Merle Villanueva Reyes

January 2, 1947March 2, 2018
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Merle Villanueva Reyes, age 71, of Nanuet, New York passed away on Friday March 2, 2018. Merle was born January 2, 1947 in Tabaco Albay, PHILIPPINES

Merle Villanueva Reyes, 71 of Nanuet, New York passed away on March 2, 2018. Born in Tabaco Albay Bicol, Philippines. The daughter of Herminia and Delfin Ante Villanueva of Cubao Quezon City. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce Accounting at the Far Eastern University in Manila Philippines. When she lived in the Philippines, she owned a clothing boutique business.

She worked at Trustco Bank in New City, New York for 11 years. A beloved wife of Eddie Reyes, devoted mother of Melissa, Kathleen and Raizza. A very loving sister to Sonia and Angela Villanueva, and Maribel Uichanco. A loving grandmother of Elisse Aislene and Gavin and Aunt to Malen, Mika, Erika, Dave, Aubrey, Andrew and Anthony. She is also survived by her sister in law Fe T Reyes Arcangel as well as a large family, friends and loved ones.

A mass of christian burial for Merle will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 10:00 AM at St. Anthony's Church Shrine, Nanuet, NY. A visitation will occur Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Wanamaker & Carlough Funeral Home, 177 Route 59, Suffern, NY 10901. A visitation will occur Friday, March 9, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. A visitation will occur Friday, March 9, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. A burial will occur Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM at St. Anthony's Cemetery, 36 West Nyack Road, Nanuet, New York 10954.

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  • Visitation Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, March 10, 2018

Merle Villanueva Reyes

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Cheryliane Gomes

March 10, 2018

Dear Melissa,

I wish to convey our sympathy and condolences on behalf of all your colleagues at Precious Blood Catholic Elementary School. We pray for you and your family to have the strength and courage to cope with this irreplaceable loss during this difficult time; knowing that your mother is resting in peace - safe in the arms of Jesus.

Cherish the beautiful memories that you have of your amazing mother and keep the faith, love, traditions and values that she shared with you.

With kind regards and prayers,
Cheryliane Gomes

Janet Elias

March 10, 2018

Melissa you are a giving and kind friend. Your mom has to take some credit. I didn’t’t know her but her spirit lives in you

Lois Wade

March 7, 2018

Dear Kathleen & family,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family on the passing of your Mother.
Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

Lois & Kevin Wade

Kathleen Reyes

March 7, 2018

My mother was a very patient and kind hearted woman.
She loves to laugh, travel and spend time with her family .

You will always be in our hearts and in our memories forever .You have always been a very good mother to us to Ate Melissa, Raizza and me. A very loving compassionate, hard working woman who always puts everyone first before herself.

Our Lord father will guide you to the stairway of heaven.

To our Beloved Mother :

Though we need to weep your loss,You dwell in that safe place in our hearts, Where no storm or night or pain can reach you.Your love was like the dawn Brightening over our lives .The sound of your voice
Found for us A new music
That brightened everything.

Whatever you enfolded in your gaze Quickened in the joy of its being; You placed smiles like flowers On the altar of the heart.
Your mind always sparkled
With wonder at things.

Though your days here were brief, Your spirit was live, awake, complete.

We look towards each other no longer From the old distance of our names; Now you dwell inside the rhythm of breath, As close to us as we are to ourselves.

Though we cannot see you with outward eyes, We know our soul's gaze is upon your face,
Smiling back at us from within everything To which we bring our best refinement.

Let us not look for you only in memory, Where we would grow lonely without you. You would want us to find you in presence,
Beside us when beauty brightens, When kindness glows
And music echoes eternal tones.

When orchids brighten the earth,
Darkest winter has turned to spring; May this dark grief flower with hope .In every heart that loves you. May you continue to inspire us: To enter each day with a generous heart.

To serve the call of courage and love Until we see your beautiful face again .In that land where there is no more separation,
Where all tears will be wiped from our mind, And where we will never lose you again.


MIchael Coffey

March 7, 2018

My condolences to Merle's family. I worked with Merle at trustco bank for 6 years as her branch manager. Such a wonderful woman. Always happy. Always brought my family maple syrup when she returned from her canada trips. Earth lost a beautiful soul and heaven has received its newest angel. You will be forever missed.

The Coffey Family