Visitation at Funeral Home
Obituary of Mary Ellen McNulty
THE FUNERAL MASS ON SEPT. 14, 2023 AT 10AM WILL BE LIVE STREAMED BY ST AIDANS
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Mary Ellen McNulty (nee Cullinane) was born in 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, to Bridget and Michael Cullinane. She and her younger brother, Michael Joseph (deceased), were raised in The Woods, Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo, Ireland, by their grandparents, Mary and Myles Fitzmaurice, after their father suffered a tragic, fatal accident in New York. Mary went to Canbrack National School and then to St. Louis Convent of Balla and Kiltimagh. She continued her education at Guy’s School of Nursing, London. She married James Gerard (Gerry) McNulty from Bohola, Co. Mayo and put on hold her pursuit of a nursing degree to start a family. James and Mary had three children (Mary, Norah and her twin who died at birth) before emigrating to New York in 1956 where a further three children (Carmel, Brigid and Rita) were born.
Mary returned to her studies several years later. She was a member of the first class to graduate from the Queensborough Community College Nursing School and practised as a registered nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for over thirty-five years.
Formerly a member of the Hibernians and Mayo Ladies’ Society, Mary was a loyal member of the Mayo Society of New York (honoured as Mayo Woman of the year 2016), the Irish American Society of Mineola (chosen as Aide to the Grand Marshal in 1995), St Aidan’s Rosary Society and Williston Park Seniors. She was also a volunteer for various ministries within the parish of St. Aidan as well as at Saint Francis Hospital. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting at the Irish American Center for the benefit of the homeless who were helped and supported by St. Francis Bread for the Poor.
Mary was an ardent supporter of Co. Mayo and had an abiding love of its unique beauty and culture. She was an avid traveller, visiting Co. Mayo regularly, supporting their culture and charitable organisations, both locally and abroad. She particularly enjoyed the warm and friendly people of Mayo, as well as its culinary delights!
True to her heritage, Mary lived her life as a strong supporter of her faith, her family and her many friends whom she came to know as a resident of Williston Park for the past 37 years. She was widowed in 2010, was pre-deceased by her daughter, Mary, and leaves behind her four daughters: Norah, Carmel, Brigid and Rita, her niece, Joanie (nee Cullinane) Luyun, eleven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren who will dearly miss their ‘G-ma’.
Visitation will be at the Weigand Bros. Inc. Funeral Home, from 2:00 pm-7:00 pm, on Wednesday, 13th September, 2023. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am, on Thursday, 14th September, 2023, at St. Aidan’s Church, in Williston Park. Burial will be at the Cemetery of the Holy Rood, 111 Old Country Road, in Westbury, NY.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Mary’s memory to be made to St. Francis Bread for the Poor.