Leslie (Les) Bischoff died peacefully on April 27 in Oneonta. He was 96. He was born March 7, 1926, son of the late Edward and Martha (Stohr) Bischoff, brother to the late Hans Bischoff and Emma (Bischoff) Powers.
Les graduated White Plains High School in 1944 and joined the United States Army Air Corp. After his time in the military, he began working for the U.S. Postal Service as a Letter Carrier in Hartsdale, where he met his wife Bette while delivering mail to her house. The two married in 1950 and built a home on School House Road in Cross River, settling in with their growing family in 1956. Les continued to deliver mail in North Salem and Pound Ridge until he retired in 1981.
A man of many hobbies, he was an avid outdoorsman, Yankees fan, and an excellent craftsman. He made furniture and intricate wooden carvings for his family and friends. He was a passionate collector of old cuckoo clocks which he loved to restore. He leaves behind endless achievements but lives on in the family he loved and cherished. He will be remembered as a very generous man with a big heart.
In 2006, Les and Bette moved to their 90-acre farm in Oneonta. There, he enjoyed gatherings on their farm, gardening, hunting, riding the trials, and swimming in the pond.
Les was a longtime member, ex-chief, and past commissioner of the South Salem Fire Department. He worked at the carnival every year, even after her moved to Oneonta. Our family will be forever grateful to SSFD for the pavilion that they named after him and fellow longtime member Waldie Gullen.
Les is survived by his wife, Bette (Elizabeth) Bischoff of 71 years; three daughters, Maureen Bischoff of South Salem, Linda (Chris) Binns of South Salemand Margaret Bischoff of Oneonta; six grandchildren, Jason Bischoff-Wurstle (Alicia Van Campen) of New Haven, Conn., Leslie Pike (Dana) of North Yarmouth, Maine, Melissa McGrath (James) of Easton, Conn., Emily Clement (David) of Unadilla, Marielle Bischoff-Wurstle of Falmouth, Maine, and Christina Hackett (Peter) of South Salem; nine great grandchildren, Violet and Maya Pike, Meghan and Carly McGrath, Calvin and Oliver Clement, Samuel and June Wurstle, and Carson Hackett.
A memorial service will be held on June 25 at South Salem Presbyterian Church beginning at 3:30 p.m. with a burial and reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to South Salem Fire Department or SPCA Westchester.