Lucille Scheffer

  • Died: May 17, 2021
  • Location: New Rochelle, New York

Pelham Funeral Home

64 Lincoln Ave
Pelham, NY 10803

Tel. (914) 738-1060

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Dr. Lucille Scheffer of New Rochelle, NY, entered her eternal rest on May 17, 2021 from natural causes. Lucille was born in New York City, the family's firstborn child and grandchild. Her parents, Angela and Patrick Barbieri, moved from the Bronx to New Rochelle where she attended Holy Family School, graduated from The Ursuline School, and went on to earn her degree at College of the Sacred Heart (Manhattanville).

After college, Lucille worked as a copywriter at J. Walter Thompson on Madison Avenue during the "Mad Men" era, then began her career as a teacher at The Ursuline School before moving to Bardonia Elementary School where she taught second grade. Lucille earned her master's in education at The College of New Rochelle and ultimately received her PhD in Special Education from Fordham University. Dr. Scheffer was passionate about early childhood education, and how vital it was in shaping students' futures. Lucille had many beloved pets throughout her life and adored their "delicious snuggles." She also enjoyed international travel, and spent months visiting her sister in Munich, Germany and Uncle Anthony in Madrid, Spain.

Lucille was an avid reader with a great appreciation of the arts, passing down a love of music, museums and the theater to her nieces and nephew, their children, and many of her young cousins. Most notably, she took them to The Nutcracker Ballet at Lincoln Center, and other Broadway plays. Some of her favorite moments were spent at The New York Athletic Club with friends and family, where she was one of the first women members; and charity Galas where she never failed to look glamorous and elegant. Lucille found great joy in spending time with family members and hosted many New Year's Day gatherings—it was important for her to pass down family stories, history, and traditions. In retirement, Lucille taught CCD and was president of her family's real estate business.

Lucille was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Kenan Ozdemir, and her parents Angela and Patrick Barbieri. She is survived by her sister, Patricia Smith; nieces Cheryl Richter and her son Kyle, Lisa Abel (Gary) and their daughter Andy (Michael); nephew Alexander Smith Barbieri and his son Taylor; along with many cousins and grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Her sunny disposition, kindness, lively conversations and all-around joie de vivre will be missed terribly and remembered fondly by her family and long-time friends.

A celebration of her life will take place Wednesday, May 26, from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Pelham Manor Funeral Home, 64 Lincoln Avenue, Pelham NY 10803 and a funeral mass on Thursday May 27 at 10:30 A.M. at Holy Family Church, 83 Clove Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801. Entombment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to the Humane Society of Westchester at 70 Portman Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801, https://humanesocietyofwestchester.org/donate-now/ (914) 632-2925.


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I was shocked to learn about the sudden passing away of my ex-sister-in-law. Over the years Lucy and I have had a special relationship with her. She was after all the wife of our brother/brother-in-law Peter Scheffer. After her separation we kept in touch with her and it was always a pleasure to meet up with her on our visits to NY. When my dear Lycy unexpectedly died in S. Africa in Febr of last year, Lucille demonstrated an outstanding level of empathy with what had happened to me. She gave me in her various e-mails lots of consolation and advice. Re-reading those e-mails will for ever be a lasting support for me. Now that she is nolonger with us I will miss her greatly. The booklet she sent to me "Healing after Loss" by M. Hickman will continue to be a memory of Lucille, since in following her example I - like herself - I am reading a chapter/reflection each day. Lucille was a deeply religious person who certainly gave me inspiration. She will never disappear in my mind. Ton A.M. Scheffer, Belgium.

Posted by anton scheffer - HERENT BELGIUM - Family   June 04, 2021

I remember going to the Nutcracker and museums with Cheryl and Aunt Lucille. As kids she always treated us like adults and I always loved to be around her.
Cheryl, Joie de vivre is the perfect choice of words to describe Aunt Lucille ❤

Posted by Susanne shaw - Covington, WA - Family Friend   May 26, 2021

She was a wonderful person, it was a pleasure for me to meet her and work for her. I will miss you!

Posted by Annerys Nina - Bronx, NY - Friend   May 25, 2021

I am so lucky to have had Lucille Scheffer as my aunt. From suggesting the name Alex to my mother before I was born, to taking me to see the first Annie on Broadway with Andrea McCardle as a boy, to the excitement of seeing any new James Bond movie together and many delicious summer days at the NYAC as adults, she inspired me with her professional accomplishments and joy of life and helped shape the man I am today. I will miss you, Aunt Lucille!

Posted by Alex Smith Barbieri - Bronx, NY - Family   May 24, 2021

Lucille was a kind and loving soul who always saw the good in people. She loved her animals deeply and was always there to help anyone in need. I will miss her and our lengthy conversations which she always ended by saying love you.

Posted by Mary Lou Perillo - New Rochelle, NY - Family   May 22, 2021

Lucille what an exceptional humane being you were. You made a positive mark on so many. RIP
The Savino Family

Posted by Denise Savino - Long Island, NY - Family   May 20, 2021


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I am so lucky to have had Lucille Scheffer as my aunt. From suggesting the name Alex to my mother before I was born, to taking me to see the first “Annie” on Broadway with Andrea McCardle as a boy, to the excitement of seeing any new James Bond movie together and many “delicious” summer days at the NYAC as adults, she inspired me with her professional accomplishments and joy of life and helped shape the man I am today. I will miss you, Aunt Lucille!