1928 ∼ 2020
Kathleen Mackey peacefully passed away October 9, 2020 at the age of 92.
Kathleen Marie Ryan lived a long and rich life, marked by her deep love for
family and friends. She was born in Manhattan, New York on August 19,
1928. Her family settled in a home on Edison Street in Grant City, Staten
Island, New York.
Kathleen was the second of 11 children born to Irish immigrants Thomas and
Ellen Ryan. Her 10 siblings, all male, affectionately called her “sis”, a
nickname she carried for the remainder of her life. She is survived by brothers
Thomas, Jeremiah (Jerry), Patrick, James, Martin, Robert, and Kevin. She is
preceded in death by brothers Denis, John, and Joseph.
Upon graduation from Notre Dame Academy on Staten Island she worked
supporting Catholic Charities in Manhattan. Throughout her life, aside from
raising her own large family Kathleen was always available to assist others.
She generously volunteered her efforts to service organizations such as
Meals on Wheels, local hospice groups, Mount Loretto orphanage, League of
Women Voters, and her local Catholic parish. In leisure times Kathleen was
an avid reader and a master of word games (NYT crossword puzzle in ink!)
and bridge. She loved hosting her large family for card games and social
Kathleen married Richard (Dick) Joseph Mackey on Staten Island on June 11,
1949. They had 5 children: Brian, Denis, Richard, George and Janice. In early
years the family lived in Charlotte, North Carolina and Macon, Georgia before
returning to Staten Island and settling in Tottenville in 1956. As their children
grew and left the house, Kathleen and Dick moved to upstate New York, and
finally retired to Toms River, New Jersey in 1990.
Kathleen and Dick entered the Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts in 2011. Dick passed in 2012, while
Kathleen remained at Windemere and received loving hospice care in the last
In addition to her 5 children, Kathleen is survived by 9 grandchildren and 10
great grandchildren. She will be remembered by all who knew her as the most
unselfish, and giving person they have known. She will be sorely missed by all
whose life she touched. We love you mom.