Esther Baumgarten of Cold Spring passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends on August 3, 2011.
Esther was affectionately known as the “Queen of Lower Main.” She was born October 21, 1919 in Port Chester, NY and graduated from Port Chester High School in 1937. Esther received her RN Degree from Lenox Hill Hospital Nursing School in 1940.
As an early adult learner pioneer she went back to school full-time in 1967 to obtain her BS degree from New York University. She held several different positions over her career as a Public Health nurse for Westchester County Health Department. She was Director of Continuity of Care for Grasslands Hospital and retired as the Public Health Nursing Supervisor in the Peekskill office.
Esther married Phillip Baumgarten in 1944. They moved to Cold Spring in 1976 from Yorktown Heights and open and ran the Hudson Peddler from 1978 to 1998. Phil and Esther were very involved with the Chamber of Commerce and helped initiate the now annual Fall Festival held in Cold Spring.
Esther’s door was always open to neighbors and to folks who were just passing by. She was famous for giving out coins as “medals” to anyone who did a good deed she observed. She was a member of the Butterfield Library Book Club and volunteered often at Library events.
Esther is survived by her two sons, Mark, who resides in Tampa Florida and Ira and his wife, Nadine, who lives in Averill Park, NY. In lieu of sending flowers, the family request that donations be made in Esther’s honor to the Butterfield Library, 10 Morris Ave. Cold Spring, NY 10516 or to the Phillip Baumgarten Scholarship Fund c/o P.O. Box 36, Cold Springs, N.Y. 10516.
A private burial service was held on August 6 at Cold Spring Cemetery. A Memorial Celebration for Esther will be held on September 3, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Plumbush Restaurant, 1656 Route 9D, Cold Spring, NY 10516.
The family welcomes all of Esther’s friends and admirers to attend the celebration. Funeral arrangements where under the care of the Clinton Funeral Home, Cold Spring.