Obituary of Ann Hanley
Ann F. Hanley passed away peacefully at home on the morning of December 18, 2017. She had lived in Orange County for over forty-five years, most recently in the home of her daughter Mary Hallock in Marlboro. She is survived by Mary and her husband David Hallock, by her sons Hugh and his wife Irene Diamond of Arlington, MA and Martin and his wife Roseanne of Wausau, WI and by her brother Fr. James Lehr, MM of Maryknoll, NY. She also leaves behind John Esposito of Stamford, CT, the husband of her deceased daughter, Catherine, who passed away in 1992. She will be missed by her grandchildren
Franklin and Daniel Hallock, Philip, Patrick and Matthew Hanley, John and James Esposito, Rebecca Yudkoff and Benjamin Diamond.
Ann was predeceased by her husband Hugh Hanley, who passed away in 2009 after sixty-one happy years of marriage. She was the daughter of Martin J. and Mary (nee Smith) Lehr, and the sister of Fr. Theodore Lehr OFM, Norbert Lehr, Margaret Mary Lehr, Dorothy Lehr and Marie Hunter, all of whom have passed away. An extended family that includes nieces, nephews, great grandchildren and relatives-in-law were also saddened by her passing.
Ann was born and raised in Elmhurst, Queens, the third of seven siblings. She graduated from Cathedral High School in Manhattan, and was awarded her RN degree from St. Mary's School of Nursing, in Brooklyn. She began her career in nursing at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan and continued in this calling throughout the forty-five years of her working life. When she was a child she met her future-husband Hugh in Jersey City, through her aunt, Margaret Powers. Their courtship began when they were in high school and grew during the WWII years when Hugh served in the Army Air Corps. They married in Elmhurst, Queens in 1947.
Ann had a special gift and a sincere love of working with the elderly. She cherished her experiences and accomplishments in the later years of her professional life at the Orange County Infirmary where, in a supervisor's position, she introduced innovative and more modern care procedures and products. In addition to her professional work, and her work as a devoted homemaker, she volunteered as a Girl Scout Leader, Cub Scout Den mother, and CCD instructor. She was also the Director of the Orange County Birthright, and donated generously to her favorite charities. Ann's was a life of kindness, compassion, and piety. Her devotion to her profession and her family was deeply rooted in her faith and practice as a Roman Catholic.
A celebration of Ann's life will include a 10:30 morning Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic Church at Orange Lake in the Town of Newburgh on Friday, May 11, 2018. Her ashes will be interred at the Orange County Veterans Cemetery, Goshen, followed immediately with a gathering of her extended family and friends.
Donations may be made in Ann's name to her favorite charities: The Birthright of Orange County, Hospice of the Hudson Valley, Covenant House, and the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, or a charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Carl J. DiDonato, Jr. of the DiDonato Funeral Service, Inc.
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