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HONORING THE LIFE OF HAROLD E. CORONEL
Harold Coronel, age 94, of Rosedale, New York passed away peacefully on January 15, 2024, at Hillside Manor Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center in Queens, New York. He was born in Paramaribo, Suriname, on May 7, 1929, to Henry Arnold Coronel and Louisa Toegijem. Harold was one of twelve siblings. He married the love of his life, Gonda H. Manstra and the union produced two children, Lucy and Eddie and an adopted son, David. He also shared a stepson, Wilfred Jon-Ming with his wife. Harold and Gonda immigrated to the US in 1962 where they settled at Colfax Street located in Queens, New York. Harold retired as an Accounting Clerk 36 years ago.
Harold always displayed an aptitude for solving problems. He was a very versatile and skillful man, who quickly demonstrated his wide repertoire of skills. He not only worked as an Accounting Clerk during the day, but in acquiring the shell of a house, which was referred to as a ‘handyman special,’ he also worked indefatigably in the evenings and on weekends in renovating and converting it into a secure and warm home for his family. It was an achievement, which was a true testimony to the family man and provider that he was.
Harold was a devoted grandfather, who with his wife, Gonda provided comprehensive day care for his granddaughter, Alyse. She remembers him very fondly not only as a loving and caring grandfather, who picked her up daily from school during his retirement years but also as a veritable resource, who assisted her in solving her math problems, which she struggled with. His help and devotion to her during her formative years has contributed immensely to her success as a Registered Nurse.
His daughter, Lucy, remembers him as a firm, unselfish and generous man who did not harness his talents only to serve his family but also to help others. For example, there are family members and friends who benefited immensely from the house repairs he assisted them with. He mentored his son, Eddie, his nephew, Kenneth and others and shared his skills and knowledge of carpentry and plumbing with them. These beneficiaries of this talented man have all expressed their thankfulness and gratitude to him. His firmness was demonstrated by his unswerving insistence that Lucy be the best mother to her daughter, Alyse.
Harold was a sports enthusiast, an astute observer of the American political scene and a quiet, meek, observant and unassuming man. He was a man of few words, but his utterances were usually insightful and relevant. He had an excellent memory that frequently served as a trove of information for the younger family members who sometimes experienced difficulty in remembering events and names.
Harold was convivial, zestful and exuberant, who loved music, singing and dancing. His sister, Irma remembers him as a gentle person who always looked for the good in others and who had the uncanny ability to make the star in each of us shine brighter. His enthusiasm for life manifested itself in his fun-loving side, which was on display as recently as last summer when he attended all the summer parties, which his daughter hosted at her home. During these events he initiated many dance moves with the ladies and participated in many of the festive celebrations.
His legacy is not just the material comforts, which he provided for his children, but the values of hard work and of generosity, which he inculcated in them and which he demonstrated throughout his productive life.
Harold and his wife opened up their home to their many friends and family with good food, drinks and wonderful entertainment. Harold will be sorely missed for the legacy he has left behind and for the impactful life he led.
Harold is predeceased by his wife of 65 years; Gonda Coronel who died on September 27, 1999, and is survived by his daughter, Lucy Coronel, sons Eddy Coronel and David Coronel, granddaughter, Alyse Tackore, great-granddaughter, Samira Wallace and daughter-in-law, Diane Jon-Ming and family. He is also survived by his sisters, Juliette Cobian, Irma Beurskens, Lucy Finn, Dorothy Klint, Jeanette Coronel, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family friends and others, whose lives Harold touched are invited to the viewing at Edward F. Lieber Funeral Homes, Inc., 266 N. Central Avenue, Valley Stream, NY 11580, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on January 26, 2024, to reminisce, grieve and support each other. The viewing will be followed by Mass 11:00am Live Stream https://venue.streamspot.com/event/NDQyNDM3OA== Password Coronel at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament located at 201 N. Central Avenue, Valley Stream, NY 11580 and by interment at Pinelawn Memorial Park, located at 2030 Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, New York 11735. After the burial, everyone is invited to the repast at Celeb & Stars Hall, 175 E. Merrick Road, Valley Stream, New York, 11580, at 2:30 pm where we will continue to celebrate the life of Harold E. Coronel.