GREENBURGH, N.Y.-- For 50 years, Chuck Bronz was Lois Bronz's traveling companion.
Bronz, a Greenburgh resident who taught math at Woodlands High School and later served on the Greenburgh School Board, died April 21 at the Grove at Valhalla at the age of 86.
Chuck first met Lois when he was on vacation in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. The two were soon married and spent 50 years of marriage traveling all over the world and going on camping trips with their grandchildren.
Aside from being a teacher and school board trustee, Chuck coached football at Woodlands and Tuckahoe, and served on numerous boards and committees. He also developed an exercise program for people with Parkinson's at the 92nd Street Y. His motto was "You have to give something back."
"He was honest and really loving," Lois, a former county legislator said.
When Lois met Chuck, she was a widow with three children. They sat on the tracks at Lake Pontchartrain getting to know each other, she said. After getting married, Lois followed him back to Westchester.
"Greenburgh really appealed to us," Lois said. "It had a really community spirit and we got to know a lot of families."
Every year, the Bronz's planned a major vacation that saw them go all over Europe, to Africa and to China.
"We knew traveling would be a very special part of our life," Lois said. "Nothing ever went unsaid or undone between us."
Chuck ran for the local school board because he felt he knew the system better than anyone else, Lois said.
"He was very involved in the district and he had a background in education and education administration," Lois said. "He felt he had something to give and he did."
Francine Shorts, Bronz's stepdaughter, said Chuck was a dedicated family man.
"He enjoyed spending time with his family and his children," Shorts said. "Even though we were his stepkids, he was a father to us. He provided a great deal of wisdom and love. It was constant."
Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner said Chuck was a model citizen who will be missed.
"He was a hard worker," Feiner said. "He cared deeply about the community and was a devoted husband to his wife, Lois. He worked hard for her re-election and was very supportive of her."
A Celebration of Life event is scheduled for June 2 at 6 p.m. at the Theodore D. Young Community Center at 32 Manhattan Avenue in Greenburgh.
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