Mary Catherine Hogan, on May 19, 2013, Mary let go of this lifetime to join the saints in heaven after a long, difficult struggle with debilitating illness. Mary was born on June 29, 1931, in New York City to Patrick Curran of County Waterford, Ireland and Mary Margaret Brown of County Fermoy, Ireland. Mary was raised in the city and graduated from Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Manhattan.
In 1954, she married Lawrence Hogan and proceeded to raise five children, during which time she volunteered for the Marion Guild of St. Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and the Mothers Guild at St Mary's School in Wappinger, N.Y. where her children attended grammar school. She also became a 4-H leader and instructor. It was her volunteer work at St. Francis Hospital Emergency Room in Poughkeepsie that inspired her to seek training as a nurse. In 1975 she graduated with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from Dutchess Community College, after which she was employed by Highland Hospital, Beacon, N.Y. and at a group home for adults with autism. She also taught patient care to health care workers operating in a clinic setting.
The Hogans purchased a camp in Edinburg in 1974, which they remodeled into a four season home, retiring there in 1993. They attend St. Francis Church, Northville where Mary played guitar and sang in a fledgling folk group that evolved into the present day church choir. She was very devoted to many church ministries including choir, the Prayer Shawl Ministry, and home based prayer groups.
Mary was an enthusiastic promoter of all the arts and was, herself, a gifted Fabric Artist, sharing her beautiful work to decorate her church for many festive occasions. She will be greatly missed by her fellow quilters in the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network, where she participated in the annual creation of stunning artistic quilts for SVAN's fund raising efforts. Mary sought to share her gifts whenever and wherever she could. She enjoyed life in the outdoors with her gardening, and participation in the Garden Club. She loved swimming, water skiing, ice skating and cross country skiing.
Mary is survived by her loving husband, Larry; her five children, Edward Hogan, Joseph Hogan, Eileen Hogan, Sheila Forest and Monica Brown, all of North Carolina; her beautiful granddaughters Caroline, Hillary, Caitlin, and Shalee; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitors can pay their respects to the family on Thursday, May 23, at the Northville Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral mass will be said at St. Francis Church, Bridge Street, Northville on Friday, May 24, at 9:30 a.m.
The family requests that memorial contributions be sent to the Edinburg Volunteer Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 904, Northville, NY 12134. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.northvillefuneralservice.com.