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Edna Keenan Baldassare

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Baldassare, Edna Keenan

Edna Keenan Baldassare, passed away on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the age of 90. She lived her whole life in Tomkins Cove and was a great resource to historians in the county. Edna was a great inspiration to her family and always had a kind word for those who came to know her.

She was appointed Postmaster to the Tomkins Cove Post Office by President John F. Kennedy in 1964 and served until her retirement in 1986. Edna also served on the Board of Directors of the Tomkins Cove Library for many years. She was a member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution).

She leaves behind her family and many friends - - particularly her "work-out" group at the Wellness Center at Helen Hayes Hospital where she participated until December 2011.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jack Baldassare; her daughter, Jean Baldassare; and her brothers, George and John Keenan. Edna is survived by her children, Ann Baldassare of Albany, NY, Rita Galbraith (Peter) of Tyler, TX, and Michael Keenan (Joyce) of Manassas, VA; her five grandchildren, Peter, Hunter, Lori Brian and Andre, as well as two great-grandchildren, Trey and Carrington. She is also survived by her beloved sisters-in-law, Rita Lubonty and Mary Keenan.

The family would like to formally thank Edna's "adopted" daughter, Sharon Eldridge, June Krause and United Hospice of Rockland who made it possible for Edna to remain in the home she loved and lived in for more than 80 years. Edna spent her final days at the John Raso Hospice Facility.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on family at Michael J. Higgins Funeral Home, Stony Point, NY on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral services will be at Immaculate Conception Church, Tomkins Cove, NY on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 at 11:00 am. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the United Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956.

Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service, Inc.

73 North Liberty Drive

Stony Point, NY 10980

(845) 786-3500

www.mjhigginsstonypoint.com

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Published in the The Journal News from Nov. 25 to Nov. 26, 2012
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