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Mrs. Geraldine F. Foy

Mrs. Geraldine F. Foy

Sparrowbush, NY and Englewood, NJ

Mrs. Geraldine F. Foy, a devoted mother of three, a Mets fan and lover of animals and nature, died Sunday, October 22, 2006 at the age of 79.

She was born January 18, 1927 in New York, NY the daughter of the late John Fitz Maurice and the late Edith Persen FitzGerald.

She grew up in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and attended Barnard and Kathryn Gibbs. After working at Bristol Myers in New York, She left for Paris, where she lived from 1950 to 1951. While there, she worked for the Supreme Headquarters for Allied Powers in Europe. Her memories of Paris were vivid and happy and brought her much joy, even later in her life.

In 1955, she joined the United Nations, in New York, where she worked in the Department of Public Information and later in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. In 1955, in the fifth-floor lounge of the UN, she met her future husband, John C. W. Foy, an Englishman also of the United Nations. They were married in 1957 and lived happily together until his death, in 1997.

During the 1950s and 1960s, she made many trans-Atlantic voyages on the great ocean liners: the Queen Mary, the Queen Elizabeth, the France, the Leonardo DiVinci and later the QE2. She traveled often with her family through Western Europe, spending time in England, Belgium, Italy, and Switzerland. Her travels meant a great deal to her.

In the 1960s she took on the most challenging job of all: a full-time mother of three. She was a devoted, caring mother who put the needs of her husband an children ahead of her own. After her children had gone off to college, she took a position as an accountant at Omega Dental Studios in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, where she worked from 1980 – 1994.

She is survived by her son, John F. Foy and his wife Majo of Manhattan, NY; her daughters Penelope B. Sciortino and her husband Angelo of West Islip, NY and Jennifer F. Schalhoub and her husband Paul of Little Ferry, NJ; her sister Patricia McWilliams and her husband John of Sparrowbush, NY. Her four grandchildren , Catherine and Christopher Foy and Sarah and Stephanie Sciortino.

Mrs. Foy, who loved her family and her home above all else, said toward the end of her life that the three most important things were to love and be loved, to be kind and compassionate, and to be honest. This was her great gift. Dear Mom, it is hard to say goodbye.

Visitation and funeral services will be private at the family home.

Cremation will be at Lake Region Crematory, Lake Ariel, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to any animal organization of Donorīs Choice.

Arrangements by GRAY-PARKER FUNERAL HOME, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771 845.856.5191 For additional information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit

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