Longmeadow, Mass. - Mary T. Hannigan, 57, was called safely into God's arms on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.
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Mary was born July 17, 1955, and grew up in Springfield, Mass. in the East Forest Park section of the city. She is the daughter of the late Richard J. and Mary I. (Lynch) Hannigan. Mary attended Cathedral High School and went on to graduate from Springfield College with both a bachelor's and a master's degree. Mary's passion was her children, Timothy Sanford of Longmeadow, Mass. and 1st Lt. Matthew Sanford of East Windsor (currently in the Army stationed in Afghanistan). Her sons have grown up to be the type of men she could be proud of.
Mary devoted her life and career to children, most recently serving as the assistant director of Parks and Recreation for the town of Longmeadow, Mass. Previously, Mary was employed by the Groton Parks and Recreation Department. Prior to that, she was employed by the Town of North Stonington as recreation director and senior center director. Mary was responsible for providing a comprehensive program for all ages, abilities and interests for the citizens of North Stonington and also as the municipal agent for the elderly in North Stonington.
Mary was an advocate for children, she was particularly proud of the Real Choices Grant she secured that empowered people living with a disability to make choices in their everyday lives concerning health care, transportation, recreation, housing and education.
She is survived by her four brothers and their spouses, Richard and Judy Hannigan of St. Leonard, Md., William and Stacey of Northampton, Mass., Thomas and Margaret of Longmeadow, and Joseph and Denise of Longmeadow. In addition, Mary leaves her nieces and nephews who adored her, Katie, and T.J. of Longmeadow, Emily and Tyler of Northampton and Sarah and Christopher of Longmeadow.
Her funeral will be held at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, from the Forastiere Smith Funeral Home, 220 N. Main St., East Longmeadow, Mass. followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Longmeadow St., Longmeadow. Rites of Committal will follow in St. Michael's Cemetery, State St., Springfield, Mass. Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made in Mary's memory to St. Mary's Academy, 56 Hopkins Place, Longmeadow, MA 01106.
Published in The Day on Jan. 6, 2013