Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service

113 Lake Road East, Congers, NY


Amelia R. Liska

April 3, 1922November 11, 2019

Amelia R. Liska, of Congers, N.Y., 97 years old, passed away on November 11, 2019. She was born in Rockland Lake, N.Y. on April 3, 1922 to Rosina and Gaetano Venezia. She graduated from Congers High School in 1940 and married the love of her life, John, in 1946. "Mel", as she liked to be called, worked as a legal secretary until the age of 80. She was an active life member of the Ladies Auxiliary, Congers Fire Dept. and belonged to Congers II Senior Citizens Club. Attending bingo nights, watching the Yankees, Mets, Giants, & Jets were some of her favorite pleasures. She was predeceased by her husband, John; brothers, William and Anthony; and sisters, Ann and Fanny. She is survived by daughter, Eileen (Bob); her son, John (Liz); brother John Venezia of Gulfport, MS.; five grandchildren, Robert, Adrienne, Meghan, Jennifer, and John; along with five great-grandchildren, Cole, Anthony, Sadie, Emma, & Shae, in addition to numerous nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 13th, from 4-8 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home in Congers, N.Y. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, 10 a.m. at St Paul's Church, Congers, followed by interment at Gethsemane Cemetery, Rockland Lake, N.Y.


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, November 14, 2019


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Virginia DeCelestino

November 13, 2019

You were a great Lady “ Mel”, a pleasure to be with, you will be missed by all who love you, both family and friends. Rest In Peace in the arms of the Lord.

Marie Zanicchi

November 12, 2019

May you Rest In Peace with the Lord Mel. I miss giving you your weekly HUG at Congers II Seniors. Thanking the Lord He has you home now. You are gone but not forgotten.

My sincere condolences to all the families.

Marie Zanicchi
Congers II Seniors

Frances Jr., Frances Sr. Fay

November 12, 2019

It is with deepest sympathy that I express to the family of Mel. She was a wonderful person and my mother and I will miss her very much. I always enjoyed talking to her on the phone from Virginia and will always remember her kind, loving ways. My mother has lost her "best friend". May you rest in eternal peace and happiness forever Mel....until we see you again......

Tracie Dunn

November 12, 2019

My thoughts and prayers for the family. Sending love to Rob , Audrey and Adrienne. You have wonderful memories to carry with you.