Mrs. Phoolan Nandlal, born on March 10. 1931 and died peacefully on February 16, 2020 at Yale New
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Haven Hospital surrounded by her 7 children, 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was the
daughter of Motyah and Galo (both deceased) and is the last of 4 daughters: Bhyaratie (Dolly,
decreased), Sylvia, and Lutchmin (Gracy, deceased). Phoolan’s parents died when she was only 2 years
old. She was born in Siparia, Trinidad W.I. where she attended school. Later, she moved to Avocart and
grew up with her grand parents Bhahuartya and Dhoray (both deceased) who were from Bastilya, India.
She was taken out of school and married at age 16 years to Raghunath Nandlal. Phoolan had 4 paternal
uncles and 6 aunts.
Phoolan was heartbroken that she was denied an education, not being told about her parents and
denied her inheritance. Despite of her anguish, Phoolan persevered. She brought up 8 children on her
own and took care of her 14 grandchildren and visited her 10 great grandchildren. Phoolan leaves
behind 7 children: Krishna (Polly), Parbatie (Raymond), Sumintra (Robert), Samdaye (Stephen), Vishnu
(Dularie), Ramesh (Chris), Toolsie (deseased), and Radhika (Richard). Her 14 Grandchildren: Adesh
(Indra), Darin (Mala), Ravi (Mohanie, Terry (Lisa) and Kevin; Sabita (Scott) and Sherita (Justin); Sheba
Leelawatie and Dr. Ivan Richard; Avinash, Sarah and Suresh; Amanda and John. Phoolan’s great
grandchildren: Kimberly and Ryan; Ashley (NanKumar) and Aaron; Teg and Surina; Jason and Natalie;
and Jordon and Alex.
Phoolan valued education and instilled this among other values on her family. In addition, she went back
to school in her 50s and 80s for a GED. She was astute, witty, organized, clean, neat and took pride in
her appearance. In addition, she loved all her those who came to know her and visa versa. She enjoyed
cooking, gardening (fruits, vegetables, flowers), flower arrangements, art and music. Phoolan was
detailed oriented. She always wanted to learn how to play the piano and learned to play the key board
at age 88 years.
Phoolan worked very hard from sunrise to sunset in Trinidad with her husband to build her empire while
raising 8 children. This work ethics stayed with her into her Golden years. She sang “You are my
Sunshine” to all her babies. She loved her doctors, nurses and other care providers. In 1978, Phoolan
loss her husband, a son and a grandson. She persevered, and was extremely independent as a widow as
well as a private person. Phoolan lived independently in Trinidad for about 25 years and designed the
addition to her home.
Phoolan was graceful, elegant and took great pride in her appearance. She chose to live with her
daughter Radhika Nandlal and son-in-law Richard LaRonde in Branford CT for the last 4 years of her life.
May she Rest In Peace (RIP). Funeral Service will take place on Thursday, 20 th February 2020 at 9am at
Leo F. Kearn’s Funeral home, Richmond Hill, Queens. Cremation follows after Hindu Services at St.
Michaels, East Elmhurst, Queens, NY.