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A Celebration of Joy for the Life of Selma Yvette Heraldo

December 12th, 2011

John B. Houston directed the final event for Selma Yvette Heraldo, a longtime friend and neighbor of Louis “Satchmo” and Lucille Armstrong on Friday, December 9, 2011, 7pm at the Corona Congregational Church located in Flushing, NY. The service officiated by the Revered Eugene R. Palmore including pre-recorded selections from Louis Armstrong. The service was well attended, including board members from the Louis Armstrong House Museum-Board of Trustees, local politicians, friends and family. In 1943, the great musician Louis Armstrong and his wife Lucille (a Cotton Club dancer) moved into the house next door (thanks to a tip from Selma’s mother, who knew Lucille’s mother). Selma became a close friend of the Armstrongs, and in the late 1940s and early 1950s traveled across North America with Armstrong’s band. Today, Louis Armstrong’s home is a national historic landmark (“Louis Armstrong House Museum”) visited by people from all over the world. Selma actively served on the Museum’s Advisory Board since its formation in 1995. She was a daily presence at the Museum, enthralling visitors with personal stories and lively banter. She made standing room only presentations about Armstrong at the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.), the East Elmhurst Public Library (Queens, NYC), and three Satchmo Summerfests (the annual Louis Armstrong birthday festivals in New Orleans). Mourners where speechless when the Professional Pallbearers of Cushnie-Houston / Triboro Funeral Homes while wearing white gloves, hoisted the casket of Miss Heraldo on their shoulders and carried her out of the church. As a final tribute to the Armstrong Family, Selma donated her home to the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Visit for a complete obituary on Selma Yvette Heraldo.

John B. Houston Performs Handel’s Messiah

December 12th, 2011

Cushnie-Houston Funeral Home is an “Angels Circle” contributor of the Essex Chorale Director’s Circle. The funeral home was acknowledged in the program for the Chorale’s 30th annual performance of the complete work of Handel’s Messiah with full orchestra at Christ Episcopal Church, East Orange, NJ, Sunday, December 11, 2011, 4pm. Mr. John B. Houston, proprietor of the funeral home is a member of the Chorale and sings in the Bass section.

Our new ‘Current News’ blog has launched!

November 8th, 2011

We are happy to announce that our new ‘Current News’ blog program has just been activated. It is our hope that the new blog will facilitate and improve our communications with the Families we serve.

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TRIBORO FUNERAL HOME, INC. } 106-22 Northern Blvd.  •  Corona, New York 11368  •  P: (718) 335-5613  •  F: (718) 335-9862

CUSHNIE-HOUSTON FUNERAL HOME } 102 Sanford Street  •  East Orange, New Jersey 07018  •  P: (973) 678-1790  •  F: (973) 678-8023

• John B. Houston, Manager / N.J. Lic. No. 4340

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