Faye Beth Schwartz O’Byrne, 87; longtime volunteer

Faye Beth Schwartz Baer O’Byrne 

Faye Beth Schwartz Baer O’Byrne, who held many leadership and volunteer positions in the Jewish and general community, died Monday, Jan. 4 at age 87.

Mrs. O’Byrne was born Dec. 15, 1928 to Sylvia and Theodore Schwartz. She was brought up in Detroit and graduated from the House in the Pines boarding school in Norton, Mass., and she attended Michigan University.

She married S. Charles Baer in 1947. They had two children. He died in 1991. In 1993, she married William T. “Fiery” O’Byrne. He died in 2011.

Mrs. O’Byrne was a vice president of Jewish Federation’s Women’s Division and a Federation board member. She was a former member of Temple Israel and its fundraising committees, as well as a board member of the Jewish Hospital Auxiliary and co-chair of the Jewish Hospital Student Nurses Recreation Program.

For 30 years, she served on the board and in key leadership positions at the Humane Society of Missouri. She had leadership roles with many other St. Louis charities, including Central Institute for the Deaf, The Museum of the Dog, the St. Louis County Library Foundation Board and Women of Achievement. Survivors include her children Cheryl Baer Honeycutt (BJ) and S. Charles Baer Jr. (Carolyn), and four grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at the Church of the Annunziata in Ladue and entombment was at New Mount Sinai Cemetery.

Memorial contributions requested to the Humane Society of Missouri, 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63110.