Ann M. McKinstry (nee Higgins), a wife, mother, grandmother and longtime educator, died Wednesday surrounded by her three children at Sarah Neuman in Mamaroneck. She was 80.
Ann, of Yonkers and East Hampton, N.Y. taught mathematics at White Plains Middle School for 25 years; she retired in 1996.
A Bronx native, she grew up in the Woodlawn neighborhood and attended St. Barnabas grammar and high school, where she developed many life-long friendships and taught for 14 years early in her career.
She graduated from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in 1959, and remained active with the alumni association throughout her life. She received a master’s degree in mathematics from Hunter College, and a master’s in religious education from Fordham University.
Ann loved spending time with her family, hosting holiday dinners, the New York Botanical Gardens, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, afternoons on the beach, and attending the New York City Ballet with her friends. She was intelligent, elegant, dignified, meticulous, funny and never judged anyone; she accepted people for who they were. She especially loved being with her grandchildren.
She is pre-deceased by her her husband, Gerald C. McKinstry; and her parents, Ann (nee Keane) and John Higgins. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Eileen (nee Higgins) and Michael McHugh of East Hampton, N.Y.; brother John Higgins of Fort Myers, Fla.; daughters Maureen Cheesman of Alpine, N.J. and Megan Ruppenstein of Darien, Conn.; son Gerald C. McKinstry Jr. of Ridgefield, Conn.; son-in-laws John and Chris; and daughter-in-law Amy. She had seven grandchildren.
A wake will be held on Friday, Oct. 26 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at F. Ruggiero & Sons, Inc., 732 Yonkers Ave., Yonkers, N.Y. 10704. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 602 McLean Avenue, Yonkers at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the College of Mount Saint Vincent, 6301 Riverdale Avenue, Riverdale, N.Y. 10471.
Our facility at 732 Yonkers Avenue is independently owned & operated by Richard & Michael Ruggiero. This location is staffed by Michael, Eileen, Michelle and Andrew Ruggiero. At this time, this is the only facility owned and operated by the Ruggiero family