March 14, 1938 - November 06, 2013
Obituary For Maureen Happer
Maureen Happer passed away on November 6, 2013 after a relatively brief illness with cancer. She was born in the Village of Cedarhurst, New York, one of 8 children to Anna and George Bogas. She married Basil B Happer Jr on July 13, 1956 who passed on September 28, 2011. Soon after their marriage their first son was born, Scott Alan who was soon followed by son Brad Philip, daughter Merrill Linn and then son Adam Mitchell. They soon moved to Holbrook, NY onto a small street called Raft Avenue. It didn’t take long for Maureen and the Happer’s to attract friends on this block. Soon thereafter the memories started to pile up for all of us who grew up there. You all know who you are. Maureen was a very giving person. No one can dispute her generosity especially while she was employed at Billy Blakes, where just about everyone on Raft Ave benefited from her employment there. LOL. She soon thereafter started her career as a Beautician in Setauket, NY and in her home where she once again formed many friendships over the years. More commonly known as “Mert”, or “Mo” to her friends, Maureen was a kind and loving person to anyone who came into her life. In 2000 Maureen and Basil relocated to the warmer climate of Raleigh, North Carolina following Merrill and her family who made that move in 1992. Soon thereafter Adam and his family followed in 2004. Scott and his family had previously relocated to Omaha, Nebraska and Brad remained with his family in Bohemia, Long Island. Although Maureen and Basil lived in Raleigh, NC it is on Raft Ave in Holbrook where their lives were defined and their souls will remain. A piece of Raft Avenue died when these two beautiful people passed on. Maureen and Basil are survived by their 4 children and 13 grandchildren: Scott and daughter in-law Lori who reside in Omaha, Nebraska; Grandchildren Connor and Amanda. Brad and daughter in-law Kathleen who reside in Bohemia, NY; Grandchildren Kathleen, Brad Jr, Steven, Michael and Meghan. Merrill and son in-law Thomas Smith who reside in Wake Forest, NC; Grandchildren Tyler, Travis and Kyle. Adam and daughter in-law Kelly who reside in Raleigh, NC; Grandchildren Ryan, Alex and Addison.
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