Tag Archives: Obituaries

Maureen Rita O’Riordan

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Maureen Rita O’Riordan of Beechhurst passed away on August 21 at Calvary Hospital, surrounded by her family.

A native of Brusky Parish Co. Cavan, she was the loving wife of Connie O’Riordan, loving mother of Bro. Dan O’Riordan and Brian. Preceded in death by her brothers John, Hughie and Jimmy; sisters Bridget and Kathleen; and by nieces Bernadette, Eileen and Peggy.

Dear aunt of five nephews and nieces, five grand nieces and one grand nephew.

Arrangements were handled by the Martin A. Gleason Funeral Home in Whitestone. A funeral Mass was held at St. Mel’s R.C. Church in Flushing. Interment was at St. Raymond’s Cemetery.

Donations to any of the following would be appreciated:

•St. Frances of Assisi Breadline

•Calvary Hospital

•Roselle Catholic Marist Youth Programs

Bonita Kasden

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Bonita, sister of Queens Courier contributor Cliff Kasden, passed away at age 63 of breast cancer. She was a retired teacher and the grandmother of seven. She was raised at the veteran’s co-op in Bayside, attended P.S. 46, J.H.S. 74, Francis Lewis High School and Queens College.

Below is the poem Kasden wrote and read as part of the eulogy.

A Poem for a Big Sister;




I found a photo,

Black and white, from 1959,

Two skinny kids, in summer’s sun,

Our parents right behind.

So many years have come and gone

Since warm South Fallsburg days,

Now life has dealt a fatal blow

And taken you away.

If only we had argued less,

If grandkids all were near,

If you had time in Florida,

If Mom and Dad were here.

If you had time to teach more kids,

With books your favorite guide,

If all your friends were well and strong,

All our relatives by your side.

If only you had stayed around

As their grandma, mom and wife,

If only you had savored

All the fruits of your unfinished life.

But wishes are just wishes,

They fade in hopeful mist.

If not, I wish you Eternity,

From brother to his only big sis.

Anna T. Barra

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Anna T. Barra of Flushing passed away on August 28.

Beloved wife of the late Michael Barra Jr. Loving mother of Michael, John, Anthony and Joseph. Beloved grandmother of Julie, Lisa, Jillian and Joseph and great-grandmother of Madelyn.

Arrangements were handled by the Martin A. Gleason Funeral Home in Flushing. A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church in South Ozone Park. Interment was at St. John’s Cemetery.

Elsie Jane Blunt

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Elsie Jane Blunt of Flushing passed away on September 12 at the Long Island State Veteran’s Home in Stony Brook, N.Y.

She was born in Long Island City and lived most of her life in Flushing.

She had a distinguished career as a nurse in the U.S, Navy, serving during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

She retired as a Lieutenant Commander in 1969.

Arrangements were handled by the Martin A. Gleason Funeral Home in Flushing.