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Ethel Mary Mack

July 22, 1926May 19, 2020
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Ethel Mary Mack (nee Moran) passed away peacefully on May 19, 2020. Born July 22, 1926 to Michael and Anna Moran, in the Bronx, New York, Ethel was raised with a Brother Christopher Wallace Moran, was very bright and had an acumen for mathematics and was also very athletic and played handball with her father. After High School Ethel met the love of her life Ivan and they were married in April of 1951. The newlyweds lived on Pinehurst Ave in Upper Manhattan and immediately started a Family with the birth of their Son Stephen. After the birth of two additional Sons, Brian and Kevin the now growing family moved to Lindenhurst, New York in September of 1956, with Kathleen soon to be born. The house was always active with the 4 children and in March of 1960 the family grew again with the birth of Eileen. Ivan and Ethel became very active in OLPH Parish Activities, Ethel active in the Christian Mothers and supporting all of Ivan’s Activities with the parish. During those active years of the 1960’s Ivan produced two parish productions The Roaring Twenties as well as The Best of Broadway, Ethel was right there in designing & Sewing the costumes as well as printing and folding programs and other material for the parish. There were folding parties whereby all five children would be folding the mimeograph sheets that Ethel just printed. Ethel was the consummate mother making sure all the children were brought to their sporting events, dance class and piano lessons. Mom showed up at every event. Ethel got the girls involved in Irish step dancing and always made wonderful costumes for them and would be the chauffeur on St Patty’s day making sure that Kathleen and Eileen made it to all the performances. Like all the mothers on N. Greene Ave, Ethel worked at Suffolk Packaging on the corner of Bird Street between Fulton Street & Greene Avenue. However, Ethel always found time to teach the children new skills and taught them how to make many a Christmas present of tile mosaic as well as plaster. Ethel also enjoyed wire art and jigsaw puzzles. Ethel’s efficiency with math paid off not only helping the 5 children with homework but she was promoted to the front office as Mr. Vaugh’s assistant and Head Bookkeeper. Ethel stayed with Suffolk Packaging until she moved on to the Dept. of Motor Vehicles where she worked for 25 years until her retirement in the late 80’s. Ethel’s support of Ivan’s ventures never ended; when Ivan bought the CARD CASTLE there was Ethel helping him with card placements, making ribbons and working the counter on those busy days coming up on holidays. Always the gracious hostess there was much activity at 357 N. Greene Ave. There were always dinner parties, backyard summer parties and all the other events like baptisms, communion, confirmations, graduations birthdays and neighbors just stopping by. Ethel invariably prepared a bountiful supply of food and was always prepared for the extra friends that the kids would bring home. North Greene Ave was a great neighborhood and Ethel and Ivan had wonderful life-long relationships with Ronnie & Don Considine, Ronnie & Joe Windishman, as well at the Lamotts, the Robinsons, the Moynihan’s, the Ziccardi’s, the Kawejsza’s, the Pomerank's, the Butler’s and the Byrnes’ families; and all the families on the block. All of the families had multiple kids who always found their way to congregate in front of the Mack house and Ethel received them all. Behind every great man is an equally great woman; Ethel was not the up front type, but was forcefully supporting all of Ivan’s interests and organizational involvement. With the kids grown, moved out and now having kids of their own; after retirement and the sale of the Card Castle Store, Ivan and Ethel sold the house on N. Greene Ave, retired to Florida and a new chapter of parish and community involvement started. If there was one word to describe Ethel it was VOLUNTEERISM. Actively involved at the Beverly Shores School and as Ivan became committed to St Timothy’s Catholic Church as the Sacristan and a member of the Building Committee, so did Ethel taking an active role as a Minister for the Sick as well as a Eucharistic Minister and looked forward to serving every week . Ethel always kept herself busy with Painting, Arts & Crafts, doing word jumbles and swimming which was a daily ritual all year long until she gave up driving a few years ago. In the summer of 2019 Ethel took sick, was admitted to the hospital the day after her 93rd birthday and was diagnosed with Bladder cancer. After a 1 month stay in a Rehabilitation center she wanted to go home. For 10 months with the help of her Family and Aides, Lisa, Sharon & Penny, Ethel was able to maintain her dignity, email her friends as well as communicate on Facebook. and watch her Shows The Wheel of Fortune as well as Jeopardy, which she would NEVER miss . They say there is nothing worse than a parent having to bury a child: Sadness struck Ivan and Ethel in 1968 in the loss of an infant girl, Leslie Marie, at child birth,. More sadness happened in the family when daughter Kathleen passed away in August of 2013 and Six Weeks later, Ethel’s beloved husband Ivan succumbed to complications of pneumonia. Then Stephen, Ethel’s eldest passed in March of 2015. Ethel is survived by her Loving Children Brian, Kevin and Eileen, devoted Daughter’s in law Barbara, Catherine and Nancy; Grandchildren; Ricky; Tony & Gina; Brian & Nicole; Marielle, Matthew, Jeffrey; Kate & Kevin; Christopher; Marissa & Chris; Gary, Jocelyn and 6 Great Grandchildren. She is also survived by several Nieces and Nephews. Ethel will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A mass of Christian burial was offered on Thursday May 21, 2020 at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church and will be streamed live through the church website: www.sttimothycc.com Ethel will return to New York and there will be a Viewing on Wednesday May 27, from 10-12 noon, and then a prayer service, beginning at Noon. Ethel will be interred at Long Island National Cemetery on Thursday May 28, 2020 to be reunited with Ivan and Leslie Marie. Listed below is the link for the webcasting of the viewing and prayer service.

http://client.tribucast.com/tcid/43730577

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020

  • Lakeside Service

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020

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EILEEN PARASCANDOLA

May 30, 2020

For Mom/Grandma
What is it like up in Heaven? Are you peaceful and free like they say? Does the sun shine bright forever? Have your pain and your fears gone away.
For us everything good is missing, There's a terrible emptiness. We look for you all over. All that's left is an enormous abyss.
We hope you're dancing on the clouds and singing in the angel's choir. We bet it's amazing in Heaven and your circumstances are no longer dire.
I hope the angels know that you're precious and they'll ask everyone there to bless us.
Thank You for everything!
With Our Love,
Eileen and Ricky

EILEEN PARASCANDOLA

May 30, 2020

Mommy, You together with Daddy were the sun keeping us in orbit. You've rocked our world since now you're both gone.
We've been flown out of orbit and been scattered. Leaving all of us lonely on our own.
Maybe you can forever reunite us and help fill this awful abyss.
Eternally Mom in my heart you'll always be loved and missed!
With My Love, Eileen

Kevin Mack

May 29, 2020

Hey Ma all is well. You had a good run. 93 and 10 months. Not Bad. Last week you had the funeral mass on Ascension Thursday. Yesterday a viewing and prayer service Out at the Lakeside at Boyd Spencer. and Today the burial reunited with Ivan and Leslie. Keep an eye on us. Safe and restful sleep love you. Kevin

Laura Macho

May 27, 2020

Dear Kevin,
My deepest sympathies...You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Love,
Laura Macho

Betty Cell

May 26, 2020

To my long lost Cousins, sincere condolences at the loss of your Mother. The few times I met with her were delightful. Loved her sense of humor. With much love, Betty (Moran) Cell

Kevin Mack

May 26, 2020

Hey Ma, I will miss our conversations and prayers. Safe and restful sleep. Love you,

Bill O'Brien

May 25, 2020

Kevin & Family; Looking at all of the photos sure makes me wish I had the joy of knowing your dear mom (and your dad!). It's obvious that they lived life well and in the midst of some difficulties remained loving and joyful. May they now live in everlasting joy with our loving God & Father with a few very special family members joining in the reunion. I pray that you find peace and comfort along this new journey. Bill

Theresa Szabo Colosono

May 25, 2020

The Szabo - Colosono families offer our deepest condolences on the passing of Aunt Ethel, she was a wonderful and kind women who will be missed. May she Rest In Peace.

Kevin Mack

May 21, 2020

Hey Ma, I love you , I will miss our conversations and prayers. Safe and restful sleep.

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Biography

Ethel Mary Mack (nee Moran) passed away peacefully on May 19, 2020. Born July 22, 1926 to Michael and Anna Moran, in the Bronx, New York, Ethel was raised with a Brother Christopher Wallace Moran, was very bright and had an acumen for mathematics and was also very athletic and played handball with her father.
After High School Ethel met the love of her life Ivan and they were married in April of 1951. The newlyweds lived on Pinehurst Ave in Upper Manhattan and immediately started a Family with the birth of their Son Stephen. After the birth of two additional Sons, Brian and Kevin the now growing family moved to Lindenhurst, New York in September of 1956, with Kathleen soon to be born.
The house was always active with the 4 children and in March of 1960 the family grew again with the birth of Eileen. Ivan and Ethel became very active in OLPH Parish Activities, Ethel active in the Christian Mothers and supporting all of Ivan’s Activities with the parish. During those active years of the 1960’s Ivan produced two parish productions The Roaring Twenties as well as The Best of Broadway, Ethel was right there in designing & Sewing the costumes as well as printing and folding programs and other material for the parish. There were folding parties whereby all five children would be folding the mimeograph sheets that Ethel just printed.
Ethel was the consummate mother making sure all the children were brought to their sporting events, dance class and piano lessons. Mom showed up at every event. Ethel got the girls involved in Irish step dancing and always made wonderful costumes for them and would be the chauffeur on St Patty’s day making sure that Kathleen and Eileen made it to all the performances.
Like all the mothers on N. Greene Ave, Ethel worked at Suffolk Packaging on the corner of Bird Street between Fulton Street & Greene Avenue. However, Ethel always found time to teach the children new skills and taught them how to make many a Christmas present of tile mosaic as well as plaster. Ethel also enjoyed wire art and jigsaw puzzles.
Ethel’s efficiency with math paid off not only helping the 5 children with homework but she was promoted to the front office as Mr. Vaugh’s assistant and Head Bookkeeper. Ethel stayed with Suffolk Packaging until she moved on to the Dept. of Motor Vehicles where she worked for 25 years until her retirement in the late 80’s. Ethel’s support of Ivan’s ventures never ended; when Ivan bought the CARD CASTLE there was Ethel helping him with card placements, making ribbons and working the counter on those busy days coming up on holidays.
Always the gracious hostess there was much activity at 357 N. Greene Ave. There were always dinner parties, backyard summer parties and all the other events like baptisms, communion, confirmations, graduations birthdays and neighbors just stopping by. Ethel invariably prepared a bountiful supply of food and was always prepared for the extra friends that the kids would bring home. North Greene Ave was a great neighborhood and Ethel and Ivan had wonderful life-long relationships with Ronnie & Don Considine, Ronnie & Joe Windishman, as well at the Lamotts, the Robinsons, the Moynihan’s, the Ziccardi’s, the Kawejsza’s, the Pomerank's, the Butler’s and the Byrnes’ families; and all the families on the block. All of the families had multiple kids who always found their way to congregate in front of the Mack house and Ethel received them all.
Behind every great man is an equally great woman; Ethel was not the up front type, but was forcefully supporting all of Ivan’s interests and organizational involvement.
With the kids grown, moved out and now having kids of their own; after retirement and the sale of the Card Castle Store, Ivan and Ethel sold the house on N. Greene Ave, retired to Florida and a new chapter of parish and community involvement started.
If there was one word to describe Ethel it was VOLUNTEERISM. Actively involved at the Beverly Shores School and as Ivan became committed to St Timothy’s Catholic Church as the Sacristan and a member of the Building Committee, so did Ethel taking an active role as a Minister for the Sick as well as a Eucharistic Minister and looked forward to serving every week .
Ethel always kept herself busy with Painting, Arts & Crafts, doing word jumbles and swimming which was a daily ritual all year long until she gave up driving a few years ago.
In the summer of 2019 Ethel took sick, was admitted to the hospital the day after her 93rd birthday and was diagnosed with Bladder cancer. After a 1 month stay in a Rehabilitation center she wanted to go home. For 10 months with the help of her Family and Aides, Lisa, Sharon & Penny, Ethel was able to maintain her dignity, email her friends as well as communicate on Facebook and watch her Shows The Wheel of Fortune as well as Jeopardy, which she would NEVER miss .
They say there is nothing worse than a parent having to bury a child: Sadness struck Ivan and Ethel in 1968 in the loss of an infant girl, Leslie Marie, at child birth,. More sadness happened in the family when daughter Kathleen passed away in August of 2013 and Six Weeks later, Ethel’s beloved husband Ivan succumbed to complications of pneumonia. Then Stephen, Ethel’s eldest passed in March of 2015.
Ethel is survived by her Loving Children Brian, Kevin and Eileen, devoted Daughter’s in law Barbara, Catherine and Nancy; Grandchildren; Ricky; Tony & Gina; Brian & Nicole; Marielle, Matthew, Jeffrey; Kate & Kevin; Christopher; Marissa & Chris; Gary, Jocelyn and 6 Great Grandchildren. She is Also survived by several Nieces and Nephews. Ethel will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
A mass of Christian burial will be offered on Thursday May 21, 2020 at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church and will be streamed live through the church website: www.sttimothycc.com
Ethel will return to New York and be interred at Long Island National Cemetery to be reunited with Ivan and Leslie Marie.

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