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Mary Flaherty

August 2, 1931 — June 27, 2021

Mary H. (Guzi) Flaherty, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June, 27, 2021.

Born in Peekskill, NY, August 2,1931, to Michael and Mary (Ryan) Guzi.

Mary met the love of her life, William “Bill” Flaherty of Verplank, NY, they married on February 20,1954 at the Assumption church in Peekskill, NY. They made a forever home in Cold Spring where they raised their 5 children, William Flaherty (Deborah) of Beacon, NY, Timothy Flaherty of Norwalk, CT., Joann Sherman (Jamie) of Cold Spring, NY, Robert Flaherty (Annette) of Cold Spring, NY, Bridget O’Brien (Kevin) of Cohasset, MA. She had 10 grandchildren: The Flaherty’s Meghan Mekeel (Kenneth), Erin, Morgan, William, of Beacon, NY, Rachel McNamara (Joseph) of Abington, MA, Kelsey and her fiancé Ray DiFrancesco of Cold Spring, NY. The O’Brien’s: Connor, Thomas, Caroline of Cohasset, MA, and James Sherman of Cold Spring, NY; 2 great-grandchildren, Hunter and Harper Mekeel, of Beacon, NY.

Mary was pre-deceased by her husband William, son William; parents Michael, and Mary Guzi, her sister Virginia (Wassil), brother Michael.

She graduated from Hendrick Hudson High School in 1948, Cochran School of Nursing in 1951; received her teaching accreditation from Russel Sage College, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Mount Saint Mary College.

Mary started her career as an RN at Peekskill hospital, after starting a family, earned her accreditation in teaching and began a new career as a school nurse teacher both at Haldane, and Garrison school, where she was beloved by all her students. She then returned to Hudson Valley hospital and retired as the Director of Quality Management. After retiring from the medical field, she became an accomplished artist, filling her surroundings with beauty, she painted in oils in the style of the Hudson River artist.

The greatest joy of her life was family; always available to give guidance, love, and care, not just to her immediate family; her home was an open door, and her heart was full of joy. She cooked, baked, and hosted every Thanksgiving for a large gathering of family and friends, for over 60 years. Another great joy was spending time with her soulmate, Bill, they had many years together, traveling the globe, and building a stable home to come back to after a long journey. She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered

Friends may call on Thursday July 1,2021 from 4-7pm at Clinton Funeral Home , 21 Parrott Street,Cold Spring.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday July 2,2021 at 10am at Our Lady of Loretto Church, Cold Spring.  Interment will follow in Cold Spring Cemetery.

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Funeral Mass

Friday, July 2, 2021

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Our Lady of Loretto Church

24 Fair St, Cold Spring, NY 10516

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Friday, July 2, 2021

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