Mary Catherine Kavanah

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Mary Catherine Kavanah, a longtime resident of South Blooming Grove, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019.

Mary was born on Sept. 5, 1935, in Yonkers to Marion Fitzpatrick and John DeRoberts Jr.

Mary graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers and then from Washington Secretarial School in New York City.

Before coming to Blooming Grove, Mary worked at AT&T in New York City and in 1964 she moved to the Blooming Grove area with her husband Patrick.

After taking time to raise her family Mary worked at Washingtonville High School and then Monroe-Woodbury High School as a Special Education Assistant.

During her life Mary enjoyed many things including camping, cruising, and just sitting on the beach at Montauk.

In recent years she enjoyed playing Bridge, Mahjong and her time with the ladies at Book Club.

But most of all she enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Mary is survived by her children: James Kavanah and wife Barbara of Washingtonville; Tricia Korth and husband Robert Steiger of Middletown; Carolynn Mulligan and husband Raymond of Rock Tavern; and Thomas Kavanah and wife Beth of South Blooming Grove; her grandchildren: Kimberly, Patrick, Jason, Elliot, Christopher, Nicholas and Mackenzie; and great grandchildren: Liam, Kinley, Rylan and Abbey. She is also survived by her sisters: Patricia Haslett of Virginia and Jeannie Wurzburg and husband Chuck of Florida and sister in law Carol DeRoberts of Connecticut, along with many nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded by her husband of 58 years Patrick; her parents: John, Marion and Grace DeRoberts; and her brother John DeRoberts. The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to her outstanding and extremely dedicated medical team of Dr. Rachel Colvin, and Dr. Jeffery Stewart, and the entire staff at Mid Hudson Oncology for taking such good care of her.

We would also like to thank all the family and friends who took Mom to dinner, lunches, book club, Mahjong and the countless doctors appointments.

Visitation was held Jan. 27 at Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home in Monroe.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 28 at St. Mary’s Church in Washingtonville.

Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mary’s name to: Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation ( and to Country Kids Food Pantry Care of St. Marys Church, 2 Father Tierney Circle, Washingtonville, NY 10992.

Arrangements by Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home (845-782-8185;

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