BARRE - Geraldine Veronica O'Riordan, 89, of Harrison Avenue, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin.
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Born on July 16, 1923, in New York, N.Y., she was the daughter of Patrick and Ellen (McAvoy) Martin.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree in business from the College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale, N.Y., and a master's degree in special education.
Geraldine worked at St. Dominic's Home in Blauvelt, N.Y., as a New York City teacher and an assistant principal for 26 years. She retired in 1986. She and her husband, John F. O'Riordan, bought a second home in Ireland where they spent many wonderful summers with family and friends. They also had a home in Vero Beach, Fla., where they enjoyed having their children and grandchildren visit.
While living in New York, she was an active member of St. Catherine's Parish in Blauvelt for over 50 years and belonged to the parish's Rosary Society and the Ladies of Charity. She was also a member of the Orangeburg/Blauvelt Senior Citizens Group. Geraldine enjoyed a very active social life, attending parties and going on trips with the seniors especially to Atlantic City. She loved doing for others and playing bridge with her friends. She was very close to her sister Peggy and took many enjoyable trips with her.
Geraldine moved to Barre to be near her son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Helena O'Riordan, and their children, taking up residence in Lincoln House. She has been a member of St. Monica Parish since moving to Barre. After suffering a stroke, she moved to Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin where she lived until her death. She received excellent care at both facilities with a remarkably kind, caring and well-trained staff.
Her passion was caring for anyone in need, and she helped so many through the years, even when her health began to fail. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Geraldine will be missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include two sons, Kevin O'Riordan and his wife, Helena, of Barre, and John B. O'Riordan, of West Havestraw, N.Y.; her daughter, Ellen Madeya, and her husband, Raymond, of White Plains, N.Y.; eight grandchildren, Heith O'Dell, Elizabeth O'Riordan, Michael O'Riordan, Kristen O'Riordan, Joseph O'Riordan, Skylar O'Riordan, Logan Merrill and Ryan Madeya; four great-grandchildren, Colby Paquet, Brendan and Shea O'Riordan, and Levi Sherman; many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, John F. O'Riordan; three sisters, Helen Martin, Margaret Daly/Clare and Theresa Martin; and a brother, James Martin.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at 11 a.m. in St. Catherine's Church in Blauvelt, N.Y. Interment will be in the Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, N.Y. Family and friends may call at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, N.Y., Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is assisting the family with local arrangements.
A memorial service will be held in Barre at a later date to be announced.
Published in Times Argus on Oct. 12, 2012