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Name: Maureen T. Nadal
Born: March 6th, 1940
Died: April 17th, 2023
Residence: Howells, NY
With thoughts of her loving family and 6 grandchildren she fought for a week to get back home from the hospital and in spite of promise and hope, the heart that she gave to so many in her life failed, allowing her to reunite with her one true love, Robert Nadal.
In Hoboken NJ, on March 6th 1940 she was born Maureen Therese Larsen to Otto Larsen, a Danish immigrant and Wilhelmina Prestera of Brooklyn. In her early years she lived in Englewood, West New York, NJ. and then later in Mt. Ivy, New York.
She received her primary education at various catholic boarding schools and then secondary at Ladycliff Academy, in Highland Falls. In these early years it was clear that Maureen developed her feisty personality that defined her to the last. This was shown in her ability to find ways to skirt the rigid rules of the all girls Catholic schools. This was an especially useful skill when a certain young man came into her life at a friends party off campus. The famous family stories of Robert hoisting her over the fence after dark to take her to Yankee Games, and the Tigers Den in Spring Valley, were something she was always proud to tell.
In her senior year she earned the distinguished title of Snow Queen, an honor amongst her peers and was featured in the newspaper of Highland Falls.
She attended Becker College in Wooster MA and worked for St. Agatha’s school for children in Nanuet and Lederle Labs in Pearl River.
Maureen was always one to get involved in local organizations, especially for her family.
She attended nearly every baseball and football game coached by Bobby for 40 years from North Rockland to Rockland Community College to West Point.
She was a Cub Scout den mother and girls basketball coach for Otisville Youth Basketball.
In her 30’s she took her joy of tennis and for many years taught hundreds of youths at the Rockland County Summer Sports Academy. When her daughter attended John S. Burke Catholic High School in 1986, Maureen founded the girls varsity tennis team and became its first head coach.
She continued to coach and play for many years after that in local leagues, clubs and organizations.
When her kids were in middle school she began a new chapter in her life, an occupation she held for more than 40 years. As a Real Estate agent she began working in Middletown and took her go-getter personality and applied it to her work, making friends with almost everyone, both clients and coworkers. She found great joy in helping hundreds of others over the years find a place to call their own.
She and Robert vacationed with friends in Aruba for more than 25 years. There she helped start and continue an island-wide Memorial Day celebration that continues to draw hundreds of veterans to Eagle Beach, vacationing from around the world to honor the sacrifices of their brothers and sisters.
She was a grandmother of six. “Mum Mum” as she was affectionately called spent holidays, went to performances, games and birthdays with them and whenever she found a moment told anyone who would listen about each of her beautiful grandchildren.
She was dedicated to her community with charity work for Meals on Wheels, took in dogs from Otisville Prisons’ Puppies Behind Bars program, Keller Williams KW Cares, and supported St. Judes Childrens Hospital.
She also became more dedicated to the people she worked with and they became an extended family as told by one of her close co-workers:
“Maureen was the first to lend an idea, an encouraging word, a helping hand and yes even feedback - wanted or not. lol She brightened up our Market Center with her grace and style and her energy and enthusiasm as well as her little touches to decorate for the holidays, create table scapes for events or coordinate holiday parties and participate in our multiple fundraisers over the years. At this year's annual award's breakfast Maureen was recognized again as the recipient of the Above and Beyond award. And let's not forget that she was an active agent still working and representing clients.”
She is remembered dearly by her daughter Nicole and husband Trevor, Son Justin and wife Keri, her grandchildren Jacob, Jocelyn, Jace, Kerina, Jagger and Justin and the thousands of clients, co-workers, students, friends and associates she knew and loved.
She wished that no formal services be held but to have a celebration of her life. A memorial celebration will be held on Saturday April 29th from 12:30-3:30pm at The Barn at Villa Venezia. 2278 Goshen Turnpike Middletown, New York. In lieu of flowers, send a donation in her name to Puppies Behind Bars, Meals on Wheels, KW Cares or St. Jude’s Hospital.
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