Granahan, Mary

Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Mary Granahan passed peacefully into Gods hands on May 10, 2021. Her life was a journey guided by her all encompassing Catholic faith, her love of family, and quest for always seeking more knowledge and wisdom. Those qualities and her selfless way of dropping everything for anyone in need made her the unofficial Queen of the Granahan clan. She was loved by all!

Mary’s parents John Granahan and Bridget Gallagher immigrated from Ireland in the early 1900’s. They met at a parish dance. John was a quiet man who feared asking Bridget to dance. Upon their next meeting he recited her a poem which was the beginning of the Granahan/Gallagher love story. Mary was the second of six children. Born in Manhattan, raised in Donegal Ireland, “The Heights” in Manhattan and later Riverdale in the Bronx. The Granahan’s grew up in the post depression era where economic struggles never dampened the love, laughter and faith in their home. Upon graduating high school Mary entered into the novitiate where her training introduced her to her life long dedication to teaching. After three years as a novice Mary choose to continue educating outside of the religious life. Mary went to college at night while she taught at various NYC public schools for over 30 years. For most of her career Mary worked at the School for The Deaf on 23rd St. in Manhattan. Her students often came from very diverse backgrounds in homes where English wasn’t spoken. Deaf children had to learn to read lips in multiple languages in an environment where sign language was not permitted. Mary was proud to improve the quality of her students lives.

A life of service was at the core of Mary’s essence. Wherever she was living she was volunteering at her local parish and in the community. If she couldn’t be present in person her fingers were busy knitting sweaters for newborns, writing letters, or making phones calls. She was an inspiration to us all.

Mary never married or had her own children which opened her world to a hoard of nieces/ nephews, grand nieces/nephews and great grand nieces and nephews. Mary shared her love, her faith, and family history with all. She never tired of telling the tales from her youth, sharing escapades of her siblings, always finding a way to weave our Irish catholic heritage in. While she faced many challenges in her life Mary was strong, fiercely independent, competent, and humble.

Mary was predeceased by her brother John Granahan, and sisters Theresa Emmert and Anna Holzman. She leaves behind her sister Beatrice Hurley and Kathleen O’Toole. Nieces and nephews of beloved Aunt Mary include: John Granahan, Jeanie Prenevost(dec.), Alice Bailey, Joseph Emmert, Missy Raye, Bobby Emmert (dec.), Danny Emmert, Eugene Emmert, Eileen O’Brien, John Hurley, Bernadette Squittieri, Kathleen Hurley (dec.), Kevin Hurley, Jimmy Hurley, Billy Hurley, Maureen Cosgrove, Danny O’Toole, Deirdre Bua, and Jimmy O’Toole. Not listed are many loving spouses and their offspring.

Mary spent the last few years of her life living at Dowling Gardens in Sparkill, NY where she was lovingly cared for by Sylvia McDonald and her sisters. Her family is eternally grateful.

Repose will be held at Moritz Funeral Home, 98 Route 303, Tappan NY on Thursday, May13th, 5-8pm. Funeral Mass to be held Friday, May 14th, 10:30 am at Our Lady of Sacred Heart Church, 120 Kings Highway, Tappan NY. In lieu of flowers tell someone you love them today or say a prayer for the elderly.