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Conklin, Alma H (Laubert), 93, passed away Saturday, September 15, 2018. She was predeceased by her husband, George J., and her daughters Elizabeth C. Ferraro and Ellen C. Dwyer. Alma was proudly born and raised in Manhattan, the daughter of Oscar Laubert and Elizabeth (Stenschke), along with her siblings: Florence, Gladys, Elizabeth, and Oscar Jr. (Buddy). Following WWII, Alma married her Brooklyn-born discharged (never –ex) Marine boyfriend, with whom she moved to Westbury, Long Island. There, she raised her family and established many life-long friendships with neighbors, Marine Corp League members, and within the East Meadow School District where she worked as a business office clerk for 25 years.
Nothing was more important to Alma than her family, and she was a strong believer in public education and the arts. She was active in volunteering in her community when raising her children, and throughout her life. One daughter, Elizabeth, was a talented artist, the other, Ellen, had a lifelong passion for singing, and both became public school teachers. Alma supported her daughters as they passed along these passions to her four grandchildren. Alma enjoyed a large extended family as well, from whom she received happy updates through her daily phone chats with her beloved sister Betty well into their later years.
Alma moved to Providence in 2003, to be nearer to a daughter. While continuing voluminous correspondence with all her friends from her New York years and family far and wide, she immediately made many new friends among neighbors, within the Providence Public library groups where she had her book club discussions, and at the North Providence Senior Center. She was a strong-minded and independent woman who thrived in the thirty years that passed since the death of her beloved husband, though she missed him greatly and happily joins him now again.
Alma is survived by her four grandchildren, Jill (Ferraro) Smith and her husband Allen, Michael Ferraro and his wife Amber, Laurel Dwyer and her fiancé Garth Gergerich, and Leia Dwyer, two sons-in-law, Vincent Ferraro and Robert Dwyer, and a large extended family, all of whom she loved dearly. Alma’s funeral and burial are private, calling hours have respectfully been omitted. She will be interred with her husband at the Long Island National Cemetery, New York. Please share memories at boyleandsonfuneralhome.com . In Alma's memory, call a friend, encourage a child, maybe make a donation to a charity of your choice.