Edith Mondesir

Edith Mondesir

Wednesday, July 11th, 1934 - Thursday, July 30th, 2020
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Today, we gather to honor the life and legacy of an amazing woman, Edith Mondesir, who slipped away peacefully on Thursday July 30, 2020. Marie Altagracia Edith Chatelain, affectionately known as Dadie, was born on July 11th, 1934 in Port au Prince, Haiti. She was the daughter of Irma Malette Chatelain and Christian Chatelain. She was fortunate to grow up in a caring family consisting of her mother and Aunt Carmen. Edith's passion for baking, cooking, and sewing was cultivated throughout her childhood experiences. Edith met her life partner, Gerard Mondesir, in the early 1950's. The couple officially married in 1955. Two days following their wedding, Gerard immigrated to the United States of America. A year later, Edith joined her husband in Nanuet, New York. They eventually settled in Nyack, NY. She worked numerous jobs until she settled as a chemist at Lederle Labs, where she worked for over 30 years. Outside of the workplace, Edith was widely sought out for her culinary skills and sewing abilities. As a seamstress, Edith made special occasion dresses for weddings, communions, and baptisms. She also was frequently hired as a caterer. She crafted elaborate cakes for various events throughout the community. She especially loved making such cakes for family. Edith loved to entertain in her home. It would give her great joy to see her loved ones enjoy the food she prepared. In 1998 Edith, Gerard, and her younger sister Nicole retired to southern Florida. This was the American way to connect to their beautiful Haiti. The couple desired a tropical environment and to reacquaint themselves with friends. While in Florida, Edith always looked forward to hosting family and friends. Edith Mondesir possessed a deep and unconditional love for her family and extended family. Family was one of the most important components to life through her eyes. Edith had infinite respect for the circle of life. Her home was always filled with plants and pets. These pets would range from cats, dogs, birds and even a monkey. As the eldest, Edith doted on her 6 younger siblings. She facilitated her mother. Irma's migration to the United States in 1965. Following this major milestone, the rest of her siblings were able to relocate to the US as well. Edith is survived by her husband Gerard Sr. and her two children Gerard Jr. with wife Sandra Farrior and Carole, grandchildren Ayana and Anthony Tyriq, Brothers and sisters Nichole Verdule, Jean-Claude Chatelain with wife Hilda, Serge Malette and wife Marie Florence, Delourdes Vital-Herne with husband Robert, Joachin Mallette, Yves Mallette. Nephews and nieces, Tamar, Anderson, Lise-Berthe, Carlene, Stanley, Fabrice, Shana, Vladimir, Robert, Dana, Michael, Yves Jr., Samuel, Anthony, Stephen, Erold, Cynthia, Cathy, and Kevin.Friends and Family may visit on Friday, August 14, 2020 from 9:00 to 11:45 AM at Scarr Funeral Home, followed by a 12:00 PM Mass at Sacred Heart R.C. Church, burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Nyack, NY.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, August 14th, 2020 | 9:00am - 11:45am
    Friday, August 14th, 2020 9:00am - 11:45am
    Scarr Funeral Home
    160 Orange Avenue
    Suffern, NY 10901
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  • Mass

    Friday, August 14th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Friday, August 14th, 2020 12:00pm
    Sacred Heart Church
    125 Lafayette Avenue
    Suffern, NY 10901
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  • Interment

    Friday, August 14th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Friday, August 14th, 2020 1:00pm
    Oak Hill Cemetery
    Address Not Available


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Lise Chatelain-Calypso

Posted at 11:21am
You will always be in our hearts ma tante. I will miss just being around you and soaking up your force and light. Your wisdom was beyond measure. You always believed in family first. Love you forever and a day💙

Mathieu, Chatelain and Calypso Families,

Posted at 01:50pm
To our beloved sister and aunt. May you rest in eternal peace. You will be missed. Calypso, Chatelain and Mathieu Families..
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Samantha Sanz

Posted at 12:54pm
My forever Golden Girls!
Edith will be greatly missed and always in my heart! She, Nicole, and Chubby helped raise me into the woman I am today and I’m forever grateful for that. I still miss all the things we did together growing up especially, teaching me how to cook gourmet meals and bake! We’ve had the greatest moments and you always treated me like one of your children. I’ve been so blessed to have you in my life as my second mom.

I love you Edith always and may you rest in eternal peace!

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