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Bernadette O'Rourke McDonough

Death 31 Oct 2012
New York, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 100115791 · View Source
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Fairport/New Hartford: 1930-2012. Bernadette Virginia O'Rourke McDonough passed away peacefully with family at her side in New Hartford, NY on October 31, 2012. Bernadette was married for 60 years to Peter McDonough, former Mayor of Fairport and Monroe County Legislator. Bernadette was a 1951 graduate of Hunter College, with a BS in Home Economics. Everyone who knew Bernadette watched her use her degree every day as she managed the McDonough home at the top of South Main Street and cared for her 7 children. After Peter's passing in March of 2010, Bernadette moved to New Hartford, New York.

Bernadette was the 5th child of John and Catherine O'Rourke, Irish immigrants from Leitrum Ireland. She is predeceased by her husband Peter, her sisters Margaret, Catherine, Mae, and her brother John.

Bernadette and Peter raised 7 children in Fairport. She was a devoted parishioner and religion school teacher with the Assumption Church. She was an active member of the Irish community as well as the Fairport community. She was instrumental in establishing The Sister City Program with Waterford Ireland. Bernadette worked alongside her husband Peter at Empire State College, and was Peter's right hand for 60 years in Fairport Village government, Fairport schools, and was his partner in their company, Creativity and Marketing Strategy. She served on the Genesee Valley Chorus and Orchestra Board, was Regional Director of the American Management Association, and was past President, Vice President, and Secretary of the Fairport Historical Society.

Bernadette's greatest joy was her love for her husband Peter, and their 7 children and 15 grandchildren. She is survived by all seven children, Bernadette McDonough Canfield of Pittsford NY, and daughter Elizabeth, Mary Margaret McDonough, her husband Richard Sanderson and their children Grace Anne and Schuyler of Nashville, Catherine and Michael Cominsky and their sons Manny and Marshal of New Hartford NY, Peter and Andrea McDonough and their children Caroline and Peter of Darien Ct., James and Heidi McDonough and their children Madison, Ryan and Catherine of Cincinnati, Thomas and Amanda McDonough of Maryland and their children Owen and Kennedy, and Patricia and Jack Ryan of Darien Ct and their children Patrick, Jackson and Mae-LePing. Bernadette is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, her brother in law Thomas McCrink and her very dear and devoted friends Maureen Kenney and Bob Siersma.

A mass of celebration for Bernadette's life will be held at The Church of the Assumption, 20 East Avenue, in Fairport, at 11:15 on Monday November 5, 2012. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in her memory, to the Genesee Valley Chorus and Orchestra (GEVOC) Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus, P.O. Box 177, Fairport, New York 14450-0177.
Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from November 3 to November 4, 2012


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