Barbara Eva Galli


  Barbara Eva Galli passed away peacefully in the presence of her loving family after a long illness, at her home in Brooklyn on May 31st, 2021. She was 70. Barbara was the loving wife of 32 years of Alberto Galli and proud and caring mother of Alessandro.


  Born in Troy, NY she was the daughter of the late Edward and Eva Smith.

She leaves one brother, Edward Smith (Jane), three sisters, Elizabeth Smith (Dan Frasca), Patricia Crandall (Michael), Lynn Crandall (Patrick) and two brothers-in-law Livio Galli and Mauro Galli (Teresa).

She was loving aunt of Edward, Erin, Jennifer, Tracy, Kimberly, Brian, Zachary, and Valerio.


 Barbara was a 1968 graduate of Catholic Central High School in Troy NY. She then graduated from Hudson Valley Community College (AAS Medical Lab. Technology), Russell Sage College (BA Biology) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (MBA Management).


  She began her career in the Pharmaceutical Industry in the research labs of Sterling Drug, where she worked on antibiotics and biomaterials.  She moved on to the Clinical Research Department, and then to Marketing becoming Product Manager. From Marketing, she moved into advertising at LM&P, KPR, Robert A. Becker Euro RSCG, and Grey Healthcare.

Her last advertising job was with Concentric Health Experience.


  For over ten years she was an enthusiastic Cub Scout Leader (Troop/ Pack 815 in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn), organizing all activities and enjoying weekends at Cub Scout events and summer camps. 


  Barbara was a gourmet cook and enjoyed trying out new recipes. She hosted a summer picnic yearly for her family at her home in the Poconos where they enjoyed some of her favorite recipes. In her early years her interests were gardening, many crafts (like basket weaving, quilting), and antiquing (anything Shaker was a favorite). She was an enthusiastic traveler, and loved a yearly vacation with her lifetime group of friends. Of course her favorite destination was Italy. Visiting the In-Laws every year was a great reason to see the extended family, other Italian regions, and Europe. 

 In lieu of flowers, contributions to her memory may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation( and the Visiting Nurse Service Of NY- Hospice Care (


Visiting Services will be held on Sunday, June 06, 2021,

at Cobble Hill Chapels

between the hours of  3:00-8:00pm

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on

Monday, June 07, 2021, 10:00am

at St. Paul's Church

234 Congress Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201

( Entrance on Court & Congress Streets)


The Family of Edward Voluntad invites you to celebrate his lifeon Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

Visiting hours will be held  3:00 - 5:00pm 

A very special Celebration of Life Service will follow, beginning  5:00 - 7:00pm.

Our Father in Heaven called Edward home on May 18, 2021. The loss of Edward will be felt by everyone who encountered him. He was the most generous, caring, selfless and gentle soul, you could meet. He would go out of his way to assist anyone in need; his ability to help others, brought much joy to his life; especially when it came to his family. His granddaughter, Kylie was the apple of his eye. If you asked anyone about Edward, they could tell you a story of how he changed their life, with his helping hand, wisdom and compassion.

Edward was born in Brooklyn, NY, to Eva Velasquez and Edward Voluntad Sr. He had a unique knack for learning how to do just about anything. After graduating from Aviation HS in Queens, he obtained a Class A Machinist license and landed a job at Phil Shore Manufacturing in Brooklyn. Soon after, Edward opened his own business called Noelle Contracting, where he honed his skills in home improvement and renovations. Edward went on to engage in many ventures; he worked for Sanitation for many years and made his way into becoming a Drug Counselor for Phoenix House, where he later became a Director. His desire to motivate and encourage those around him, made him successful in every project he took on. Edward was an amazing father and grandfather; he did everything for his girls, right down to sewing costumes for his granddaughter’s talent shows. He was creative, artistic, funny, inquisitive and smart.

Toward the end of his life he developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and was filled with excitement when learning about the bible. He looked forward to weekly bible sessions with his family and never missed a session.

Edward was a person after God’s own heart and will be dearly missed.



š 40 Persons Maximum in the chapel AT ALL TIMES

š MASKS are required to be worn in the appropriate manner, pulled taut covering all respiratory orifices AT ALL TIMES.

š Please maintain a safe distance of 6 FEET

  • Families in the same household may be seated together as they are all from the same home and share common space regularly, however,
  • we ask families to MAINTAIN 6 FEET DISTANCE from other visitors and family groups who DO NOT SHARE THE SAME HOUSEHOLD REGULARLY


We would like to offer our families and guests the opportunity to safely grieve for their loved one, as well as accommodate guests to pay their respects as well in a safe environment.   We ask you to please be respectful of our guidelines as they are currently the most proven measures we can take to ensure keeping your family, guests and our staff safe & healthy.

Taylor Millan a lifelong resident of Staten Island NY died unexpectedly of serious medical illness on May 7,2021 at the age of 27.

Taylor is survived by her parents Dawn and Frank, stepmother Melissa, daughters Skylah and Savannah, siblings Sophia, Ashley, Daniel, Briana, Madison and Matthew, grandparents Linda and Tyrone as well as many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews along with a predeceased grandfather Raymond. Taylor was born on July 27,1993 in Staten Island NY.   She was a devoted mother of her 2 daughters, a courageous fighter until the end. She had a personality that lit up any room. She was overly caring about others, forever putting everyone before herself. She was extremely family oriented and loyal to her loved ones.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday May 13,2021 at Cobble Hill Chapels 171 Court St Brooklyn NY 11201 from 2pm-7pm.




š 40 Persons Maximum in the chapel AT ALL TIMES

š MASKS are required to be worn in the appropriate manner, pulled taut covering all respiratory orifices AT ALL TIMES.

š Please maintain a safe distance of 6 FEET

  • Families in the same household may be seated together as they are all from the same home and share common space regularly, however,
  • we ask families to MAINTAIN 6 FEET DISTANCE from other visitors and family groups who DO NOT SHARE THE SAME HOUSEHOLD REGULARLY




We would like to offer our families and guests the opportunity to safely grieve for their loved one, as well as accommodate guests to pay their respects as well in a safe environment.   We ask you to please be respectful of our guidelines as they are currently the most proven measures we can take to ensure keeping your family, guests and our staff safe & healthy.

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 
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. 



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 


Alternatively, In Lieu of Flowers contribution in Marias name can be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association 


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

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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