Mary Coughlan

Mary Coughlan (Sullivan)

Friday, October 23rd, 1936 - Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021
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Coughlan, Mary (nee Sullivan) died at her home, at the age of 84 years old, on February 23rd, 2021 surrounded by family. She was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 23, 1936, to Hannah and Mortimer Sullivan. She met her husband of 53 years, John Coughlan, at Gaelic Park in the Bronx, and they were married at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Brooklyn on July 5, 1958. For the next forty years, they resided on the 500 block of 58th Street in Brooklyn where they raised their nine children and she was known as Mrs. C to the neighborhood children. She was preceded in death by her husband John, her parents, her brothers Dan and John, and her sister Anne. She is survived by her children John (Virginia), Frances DeLaurentis (AJ), Mary Lavelle (John), Kevin (Celie), Teresa Petrocelli (Gerard), Gerard (the late Deborah), Brian (Trish), Dennis (Kathy) and Jim (Linda), her twenty-five grandchildren, one great grandchild, her sister, Peggy Brennan, and many nieces and nephews. As her children reached school age, Mary returned to work outside of the home and became the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent at Madison Square Garden. She was a lifetime knitter, who also loved to crochet, sew and do needlepoint. She loved her family, cared deeply for her friends and the friends of her children whom she often welcomed into her home, and had a deep and abiding faith. She was a devout parishioner of OLPH for many years, where she was a Eucharistic Minister, organizer of many fund-raising events and instrumental in the creation of the OLPH Soccer League. In later years, she spent time living in the Poconos, New Jersey and Florida. She will be missed by all, but her legacy will live on in the family she raised and those she touched. She will be remembered by all as a dessert enthusiast, her favorite part of any meal. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you please donate to a charity of your choice in memory of her. Reposing at McLaughlin & Sons Funeral Home, 9620 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY, on Sunday, Feb. 28th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Monday, March 1st at 10:30 a.m. Internment, Long Island National Cemetery.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 28th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, February 28th, 2021 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    McLaughlin & Sons Funeral Home
    9620 - Third Avenue
    BROOKLYN, NY 11209
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  • Service

    Monday, March 1st, 2021 | 10:30am
    Monday, March 1st, 2021 10:30am
    Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
    526 59th Street
    Brooklyn, New York, NY 11220
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  • Interment

    Long Island National Cemetery
    2040 Wellwood Avenue
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Jillian H

Posted at 07:54am
To Mary’s family,
That was such a beautiful tribute! I did not have the pleasure of of knowing your mom personally but I know she will be greatly missed. Grief can be so hard especially the first year but may the support from family and friends along with the promises in the Holy Bible and knowing God collects your tears in a skin bottle because He feels your pain bring you much needed comfort! With my deepest sympathy.

winifred hamrogue-donahue

Posted at 02:52pm
My sincere condolences to the Family & her sister Peggy.Sorry I won’t be able to attend her Funeral
Mass. RIP Mary. Winnie Hamrogue-Donahue

Colleen Skufca

Posted at 10:19pm
Aunt Mary,

We have such fond memories of you, Uncle John and your family in Brooklyn! It was so fun to have family dinners periodically throughout the year and play with our cousins and visit with the rest of the family. Sending loving thoughts to the family,
Esther, Colleen , and Donna

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