OBITUARY

McCloskey, Mary

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

After a long and loving life, Mary McCloskey (nee Logan) went to her heavenly rest on September 27, 2020.  Born June 11, 1938, Mary was a “Bronx girl” who graduated from Mother Cabrini High School. Whether you knew her as Mom, Grammie, or “Mrs. Mac,” she always wanted to know about you, who you knew, the common people you each knew, and make it clear you were lifelong friends that just hadn’t met yet. Then she needed to know how she could help and support you.

It goes as far back as a teenager volunteering to be Dad’s pen-pal from the neighborhood when he left for Army basic parachute training. They would marry in August 1959 and start their life in that same Highbridge neighborhood. Each successive child required an apartment upgrade on West 165th Street. In 1967, with their four children in tow, Mary and Richard left the Bronx behind for the far reaches of Blauvelt, NY. Mary would not be a bystander. She took a job as a Rectory Secretary at St. Catharine’s RC Church, served as Administrative Assistant for the parish basketball programs, Adult Coordinator of the CYO Teen Club, and Assistant Producer of the annual St. Catharine’s Players productions. All the while being a “PTA Mom”, Brownie Troop Leader, attending Sunday morning Pee Wee football, CYO/Rec basketball, Little League softball/baseball games, and swim meets. Let’s not forget the coordination of the infamous Blau-berg Tailgaters annual pilgrimages to West Point Army football games with over 150 attendees – our parents were never afraid to put in “a little effort” for a great time. Exampled by the infamous New Years’ Day “Open House’s” at our home on Renie Lane. Later Mom took a position in the Town of Orangetown Tax Assessor’s office.  A dream come true, she was meeting new people, helping those people – and getting paid for it! After completing that chapter of her life and retiring from municipal work she went back to her roots, volunteering at the St. Catharine’s PREP program. Strengthening existing friendships, and turning new ones into old. All the while chasing her Grandchildren's competitions in soccer, basketball, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball and swimming.

After years of missing “my Richard”, Grammie has gone to heaven to be reunited with the predeceased love of her life.

She will lovingly be remembered by her children, Kenneth (Larisa, predeceased), Laura and Robert Neuendorf, Andrew and Cathleen, and James. By her greatest pride, her grandchildren - Reed, Lance, Tyler, Hailey, Gage, and Logan. Siblings Carolyn (Jerome) Pujol, Susan (John) Ward, and Sister-in-Law Kathy (predeceased Brother Robert) Logan.  By her dearest lifelong friends from our community, extended family, and each of you that have expressed fondness and prayers for Mom, particularly over these last few months.

Visiting hours at Moritz Funeral Home, Tappan, NY (845-359-0890) on Friday, Oct 2nd from 3-7pm.  Funeral Mass at St. Catharine's of Alexandria, Blauvelt, NY, Saturday, Oct. 3rd at 10:30am.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to one of Mary’s favorite charities; Joe Raso Hospice Residence, 415 Buena Vista Road, New City, 10956 (hospiceofrockland.org).