Mar 062012


March 2012




Contact: Dennis M. Velez,

Director of Communications




It is with deep regret that we announce the passing our dear friend and colleague, Jacqueline Proner, MD.

Dr. Proner was married to David Gelfarb, Westchester County Legislator, for more than 20 years and had three children. They lived together in Rye Brook and were active members of Congregation KTI in Port Chester, NY.

“She was a terrific mother and was tremendously devoted to her family and temple,” Gelfarb said Tuesday. “It leaves a tremendous hole in our lives. … All her friends loved her. We will miss her terribly.”

The cause of death  stemmed from an ongoing heart condition that Dr. Proner was diagnosed with as an infant.  She was 49 years old.

Whether it was working in the religious school, cooking for Passover or packing and delivering Purim baskets, Dr. Proner was always willing and able to help out as a volunteer, said Rita Unger, administrator at the temple.

She was “pleasant, positive and friendly,” Unger said.
“She volunteered for everything and anything,” Unger said. “If I ever called, she would try to help out..”

Dr. Proner graduated from Smith College and St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada. She completed her Internship and Residency at New Rochelle Hospital Medical Center; and Fellowship in Allergy /Immunology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She worked atEar, Nose & Throat Associates of New York, P.C, since May 2006.

County lawmakers, who were saddened by the news of her death, said that in the brief time they knew Dr. Proner, they were impressed with her. She was smart, funny and outgoing, said Minority Leader James Maisano, a Republican from New Rochelle who met Dr. Proner during Gelfarb’s run for the county board. Gelfarb, a Republican, won the seat that was vacated by Democrat Martin Rogowsky. Dr. Proner was active in her husband’s campaign.

“She had a great, fun and outgoing personality,” Maisano said. “She had an engaging and fun personality. It’s very tragic that she’s passed.”

County Executive Rob Astorino said he was saddened to hear of Dr. Proner’s untimely death.

“I knew Jacquie as a driving force behind David’s campaign for county legislator, and it was clear that she not only supported her husband and family, but cared deeply about the issues affecting her fellow Westchester residents,” Astorino said. “She will be missed most in her role as a wife and mother. My prayers are with David and the children Daniel, Lauren and Allison during this incredibly difficult time.”

“On behalf of the Westchester County Board of Legislators and its staff members, I extend my heartfelt condolences to our colleague, Legislator David Gelfarb, on the passing of his wife, Dr. Jacqueline L. Proner,” Chairman Ken Jenkins, D-Yonkers, said in a statement. “Our thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with Legislator Gelfarb and his family in this time of grief and sorrow.”

Dr. Proner is survived by her parents, Viola and Stanley; her husband; and three children, Daniel, 18, Lauren, 17, and Allison, 12.