Official Obituary of

Iliona Maisonnet Larose

February 8, 1936 ~ March 14, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Iliona Maisonnet Larose Obituary

Dear friends and family,

We write this note to celebrate the life of our beloved Iliona Maisonnet, later known as Iliona Larose, and share with you her remarkable journey.

It was on February 8, 1936, in Potenau, a town in the commune of Grande Saline, Mrs. Charité Édouard Jean-Philippe and Mr. Maison Jean-Philippe welcomed Iliona Maisonnet into this world. Iliona was the firstborn of eight children. During her childhood, Iliona’s strong personality was evident. She not only helped her siblings at home but also assisted her parents, lightening their workload.

Tragically, Iliona lost her father when she was still young, leaving her family to shoulder immense responsibilities. Despite the daunting task of caring for eight children alone, the family’s spirit never wavered. Iliona, in particular, played a pivotal role in her family’s recovery, demonstrating remarkable strength and determination.

Courageous, generous, hardworking, compassionate, resilient—Iliona embodied these virtues. Despite the weight of her tasks, she remained undaunted, drawing on her faith to uplift and sustain her family. Her unwavering support made her the cherished pillar of her family, for which everyone was deeply thankful.

Iliona was always there for those in need, ensuring no one ever went hungry. It was well-known that if you were to start your day on an empty stomach, a visit to Iliona would guarantee a warm meal, as she never failed to provide for anyone who sought her help.

I wish for each of you to experience the true love that Iliona found in 1954 with her husband, Epiphane Larose. Together for over 70 years, their partnership was a testament to enduring affection, only parting with Iliona’s passing. She lived a life abundant in love, blessing them with a large and beautiful family. They were the proud parents of five children: Charitée, Océanie, Gesse, Cassagnol, and Jean Ricot; grandparents to twelve; and great-grandparents to four.

In 1999, Iliona and her husband, Epiphane Larose, immigrated to the United States. Despite the riches of this country, she never forgot her native Haiti. Every year, she and Epiphane returned to spend a few months in their homeland. As is often the case, aging brought its share of challenges, and health issues prevented their annual visits in recent years. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic posed an additional barrier, ultimately preventing them from returning to Haiti during her final days.

Iliona always felt rich, not in monetary terms, but in the wealth of love and values she shared with her family. She cherished the life God granted her, surrounded by her children, watching them grow into independent individuals with strong values and solid education. Her contentment was not shaken even as her strength waned, for her needs were met, and her heart was full. Everywhere she went, her kindness and courage were celebrated. Indeed, she often said, ‘My wealth is you, my children,’ highlighting that the truest riches are those that money cannot buy.

Thank you for being in our lives. Your departure will leave a void in our hearts, but our memories of you will remain forever.

Rest in Peace, Iliona.

May light perpetual shine upon you.


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March 21, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Holy Spirit and Our Lady Help-Christians Church
17 N. Clinton St
East Orange, NJ 07017

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Funeral Mass
March 21, 2024

10:00 AM
Holy Spirit and Our Lady Help-Christians Church
17 N. Clinton St
East Orange, NJ 07017

March 21, 2024

12:30 PM
Galloping Hill Caterers
1085 Galloping Hill Rd.
Union, NJ 07083

Interment following funeral service
March 21, 2024

Hollywood Cemetery
1621 Stuyvesant Avenue
Union, NJ 07083


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