Deomatee “Aunty Betty” Appana
Beloved Mother, Sister, Grandmother & Great-Grandmother, 81
Mrs. Deomattee (nee Balkaran) Appana, 81, of Newark, NJ, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 19, 2023, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Visitation will be at the Biondi Funeral Home of Nutley, 540 Franklin Avenue on Friday, May 26 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a service at 6:00 p.m. There will be a graveside service at Glendale Cemetery, 28 Hoover Avenue, Bloomfield on Saturday, May 27 at 11:00 a.m.
Deomatee Appana was affectionately known as "Aunty Betty”. She was born on April 14, 1942, in Skeldon, Guyana, to Mary and Bala Balkaran. Formerly from Rampoor Corriverton, Guyana, she had made Newark her home for the past 21 years.
Aunty Betty was a dedicated shoe seller at the No.79 Market. Her career showcased her hardworking spirit and her commitment to providing for her family. Despite the hustle and bustle of her job, she always found the time to engage in her hobbies, which included cooking, reminiscing about old times, and most importantly, spending time with her family. She was known for her immense love for her family and her vast reservoir of knowledge, which she loved to share. She had a passion for feeding everyone, a testament to her nurturing nature and her love for cooking.
Deomatee was a loving wife to her late husband, Appana Ramana, and a devoted mother to her children, Ranold Ramana and his wife Sherry, and Angila Katideen and her husband Roshan “Teddy”. She was a cherished grandmother to Rozana, Arnold, Tishana, Amanda, and Annessa, and a proud great-grandmother to Antoine, Krystal-Rose, Kaiden, Anaiya, and Zayan. Deomattee is also survived by her siblings Churchill and his wife Moda, and Rohit and his wife Sandra. She was an exceptional Godmother to Kathleen and Suresh. Aunt Betty was known for her immense love to countless nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was predeceased by her husband Appana Ramana (1998), and her siblings Ramdat and his wife Mem, Steve, and Anjo.
Her memory will forever be cherished in the hearts of those she loved and those who loved her.