December 5, 1952 – May 6, 2021
On Thursday May 6th, 2021, Elisabeth Fanning, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend passed away at the age of 68.
Liz was born in Germany and moved to the United States when she was 10 years old. She resided in Queens, NY and met her husband, Dennis while in high school. They moved out to Long Island and picked a home in Mt Sinai because they loved the tree lined streets. It was in that home where they raised their daughters and made a lifetime of happy memories.
She was someone who exemplified strength, optimism, selflessness, and kindness. Despite her physical disability, she adapted and moved forward without ever complaining. Liz always focused on what she could do and she never on what she could not do. She engaged the simple pleasures in life. Sitting in her backyard overlooking her garden with either a cup of coffee or a glass of Riesling was on the top of her list. She enjoyed spending holidays together and being involved in all the preparations. She loved caring for her family, her pets and home.
We will miss you always.
Elisabeth is survived by her husband Dennis, daughters Denise (Keith) and Kristin (Simon), 5 grandchildren, father Norman McKay, and brother James McKay.
“If I could plant a flower for every time I miss you, I could walk through my garden forever.”
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
May 31, 2021
We extend our heartfelt sympathy on the occasion of Elisabeth's farewell. May angels accompany her and may she find peace with God. We will order Holy Masses for Elisabeth.
In our childhood we both went through thick and thin, we had a great time together.
Maria from Westheim Germany
Andrew and Orla Power
May 14, 2021
Liz, it was always a pleasure to be in your company.
You were such a kind and generous person and always made us feel like family.
We particularly remember your delicious Chicken Cacciatore that you made us when we stopped off in New York on our way back to Ireland.
We were always made welcome in your home and we thank you for the memories.
Rest in peace.
All our love,
Andrew and Orla.
May 12, 2021
I’m sitting here trying to think of the right words to say. I don’t know where to start. And I certainly won’t know how to end. Even though being with my sissy for the last several weeks and knowing what was inevitable, this is still hard to accept. I don’t want to accept this. My sis was like a second mother to me when I was a baby. The difference in ages sorta made it like that. Seeing the pictures of her and I when I was a baby reaffirms that. Of course I don’t remember those times. But she assured me often that I was like a mascot to her and Dennis. It is simply surreal that this has happened. I think that it really hasn’t totally sunk in at all for me. But I know when that time comes when I want to pick up the phone to say hi to her or talk about anything that’s happening or just something to share with her, just our talks, it will be depressing. I will of course sorely miss that. I treasured her, as did we all. There never was a more beautiful person than Lis. Sissy I miss you already. And Love you beyond comprehension...your little brother forever 🌸🌸
May 11, 2021
In june 1971 as we graduated newtown high school (50 yrs ago) i left for the summer to go to israel...the black and white photo of liz i took..on 93 st as liz and friends escorted me to the airport..seems like only yesterday..
May 11, 2021
Dearest Dennis , Christin
Denise, Mr. McKay, J ames and families.my heartfelt sympathy and condolences to all on the passing of liz..my lifelong friend..from the moment she moved onto 93rd street..we shared many of our younger and teen years together..and had great fun together..and if i could remember it all..could probably tell some funny stories..moving away to israel almost 50 yrs ago didnt dampen our relationship and always looked forward to our phone conversations..i know how hard health was to her..and she was a real camper and dealt with what life gave her..she will be missed...if any contact info changes for dennis..please keep me informed.. hugging you all from the bottom of my heart..sherry
May 10, 2021
We will always keep the memories we have of Liz close to our hearts coming from Ireland she always made us feel so welcome.
Liz May you find the softest pillow to lay your head on.
Lots of love
Kathryn and Joe Power.xx