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Sr. Winifred Danwitz, 93, Of New Rochelle, Speech Therapist

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Sister Winifred Danwitz of New Rochelle died Tuesday, April 29. She was 93.

Sr. Danwitz was born June 25, 1920, to Winifred O’Shea and Eric Danwitz in Poughkeepsie. In 1936 she graduated from Hunter College High School and went on to earn a BA from Hunter College in 1940. She earned an MA in Speech from Brooklyn College in 1941. She entered the Ursulines in 1945 and made her first vows Feb. 6, 1948. Her first ministry was at the College of New Rochelle (CNR) where she taught speech from 1948 to 1959. She next taught at the Academy of Mount St. Ursula until 1965. In 1970 she earned a Ph.D. in Communication Disorders at CUNY.

In 1961 she founded and then administered until 1997 the Mount St. Ursula Speech Center, serving at risk children with speech and hearing disabilities. The Speech Center continues its distinctive service to the present. She was adjunct professor at Fordham University, Hunter College, and Iona College, and CNR. From 1967 to 1971, she was director of speech therapy for the Archdiocese of New York. From 1975 she was professor of special education at CNR, and from 1980 to 1987 she was coordinator of the Program in Language Learning in the Graduate School at CNR. She retired in 1987.

She was a member or served on the Boards of speech societies such as NY Speech, Language and Hearing Association, the Orton Dyslexia Society, and NY Supreme Court Committee on Juvenile Justice.

Sr. Danwitz was predeceased by her parents, and her sister Lillian. She has several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are Friday, May 2 from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. at The Province Center Chapel, 1338 North Ave., New Rochelle, NY 10804. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, May 3 at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

In place of flowers, gifts may be sent to the Ursuline Retirement Fund at the Ursuline Provincialate, 1338 North Ave., New Rochelle, NY 10804.

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