PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – Sophie Ellen Dinter, of Port Chester, died Sunday, Jan. 10. She was 96.
Born Sohpia Zimish in Biseger, Pa., she moved to New York City in 1938, studied nursing and received her LPN certificate. While living in the city, she met and married Paul Dinter. When gas and rubber rationing in World War II prevented their commuting from the Bronx to their war defense jobs at Homelite, they moved to Port Chester in 1942.
After her husband returned from his naval service in 1946, he became first a distributor, then a wholesaler with Arnold Bakers, and Dinter began working at United Hospital in the early 1950s. She remained employed as an operating room nurse until an injury at age 85, causing her to retire shortly before the hospital declared bankruptcy and closed.
During her life, she served as president of the Our Lady of Mercy Mother's Club, continued as a member of the Altar Rosary Society and served as chairwoman of the Tamarack Country Club Woman's Golf Association where she was also Club Champ in 1975 and a member of the Hole-In-One Association. Previously, she had distinguished herself in the Westchester Mixed Foursome Bowling League, where she took honors for her 661 triple and countless over-200 games. For years, she created hand-crocheted blankets featured at fundraisers for United Hospital and her golf club and was noted for gifting family, friends and her doctors with her cakelike Irish soda bread and chocolate cookies.
She is survived by her children Gail Dinter-Gottlieb (Philip Gottlieb), Paul E. Dinter (Marilyn Entwistle) and Richard C. Dinter (Barbara Collier); five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Paul, in 1989.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. in Gunipero-Farenga Funeral Home, 353 Westchester Ave., Port Chester. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Mercy Church, 260 Westchester Ave., Port Chester. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery Rye Brook.