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“You left your family peacefully as they know you are at peace. ”
1 of 2 | Posted by: Howie and Edie Palm - NY - Family

“So very sorry for your loss. Laura was a very special lady. ”
2 of 2 | Posted by: Frank & Elaine Ferrantelli - FL


Laura Ruth (Grevert) Palm was born in Yonkers, NY on November 2, 1932 to John and Ruth Grevert. She passed peacefully on July 2, 2017.

Laura graduated with honors from Yonkers High School in 1950. After attending Wood Secretarial School, she was selected to work at the FBI in their New York City Office. Her career included positions at Precision Valve, General Electric, IBM, Union Carbide and the Mahopac and North Salem Schools.

Laura married Arthur V. "Jack" Palm on May 1st 1954. They resided to Yonkers, then moved to Mahopac. There they raised two children, and she took an active part in the life of her grandson.

An amateur ornithologist, Laura was part of the group that discovered the hawk flyway over Putnam County in the fall of 1974. In one hour, she observed three kettles of Broad Wing hawks, totaling approximately 3000 birds, in the back yard of her home in Mahopac. This was an important contribution to the larger group of people tracking the migratory path of hawks.

Her love for birds also included the rescue of fledglings until they were ready to take flight. She was also an avid environmentalist and was active in many organizations that sought to protect and preserve our natural world. She also enjoyed hiking and canoeing.

Laura enjoyed helping others – she was an exceptional writer and helped her children, her sister and her nieces and nephews through their written assignments and typing the finished product. She volunteered at the Chuang Yen Monastery teaching spoken English to the nuns, or Pali. She was a member of the Church of the Holy Communion in Mahopac and actively participated in the Women's Altar Guild.

Laura had a lifelong love for learning and the Arts. She loved being the student, always looking to continue her education. She discovered her talent for poetry at a college class and flower arranging through a BOCES program.

She is survived by her husband Arthur "Jack", her daughter, Alison Palm-Bevilacqua, her son John, her grandson Matthew, her sister, Loretta Manning and many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.

Visiting will be held on Wednesday July 5, 2017 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm at Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday July 6, 2017 at 11 am at the Church of the Holy Communion in Mahopac. Private cremation services will follow.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Laura may be made to the Audubon Society, www.audubon.org