Lynda Vrooman of Garrison, New York, passed away on October 23, 2021 after battling cancer. She is survived by her daughter Heather and husband Neal Zuckerman of Garrison with their daughters Madeline and Lily, and daughter Katrina and husband Brian Roos of Charlotte, North Carolina, and their daughters Lydia and Vivian. In addition, she is survived by her sister Jerlene Boldrin of Poughkeepsie, New York. She was predeceased by her husband Edward A. Vrooman and sister Sharon Hudick.
Lynda built a life on on her three passions: family, community, and creative expression. Lynda married her husband Ed and dedicated her early years to teaching children in the community at the Haldane School. Many of her students are outstanding members of our community today and say she was a loving (but strict) teacher. After having children, she threw herself into the role of full-time mother and supported her children’s needs and ambitions.
As the children grew older, she began her involvement in the Highlands Country Club’s tennis program, the Philipstown Garden Club, and the then-named Putnam County Historical Society (now Putnam History Museum). She served as the President of the Historical Society and was later named a Trustee Emerita for her tireless work. This “trustee Emeritae” category was created for 4 women who were stalwart supporters of the mission of the Society.
All the volunteer work led Lynda to become Director of Development at the Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Hospital in the early 1990s, a job that she was proud of as providing local medical care to Philipstown. She then went to the American Cancer Society as Regional Executive Director. Her last position was at Drum Hill, an assisted living center in Peekskill, as the Executive Director starting in 2001 to 2009. All of these jobs utilized her strengths of managing projects, connecting with others, and her creative talents.
After retiring, Lynda spent her time decorating, painting, gardening, and engaging with her granddaughters. She will be missed greatly be her family and friends.
The family will be holding a private service per her wishes. Donations can be made to The Putnam History Museum.