In Memory of Marguerite A. McKennan

May 15, 1927 - March 27, 2019

Resided in New Hartford, NY


No Visitation


St. Bernard's Cemetery

199 Stafford Avenue

Waterville, NY 13480


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Marguerite A. McKennan, of New Hartford, passed away at the Waterville Residential Care Center peacefully, Wednesday March 27, 2019 at the age of 91.

She was born Marguerite Gallagher on May 15, 1927 and spent her childhood on the family farm in Sangerfield, NY. After graduating Waterville High School, she attended and completed her Bachelors degree in two and half years followed by a Masters (Education) degree both from Syracuse University/Utica College.

On May 7, 1955, she married John T. McKennan, a union they enjoyed for 56 years.

She treasured her 30 years of teaching English and History in the New Hartford, Utica and Whitesboro School Districts and maintained lifelong relationships with many of her former students.

Appointed by then NYS Governor Hugh Carey, Marguerite served for more than two decades on the Board of Directors of the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. She held the record for years of service also acting as the Board’s Vice-Chair, an accomplishment she enjoyed very much and of which she, justifiably, was very proud.

Marguerite was a devout parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church, New Hartford and served as lector for decades.

She and Jack enjoyed many winters in Vero Beach, FL, many summers in Cape Cod and traveled extensively in Europe.

She is survived by her brother James Gallagher and his wife Barbara, of Melbourne, FL; son Dr. John M. McKennan and his wife Joanne of New Hartford; son Timothy P. McKennan and his wife Sandy of Syracuse; grandchildren Lauren McKennan, NYC, Ryan McKennan, New Hartford, Kyle Mullett and Marinn McKennan, Syracuse. She was predeceased by her husband John in 2011, son Robert in 1974, brother Robert Gallagher in 1990, sister Mary Gallagher (Kandl) in 2003 and brother Jack in 2005.

The family thanks Robert Burke, MD (nephew) and the Waterville Residential Care Center staff for their compassionate care.

A Mass of Christian burial for family and friends will be celebrated on Monday, April 1, at 10:00 AM at St. John the Evangelist Church, New Hartford. The family will receive friends following the Mass. There are no calling hours. Interment will be in St. Bernard’s Cemetery, Waterville.

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Arrangements are in the care of Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral and Cremation Services, New Hartford.