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R. Stutzmann & Son

224 - 39 Jamaica Ave, Queens Village, NY

OBITUARY

Barbara C. Gelia

December 4, 1936September 2, 2019
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In loving memory: Barbara Cruz Gelia, aged 82, passed away on September 02, 2019 with her devoted husband of 60 years, Antonio D. Gelia, by her side. She was born on December 04, 1936 in the Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. in 1970 with her four children, sons, Enrico and Noel and daughters, Victoria and Antonia, following her husband to live in New York City. They raised their children in Inwood, Manhattan, the South Bronx then settled in Queens Village, NY for the past 39 years. Her grown children have stayed in the area and sat vigil with her during her last days.

A talented hairstylist, Barbara was a salon owner in the Philippines before moving to the Big Apple. In New York, she developed an A-list clientele working her way up to Manhattan’s top salons of the era. She was known to be hard-working, generous and tough. Extremely loyal to her family, married to the love of her life and her only dance partner, she strived for a better life for them insuring their success.

Barbara also leaves behind her son-in-law, Thomas Feuerstake, daughter-in-laws, Joanna Wolinska-Gelia, Marijo Palaypay-Gelia and Lisa Petti-Gelia. She also leaves behind three grandchildren, Daniel Feuerstake, Kalina Gelia and Dylan Gelia. She has one surviving brother who resides in the Philippines and many relatives in different parts of the world who share in her loss.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, September 5, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, September 7, 2019

Memories

Barbara C. Gelia

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Jasmine Cruz-Par

September 5, 2019

We share in this time of grief but also share in the love and memories of Nana Barbs (Barbara Cruz-Gelia). You will always be within our hearts and the many others that love you. Our father (your only brother Rufino Cruz) will surely surely miss you! Saying goodbye to someone we love is heartbreaking. Words cannot express our sadness. Someone as special as Nana will never be forgotten. She will remain in our hearts forever.

To the family of Nana Barbs we pray that in the midst of your sorrow may you find comfort in all the joyful memories she left behind.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. ❤❤❤

"Those we have held in our arms for a little while, we hold in our Hearts forever."

Nana you will forever be in our hearts!💞

From: CRUZ FAMILY in PHILIPPINES

Yolanda Lim

September 4, 2019

So many great memories to pick from, it is not possible to choose one...mutual visits, parties and dances, vacations and trips, all of them now history but are imbedded in mind and heart forever. We love you and will miss you terribly, until we all meet again! Rest in peace my dearest cousin....

Cindy Ayling

September 3, 2019

We have grown to love the Gelia’s like family. I will miss Barbara very much. She was such a great example of a strong and loving woman, mom and friend. We are all blessed to have known her!

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