Obituaries

It is with great sorrow we announce hte passing of Funeral Service for Efrain Rios Jr. 
 
Visiting Hours will be held on 
Saturday, March 27, 2021, @ 3:00-7:00pm 
AND 
Sunday, March 28, 2021,  2:00 - 7:00pm  at 
Cobble Hill Chapels 
171 Court Street 
Brooklyn, New York  11201 
( located betw. Dean & Bergen Streets in Downtown Brooklyn) 
 
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 29. 2021 at 10:00am 
St. Pauls Church 
234 Congress Street 
Brooklyn, 11201 
Entrance to St. Pauls Church is on Court Street 
Church is located @ the intersection of Court & Congress
right across from the funeral home
 
Interment to follow at 
The Greenwood Cemetery 
Main Entrance is located at 
500 25th Street 
Brooklyn, New York 

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Charles F. Each, the longstanding Manager of Cobble Hill Chapels, on Thursday morning, March 18, 2021.

Charles was known to most as "Charlie", and was born on July 22, 1943 to his parents Joseph & Frances Each ( nee Richardone). 

Charlie was predeceased by his life-partner Juan Cano Marin, who passed away unexpectedly May 22, 2020, and his cat "Shadow" who also passed unexpectedly a few days after Juan.  

Charles is survived by his sister, Diann 'Dee' Each-Ferguson, and his brother Robert 'Bobby' Each, along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends who had became family members along the way. 

Charles Each was a Licensed Funeral Director for over 50 years, and was extremely knowledgeable and patient with mentoring younger aspiring funeral directors about the business.  While Charlie had started in the industry working for trade houses in partnership with other funeral directors, he had also owned his own successful funeral business and was well respected amongst his peers in the industry. Charlie had began working for Cobble Hill Chapels in a part-time position in the early 1990's and over the next few years was so well received by our community, he was quickly promoted to be Manager.  Charles had devoted his lifeswork to helping families in the Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, and Carroll Gardens communities daily, and was rewarded in doing so with our families trust and loyalty. Charles was always full of sage advice, and his many years experience in the industry made him an avid problem solver, often havng a solution for all sorts of funeral dillemmas, and he also had a huge heart for hardships, never turning a family away without a solution to any problem.

Charles will be greatly missed by all who knew him during life, and his stories and tales in the funeral industry will be regaled far beyond his time and tenure here on earth.  His kindness, caring, and constant compassion was sowed in this community during some of the darkest periods of mourning in ones lives, and we will never forget his lifes work of service and dedication to maintaining the Dignity and Compassion in Funeral Service. 

 

Funeral Services were privately held, and Cobble Hill Chapels will host a Memorial Mass in his honor on May 22, 2021, at St. Pauls RC Church at 1:00pm. 

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Evangelista Rodriguez,  94 years,  on March 21, 2021. 

Lovingly known to family and friends as 'Pipo'.

Pipo was born in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico on April 14, 1926,  to Rufo Rodriguez, and Polonia Rivera.  

 He and his family enjoyed life in Puerto Rico until about 18 years of age, and he came to live in Brooklyn, New York. 

 

Brooklyn, New York became the setting stage and foundation for his life, and his love for the New York Mets. Boerum Hill served as a fine background art in illustrating the portrait of his strong lifelong bonds and love amongst his family and friends.  Pipos humor was a draw amongst many, and his charming wit and personality brought many together to appreciate and share time with him in his small 'Social Club' on Smith Street.  

Pipo was always in high demand with his dynamic personality and exceptional sense of humor. His jokes - complete with punchlines you would never forget- will live on far longer than his years, and his love for socializing amongst family and friends will live on forever in the hearts of all who knew him. Pipo was more than just an exceptionally social fellow,  his full-time career of being an amicable and well loved Doorman was secondary to his favorite part time hobbies of fix-it projects with his self taught skills of carpentry, wood working, plumbing, as well as a host of other repairs he was extremely proud of.  Pipo also loved to play Dominoes and was very well known for participating in tournaments.

Pipo is predeceased by his oldest son David, and is survived in life by his sons & their families, Carlos & Olga  and Gilberto & Rosemary, and Phyllis.  He was a cherished and devoted "Poppa" with a heart full of love for his grandchildren, and great grandchildren.   Spendng time with family and friends made his life complete and whole. 

Visiting Hours will be held on Thursday, March 25, 2021 between the hours of 2:00-6:30pm 

Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday, March 26, 2021 with a 10:00am Mass at St. Pauls Church ( Court & Congress St) 

Interment to follow at Cypress Hills Cemetery, located in Brooklyn, New York. 


Please be mindful due to the current State mandate that a mask must be worn at all times in the funeral home and social distancing requirements must be followed during the services.

Due to the current Pandemic a strict 30 person in room policy is in effect.

Please adhere to this policy and allow others to pay their respects as well.

Due to the current pandemic circumstances please note:
There will be NO bakery products, food, and fruit baskets until further notice.

Floral Arrangements can be purchased from our highly recommended local floral designers,

FLORAL FANTASY, who work under the most stringent sanitary conditions which include temperature checks, mask wearing, distancing and protective clothing. You can call 718-238-6978 and place your order.

We must protect the families we serve, our own families and staff who operate the funeral home.

 

 

 

 

 

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Jean René van Geuns, peacefully on Thursday,  February 18, 2021

Jean René was born in The Hague, Netherlands at the onset of World War II, and later moved growing up in Java, Indonesia. 

Jean René and his father, a member of the Dutch Resistance, distributed extra food cards, organized attacks on German Military police and helped transport Jewish families and stranded Allied pilots out of Holland.  In an attempt to join the Dutch Free Forces in Englan, Jean René traveled North, and was arrested and imprisoned in a concentration camp in Norway until the war ended. 

Jean René returned to Holland to finish his studies and earned a Law Degree from Leiden University.  He travelled to East Africa to work in diamond mines in what is now Zimbabwe ( formerly known as Rhodesia).  Soon Jean René emigrated to the United States where he met and married his wife of 56 years, Elvia Judith Miranda, and had one daughter Danielle. 

Jean René had several businesses in New York and Trinidad.  He enjoyed travelling, cared very much for his family, friends, and Masonic brothers.  He will be remembered as a generous, charing, gentle man who had enormous integrity and a great sense of humor.  Jean René is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Dr. Elvia J. van Geuns, Ph.D. and his daughter Danielle. 

Jean René often said of endeavors, "Give it hell, life is short." and while this saying may seem to be brief, the reach of Jean René's sentiment remains necessary and important coupled with his activism, courage and bravery he has shown during his life. 

Family and Friends will be welcome ot share their memories and expressions of sympathy at a Memorial Service which will be held at a later date, at Cobble Hill Chapels, located at 171 Court Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201. 

 

HJ

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Frederick D. Holmes Sr., on December 16, 2020.

Frederick D. Holmes was born in Georgetown,  South Carolina on October 31, 1930.

Frederick attended and graduated Howard High School, and soon after he married his childhood sweetheart, Sarah A. Smalls.  Frederick and his bride migrated to New York City and began their creating a family.  Frederick and Sara’s union of marriage produced three sons, Anthony, Craig and Rodney. 

Shortly after creating a beautiful family life with Sarah, Frederick enlisted in the Army, and served his country with dignity and honor. Upon his Honorable Discharge Frederick began working for the United Parcel Service.  He would remain an esteemed employee of UPS for the next 35 five years of his life, until his retirement.

Frederick was known for his great wit and sense of humor.  Family and friends will always remember his life-long passion for his hometown team, the New York Giants.  Frederick was a New York Giants Super Fan, and loved to travel to attend their events.  Frederick had the honor of attending at least 10 Super-Bowl games, and he was even present in the stadium when his beloved New York Giants took the game and became Super-Bowl Champions.

Frederick was predeceased by his loving wife Sarah and son Frederick Jr.,     

Sisters Mary, Janie and Doris, and his Late brothers Frank Jr., and James.

  Frederick will be deeply missed by his five sisters, Tunisia, Joyce, Jannette, Veronica, and Alma. 

His memory will be left to cherish by his grandchildren Anthony Jr. Maurice, and Sarah, as well as his nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.

Frederick will also leave a host of friends who will mourn his loss.

On Angels' wings, Maria Manuela Borja was carried to the arms of Almighty God on December 20th, 2020. 

 

Maria was a Florida resident for the past year, although most of her life in the US was spent in New York, and New Jersey.   Maria graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting in her native Ecuador, where she worked at the British-American School. Once she moved to the United States, she became an accountant in the retail industry in New York, New York, until her retirement. 

 

Maria is survived by her children, SFC Boris P. Borja US Army Retired of TN; Ginger Borja-Quintana of New Jersey; and Miriam Borja-Fisher of Florida.  She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Timoteo Borja, who passed in 1988.

 

Everyone who knew Maria was captivated by her warm and caring heart, and wonderful sense of humor.  She was a dedicated and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend.  Maria will be missed by all of the people whose life she touched. 

 

Visiting hours will be held at Cobble Hill Chapels, located at 171 Court Street, Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 between the hours of 10:00am - 12:00pm.  Interment will follow at The Ever-green Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.

 

 

Floral Tributes are appreciated and welcome to be sent via https://www.floralfantasyus.com/ 

 

Alternatively, In Lieu of Flowers contribution in Marias name can be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association https://www.lbda.org/honor-memorial-gifts/ 

 

Robert Hume Thomason passed away on November 10, 2020 at the age of 92.

He leaves behind his loving wife the former Jane Mathers Toy, Daughters Katherine Mathers and Carolyn Black, Granddaughter Melanie Lynne, Great Granddaughters Anya Lyn and Kailyn Jade, Son In Laws Johnny Warner, Michael Wich and Edwin Lopez.

Robert was born on December 29, 1927 to Otey Hume and Margaret Black in Brooklyn, NY. He was raised in Forest Hills. His family moved to Flemington, NJ where he attended high school.

He joined the army at the end of WWII and served in Panama. With assistance from the GI Bill, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in North Carolina and received a BA in Social Studies / Education. He was also a graduate of Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut and became an ordained minister with church’s in Pemberton, Ohio and East Hartford, Connecticut. His third and final degree was from the Columbia School of Library Science in Manhattan in Library Science. He worked as a Reference Librarian at the Hewlett Woodmere Public Library in Nassau County, NY and more often than not, rode his bicycle from Brooklyn to Hewlett.

Bob and Jane met in her home town of Springfield, Ohio in 1960 when Bob was working in the Settlement House. After a very short engagement, they were married on June 12, 1960.

Bob was a staunch democrat and worked tirelessly for social justice. He founded The Prospect Lefferts Garden Neighborhood Association (PLGNA) after the death of Martin Luther King to create an integrated neighborhood. In 1974 they bought the three family home where Jane still resides. The family attended Judson Memorial Church. He was an avid bicycle rider and loved swing jazz music.

Upon his retirement in 1985, he planned a 6 month bike trip from New York to San Diego and when this was completed in late 1985, he looked at the Pacific Ocean and knew one day he would ride through China and Japan. In the coming years, he rode his bike through China 1987, The Netherlands 1989, France 1992, Thailand 1993, 3 trips to Japan and 3 trips to Germany among other European countries. His final trip was Austria.  Jane would meet him at several points during most of these trips.

Robert leaves us after a long struggle with dementia and complications from Lewy Body. He will be cremated and interred at the Westford Hill Cemetery, a family cemetery, in Ashford, Connecticut.

His exuberance, joy, love of life, family and friends, will continue long after the pain of saying goodbye subsides.

William P. Dooley
8/28/1965 - 11/17/2020
Son of the late Edward and Eleanor Dooley, brother to Karen Kolessar and the late Edward "Buddy" Dooley.  He is survived by his sister Karen, and his nieces Kellie, Ellen, and Alana.  He was born and raised in Brooklyn. 
 
He was a champion MMA fighter and had traveled the world, winning many trophies and titles.   He loved the New York Yankees, with Thurman Munson being his life long idol.  He was also a fan of the New York Giants, New York Rangers, and Notre Dame football.  
 
He was everyone's "Uncle Billy" and was always there for everyone who needed someone.  He will be so missed. 
 
The viewing is at Hanley's funeral home on Sunday, 11/22, from 2-4 and 7-9.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, November 23, 2020,  10:15am,  at St. Charles Church.  Interment to follow at St. Johns Cemetery, located in Middle Village, New York. 
 
In Lieu of Flowers, the family of William Dooley would greatly appreciate donations made to the American Diabetes Association. 
A special tribute page in his honor can be found at the Donation link provided below
 

Raymond A. Rizzuti was born in Brooklyn Heights, NY, to Sandy and A.B. Rizzuti on February 29th, 1944, a leap year. He attended Grace Church School, Poly Prep Country Day School, and graduated from Columbia College of Columbia University. He finished medical school in Bologna, Italy, and completed his residency in ophthalmology at The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary. He joined his father’s ophthalmology practice in Brooklyn Heights, and continued there for 45 years. In 1979, he married Carol Estes of Boston, Massachusetts. Together they raised two daughters, Allison and Marley. He has one granddaughter, and another on the way. Raymond was a man of many passions, including boxing, the Brooklyn Nets, Key West, his dogs, a good steak, and fishing (he was awarded a World Record from the International Game Fish Association, which still stands). He was loved by his family, friends, and his patients, and will be remembered for his kindness, sense of humor, boundless generosity, and stories from a life well lived.

It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce the passing of my Dad Roger Pagano.  He left us in the early hours of Monday, June 22nd.  I am truly heartbroken and the world has lost a special person and a one of a kind human being. Those of you who knew him, know that he was always jolly, always cracking a joke, usually a bit inappropriate, but funny nonetheless and always willing to help a friend. As a NYC Firefighter, he put his life on the line for 20 years in the service of others and loved every minute of it.

My Dad was a devoted and loving husband, father, brother, grandpa, and friend to all. 

Mom and Dad have been together since they were teenagers and he still looked at her the same way as if he was seeing her for the first time.  He would always say isn’t my “sweetie pie” beautiful. Even with my Mom battling dementia, he never wavered in his love and devotion to her. That is a sign of a great man. When I came out to my parents, I knew they would probably take it well, however, there is always some doubt. When I told them, my Dad’s response was “you are my son and I will love you no matter what” and he gave me a big Dad hug.  I knew no matter what the rest of the world thought of me, my Mom and Dad had my back. I realize how lucky I am to have gotten that response since many people do not have that type of support and unconditional love, especially from their Fathers. And for this, I am eternally grateful.

I will treasure the moments we had together from our big gatherings on Christmas Eve, to our 3-hour family dinners out when it would be just our family, laughing and enjoying a good meal and each other’s company; to me, you and Mom going to the diner and you “stealing” napkins and telling Mom to put them in her pocketbook.  And our times more recently with you and I sitting on the couch watching Judge Judy.  

I feel like this tribute is not doing my Dad justice, but it is so hard to put into words how WONDERFUL and accepting this man was.  For those of you lucky enough to have met him, if even for a minute, you know what I mean. I take comfort knowing that he is now with my Sister, Florence, his parents and my Mom’s parents.  I am broken right now but I know that I will laugh again, which is one of the greatest lessons you have taught me, the power of being able to find humor in even the worst of times. I will always smile when I think of you even though it is tough right now.  I miss hearing Rogerino.

His viewing will be at Cobble Hill Chapel, 171 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY, Thursday, June 25th from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM.

https://cobblehillchapels.com/

We will have a short service for him on Friday, June 26th at 10 AM at Sacred Heart and St Stephens on  Hicks St. and Summit in Brooklyn, NY

http://sacredhearts-ststephen.com/

In lieu of flowers or gifts, we are requesting donations be made to the Alzheimer Foundation in my Father’s name. He has been caring for my Mom who is battling Dementia. The Alzheimer Foundation offers support and services to caregivers who are dealing with loved ones affected by this disease.

http://alzfdn.org/support-us/donate

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Jameela H. Massed, on June 09,  2020 

Friends and family will be welcome on Saturday, June 13, 2020, between the hours of 5:00-8:00pm

Private cremation service will follow, along with an interment to be held at a later date at Greenwood Cemetery, located in Brooklyn, New York. 

Gregory G. DeJohn
Licensed Funeral Director, Owner

Charles F. Each
Licensed Funeral Director, Manager

Brooke Lynn Pesola
Licensed Funeral Director

Matthew J. Pinto
Licensed Funeral Director

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