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Philomena Marie Hayden

July 19, 1931June 4, 2019

Philomena Hayden (nee Morrongiello) passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 in St. Augustine, Florida after her battle with dementia. She was born to the late Lilly and Anthony Morrongiello in Brooklyn, New York on July 19, 1931. She is predeceased by her husband,George Hayden. They were married 63 years.

Philomena is survived by her children; daughter, Mary Ann and her husband Victor Mearini of St. Augustine; son, George and his wife Robyn of Marietta, GA; son, Lawrence and his wife Gina of Valley Stream, NY; son, Anthony and his wife Anne of Newport Richey, FL and daughter, Phyllis and her husband John Morley of St. Augustine, FL and daughter in law, Nellie Hayden of Lynbrook, NY. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, Victor Mearini, Brian Mearini, Bernadette DeGarmo, Timothy Mearini, Lawrence Hayden , Nicholas Hayden, Joseph Hayden, Ryan Hayden, George Hayden, James Anthony, Hayden, Thomas Morley, Kaitlin (Katie) Oliver, James Hayden and Bryana Hayden. Philomena was blessed with eleven great-grandchildren, Emma Hayden, Ethan Hayden, James Hayden, Charleigh Hayden, Jaxon Oliver, Gavin DeGarmo, Mason DeGarmo, Matthew Mearini, Guile Mearini, Emerson Hayden and soon to arrive, Karoline Oliver as well as many nieces and nephews. Philomena is the dear sister to Joseph Morrongiello, Rae (Rafaella) Fitzgerald, Mary Ann Manders, Frances Martini and Frank Vuolo (dec)

Philomena met George Hayden while working at the Brooklyn Union Gas Company. Her best friend and co-worker, Rose Lentini, suggested “she talk to the cute guy by the filing cabinets.” The rest is history and a long life of faith, love and family is Philomena and George’s legacy. George proposed to Philomena at a New York Dodgers game in 1954. They both shared a passion for sports, especially the horses and the New York Yankees. You could find them at breakfast discussing the picks of the day and filling out the racing sheet. If the Yankees went into extra innings they were up watching to the very end and then up in the morning discussing it at breakfast.

Philomena was a devout Catholic and her faith teachings live on in her children and grandchildren. George and Philomena said the rosary daily. When attending Mass, she was the last one to leave the church as she always carried a handwritten booklet of all the names of family and friends that needed her prayers. She herself was the recipient of many prayers when she won her battle with breast cancer in the early 90’s.

Above all else, Philomena was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She dedicated her life to her family and she never missed a birthday, recital, graduation and there were many. She made motherhood look like a walk in the park, having five children in five years. If that wasn’t enough she had 14 grandchildren and never missed a chance to babysit them and shower them with unconditional love.

Services will be held in New York through Edward F. Lieber Funeral Home, https://www.lieberfuneralhomes.com.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Community Hospice https://www.communityhospice.com/foundation/memorial-giving/


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Philomena Marie Hayden

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Tony Hayden

June 9, 2019

I will always remember our special trips to your favorite place Cracker Barrel. Good times.
Thanks for being my mom to me and my Anne and grandma to our Jimmy.
We will always love you and know that you will be with us spiritually.
Give Dad a big hug and tell him we love him.

Nellie Hayden

June 8, 2019

She was a mother to me... love her with all my heart and will miss her greatly ..
Rest In Peace

Phyllis Morley

June 7, 2019

Another happy pix with Josh and Katie at there special day and they were so happy you came to the wedding. Great memories! Love ya always Mom

Phyllis Morley

June 7, 2019

Great picture of your two bookends daughters with you two years ago.... - MaryAnn and myself. We love you always and it was a honor to take care of you these last few years. xoxox

Phyllis Morley

June 7, 2019

You looked so pretty and happy at Katie's wedding two years ago and so happy you were able to attend. Love seeing all the pictures of your smile and how happy you enjoyed your life. Love ya always,

Phyllis Morley

June 6, 2019

We miss you so much mom but we are so happy you do not have Dementia anymore. You taught me so much and you always had a kind word to say about everyone. I will miss cooking with you and glad I have your recipes for Meatballs and macaroni salad. I think of you always when I am shopping in Kohl's and eating lunch in Panera's like we did yesterday. Thank you for being the best Mom to me . Please watch over all of us and give Dad a big hug from his baby girl. Send us signs from Heaven each day as we think of both of you always. Love and hugs forever and always. Love you, Phyllis #2

Mary Ann Manders

June 6, 2019

My sister was one of a kind. So loving and generous. When I moved into my big house, she came with me and we went shopping for curtains for my many windows. She measured the windows which I had no clue how to do. She loved my long clothesline and taught me the best way to hang clothes. My brother in law painted my living room in celery green while Fannie and I went shopping for curtains. They were always so helpful and caring.
Will always carry you in my heart Sis.

Fran Martini

June 6, 2019

My Sister is my Godmother and Best Friend! She will live in my heart forever! I have so many great memories, too many to list here. She introduced me to my Husband, and I have a wonderful family because of her. Our favorite days were our Sissie lunches and shopping dates! She also was the one to tell us how wonderful Lake George was. We went away together for many summer vacations, and my Family continues the tradition every year! I love you Sis to the moon and back!💜🙏🏻