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Edna "Emmie" E. Monaco

November 9, 1923 March 8, 2022
Edna "Emmie" E. Monaco
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Obituary for Edna "Emmie" E. Monaco

Edna Emelene “Emmie” Monaco, 98, of Middletown, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 8,
2022.
“Emmie” was born on November 9, 1923, In Dundas, Illinois to Casper “Cap” Bromm and Mary
Seessengood Bromm. Cap owned Oak Grove Farms, a 360-acre country farm that Emmie was raised on.
When Emmie was growing up in the 1930’s she worked alongside her father, sisters, and brothers, who
all touted her as a hard worker in all aspects of running the farm. “Cap” Bromm was a prominent farmer
in Richland County, IL.
After graduating from Newton High School, Newton, IL in 1940 and while working at George Field
Airforce Base, IL, (a WW II training school for military pilots), folding and packing parachutes for our
servicemen, she met and married her husband of 48 years, James “Jumbo” Vincent Monaco, of
Middletown, NY, who was stationed there serving as a Military Policeman.
After the war, Emmie and Jim moved back to Middletown and raised their family. Nothing meant more
to them than the care, love and well-being of their children and always put them first. They stressed the
importance of education and worked so hard and sacrificed so much in order to support their four
children’s college educations.
Emmie was a 77-year member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Middletown, where all her
children were baptized, confirmed, and where two were married. She loved to sew, bake, cook and
garden. Many of the items in our house were homemade by mom or grown from the garden. These
helped the family make ends meet. She made so many wonderful dishes and incredible baked goods in
that small kitchen. The family garden comprised a third of the property and they sold their strawberries
throughout the neighborhood for 50 cents a quart. She loved her flowers, plants and bushes and
attended to them daily. She was self-sufficient to age 95, still hanging her laundry on the clothesline. She
was the best mother, sister, aunt (sissy), grandmother and friend anyone could have, always putting
everyone else first. Emmie was incredibly special and “one in a million.” She had beautiful green eyes, a
great laugh, a loving touch, and great common sense. Her faith in god and religious beliefs along with
good, clean-living led her to an age that few people reach. She will be missed dearly.
Emmie is survived by her son Gary Monaco of Bloomingburg, NY, her son Ronald (Nancy) of Hillsdale NJ
and her daughter Michele Trank of Salisbury Mills, NY. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Jamie
and James Vincent Monaco III, Brittani Monaco, Kaitlyn Trank, Joseph Trank and Kristen Trank
Musumano. Emmie is also survived by her brother Ralph Bromm (Marilyn) of Olney IL., as well as several
cousins, nieces and nephews and beloved cousin Colonel Charles DiCiro of Olney, Illinois. Charlie’s words
inspired Emmie to the very end. Emmie was pre-deceased by her husband James V. (Jumbo) Monaco
and her eldest son James Vincent (Vinny) Monaco to whom she devoted much of her life due to his
lengthy battle with Multiple Sclerosis, as well as her sisters, Alberta Cooley, Virginia Leist, Ester McClure
and one brother, Floyd Bromm all of Olney Illinois.
Visitation will be held on Monday, March 14, 2022 from 4-8 pm at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at 11am on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at St Paul's Methodist Church, 58 West Main Street, Middletown, NY.
Burial will take place at Wallkill Cemetery in the family plot.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 58 West Main
Street, Middletown NY 10940 in memory of her.

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Visitation

Monday

14

Mar

4:00 PM 3/14/2022 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 3/14/2022 8:00:00 PM
Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home

130 Highland Ave.
Middletown, NY 10940

Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home
130 Highland Ave. Middletown 10940 NY
United States

Service

Tuesday

15

Mar

11:00 AM 3/15/2022 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 3/15/2022 12:00:00 PM
St. Paul's United Methodist Church

58 West Main Street
Middletown, NY 10940

St. Paul's United Methodist Church
58 West Main Street Middletown 10940 NY
United States

Graveside

Tuesday

15

Mar

12:00 PM 3/15/2022 12:00:00 PM - 12:15 PM 3/15/2022 12:15:00 PM
Wallkill Cemetery

160 Midway Road
Middletown, NY 10940

Wallkill Cemetery
160 Midway Road Middletown 10940 NY
United States
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