2011-12-08 / Obituaries

Turid Karin Epstein

Turid Karin Epstein, born February 4, 1934 in Bergen, Norway, died December 4th, 2011 at Putnam Hospital Center at the age of 77.

Brought up by her mother Olga Halvorsen after her parents' brief marriage, she attended the University of Bergen, and on an extended study trip in continental Europe in 1957 met Norman Epstein in Paris. After travelling together they married in London on November 20th of that year. She accompanied him on his return to the United States that December.

With him she had a daughter who died in infancy in 1959, and a son Louis, born in 1961, the year she became a full-time resident of Kent, on the Twin Brooks property that has now belonged to the Epstein family for over seventy years. In 1970 she was naturalized a citizen of the USA.

Continuing her education, she received her Master's degree in 1965 and her Ph.D. in French literature in 1971 from Columbia University. Unable to pursue her goal of an academic career without relocating, she did serve as director of a Dutchess Community College extension program in Putnam County in the 1970s.

An accomplished cook, knitter, weaver, and more, she handled marketing and finance management for various of her husband's mechanical inventions, and in recent years cared for him in his ill health as well as actively managed the Twin Brooks property and its rentals. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her husband and son, both of Twin Brooks.

Arrangements are being handled by Balsamo/Cordovano Funeral Home 15 Church St. Carmel NY 10512, 845- 225-2144. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, December 9th, at King David Memorial Park in Putnam Valley, New York.

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