SPARKILL, N.Y. -- Gertrude A. Schlachter, 101, of Sparkill, died Wednesday, Sept. 21.
She graduated from The College of Mount St. Vincent, magna cum laude in 1935, and Fordham University for her post-graduate master's degree.
Her professional career spanned 38 years as an actuary and later as a senior vice president and director for the Colonial Life Insurance Co., now Chubb Inc. She retired in March of 1977. She was a member, by examination, of the American Academy of Actuaries.
In her personal life, she performed solo flight to become a small plane pilot in 1947 from the former Christie airport. She loved gardening, travel, card games and puzzles. She was an active parishioner of St. Anthony’s RC Church in Northvale. She was dedicated to Christian life and devoted herself to charity toward others.
She is survived by her brother, Karl and his wife Marion Schlachter.
She was predeceased by her sister, Regina and her husband Robert Connolly of Nanuet.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony’s Church, 199 Walnut St., Northvale, N.J., with interment to follow at St. Catharine’s Cemetery in Blauvelt. Visiting hours will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave., Northvale.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the College of Mt. St. Vincent, 630 Riverdale Ave., Riverdale, NY 10471.