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Hyde Park - Monica Alicia McRann, 58, died of cancer on May 15, 2014 at Vassar Brother's Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Monica was born on August 5, 1955 in Ossining, NY to Bernard and Elizabeth McRann.
She graduated from Croton Harmon High, attended Chaminade College of Honolulu and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Finance from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, and pursued post graduate studies at Boston University, Boston, MA.
Monica was a mortgage banker by profession, and during her career received multiple Presidential Level awards for outstanding achievement in loan production at Webster Bank, where she spent most of her career.
An often self-described "free spirit," Monica loved both cats and dogs, gardening, and volunteered over the years at the Vanderbilt Mansion, the Omega Institute, and the Jack Russell Refuge. She was also a member of Scenic Hudson, and a former member of the Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce. Monica took numerous classes at Omega and at the Culinary Institute of America as she loved both learning and cooking.
Monica had a love for writing, especially poetry. In recent years, she dedicated much of her time and efforts to those endeavors. She was a member of the Writer's Group in Hyde Park and participated in numerous writer workshops in Woodstock.
In addition to her writing, continuous learning and cooking, Monica had a lifelong passion for photography. She recently turned this focus into a small business emphasizing creative applications of photography in apparel accessories.
Monica is survived by her mother, Elizabeth of Topsham, Maine; her loving sisters, Trisha of Pennsylvania and Debora and husband, John, of Virginia; two nieces; two nephews; six great-nephews; three great-nieces; and her beloved dog, Xena. She will be remembered often by them and forever missed.
Her family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation for the care, help, and assistance provided to Monica by her wonderful neighbors, numerous friends, and the nurses and caregivers at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, South Circle Five, Oncology Unit.
In keeping with Monica's wishes, services for her will be private. The family will host a celebration of Monica's life in the coming weeks for friends and neighbors.
Arrangements are under the direction of Sweet's Funeral Home, Inc., Rte 9, Hyde Park, NY.
To send an online condolence please visit www.sweetsfuneralhome.com
Sweet's Funeral Home
4365 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on May 18, 2014