Beryl Eugene Kryenhoff Seaforth passed away on September 5, 2017, at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York.
In the words of a dear friend:
“Beryl involved herself in Roosevelt Island. She was active in the Roosevelt Island Senior Association and cared for her fellow seniors. For several years, she was a regular among the Main Street WIRE’s stuffers, joining others in preparing the Island newspaper for distribution.”
Where did this all begin?
Ninety-seven years ago, Beryl was born to Gertrude Kryenhoff in what was then Georgetown Public Hospital in British Guiana. Reared in Queenstown by Margaret and Herbert Ford (a vat maker), she attended a Moravian school and finally became a nurse at the Palms (Alms House) in Brickdam Georgetown. She converted to the Catholic faith and worked as a member of the Ladies of Charity at St. Teresa’s.
She was the mother of Penelope Mary Carol Brummell, sister of Hyacenth Eliazer Cunningham and Frank Kryenhoff. She was aunt to Annabelle Clarke, Sheila Henry, Michael Cunningham, Myrtle Boyce, and Mark Kryenhoff. She was great aunt to Tunde, Obena, Joel, and Jewel Clarke, as well as Selina and Tiao Henry.
Her father was Benjamin Reid, making her the sister of Joseph, George, and Clarice; and step-sister to Henry Mansell (a baker in Queenstown). Aunt of Clarice Rollieson; Edith Holiday; Joseph Randolph Oti; Leni and Smick of Atlanta, Georgia; Robert and Henry Kahn; Great aunt of Zandra Strother, Ronnie Rollieson, Ethel, and others.
In 1959, she married Ernest George Seaforth and she settled down to being a housewife, during which time she reared two other girls, Myrtle and Grace Ann.
Beryl was a caring, loving nurse, and was in constant demand from people who did not want to lose her. Her lively, vibrant disposition endeared her to all who met her and knew her.
She visited the USA, graduated as a beautician, whereupon she opened her salon in Guyana.
After her husband died, she emigrated to the USA where she put her nursing skills to work once more.
Her strong will and fiercely independent nature – ever bettering herself and others – are reflected in her care of the elderly and the sick in their need, earning the reward promised in the words of Jesus Christ.
“Come you who are blessed of my Father, when I was ill, you visited me.”
Mummy: Rest in peace.
Viewing was held on September 12 at Thomas M. Quinn & Sons, Astoria. Requiem Mass was held at St. Cabrini Chapel, Roosevelt Island, at 11:00 a.m. on September 13 and remains cremated at All Souls Crematorium, at 12:30 p.m. All retired to the Roosevelt Island Senior Center for a small repast.
In keeping with her wishes, Beryl’s ashes will be taken to Guyana and finally laid to rest on her mother’s grave in Buxton Village, East Coast Demerara.