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Retired Mamaroneck Counselor, Watsky Dies at 82

MAMARONECK, N.Y. - Claire Master Watsky, of Mamaroneck, died at her home on Jan. 16 after a year-long battle with cancer. She was 82. A memorial service will be held in Mt. Vernon on Friday.

Born May 29, 1929, in Brooklyn, N.Y., she lost her parents as a young girl and was raised by her aunt and uncle. She graduated from Erasmus High School in Brooklyn and receive a bachelor's degree in history from Hunter College. When her sons entered school, Watsky continued her education at the Teachers College at Columbia University and earned a master's degree in vocational counseling.

Beginning her career in 1968, Watsky became a career counselor at Rockland County Guidance Center and then at the YWCA as director of Vistas for Women. She served as associate dean, and then dean, at the School of General Studies at Iona College.

Watsky took up a leadership volunteer role at AARP at the end of her career. Her great joys were her family and traveling with her husband of 60 years, Harold, who survives her.

She is also survived by her sons Rick and Andy (Chiharu) and two grandchildren. The memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday at Riverside Memorial Chapel in Mt. Vernon.

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