Genevieve Mahaney, of King Ferry, died peacefully on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, a month shy of her 98th birthday. Born in King Ferry on Oct. 5, 1919 to Edward Murray and Ellen Daly Murray, she was the youngest of 11 children.
Gen graduated from King Ferry Central School in 1938 and worked for some time at Atwater’s General Store before marrying James “Slats” Mahaney on April 2, 1945, with whom she shared 50 years until his death in 1995. A mother and homemaker who valued family and friends most of all, her kitchen and front porch welcomed countless reunions, gatherings and visits over more than 70 years. She was a life-long communicant of Our Lady of the Lake Church and a member of the Five Corners Grange. An avid sports fan, she golfed and bowled into her mid-90s, frequented high school basketball games and tournaments with her husband for decades and her Thursday afternoons playing Euchre with friends was the highlight of her week.
The last family member of her generation, she was predeceased by brothers and sisters, Katherine (Coral) Dempsey, Margaret (Philip) Tyrrell, Anna (Clarence) Heffernan, Ellen (Hobart) Hagin, Bertha (Louis) Tyrrell, Marian (Lawrence) Townsley, Mildred (Francis “Pat”) Mahaney, Josephine (Harry Bower)(Ray) Bower McLaughlin, Edward (Margaret) Murray and Paul Murray; her sisters-in-law Ellen Mahaney, Mary (Cortlandt) Winters and brother-in-law Jerry (Arlene) Mahaney.
Genevieve lived with patience and calm, tempered with a sense of humor that stayed with her throughout her life. She exemplified her senior quote in the King Ferry Tales yearbook, “I have learned whatsoever state I am in to be content” Philippians 4:11.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Route 90, King Ferry at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, with burial immediately following in Our Lady of the Lake Cemetery. Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Shurtleff Funeral Home, 10117 Route 90, Genoa. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the charity of your choice.