Spanning Three Centuries of Service

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Noreen Teresa McDonough Fuerstman

Noreen Teresa McDonough Fuerstman
Born on January 13, 1928, Noreen dedicated her life to teaching. She grew up in New Rochelle and was the first in her family of Irish immigrants to attend college. Noreen’s father, a postal worker, and mother, a waitress — both from the small town of Oughterard on the west coast of Ireland — urged her to attend Barnard College, where she had been awarded a scholarship. Noreen majored in English there, developing a deep love of literature, a joy she passed on to her children and grandchildren, as well as to the thousands of middle school students she taught over the course of 30 years. Noreen was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship upon her college graduation.
P.S. 113 in the Bronx became Noreen’s professional home, where she shared her favorite novels and poetry with 7th, 8th and 9th graders. She often asked her students to write about their lives, believing that these personal narratives provided a strong emotional outlet for difficult life experiences. Noreen’s tattered black school bag overflowed with her students’ writing, which she pored over late into the evening. Noreen enjoyed all of her colleagues and administrators, whom she greatly admired and counted among her closest friends.
After retiring, Noreen continued to pursue her passions for bridge, crossword puzzles, art and ballet, and was blessed with many years of good health to travel with friends. She took painting classes, and particularly enjoyed working with watercolors; her abstract landscapes, often featuring the rough Irish coast, were awarded prizes at multiple art exhibits.
Noreen adored her two children, Joseph Patrick Fuerstman of Lincoln Park, New Jersey, and Elizabeth Anne Fuerstman, of Chappaqua, New York, as well as her three grandchildren, Isabella Weiner, Margaux Weiner and Joseph Weiner, also of Chappaqua. She loved her daughter-in-law Donna Schindler and her son-in-law Daniel Weiner as her own. Noreen was overjoyed with Isabella’s decision to major in English, and with Margaux’s focus on educational justice in college. She is pre-deceased by her husband, Myron Mendel Fuerstman, with whom she eloped and shared a lifetime of love and adventure.
Visiting hours will be Friday December 22, 2017 from 4-8pm at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel, Inc., 16 Shea Place, New Rochelle. A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday December 23, 2017, 10:30am at Blessed Sacrament Church, 15 Shea Place, New Rochelle. Interment will be private.

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