Elaine Bissell, of Rockland County New York, died on October 17, 2013.
She was born on October 18, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Harold Whitney Faulkner and Edwina Faulkner.
She was a graduate of the Goodman Theater School in Chicago. She also attended the New York University Film School and wrote more than 50 network radio and television scripts. She worked for the Gannett Newspapers in Westchester County, New York, as reporter, columnist, and restaurant critic, and retired as Lifestyles Editor. She was winner of The Penny-Missouri Award, Woman of the Year Award from B'nai Brith and City of New Rochelle, New York. She led journalism seminars at Manhattanville and Iona Colleges; published eight novels, including Family Fortunes published by St. Martin's Press, and four historical romance novels.
She is survived by her three daughters, Mary Jane Steimer, Kathleen Koster, and Susan McMahon, grandchildren Shannon Hatzichristos, Daniel and Peter Christofferson, Elissa Wood, and great-grandchildren Daniel Christofferson, Jr., Whitney Hatzichristos, and Jayden Wood.
Visiting will be held Monday October 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wyman Fisher Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 8 p.m.
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Published in the The Journal News on Oct. 20, 2013