Summers and holidays were spent on Actors Colony Road with the Hedeman grandparents at Eastwell, their home since 1933. It was there that she met her new neighbor, Robert Schramm. They married on March 8, 1952 while he was in the Army. Two years later they relocated to Muttontown, New York and then Locust Valley 15 years later. In 1979, they relocated full time to North Haven.
Her family was her most important job and her love of children attracted all the neighborhood kids as well as sponsoring Fresh Air Kids from the city to stay with her at Actors Colony Road.
Volunteering at Glen Cove and Southampton Hospitals as a “Pink Lady” was one of her favorite things and her off-duty green thumb was evident in all the indoor and outdoor plants that thrived on their properties. When not gardening or other landscaping, she enjoyed sitting at the beach, listening to the waves and the seagulls.
In 2012 she was diagnosed with hydrocephalus and made the best of it with her family by her side. Her daughters Dede and Kim were by her side when she died.
She is survived by her husband, Bob; daughters Dede O’Connell, Sue Higgins, Kim Cannon, son Robert; grandchildren Trebor, Heidi, Ashley, Meredith, Tommy, Christopher, Catherine and Elizabeth; and great grandchildren Damian and Jordon.
Donations to East End Hospice, Dominican Sisters or charity of choice are appreciated.