Marilu Remsberg

06/03/2014 2:59 PM |

Marilu Remsberg of Greenport died June 2. She was 81. 

She was born Oct. 1, 1932, in Yonkers to Mary (Douglas) and Luther Charles Van Ander. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and spent a year traveling extensively in Europe while studying on a Fulbright Fellowship in Brussels, Belgium. Ms. Remsberg earned her master’s degree in chemistry at Columbia University where she met her future husband, Louis. They were married June 8, 1957, in Crestwood, N.Y. and moved to Bellport when Louis began working at Brookhaven National Lab.

After 10 years at home with the couple’s three children, Ms. Remsberg began teaching reading part-time for the Bellport school district. She was later hired as a science teacher in the middle school, where she taught for 30 years. Family members said Ms. Remsberg was a gifted teacher who inspired many students, many of whom returned to her classroom to visit and express their appreciation. Family members also said that she “enjoyed the camaraderie of her fellow teachers in the middle and high school and had many friends in the communities of Bellport and Brookhaven.”

According to family members, The Remsbergs enjoyed traveling to exotic places and visiting their grandchildren. They made many new friends after moving to Peconic Landing in 2002. Ms. Remsberg also enjoyed furniture refinishing and her rose garden.

Ms. Remsberg is survived by her husband, Louis; her daugher, Anne Nyffenegger of Rockledge, Fla.; two sons, Charles of Mountain View, Calif. and Philip of Land o’ Lakes, Fla.; and seven grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sister, Anne.

The family will receive visitors Thursday, June 5, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport. Interment will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to Save the Children 501 Kings Highway East, Fairfield, CT 06825, or at