Family was most important to Denise May Schramm, who lived for many years on Actors Colony Road on North Haven. Her love of children, no matter whose, attracted all the neighborhood kids, said Robert Schramm, her husband of 61 years. “I’m sure many of the now-adult kids from years gone by will have fond memories of her and the times we all had,” he said.
Mrs. Schramm died at home on Sunday, family members at her side. She was 84 and had been diagnosed with hydrocephalus a year and a half earlier, her husband said.
Mrs. Schramm, who was born in the Beechhurst section of Queens on June 8, 1928, to Charles Garmy and the former Ruth Hedeman, spent much of her life on North Haven. She grew up in Beechhurst and Westbury, but summers and holidays were spent at Eastwell, the home of her maternal grandparents.
It was there that she met a neighbor who would become her husband. She and Mr. Schramm were married on March 8, 1952, while he was in the Army. Two years later they moved to Muttontown, and then, 15 years after that, to Locust Valley. In 1979, they made North Haven their year-round home.
Mrs. Schramm attended schools in Flushing, Queens, and the Barmore School in Manhattan. Working as a “pink lady” volunteer at Glen Cove and Southampton Hospitals, her husband said, was one of her passions. When not on duty, her green thumb was evident in the indoor and outdoor plants that thrived on her property. She also enjoyed sitting at the beach and listening to the waves and seagulls.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Schramm is survived by three daughters, Denise O’Connell of Sag Harbor, Sue Higgins of Shelter Island, and Kim Cannon of Riverhead and North Haven, and by a son, Robert Schramm of Beverly Hills, Fla. Eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive, as does a sister, Jacqueline Frye of North Haven.
A graveside service was held at Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor, Pastor Tom MacLeod of the Sag Harbor Methodist Church officiating. Mrs. Schramm’s family has suggested memorial contributions to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978, or Dominican Sisters Family Health Services, 103-6 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays 11946.