Maureen Dragula, 74 of Travis, passed on Monday, November 8, 2021. Born Monday, November 25, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of Arthur and Marie Mason. She was the beloved wife of Henry Dragula for 55 years, cherished mother of Brian Dragula and Christine Wonica, loved mother-in-law of Tom Wonica, and dear grandmother to Kailey Wonica. Maureen enjoyed cooking, shopping, flipping through cooking magazines, watching the Mets, and spending time with her family. She was a feisty Irish woman who captured the hearts of everyone she met. She loved her cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends dearly. Her greatest joy in life was her granddaughter Kailey. They were the best of friends. Maureen was Kailey's biggest fan, always in the stands rooting for her #1 girl. She was also known as Ummy to Kailey and all her friends. Maureen took pride in being the 18th recipient of a single lung transplant at NYU Langone in NYC. She was instrumental in paving the way for older patients seeking lung transplants. During her 3 years post-transplant, Maureen overcame many obstacles including one special procedure that was written about and published in a medical journal. She was predeceased by her brother Arthur Mason and sister Bernadette Krause. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 AM on Friday at St. Anthony of Padua Church located at 4055 Victory Blvd Staten Island, New York 10314. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Staten Island, New York. The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Wednesday, November 10th, and Thursday, November 11th, at John Vincent Scalia Home for Funerals, Inc., 28 Eltingville Blvd, Staten Island, New York.
Published by Staten Island Advance from Nov. 9 to Nov. 10, 2021.