Ileana Schollee of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Greenport, N.Y., has left this earth.
Born Ileana Barreto, daughter of Arturo Barreto and the lovely Julia Hernandez in San Turce, Puerto Rico, the family migrated to New York City when she was five years old.
A graduate of Brooklyn College and Hunter College, Ileana worked most of her life in the New York fashion world. She met her husband, Antoon Schollee in Kibbutz Givat Oz during a stay in Israel in the late 1960s and they were married in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1971. Together they traveled the world and maintained residences in Brooklyn, Greenport and Vieques, Puerto Rico.
Paris was her favorite city and although she visited a number of times, her wish to live there for a year was not to be realized.
Ileana was a lovely spirit who made lifelong friends wherever she went. She was a brightly shining light who illuminated the lives of those around her. She always recognized the best qualities in the people she met and was kind and generous to all.
During her exhausting 6-month battle with cancer she remained positive until the very end in spite of her suffering.
Ileana was predeceased by her parents and younger brother, Raymond.
Her grieving husband is thankful for having enjoyed the privilege of living in her glorious presence these past 50 years.
We loved her; but God loved her more.
A wake is scheduled for today, Thursday, May, 31, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Guido Funeral Home in Brooklyn. Interment is scheduled for Friday, June 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.
This is a paid notice.