Colleen Flores, CPP



Colleen S. Flores, 56, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway. Colleen was born in Manhattan, and raised in Astoria, Queens, NY. She lived in Rahway for the past 17 years of her life. Colleen was a 1982 graduate from Norman Thomas High School in Manhattan, NY, and a College Graduate from LaGuardia Community College in Queens, NY.

For the last 30 years, Colleen dedicated her professional career to the field of Payroll in NY and NJ. She was a Certified Payroll Professional , and active member of the American Payroll Association. She served as President of Central and North Jersey Payroll Chapters. Colleen was an active member of the NJ Statewide Payroll Conference Planning Committee and for the past seven years she chaired the Committee.   She enjoyed her online Payroll study groups helping payroll professionals to take the APA Payroll Certification exam.

Colleen worked for several renowned companies as Payroll professional in NY and NJ. Her last position as Payroll Manager was for Resideo, INC in Morristown, NJ.

She is predeceased by her parents Thomas J. Higgins and Barbara Ann Sanford of Astoria, NY, and her brother, Martin Higgins, and her sister, Pamela Higgins from Astoria NY.   She is survived by her loving husband and buddy for 33 years, Jose A. Flores of Rahway, her son Christopher A. Flores of Rahway, NJ and her daughter Melissa M. Garofalo and her husband David Garofalo of Hellertown, PA.

Colleen had a joyous, enthusiastic and sweet personality. She enjoyed life with her family and friends. She loved her annual summer vacationing in the Adirondack Mountains, upstate NY, specially Indian Lake, a very special place for Colleen.