Teresa Panda, great cook, devoted to her family

E.CHATHAM–Teresa M. Panda of East Chatham, died December 1 at her home. She was born May 3, 1922 in Brooklyn, the daughter of the late Joseph and Henrietta O’Brien Fallon.

Mrs. Panda grew up and was educated in Queens. After school she worked in N.Y.C. as an operator for the NY Telephone Company. She later raised her family in Floral Park, Nassau County, before locating to East Chatham over 30 years ago.

She was very active at St. Mary’s Parish in Nassau,  a member of the Secular Order of St. Francis for over 45 years, the Altar Rosary Society and the Catholic Daughters. She enjoyed sewing and was a great cook. The most important part of her life was her family and her children will always be thankful for the loving and happy home she provided along with her great sense of humor and constant smile.

She is survived by four daughters, Teresa Fitzgerald of Pittsfield, Mass., Joann Schnurr of East Chatham, Ellen Klemballa of Huntington Station, Suffolk County, and Barbara Tucker of Lima, Ohio; two sons, James Schnurr of Rhinebeck and John Schnurr of Rocky Point, Suffolk County; her sister, Harriet Kane of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.; her 16 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren

Her husband, John T.; her two brothers, Joseph Fallon and Edward Doyle and her sister Teresa DiRocco died previously

Family will receive friends Friday, December 4, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl funeral home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s church in Nassau Saturday at 11a.m. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Nassau.

Those who wish may make memorials in Mrs. Panda’s name to St. Mary’s Parish. For directions or to send an online condolence, visit www.frenchblasl.com.

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