Noelle Tenedou-Levine, age 80, passed away at her home in Ridgefield, on October 11, after a long illness. She was born in 1938, in Manhattan, to Oonah Dempsey and Henry “Harry” Tenedou.
Noelle grew up in Irvington, New Jersey, the oldest of three sisters, and the leader of a wild pack of neighborhood children. Her rebelliousness, she often asserted, sprang from her Basque and Irish ancestry, of which she was proud. In between touring Europe, Canada, and the United States by motorcycle in her youth, she attended NYU and lived in New York City. There, Noelle became a social worker, helping families in the poorest parts of the city.