During these very trying times we at Donohue Cecere Funeral Home want to assure you that we have taken every precaution to provide a safe environment for you and your loved ones. Our location is cleaned and sanitized daily and we continue to follow best practices for social distancing and safety.
In accordance with Executive Order 202.17 (which requires any individual over age two, and able to medically tolerate a face-covering, be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place) we are required to follow this mandate or risk being shut down; therefore, all individuals entering our funeral home will be asked to wear a face mask or cloth face covering.
As of the latest update we are able to offer limited visitation periods in the funeral home for family and friends up to 40 people per session. Please be mindful when visiting during these sessions to limit the amount of time spent at the funeral home. This will give the opportunity for other family and friends to visit.
Mabelle Dong was a simple women who shared much personal value, family tradition, wisdom and her Christian beliefs to those around her. She grew up on a farm in the outskirts of Boston with her parents, brother & sister in the early 1900’s and still maintained her own vegetable and flower garden throughout the decades. Her marriage to Howard relocated her to Queens, NY then Long Island as her family continued to expand to eight children to later growth of 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
Her seamstress talent started after high school which later provided her income while tending the housewife and mother life. The new career started at age 58 after she passed the civil service test to be a town clerk till retiring at age 68.
Throughout these years, this timid and shy person has grown to a respected person among her social circle of family and friends in the American Chinese, Senior, local neighborhood and Christian communities. Everyone remembers Mabelle with good character and kindness that she carried well.
As she aged, she gained more and more knowledge of anything and everything. She observed and absorbed a lot of what one can do in a lifetime. She was a true scholar and in her senior years, enjoyed taking Chinese Language, swimming and piano classes and was a faithful parishioner with Bethany Christian Church.
Her health declined but was always able to take a new path back to functionality – her two steps back gave her a leap forward. Her real struggle in life was experiencing the loss of her five children but the good inspirations around kept her to move forward. In the recent years, she woke up daily with dignity and knowing that there was good care around her. She is in heaven and at peace now. God Bless her.
3:30pm “Celebration of Life” Pastor Sun from Bethany Christian Church.
In Lieu of flowers, please send a donation in “Memory of Mabelle Dong” to the below:
Bethany Christian Church| Attn: Pastor Sun, 132-18 Avery Ave, C2, Flushing, NY 11355
St Joseph Health Foundation | PO Box 2900, Newark, NJ 07101-9888, www.GiveToStJosephs.org
Chinese Center of Long Island (CCLI) | 395 Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead, NY 11552
Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) | (c/o GLADYS YAN) PO BOX 2052 GARDEN CITY, NY 11531
Memorial Program for Mabelle Dong
3:30pm March 7th, 2021 (Sunday)
Chairperson: Rev. James Sun
Pianist: Pr Yu
The Change of Life
Family & Friends
Expression of Thanks致 謝
Scripture Reading: John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but by Me.
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.
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