Henighan, Veronica NASSAU Veronica M. "Ronnie" Henighan, aged 68, of Nassau, N.Y., died May 2, 2013 at St. Peter's Hospice Inn after a long battle with cancer. Ronnie was born December 28, 1944 in Flushing, N.Y. to Dr. Martin I. and Veronica M. Smith and spent her formative years at the family farm in Stamford, N.Y. After attending college in Boston, Ronnie moved to the Albany, N.Y. area for job opportunities where she met and later married John G. Henighan Sr. on February 17, 1968. Ronnie and John Sr. settled on a small farm in Nassau in 1977, where they had a large garden, raised pigs and chickens, and where Ronnie embarked on her lifelong passion of training and showing horses and ponies. Ronnie won numerous championship ribbons in shows sponsored by the New York State Show Horse Assn and American Hackney Horse Society and was a well-known trainer in upstate New York. Other hobbies included horticulture, home and antique furniture restoration, painting and playing the piano. Ronnie also spent 25 years as a business manager/accountant with the SUNY Albany Alumni Association, and in her 30's was noted for writing a geometry and trigonometry book for high school students. Ronnie is survived by daughter Karrie M. Henighan of Marlborough, Mass. with grandchildren Johnny and Elena; son John G. Henighan Jr. of Grosse Pointe, Mich., and partner George Newton of Nassau. She is also survived by father Dr. Martin I. Smith of Amsterdam, N.Y.; and siblings, Martin I. Smith Jr. of Fonda, N.Y., Kevin Smith of Mesquite, Nev., and Martina Schmidt of Esperance, NY. Ronnie was predeceased by her late husband, John G. Henighan Senior, in 1994; sister, Darice Marie Ahern; and mother, Veronica M. Smith. Ronnie is interred at the St. Mary's Cemetery in Nassau. The family requests that memorial donations be made in her name to the St. Peter's Hospice, Albany, N.Y or to the
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Published in Albany Times Union from May 3 to May 13, 2013