2010-08-26 / Obituaries


Mary Jane Duffy June 10, 1934 – Aug. 17, 2010 Mary Jane Duffy June 10, 1934 – Aug. 17, 2010 Mary Jane Duffy, 76, formerly of Brewster, died Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at her home.

Born June 10, 1934, in Danbury, she was the daughter of the late Edwin G. and Josephine (Murphy) Fernand.

Mrs. Duffy graduated from St. Peter’s Parochial School and Danbury High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Western Conn. State Teachers College. She was a substitute school teacher at St. Lawrence Catholic School and also worked in the Brewster, Carmel, and Mahopac School Districts. She was a life member of the Brewster Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary and a life member of the District Nursing Assoc. of the Town of Southeast.

A proud accomplishment of her life was serving as chairperson of the Better Brewster Committee in 1965, a group of women who pressured the Southeast Town Board to put up for a referendum, the purchase of the beach and adjoining property on the Westside of Tonetta Lake, resulting in what is now know as the Southeast Town Park at Tonetta Lake.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years James P. Duffy, Jr. of Brant Lake, whom she married July 28, 1956; 3 sons, James and his wife Ellen Duffy of Hopewell Junction, Thomas Duffy of Warrensburg, John and his wife Nancy Duffy of Middleberg, Fla.; 2 daughters, Kathleen and her husband John Brundage of Brookfield, CT, Patricia Duffy of Brewster; one brother Edwin G. Fernand, M.D. and his wife Linda of New Milford; 5 grandchildren, Travis, Megan, Dustin, Alexander, Lauren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 8pm August 28 at Barton-Mc- Dermott Funeral Home, Inc 9 Pine St. Chestertown.

Funeral services will be at 8pm after visiting hours with Father John O’Kane officiating.

Memorials may be made to Brewster Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary 501 North Main St. Brewster, NY 10509 or Putnam Human Society P.O. Box 297 Carmel, NY 10512.

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