Mary Therese Hennessy, 89, traveled the world to reunite with relatives

Mary Therese Hennessy
Mary Therese Hennessy

Mary Therese Hennessy, 89, departed this life Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, one month before her 90th birthday. At the time of her peaceful passing, she was in the company of close family members.

A native New Yorker who was born in Brooklyn, Mary moved to Virginia Beach in October 2011 to be closer to her family members. She never married but was blessed with dozens of close family relatives living around the world who she loved to visit, and she always had the close companionship of a dog throughout her life to keep her company.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, James Leo Hennessy and Ann Sampson Hennessy, along with two of her three brothers, James Leo Hennessy Jr. and Joseph Patrick Hennessy. She is survived by her remaining brother, William David Hennessy, who lives in Mesa, Arizona, along with 10 nieces and nephews and 12 great-nieces and great-nephews who are living all across the globe.

A devout Catholic, Mary loved to volunteer at the church in many different ways, her favorite being to teach CCD to children on Saturday mornings.

Mary’s life will be celebrated during a Mass at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the chapel at Church of the Ascension, 4853 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach. There will be a short visitation and viewing beginning at noon prior to the Mass at the church. Additionally, a graveside service will be held at noon, Friday, Nov. 16, at St. John’s Cemetery, 80-01 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village, New York (Section 21).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to either of Mary’s favorite charities, Missionary Cenacle Apostolate in Maryland or Missionary Servants Most Blessed Trinity in Philadelphia.

Share online condolences with the family at Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory.

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