Obituary of Seymour Jerome Wiener, M.D.
Seymour Jerome Wiener, M.D.
New York, N.Y.
Dr. Sy Wiener of New York City, died peacefully at home within the loving circle of his family, and in the arms of his wife, Diana, on August 29, 2021.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 11, 1928, to Peter and Sarah Wiener (nee Einbinder), who predeceased him. His brother, Edward Jay Wiener, of Memphis, TN, predeceased him in 2020.
Sy is survived by Diana, his beloved wife of 63 years; their son, Eric and wife Mary of Monmouth Beach, NJ and their children Dana, Caden, and Gail; daughter Cheryl Ross and husband Rob of Upper Nyack, NY and her sons, Benjamin, Nathaniel and Theodore; son Adam and wife Anna of New York, NY; and daughter Jo-Ellen Smith of Milford, PA and her children Griffin and Peter IV.
Sy is survived by son Dr. Michael Guttenplan and wife Mary Townsend of Phoenix, AZ and their children Katie, Kevin and wife Anja; and daughter, Shari Sellers and husband, Graham, and their children, Claudia and Brian, all of Denver, Colorado. Michael and Shari discovered Sy, their biological father, two years ago through DNA research. During his residency, Sy served as a donor for families with infertility issues. Michael, and Shari formed loving bonds with their father and newly found half-siblings.
Sy is also survived by brother Ed’s widow, sister-in-law, Rochelle Goldstein Wiener, their son, Craig Michael Wiener; daughter, Tracy Leigh Rapp and husband, Asher, and their children, Samuel, Noah, and Sarah, all of Memphis, TN.
Sy attended Erasmus Hall High School and Long Island University.
Despite not speaking a word of Italian, he left home to attend medical school at the University of Bologna. With all lectures conducted in Italian, Sy became fluent in the language and during the five years he lived in Italy, he made life-long friends, learned to ski in Austria, played tennis with members of the Italian Davis Cup team, and professional basketball with team Virtus. Graduating with honors, Sy returned to the United States and completed a year-long internship, followed by a four-year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Jewish Hospital of Brooklyn. In the summer of 1958, he fell in love with a student nurse, Diana Rubinstein. They were married seven months later, on March 29, 1959.
In 1961, he opened an office on Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn. Six years later, the family moved to Port Jervis, New York, where he practiced Ob-Gyn for twenty-five years. A champion of women’s rights and progressive thinking, Sy was a community leader. He served as President of the Orange County chapter of the New York State Medical Society, two-term President of the Medical Staff and Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Francis Hospital (later Bon Secours), and served on the Board of local service organizations
Retiring in November, 1992, he and Diana built a home in Akumal, Mexico, on the Maya Riviera coastline of the Caribbean. Wintering there for ten years, Sy played tennis and Diana enjoyed SCUBA. They developed lasting local friendships and entertained family and friends from around the world.
He lived a meaningful, rewarding life, a role model for all; freely giving and receiving love from countless people.
Following his interment at Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge, NJ, on Thursday, September 2, 2021, a memorial day in his honor will be planned.
It is the family’s wish that sympathy and love be expressed through donations to the Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice and Palliative Care, 220 East 42 St, New York, NY 10017 (or online at vnsny.org please indicate Hospice and Palliative in support form). Their caring and professional assistance made his last days comfortable and offered kind support for Diana and the family.
Local arrangements by Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc. and the International Funeral Service of New York, Inc.