December 25, 1940 – April 23, 2021
Maureen Christine Callanan, age 80, of Pompano Beach, FL, formerly a long-time resident of New City, NY passed away peacefully at home on April 23, 2021 surrounded by her family. Maureen was born on Christmas Day, 1940 to Josephine Shortall McMahon (originally of Rathdowney, Ireland) and Michael McMahon (Originally from LaHinch, Ireland) and was raised in The Bronx, New York. She was a parishioner and graduate of Our Lady of Refuge. Maureen married the love of her life, John “Jack” Callanan in 1962 and shared nearly 50 beautiful, happy years together until he passed on March 23, 2012.
The couple settled in New City, where they raised their four children. She was the devoted mother of John Callanan (Kim), Christine Callanan McCarthy (Bob), Michael Callanan (Pamela Feick), Brian Callanan (Emily). She treasured her children and every moment with them. She especially loved being “Nana” to 14 precious grandchildren Connor, Kristi, Kayla, Kerri Ann, Kiera, Colin, Carson, Michael, Meagan, Michael, Caitlin, Jackie, Caroline, and Jack. She was always supportive, encouraging, wise, kind and so proud of them all.
Maureen was the dear sister of Joseph McMahon (Cheryl) and her three late brothers Michael McMahon (Thomas “Gil” Colovito), Vincent McMahon (Patricia), Patrick McMahon (Flavia). She will also be remembered fondly by her many beloved nieces and nephews Eileen McMahon Rose (Glenn), Kevin McMahon, Brian McMahon, Vincent McMahon (Haley), Ann Marie McMahon, Michael McMahon (Martha), Patricia McMahon Velez (Ruben), Kathleen McMahon, Stephen McMahon (Amanda), Patrick McMahon, Jeanine McMahon Longo (Pat), John McMahon (Liliana), Erin McMahon Johnson (Mike), Lynda McMahon DiMenna (Ray). Maureen was also blessed with many lifelong friends, most notably Marion and Tony Bieber who we are forever grateful to for their unending kindness and devotion. Maureen loved any chance to spend time with her family and friends. She was known for her fun loving “detective work” and would spend hours on the phone each day gathering and relaying all the family news. She was the heart and soul of this family and she will be so missed by all that knew and loved her.
The family would like to extend their greatest and warmest gratitude to her many neighbors at Jamaica House in Pompano Beach. The love you shared as a community through countless acts of kindness, cards, meals, and good wishes was truly inspiring and uplifting. Thank you! Mom, you have given so much and asked for so little in return. Thank you for always being there for us, for teaching us, listening to us, helping us, and always loving us unconditionally. We will work hard to honor your memory each day. Farewell, sweet Mom, until we meet again. You were simply the best.
Family and friends will gather at Higgins Funeral Home, Inc., 321 South Main Street, New City, NY on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass is on Thursday April 29, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Augustine’s RC Church, 114 South Main Street New City, NY 10956. Interment will follow at Ascension Cemetery 650 Saddle River Road Airmont NY 10952.
I have fought the good fight; I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Thursday, April 29, 2021
April 28, 2021
So fondly remembered on this, the opposite side of the Atlantic, where she loved to visit and keep in touch with Josies side in and around Rathdowney. A tradition continued by her family and many relatives.
Maureen will be missed greatly and by so many
May she rest in peace
April 27, 2021
Maureen lived a fulfilling life as a loving Mother and a friend to many...She left us here in the Jamaica house with heart’s sweetest memories! We love her and she will NEVER be forgotten .
John Gilgun, RI State Senator, Retired
April 27, 2021
Christine and all Maureen's Family,
It was with much sadness that I learned of Maureen’s passing, but comforting to know she is at peace, please accept my sympathy. The times I spent with her in Florida were always fun, she was a happy woman, and I enjoyed her warmth and company.
April 27, 2021
To all the Callanan’s: Our deepest sympathy on the loss of this lovely woman. She was so blessed to have all of you looking to her comfort and serenity in her last days. One always hopes to leave this world a better place. She has done just that by the legacy of the wonderful family she leaves. May she rest in God’s peace and may His grace surround you always. Janet and Joe💕🙏
April 25, 2021
Thank you everyone for your kind messages we are so grateful!