Mary Therese McCarty
September 21, 1931 – January 6, 2021
Mary Therese McCarty, 89, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2021.
Mary grew up in the Little Flower Parish and was a 1949 graduate of St. Mary’s Academy. Mary was a member of the Holy Spirit Parish.
She was born September 21st 1931 to the late Francis and Aletha ( McCain ) Lenahan. She was married to David L. McCarty June 1959 who preceded her in death on June 8, 2011. She is survived by her children Michael, Dennis, David, Kathryn, Thomas, 13 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and sister Eileen White. She was preceded in death by her son Kevin, brothers James, Thomas, Francis “Joe”, Paul “David” and Bernard Lenahan.
A showing for family and friends will be at the Feeney- Hornak Mortuary, 1307 North Shadeland Ave. on Monday, January 11, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 7243 East 10th Street, on January 12, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Christian Burial at Calvary Cemetery. A livestreaming of the service will be available on Holy Spirit's website.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary’s name to the ALS Association or to Riley’s Children’s Hospital. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.
As a reminder, masks are required in public indoor spaces and please practice socially distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The family would like to thank the staff at Crestwood South Assisted Living facility and staff at the Bridgewater Healthcare Center.
To send flowers to the family, please send to Feeney-Hornak Shadeland Mortuary. To plant a tree in memory of Mary Therese McCarty, you may visit https://shop.alivingtribute.org/products/tree-planting-with-commemorative-card
- Francis Lenahan, Father (deceased)
- Aletha (McCain) Lenahan, Mother (deceased)
- Kathryn McCarty, Daughter
- Michael McCarty, Son
- Kevin McCarty, Son (deceased)
- Dennis McCarty, Son
- David McCarty, Son
- Thomas McCarty, Son
- James Lenahan, Brother
- Thomas Lenahan, Brother
- Joseph Lenahan, Brother
- Bernard Lenahan, Brother
- David Lenahan, Brother
- Eileen White, Sister
Monday, January 11, 2021
Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Mary Therese McCarty
January 11, 2021
With this sad news I send my highest respect to the entire McCarty family. Upon learning of Mrs McCarty passing my minds eye was flooded With so many vivid memories of my childhood. The first thought was the total respect I had for her with raising 6 children. I am a parent of 1 child and could not imagine raising more than that. Her smile and glowing disposition could disarm the toughest of characters. It used to be said it takes a village to raise a child and Mrs McCarty certainly participated in that. The world I grew up in was such a contrast to what is the norm now. If you were a child on Lombardy Place you know what I’m talking about. You could not get by with any behavior if she was outside, as she would call you on said behavior and notify your parents. With all the crazy things that her sons and I did she deserved the Medal of Honor. One such time was the only instance that I cut class with all of her sons. Later that day we ended up in Dubarry Park, and here comes Mrs McCarty in the station wagon. She asked us if we had a good day at school and before we could utter a word she said “get in the car now.” Being as sly as we thought we were, we assumed she was taking us home; however, when she failed to make a left turn in the direction of home we realized we were being transported to the school to face the music.
Another admirable memory I had was repeated each day after dinner. Mr and Mrs McCarty would go for a walk holding hands. Though I have no idea what they talked about, it was that very Loving commitment they shared that resonated with the children in the neighborhood. To this day there is not one of us that has not been married for less than 25 years and most of us well over 30 years. That simple example that Mr and Mrs McCarty showed seeded the value of commitment. It was that commitment, strong family resolve, and her love for all of us that shall be her legacy in my mind. With respect and love. Brian
January 10, 2021
I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Mary McCarty until the night before our daughter Laura's Marriage to Mary's youngest son Tom. She and Dave were so friendly to us and we hit it off immediately. The kids were married the next afternoon in our Parish Church with all of Tom's brothers as groomsmen and all of my daughters as bridemaids . Once Tom and Laura had children Bill and I were up in Indianapolis often and Mary and Dave would come over and we always enjoyed both of them. Mary took such good care of Dave as he became sick but she was always optimistic that he was getting stronger. I'm proud of my son in law for the care and attention he has given Mary when she could no longer be independent and had to be in assistant living. He checked regularly always seeing that she had what she needed. For that even though her passing is sad he knows in his heart that he tended to her needs and she is now reunited in Heaven with the love of her life David McCarty, Sr. I send my sympathy to every member of the family.
January 10, 2021
It is with deep sadness to hear of the passing of my former neighbor, Mrs. Mary McCarty. I send my condolences to her family and especially her son's and daughter. Mrs McCarty was a rock and raised her children with an upper hand. I can remember several differ ent times when one of the boys would go running out the back door hollering and she would go running right after them. I admired her strength in keeping one step ahead of them. There was never a. dull moment. on Lombardy Place with the MCarty's as your neighbor' s. Truly a wonderful family. Sorry I can't attend her service but will be there in prayers for the family.
January 10, 2021
I am saddened to hear the passing of this remarkable lady, who was my neighbor for many years. What I remember most, was her smile and laughter. As a mother of 6, she had to be a stern disciplinarian, but I loved how she would take all of the rambunctiousness of the neighbor kids and her own, then laugh in stride. Mary, will always be Mrs. McCarty to me and she will always hold a special place in the hearts of my family and I. My thoughts and prayers are with each of her children during this difficult time. Heaven has gained an angel❤️