CANTON, N.Y. — A Funeral mass was celebrated for Mary Ellen Kennedy, 89, who died on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital in Potsdam, NY., was held on Sept. 8, at the Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Woodstock.
Mary Ellen was born in Utica, NY on Feb. 15, 1923, daughter of the late John P. Jr. and Agnes E. (Costello) Fogarty.
Mary Ellen, affectionately referred to as “Sissy,” was the younger sister to her beloved brother John.
Mary Ellen graduated from Gordon High School in Yonkers, N.Y. in 1941. She then attended Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. and graduated with the class of 1943. Endicott College held a very special place in Mary Ellen’s heart and she maintained a life-long association with her alma mater. Mary Ellen was the first Alumni Council President of Endicott College and was actively involved with the Alumni Council of which she was most recently an Honorary Member.
In her earlier years, Mary Ellen worked directly for William Paley at CBS Broadcasting, Inc. in NYC.
Mary Ellen was married to William “Bill” Kennedy in September 1948 and together they raised their three children; Ellen, Ann and Robert, in Scotia, NY.
This obituary first appeared in the September 13, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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For many years, Mary Ellen enjoyed spending summers at their vacation home on Candlewood Lake in Connecticut. She loved to entertain guests at her home. She loved to travel and most specially loved being by the water. Mary Ellen loved to dance and she loved trees. In addition, Mary Ellen had a lifelong love of music.
Mary Ellen and Bill retired to Quechee in 1984. In 1985 Mary Ellen joined the staff of the Woodstock Office of Vermont National Bank and quickly immersed herself in the greater Woodstock community, volunteering her time and talents to many organizations including Pentangle Arts Council. In addition, Mary Ellen was actively involved at Our Lady of the Snows Parish as a Lector and Eucharist Minister. She was also a member of the parish choir. For many Christmas eves, Mary Ellen would sing with the Community Chorus at the Quechee Community Church. Mary Ellen retired from Vermont National Bank to care for her beloved Bill. Bill died in 1994 and Mary Ellen remained in Quechee until December 2002 when she moved to the Community of Partridge Knoll in Canton, NY.
In addition to her three children, Mary Ellen is also survived by a niece, Candace Church; and a nephew John P Fogarty IV.
Donations in Mary Ellen’s memory may be made to Endicott College, Department of Institutional Advancement, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915 Attn: David Vigneron.
Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.olearyfuneralservice.com.
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