Mary Corinne Neale, 48, social worker, sister of former Ridgefielder

Mary Corinne Neale, youngest daughter of Richard L. and Claudia G. Neale (d) of Chappaqua, New York, died in Van Nuys, California, on December 4, 2012. She was forty-eight.

Her parents had lived in Chappaqua for over forty years and had been members of the Church of St. John and St. Mary on King Street. Corinne attended Roaring Brook and Robert E. Bell schools in Chappaqua and the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Connecticut. She graduated from Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua in l982 and received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Sweet Briar College in l986.

After college graduation, Corinne began a career in publishing in New York City and for four years worked as an assistant managing editor for John Wiley & Sons Publishers. She moved to New Hampshire and worked as a publishing manager for Upstart Publishing in Dover.

After several years, Corinne returned to the New York area and immersed herself in social work and advocacy for the elderly. She worked as a social work intern at the Sarah R. Neuman Nursing Home in Mamaroneck, New York, as an Advocate for Persons with Disabilities at Holy Innocents Church in Pleasantville, New York and was the newsletter chair-person for the New York State Society of Clinical Social Work. She also volunteered as a camp counselor working with underprivileged children.

Corinne received her Masters in Social Work from Fordham University in February 2000. She then commenced to share her innate and gentle kindness and compassion as a professional social worker.

Corinne was active in professional and volunteer advocacy groups with a particular emphasis on seeking support for efforts to remove the stigma of mental illness. On behalf of those stricken with the disease in all its forms, she strove to find avenues and methods for purposeful re-integration into society.

Corinne loved all creatures great and small, especially baby animals. Many years younger than her brothers and sisters, she was called “Coco” in her childhood years. She treasured books by Jane Austen, L.M. Montgomery and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Corinne was a life-long Christian and active with church-led outreach wherever she lived.

Corinne is survived by her four devoted siblings: Reverend Richard Garesché Neale of Snellville, Georgia; Patricia Neale Van Clief of Charlottesville, Virginia; Peter Charles Neale of Boone, North Carolina; and Claudia Françoise Neale of Plymouth, Massachusetts who lived in Ridgefield, Connecticut from 1988-2012, her sons Michael Albert Brodlieb, Richard Neale Brodlieb, and Ryan Theodore Brodlieb.

Other survivors include six additional nieces and nephews who adored their “Aunt Coco”, and her beloved Uncle and Aunt, Thomas Knapp Garesché and Margaret Labourdette Garesché, formerly of Chappaqua, New York, now residing in Holderness, New Hampshire.

A memorial service for Corinne is planned for Saturday, April 6, 2013, 11:00 am, at the Church of St. John and St. Mary in Chappaqua, NY (

In lieu of flowers, the family would deeply appreciate contributions in Corinne’s memory may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness FaithNet (NAMI FaithNet):