Maureen M. McNamara
January 4, 1934 – December 3, 2018
McNamara, Maureen Madeline (nee Hetzer) formerly of Mahopac, NY, entered into Eternal Life on December 3, 2018 in Rochester, NY at the age of 84. Born to Walter and Mary Hetzer (nee Norton) from The Bronx, NY, on Jan. 4,1934.
Maureen is reunited with her parents, her two brothers, Robert (Bob) and Walter Hetzer, as well as her son-in-law, Michael Perry.
Her spirit is carried on by her loving husband of 63 years, John, and their eleven children, Kevin (Mary Jane), Michael (Wendy), Thomas (Brigitte Dublin), Mary (Joseph) Waldron, John (Shirley), Daniel (Mary Ellen Holtz), Eugene (Christina), Joseph (Karen), Kathleen (Keith) Scofield, Timothy, Maureen McNamara Perry; 26 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
Maureen and John met and fell in love at a Valentine’s Day Dance in 1952 and were subsequently married, on February 19,1955, at St John’s Evangelist Catholic Church, Mahopac, NY.
Prior to her marriage, Maureen graduated from Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing, where she became a Registered Nurse. With 11 children of her own and many of their neighborhood friends, she certainly made use of her profession. Late in her career Maureen reached out to those through her work as a Hospice Nurse.
Maureen’s love of God and her deep religious faith were tantamount in her life as a Roman Catholic. Planning vacations meant finding a local Roman Catholic Church that her family could attend while away, before any other plans were made. While at home in Mahopac, Maureen was an active parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and was actively involved in the Charismatic Renewal for many years. Her spiritual ministry extended from sharing The Word of God with teens and young couples, to women who were incarcerated, as well as sharing it in her daily life with her family through prayer and devotion.
Not surprisingly, Maureen showed her zest for life at a young age by dancing, swimming and even joining a roller derby league. She continued her active lifestyle throughout her adult life. She was a lover of the beach and ocean where she showed off her proficient swimming skills. She could also be found in the winter, skiing, ice skating, and joining her young family sledding down the hills in Red Mills on her own Flexible Flyer.
In 2011, John and Maureen moved to a new home in The Villages, Florida. There, she was actively involved with the local Parkinson’s Support Group, which enabled her to remain independent. She continued her active lifestyle in Florida. Many evenings Maureen and John could be found at 5:00 at the local “Happy Hour”, dancing with friends or family to music ranging from ballroom to line dancing. Of course, without question, her favorite dance partner was her husband, John.
Later on, John and Maureen relocated to Baywinde independent living facility in Webster, NY. There, Maureen and John were cared for by the competent and attentive staff at Baywinde and Sage Harbor. We thank all who participated in their care with a special thank you to Mary Ann Benza, who was considered a close friend by both.
A Funeral Mass will be held for family and friends in Webster, NY, on Friday, Dec. 14th, at 11:15 at St. Rita's Catholic Church .
A Celebration of Life service for will be held on April 27th at St. Johns the Evangelist Church in Mahopac, NY, where they lived over 40 years of their life.
In lieu of flowers, please considering donating to her favorite charity, the Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation - PO box 416689 Miami Beach FL, 33141 www.cflf.org
St. Rita's Church
1008 Maple Dr.
Maureen M. McNamara
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December 10, 2018
John, Shirley and family,
My sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother.