Edna Baldassare

November 21, 1921November 16, 2012

Edna Keenan Baldassare passed away on Friday, November 16, 2012 at the age of 90. She lived her whole life in Tomkins Cove and was a great resource to historians in the county. Edna was a great inspiration to her family and always had a kind word for those who came to know her. She was appointed Postmaster to the Tomkins Cove Post Office by President John F. Kennedy in 1964 and served until her retirement in 1986. Edna also served on the Board of Directors of the Tomkins Cove Library for many years. She was a member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution).

She leaves behind her family and many friends - - particularly her “work-out” group at the Wellness Center at Helen Hayes Hospital where she participated until December 2011. She was predeceased by her husband Jack Baldassare, her daughter Jean Baldassare and her brothers George and John Keenan.

Edna is survived by her children: Ann Baldassare of Albany NY, Rita Galbraith (Peter) of Tyler TX, and Michael Keenan (Joyce) of Manassas VA. Her five grandchildren: Peter, Hunter, Lori Brian and Andre, as well as two great grandchildren Trey and Carrington. She is also survived by her beloved sisters-in-law Rita Lubonty and Mary Keenan.

The family would like to formally thank Edna’s “adopted” daughter Sharon Eldridge, June Krause and United Hospice of Rockland who made it possible for Edna to remain in the home she loved and lived in for more than 80 years. Edna spent her final days at the John Raso Hospice Facility.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on family at Michael J. Higgins Funeral Home, Stony Point, NY on Tuesday November 27, 2012 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm.

Funeral services will be at Immaculate Conception Church, Tomkins Cove, NY on Wednesday November 28, 2012 at 11:00 am.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the United Hospice of Rockland, 11Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956.


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 27, 2012
  • Visitation Tuesday, November 27, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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Linda Walsh Odeen

November 27, 2012

Dear Ann,
Craig and I were both so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. From your mentioning her - and her obit- she sounds like a wonderful person and Mother.
Ann, you certainly have had more of your share of difficult times during the last few years. And, in your true style, you addressed it and dealt with it in your great manor.
Was hoping to be with you today - but,cirumstances prevailed - and obviously we were not able to make it. Will try for tomorrow.
Ann, you were very lucky as I was, to have your Mother for such a long time. You have years of memories to keep her close to you - not just in the coming weeks/months - but, in the years to come. Those are your memories - no one can take them from you. They will be there whenever you need them. And, they will give you some peace and solace in the time to come.
Ann, you are blessed with many friends who care and love you. Reach out to them - this is when these friends will be there for you. To do whatever you want - listen to you, cry with you, help with whatever you need. Please don't hesitate to call any of us.
You and your family have been in our thoughts and our prayers - and, will continue to be. Take care, my dear friend.
Linda O.

November 26, 2012

Ann, Rita and family, I'm so sorry about the loss of your Mother. Sincerely, Shelley

Joseph Guy

November 26, 2012

With our deepest sympathy.

Patricia and Joe Guy

November 26, 2012

I fondly remember going to the Tomkins Cove post office and all the help Edna gave when my mother had to have the latest picture stamp! Edna is partially responsible for my career of 31 yrs with NY State. She suggested that I try for a job with them and here I am. Joyce and Mike I'm sorry a good life has come to an end. Joyce if you have a chance E-Mail me @ lenore.belak@ag.state.ny and let me know how things are. I guess more and more of the "old timers" are gone and I'm sorry to see it happen. Please take care and express how sorry I am to the rest of the family. Please take care all.
Lenore T Belak

Joan Johnson

November 25, 2012

Ann-Sorry to learn of your loss.