Grace C. Monahan
November 10, 1927-September 10, 2021
Cornwall, New York
Grace C. Monahan, affectionately known as Grandma Coo Coo, passed away on Friday, September 10, 2021, and the angels welcomed her home. Daughter of the late Albert and Grace Downsbrough Maher, Grace was born on November 10, 1927, in Newburgh, NY. She was 93 years old.
Grace married Thomas Monahan, in Sacred Heart Church in Highland Falls, NY, on June 10, 1951, and they raised their three children there until they moved to Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY in 1967. Grace had a rewarding secretarial career and retired from the Department of Engineers at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. Grace and Tom spent many happy retirement years living in Daytona Beach, FL. After Tom's passing, Grace moved back to Cornwall, NY in 1996.
Grace loved to laugh, enjoyed all music, Hallmark movies, photos, picnics, "good mail," Debbie Macomber books, and a hot cup of tea. We were inspired by her strong faith in God. She belonged to St. Marianne Cope Parish, was a member of the Red Hatters in Cornwall, NY and the Highland Falls Ladies Lunch Bunch. Her cheerfulness and kindness made the world a better place.
Grace leaves behind a legacy who loved her dearly: her children: Thomas Monahan, Jr., of Cornwall, NY; John and Peg Monahan, of North Augusta, SC; and Mary O'Mara of Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY; grandchildren: Kelly and Neil Ovenell, Casey O'Mara and James Arrabito, Katie Monahan and John Thomas Monahan; great-grandchildren: Mabel Grace Arrabito, James John Arrabito, and Sloane Harper Ovenell; sister: Peggy Rafferty of Bradenton, FL; sister-in-law: Dolores Monahan of Valrico, FL; as well as, many nieces and nephews, who all brought great joy to her heart. Also, her best friend/caregiver: dog, Carly.
Grace was predeceased by her loving husband, Thomas Monahan, Sr.; her siblings: Eleanor and Salvatore DiCesare, Shirley and George Haggard, Albert and Joyce Maher, Stephen Maher, Mary Jane, and Joseph Kukurender; brother-in-law: William Rafferty; son-in-law: John O'Mara; niece: Katherine Haggard; and nephews: Edward and James Rafferty.
Cremation will take place at Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope, NY. A Funeral Mass and Celebration of Life will be held for Grace in July 2022. Memorial Donations in Grace's name can be sent to the Cornwall Volunteer Ambulance, 1 Clinton Street, Cornwall, NY 12518 or the New Windsor Ambulance, 555 Union Avenue, New Windsor, NY 12553.