Maureen Elizabeth White

August 18, 1943 - May 30, 2021

Maureen Elizabeth McGivney White, 77, of Ridgewood NY, passed Sunday, May 30th, 2021 in her Florida Home where she resided with her daughter Veronica and family. 

Maureen was born to Thomas & Anne McGivney, August 18th, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY.  She was raised as one of 10 children in a small Brooklyn apartment.  She graduated from Catholic High School as Valedictorian in  1961.  

She leaves as her legacy four children and three Grandchildren. Daughter, Renee White,  Son,  Robert Howe with his wife, Jennifer Roth and Grandson, Robert Howe Jr., Daughter, Veronica Contino with her  husband, Joseph Contino and granddaughters, Samantha Contino, Caitlin Contino Chandler and husband, Jacob Chandler, as well as her youngest son, James Howe.  Maureen has countless nieces and nephews and was so proud to have always been the “Favorite” aunt.

Maureen was a talented, artistic, stylish, sassy funny woman.  She cared tremendously for all around her.  Crippling Rheumatoid Arthritis, and many other disfiguring ailments never stopped her from her arts and crafts, crocheting and painting up to the day of her passing.   She was a huge animal lover, saving and raising countless abandoned felines in NYC throughout her life.  She loved horror movies and kids cartoons. She was witty and sarcastic with a quick snap of her tongue however always made all those around her feel welcome.  She had very deep ties to her Catholic faith.  She was kind, and forgiving even in the hardest of circumstances.  

Big Mama Puma, We all will love and cherish you until we are together again.  

The family has decided to have a private cremation service.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. AnnMarie Reyes-Spoto Jun 3, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    I know when you went to Heaven, everyone was so happy to greet you. I am sure you are making my mom and Nuna laugh with your funny, sarcastic way.

    I heard this poem and thought it was so beautiful:

    “Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sun on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there; I did not die.”

    I hope you are free of pain and happy to be with loved ones who went before you.
    Watch over us and guide us.
    Rest in peace Aunt Maureen.

  2. Alicia DuChemin Jun 4, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Nana I’m so glad I got to see you last year at the wedding. I will forever miss and love you. Thank you for a lifetime of memories. Be at peace until we meet again ❤

  3. Rebecca Washington Jun 9, 2021 at 8:48 am

    I feel extremely blessed that our paths crossed during this lifetime.. it is not often or ever you meet somebody who shines as bright as you did.

    I have been lucky enough to meet three of your wonderful children and three of your fabulous grandchildren. They all are your legacy. You did a great job mom.
    You made me feel a part of your wonderful family., and for that I will be eternally grateful.
    Your fun loving spirit made me smile and I will always be thankful for our memories we shared.
    Fly high mom..
    Love you always Becky

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