Wanamaker & Carlough Funeral Home

177 Route 59, Suffern, NY


Florence Cecilia Bourdeau

April 16, 1930January 22, 2020
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Florence Cecilia Bourdeau passed away on January 22, 2020, in Pahrump, Nevada. She was born in Yonkers, New York, to Alfred and Hedwig Banko. Predeceased in death, by her husband John and her long-time partner and travel companion Dave Kelso. Florence was a toll collector for the New York State Thruway Authority at the Spring Valley Barrier. She retired to a life of gambling, buffets and Vegas shows in Pahrump, NV. Sometimes she took a break from Pahrump to travel the world. From China to river cruises in Europe, including trips to eastern Europe and a New Year’s cruise across the International Date Line. She is survived by family that loved her dearly. She had seven children, John (Mary Ellen) Bourdeau of New Jersey, Suzanne Tuttle of Nevada, Cindy (Jim) Munkelt of Maine and Texas, Gail (Ray) Rivera of Pennsylvania, Jeannette (Mark) Szupillo of New York, Robert (Barbara) Bourdeau of New York, and Michael (Rosann) Bourdeau of Connecticut. She was also the proud grandmother of seventeen grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Visitation January 31st 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm WANAMAKER & CARLOUGH FUNERAL HOME 177 Route 59 Suffern, New York 10901 Graveside Service 11:00 am BRICK CHURCH CEMETERY 220 Brick Church Road Spring Valley, New York 1097

Flowers are appreciated and donations may be made to the Florence Bourdeau Memorial fundraiser for St Jude Children's Research Hospital https://www.facebook.com/donate/598189167628007/ or your local animal shelter.


  • Visitation Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Graveside Service Saturday, February 1, 2020


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Bryan Bourdeau

January 27, 2020

Some of my earliest memories in my life are of visiting Grandma's house in new york. I remember her christmas tree that turned into a decoration all year, candy bowls that were always full in the living room, and playing in her backyard by the creek. After she moved to Nevada it became really special to see her when we were actually able to. I remember my one big trip out there spending time with her by the pool and going to a date farm over in California. Nevada seemed like such a foreign place at the time and I remember thinking how amazing she was for being able to create a new life in a place so different from where she was before. Though it was hard to see her very much after her move it was always great to hear from her when we were able to talk. I know she's in a better place now, but I miss her still.

Love you Grandma,

Dawn Morse

January 25, 2020

When you're in a spiritual combat, find a bible verse that heaven gives you, believe it and receive it and proclaim it.

Cindy Munkelt

January 25, 2020


You brought us all wonderful memories.

Your timing of giving us new brothers.

You had Robert and Dad came home told us all we had a new brother (it was Gail’s birthday) and she said take him back. You and Dad brought him home and she was not happy but the rest of us were.

You had Micheal the same day and time JFK died and an hour later the dog had puppies.

I remember how I started dating Jim and you told me I was too young to go out with one boy, because it wouldn’t last. Almost 54 years later he is still the one and how we would laugh when you called to wish us a Happy Anniversary that he was still my one and only.

Memories of sharing time at family gatherings, your trips to Maine, St Croix and now Texas where we winter. My goodness you loved the beads that you caught at Mardi Gras parades.

One of the best was when all my brothers and sisters flew in to surprise you for your 80th. You opened the door and your joy seeing all your kids together to share your birthday in Neveda will forever be etched in my memories.

How you loved our fur baby Trixie and you came back home and had to get yourself a little dog and you called her Pixie.

Just the way we always ended our portal calls (throwing kisses).

Kisses, kisses, kisses
Love You
And both us trying to get Portal to hang up.

Til we are together again
I love you Mom

Cindy, Jim and Trixie

Barbara Bourdeau

January 25, 2020

Although you are no longer with us you will be forever in our hearts. Your life, and love touched so many people and created such a wonderful family, I feel blessed to be a part of. From the early days as a high school girl dating your son until the present day you have always made me feel welcomed and a part of this family. You never forgot a birthday or anniversary, always letting us know even though we were far apart we were in your thoughts. I hope we all made you feel just as loved.

Your life was a blessing
your memory a treasure…
You are loved beyond words
and missed beyond

Robert Bourdeau

January 24, 2020

It’s hard to think of only one memory of my mother to write about. With so many memories after the 60 years I have been around.

My fondest memories are going to Rockaway beach, Queens on family vacations when I was very young. My mom would hold me tight and carry me out (I would be screaming in fear) into the terrifying waves. Of course, once I was out there, I loved it. I have been intrigued by the ocean ever since. We always stayed at the same hotel that was run by the mysterious Gypsy lady that owned the place. The downstairs was a restaurant bar where we would go for meals and have oyster crackers in our soup.

A few years ago, I was able to treat my Mom and my sister Sue to a cruise leaving from Long Beach, Ca. My wife Barbara, my younger son Brenden, and a friend of his were able to join us as well. We went to Catalina island on our 1st stop and chose a food tour as our excursion. We had a lot of fun going to different restaurants and trying food and drinks. We had time to explore the shops and beautiful scenery. From there we stopped at a couple of ports in Mexico. We had a great time and it made a wonderful memory for all of us.

I will miss my Mom. She did so much for me when I was young, and I like to think I was able to return some of the favor as she aged in life.