Ilse (Achenbach) Zwyhun

July 11, 1935 ~ April 15, 2020 (age 84)


Ilse Zwyhun of Pearl River, New York passed away peacefully Wednesday, 
April 15, 2020 at Woodcliff Lake Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was 
84. She was born July 11, 1935 in Hannover Germany, daughter of the 
late Ella and Paul Achenbach. Ilse was a dedicated homemaker, dog lover, 
gardener, and tireless devotee helping friends in need of a meal or 
companionship. Her spectacular cooking for her hungry sons will long be 
remembered. Ilse was one of Jehovah's Witnesses and attended the West 
Nyack Congregation.  On April 4, 1956 she married Josef in Hannover, 
Germany. They then emigrated to the United States on March 30, 1957 with 
the help of the Tolstoy Farm Foundation. Alexandra Tolstaya, youngest 
daughter of the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy started this foundation to 
help Soviet displaced persons, dissidents, and former Soviet citizens to 
settle in the West. Mrs. Zwyhun had been a resident of Pearl River for 
60 years. She is survived by her two sons Joe (Denise Sullivan) of Pearl 
River and Nestor (Linda) of Ridgewood, New Jersey; two grandchildren 
Kelsey (fiance Michael Johnson) and Peter, her sisters Irmgardt and 
Christa. She was predeceased by her husband Josef, and her siblings 
Agarn, Erwin, Helmut, Ellie as well as her two favorite dogs Schatzi 
and Tuffy.  Due to the pandemic, services will be scheduled for a later 


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