Byrnes (nee Sweeney), Anne Marie
Anne Marie Sweeney Byrnes was called by God into eternal life shortly after midnight in the early morning of Saturday, December 29, 2012 at age 83, surrounded by her loving family. She lived in Yonkers, NY for 81 years. In 2011, she became a resident of the Fountains at RiverVue in Tuckahoe, NY, where she enjoyed living very much. She was born on Sunday, July 28, 1929 in Yonkers, New York to Charles and Anna Rose Colgan Sweeney. Anne Marie graduated from St. Barnabas Elementary School and High School in Yonkers, and Fordham University. Anne Marie was predeceased in July 2008 by her beloved husband, Francis Xavier Byrnes, whom she married at St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Yonkers, NY on May 26, 1951. They were happily married for 57 years. Surviving Anne Marie are her sister Madeleine Bonura and her husband Joseph, and her sister-in-laws Ruth Sweeney, Pat Sweeney, and Jane Valentine. Anne Marie was predeceased by these siblings: Monica Sweeney; Helen Boyle; Charles ("Joe") Sweeney, Jr.; Eileen Austin; Dorothy Suchanek; Leo Sweeney; Robert Sweeney (died at 19 in Battle of the Bulge), and Gerard and Anne Marie (both died in infancy). Anne Marie is also survived by her devoted and loving children: Bernard (Diane); Charles (Kathy); Mary (Geoffrey Pratt); Matthew (Helene); Roseanne (Mark McCullough); Joseph (June), and John (Liz). A famous quote that Anne Marie often said was, "The child is the father of the man", which she kept in mind when raising her children. The Byrnes family lived downstairs from the Bonura family (the mothers were sisters) - so the house was overflowing with 13 children in the 1960's (and various dogs, fish, and turtles.) While raising her seven children, Anne Marie placed great emphasis on loving and serving God. Anne Marie is survived by 15 grandchildren, who lovingly called her "Nana", and 1 great-grandchild. She is also survived by 30 nieces and nephews and their families. She was a woman of prayer, who was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yonkers for almost 60 years. She was a lifetime devout Roman Catholic who attended daily Mass (1st or 2nd pew on the Blessed Mother's side); said a daily Rosary; prayed every day for the souls in Purgatory; read the Bible every night; often attended Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament; and attended the Stations of the Cross on Fridays in Lent. Anne Marie was ardently pro-life and participated in the annual Marches for Life in Washington, D.C. for decades. Anne Marie was the dedicated Chairwoman of the Respect Life Committee at Sacred Heart Church for 20 years. She spent years as a member of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers. She participated as a member of the Sacred Heart Church Parish Council. Anne Marie was a member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society for decades. She was also a "Cooperator" with Opus Dei for over 30 years. Additionally, she was a past President of the Saunders High School Parent Teachers Association. Anne Marie studied Tai chi under instructor Ed Young in Hastings, NY for 30 years. She also studied karate for years with her husband, Fran, under instructor Frank DeMaria. Anne Marie was a pretty, gentle, kind, patient, and refined woman with a smile that lit up the world. Anne Marie was a true daughter of the Catholic Church and a very patriotic American. She was a pillar of faith and kindness throughout the changing times in passing decades. The thought that Anne Marie specifically wanted to leave people after her death was this: "The greatest tragedy in life is not to become a saint." Anne Marie could truly say, "It was a wonderful life!" She will live on tenderly and vitally in our hearts until we reunite with her and Dad someday in Heaven. Visiting hours will be on Sunday December 30th from 3 to 8 pm. at Whalen & Ball Funeral Home, 168 Park Avenue, Yonkers. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday December 31st at 9:30 am. at Sacred Heart Church, 110 Shonnard Place, Yonkers. The interment will follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla.
Whalen & Ball Funeral Home
168 Park Ave.
Yonkers, N.Y. 10703