Erin Marie Reilly passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017 after a brave two-year battle with cancer. She was 42 years old.
Erin was born in Cold Spring, NY to her mother, Jane Galu Reilly of Highland Falls and her father, Mark Alan Reilly of Fort Montgomery. She grew up in Fort Montgomery with her three siblings. Erin excelled at athletic pursuits and was a talented equestrian and mountain biker. She loved hiking and gardening and had recently taken up quilting. Erin had a special love for animals, owned a horse for over twenty years and cared for numerous stray cats around her neighborhood.
Erin graduated from Marist College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and from Mount Saint Mary College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She was a Registered Nurse at Kingston Hospital, St. Mary’s Campus, when she was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2015. She was a strong-willed, determined person and fought her cancer with everything she had, using both traditional medicine and alternative treatments.
Along with her parents, Erin is survived by her three siblings: Kelli Kingsbury of Denver, CO, Greg Maher and his wife Lisa of Fort Montgomery, Leslie D’Onofrio and her husband Kevin of Highland Falls, four nephews: Blake and Sean D’Onofrio, Derrick and Zackery Maher, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 24th at William F. Hogan Funeral Home, 135 Main Street, Highland Falls, NY. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on February 25th at Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Fort Montgomery. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to TARA – The Animal Rights Alliance, Inc., P.O. Box 185, Warwick, NY 10990 or Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850-5168