YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Henrietta "Henny" Herley Ehrenfreund, a Yorktown resident since 1951, died Dec. 14 at her home after a long illness. She was 89.
She was born on May 16, 1923, in Philadelphia, the youngest of three children. She lost both her parents by the age of 10 and grew up at the Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum and in foster care.
Ehrenfreund graduated as a U.S. Cadets nurse and served in the Army at Rhoades Hospital in Utica, N.Y., through the end of World War II. After the war, she lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., and worked as a nurse in a physician’s office.
On Oct. 1, 1950, she married Joseph Ehrenfreund of Peekskill. In 1951, they moved to their home in Yorktown, where they lived the rest of their lives.
While raising her family, Ehrenfreund received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Danbury State College and a master's degree in school nursing from Columbia University Teacher's College.
She then went to work as a school nurse and teacher at Fox Lane Middle School in Bedford, where she remained until her retirement in 1984.
She was was passionate about many social justice and environmental causes, her family said. She loved needlework, camping throughout the U.S., world travel, nature, theater, jazz and folk music.
Her husband died in 2001.
Ehrenfreund is survived by a daughter, Janet Ehrenfreund, of Portland, Ore.; a son, Dan (Cathy Cain) Ehrenfreund, of Lake Oswego, Ore.; and two grandsons.
Services will be private.