West Lebanon, N.H. — Cecile Mitchell of West Lebanon, and formerly of New York City and New Rochelle, N.Y., died peacefully at home on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013.
She was 95 and is survived by her husband, Sydney Mitchell. She died just a month short of their 73rd wedding anniversary. She is also survived by her daughter, Susan (Lewis Greenstein), of West Lebanon, daughter, Andrea (Alan Greenspan); son, Arthur (Nancy Mitchell); granddaughter, Rachel Mitchell (Matthew Haber); grandson, Joshua Mitchell; granddaughter, Sara Greenstein (Angie Hinton); and great-grandchildren, Adara Greenstein and Isaac Haber; and many nieces and nephews. Sara, Angie, and Adara also reside in West Lebanon.
Cecile was beloved by all who knew her for her irreverent and “can-do” spirit, her creativity and her generosity. In New Rochelle, she was an early proponent of teaching children with developmental disabilities through music. An accomplished pianist, she served as president of the Philharmonic Symphony of Westchester and was a lifetime supporter of the arts.
After years as a homemaker and community volunteer, she had a second career working for the New Rochelle Superintendent of Schools, the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, and the New York Institute of Technology.
Following her retirement as a school administrator, she returned to school herself to become a licensed interior designer, developing an active practice that she enjoyed immensely. Cecile was a talented writer and strong advocate for equal rights and social justice.
Family gathered for a graveside service Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Riverside Cemetery, Saddle Brook, N.J.