 pm at Riverside Memorial Chapel 21 W. Broad St. Mt. Vernon, NY.
- Funeral Service Thursday, July 5, 2012
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August 20, 2012
Audrey was such a wonderful and optimistic person. We all at Tuckahoe public Library (book club members) are going to miss you.
Our deepest sympathy with you all specially Wendy with you.
Tuckahoe public Library book club members
July 5, 2012
I feel blessed to read about the special life of Gary's Mom! May you be comforted by all those memories and the impact she had on so many. Her example is something to be followed by all.
I am thrilled to have made a donation of a circle of trees in Israel in her honor.
My deepest sympathy, Lynn Walka
Andrea and Paul Schaut
July 5, 2012
Every mother hopes to see their children grow into happy, healthly, successful adults. Your mom had the gift of that times three. She was clearly extraordinary and from this wonderful tribute it is clear that her life was full and rich.There is little more that we that we can ask for in our lives. Remembering is how we keep those we love alive; it sounds like there are many funny and wonderful times that will bring you comfort in the days, months and years ahead.
July 4, 2012
Wow! What an amazing account of such a beautiful and full life. While she will be missed, your mom will live in your memories, stories and lives for a very long time. My thoughts and prayers are will all of you during this most difficult time.
July 4, 2012
What a beautiful recollection of her life. I know she will be very missed but her spirit lives on in each of you. She had a wonderfully long life filled with lots of love. May all your fond memories help ease your sadness.