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Dengler, Roberts, Perna Funeral Home

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OBITUARY

Mary A. Shaughnessy

April 15, 1925April 15, 2020
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Shaughnessy, Mary Donohue

Former diocesan teacher and mother of eight, Mary Donohue Shaughnessy, a TEACHER OF THE YEAR, an honor bestowed on her by then bishop of Buffalo Edward Head ,began teaching foreign languages, Spanish, Latin and French in 1966 for nearly 25 years. First at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda, then at Bishop McMahon High School in Buffalo and finally at DeSales High School in Lockport.

A founding member of St. Gregory the Great parish, Williamsville in 1958 when the new parish first celebrated mass on the back of a flatbed truck in the present day parking lot. She sang in the choir served on the Altar Guild and taught religious instruction, Sunday school to children and confraternity classes to high schoolers for many years beginning in the early 1960's until falling and breaking a hip while teaching in her classroom at St. Gregory's retiring in 2006. She remained a deeply devoted Catholic and attended daily mass until unable to do so when dementia struck.

A talented lifelong piano player at home who was enthusiastically encouraged by her children especially at Christmas time. Born Mary Agnes Donohue in Clinton, MA on April 15, 1925, the eldest of six children born to Robert and Mary Burke Donohue graduating from Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee, MA in 1946. She married the love of her life Harry W. Shaughnessy in 1947 until his death in 1990. She is survived by her eight children Mary (William) Klein, Harry Shaughnessy, Robert Shaughnessy, Paula (late William) Loncar, Brian (his partner Lee Hughes, III of West Newbury, MA), Susan (Shaun) Jackson, Thomas (Susan) Shaughnessy and Trissa (Damon) Wojciechowski; 19 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

She struggled with dementia for eight years, the family choosing to take care of her at home assisted by Kathy, Peggy and Anne her nurses and aides dying at home on her 95th birthday April 15, 2020.

Due to the Covid -19 pandemic service will be private. Mass of Christian burial celebrated with her children attending and it will be live streamed (www.stgregs.org) from St. Gregory's Church on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 10:30 am followed by interment at the family plot in Williamsville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks if so desired to contribute in the memory of Mary Shaughnessy to the Dementia Society of America by mail to PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901 or online at www.demetiasociety.org/donate. www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com

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Eileen Gibbons-Thompson

April 20, 2020

I had the pleasure of meeting/knowing Mary through her extended family in Clinton, MA. The Shaughnessy family - visiting the Donohue family - is one of my treasured childhood memories. So much fun; so much love; so many people! What a wonderful family. God bless you Mary. May your kindness and generous spirit continue to thrive in your amazing family.
Fondly,
Eileen (Muffin) Gibbons-Thompson
Clinton, MA

Debbie Fenno-levine

April 19, 2020

One of the most beloved teacher at McMahon! Wonderful memories of Her Spanish Class and my first trip to Spain! RIP Beautiful Lady!

Dennis & Kay Kempner

April 19, 2020

Denny & I were so saddened to hear of Mary’s death. She and all of you have touched our hearts in so many ways. We thank you , Mary & Bill, for sharing your family with our family over the years. There are so many wonderful memories! We need to thank Your mother for this in an indirect way! She especially touched my heart when I would see Mary & Harry at 8 am daily mass . We often chatted and she frequently said “I love you” which immediately made my day & endeared her to me!
I watched her Beautiful funeral mass yesterday & felt her love for all of you & her knowledge that life & love are truly a gift from God. With all of you participating & the incredibly heartfelt eulogy I sensed that she will always stay tucked in our hearts forever. What an inspiration to us all on how to live a grace filled life! Denny, Darren, & Kelly, and their families join me in sending blessings, love , and sympathy to you all.

Susan Beancon Reynolds

April 18, 2020

My condolances to your family. Such a sweet teacher. I was in her Spanish class my Sophmore year. '76. RIP, Mrs. Shaughnessy...

mary slaughter

April 18, 2020

She was the best teacher a child could ask for. RIP

Kimberly Vitale-Rivera

April 18, 2020

Mrs Shaughnessy was my favorite Teacher at Bishop McMahon. When it closed. She followed me to St Mary's High School in Lancster NY and had her there as well.I will always remember her taking us to her house for lunch and nbn it also ended up just like a class. Rest in Peace. You will be missed

Laurie Kukoleca

April 18, 2020

She was an amazing Teacher at Bishop MvMahon! Prayers for her family! Loved her as a teacher💕

Karen McNicholas

April 18, 2020

So sorry to see that Mrs. Shaughnessy has passed. She was my Spanish teacher (I was class of 75) in Sophomore year. She was a lovely woman, and I'm sorry to say I gave her a rather hard time the year she taught me. She ended up moving my seat to the middle of the boys, who had come for Spanish from Fallon High School, thinking I would then be quiet. Sadly, that didn't work. I do, however, still use a tiny bit of the Spanish that she taught me, so all was not lost. I'm so sorry to the family for your loss.

Franci Buttitta Gajewski

April 18, 2020

I have very fond memories of Mrs. Shaughnessay she was my teacher. Bishop McMahon always had a smile on her face. My sincere condolences to her family, in my thoughts and prayers 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Jeanne Hastings

April 18, 2020

Mrs. Shaughnessy was my all time favorite teacher at Bishop McMahon. I always will think of her with a smile on my face and love in my heart.

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