OBITUARY

Armelle M Heriveaux

December 31, 1948January 30, 2019
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Armelle M Heriveaux was born on December 31, 1948 and passed away on January 30, 2019 in Suffern, New York.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, February 8, 2019
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Biography

The dearly beloved Armelle Marie Heriveaux (70) was born on 12-31-1948, in Cap Haitien, Haiti. The first child of Lucita Edouard & Muller Heriveaux from the latter’s second marriage. She was known to peers as “Meme” "Memelle" but lovingly as “Bebebe” or “Bebe” to the children in her care.

In youth, she was described as reserved, but zealous. Armelle was a girl scout.  Her passion
quickly propelled her up the ranks in the scout world. She was an enthusiast of soccer, volleyball and most notably tennis. Her shy nature led her to choose fandom over participating in athletics.  Those closest to her knew just how jovial and adventurous she could be.

As an adolescent she attended, College Regina Assumpta, the first all-girls High School in Haiti's northern region. After finishing her degree in 1966, she moved to Port-au-Prince where she lived among her cousins, The Salnaves. In the Capital, Armelle attended the State University of Haiti and achieved her degree in medical technology with an expertise in Pathology. She held positions at esteemed institutions such as the General Hospital of Port-au-Prince and the Red Cross.  In 1983, after many years working as a laboratory technician, Armelle emigrated to the United States to join her sister Alberte and her family.  She continued a career in healthcare as a dedicated patient care advocate for the Armenian Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Emerson, NJ for 25 years. Due to her nurturing character she earned recognition in the forms of Employee of the Year Awards and expressions of gratitude from patients and their families.

Meme let her spirit shine in adulthood. She loved to travel. Armelle visited Europe, the Caribbean and had ambitions to see the world. Known for her flair of style and jewelry, a social butterfly whose joy was always accompanied with grace and humility. She liked cutting up on the dancefloor and attending events. Other hobbies included walking, crosswords puzzles, ordering from catalogues and shopping at Macys. Her nightly routine of programming was BBC or ABC Worlds news, Jeopardy/Wheel of Fortune combo toggled between celebrity entertainment shows. Provided a sporting event or award show was not on the schedule.  In the States, her fondness for tennis came to face close competition with her adoration of basketball. Armelle remained a fervent Catholic throughout most of her life with a great devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Anthony. Upon moving to NY she became parishioner of St. Joseph Church in Spring Valley.

Although having no biological children of her own, Armelle was a cherished maternal figure. While her sister worked in America she entrusted Armelle to be guardian of her kids Kymarra, Ricky, Sarah and stepdaughter Mirlene in Haiti. Her home became a kids play zone especially when her other nieces Gerardine, Ghessica, Georgia and Jenny came to visit. After moving to the US, she continued to co-parent Alberte’s kids in addition to the last daughter Melissa born a year later.  Over time she doted on her grand nieces and nephews just as a fondly. Tatie Armelle was a staple not only to her siblings, but to cousins, in-laws and friends.  Evidenced by the fact she was asked to be God Mother to six children.

A fighter all her life, Bebe possessed unyielding strength, having beaten bouts with breast cancer and varied illness.  Armelle passed on January 30, 2019 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY. Her absence leaves a large hole in the hearts of her family and friends which can only be filled by vivid memories of her spirit and affection. After living a life of complete service to others, we pray that she eternally Rests in Peace.

Armelle is preceded in death by 12 siblings. She is survived by her sisters: Philomena, Suza, Rosemarie, Alberte, Sylvia, Nadia and Nadine. Her brothers: Pierre, Ives, Gerard, Jocelyn and Hector. As well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and god children.
Condolences to the Edouard and Heriveaux families.