Mary Kathleen “Mary Kate” Blaney

Mary Kathleen “Mary Kate” Blaney

Birth
Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
Death 11 Aug 2009 (aged 3)
Saline, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
Burial Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 77631788 · View Source
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Mary Kate, age 3, granddaughter of Richard & Marjorie Blaney of Fitchburg, WI, passed away on Tuesday. Mary Kate was born with a serious heart defect and Down Syndrome. She had two open-heart surgeries in her first five months. She smiled, crawled, sat, cruised, played, and spoke a few words. Bringing joy to all who knew her, she gave kisses, hugs and pats on the back. Complications from her final heart surgery and recovery early in 2008 began a cycle of illness and rallying. She developed respiratory illness requiring her to be on a ventilator. Despite gaining strength, she developed a rare and poorly understood condition, protein-losing enteropathy, for which there is no cure. She died peacefully at home with her parents, siblings and others who loved her. She is survived by her parents, James & Kathleen Blaney of Saline, MI; siblings, John, Monica, Sharon and Peter; her four grandparents; 23 aunts and uncles; and 34 cousins. Mary Kate was buried from Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, MI, on Aug. 14, 2009.

Bio by: Kathy (Weller) Medick


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  • Created by: Old Bones
  • Added: 4 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 77631788
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Kathleen “Mary Kate” Blaney (17 Sep 2005–11 Aug 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 77631788, citing Saint Thomas Catholic Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Old Bones (contributor 47251769) .