Mary A. "Pink" Mullaney
DIED
September 1, 2013
ABOUT
Mullaney, Mary A. "Pink" If you're about to throw away an old pair of pantyhose, stop. Consider: Mary Agnes Mullaney (you probably knew her as "Pink") who entered eternal life on Sunday, September 1, 2013. Her spirit is carried on by her six children, 17 grandchildren, three surviving siblings in New "Joisey", and an extended family of relations and friends from every walk of life. We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Pink during her 85 years, among them: Never throw away old pantyhose. Use the old ones to tie gutters, child-proof cabinets, tie toilet flappers, or hang Christmas ornaments. Also: If a possum takes up residence in your shed, grab a barbecue brush to coax him out. If he doesn't leave, brush him for twenty minutes and let him stay. Let a dog (or two or three) share your bed. Say the rosary while you walk them. Go to church with a chicken sandwich in your purse. Cry at the consecration, every time. Give the chicken sandwich to your homeless friend after mass. Go to a nursing home and kiss everyone. When you learn someone's name, share their patron saint's story, and their feast day, so they can celebrate. Invite new friends to Thanksgiving dinner. If they are from another country and you have trouble understanding them, learn to "listen with an accent." Never say mean things about anybody; they are "poor souls to pray for." Put picky-eating children in the box at the bottom of the laundry chute, tell them they are hungry lions in a cage, and feed them veggies through the slats. Correspond with the imprisoned and have lunch with the cognitively challenged. Do the Jumble every morning. Keep the car keys under the front seat so they don't get lost. Make the car dance by lightly tapping the brakes to the beat of songs on the radio. Offer rides to people carrying a big load or caught in the rain or summer heat. Believe the hitchhiker you pick up who says he is a landscaper and his name is "Peat Moss." Help anyone struggling to get their kids into a car or shopping cart or across a parking lot. Give to every charity that asks. Choose to believe the best about what they do with your money, no matter what your children say they discovered online. Allow the homeless to keep warm in your car while you are at Mass. Take magazines you've already read to your doctors' office for others to enjoy. Do not tear off the mailing label, "Because if someone wants to contact me, that would be nice." In her lifetime, Pink made contact time after time. Those who've taken her lessons to heart will continue to ensure that a cold drink will be left for the overheated garbage collector and mail carrier, every baby will be kissed, every nursing home resident will be visited, the hungry will have a sandwich, the guest will have a warm bed and soft nightlight, and the encroaching possum will know the soothing sensation of a barbecue brush upon its back. Above all, Pink wrote - to everyone, about everything. You may read this and recall a letter from her that touched your heart, tickled your funny bone, or maybe made you say "huh?" She is survived by her children and grandchildren whose photos she would share with prospective friends in the checkout line: Tim (wife Janice, children Timmy, Joey, T.J., Miki and Danny); Kevin (wife Kathy, children Kacey, Ryan, Jordan and Kevin); Jerry (wife Gita, children Nisha and Cathan); MaryAnne; Peter (wife Maria Jose, children Rodrigo and Paulo); and Meg (husband David Vartanian, children Peter, Lily, Jerry and Blase); siblings Anne, Helen, and Robert; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and family too numerous to list but not forgotten. Pink is reunited with her husband and favorite dance and political debate partner, Dr. Gerald L. Mullaney, and is predeceased by six siblings. Friends (and strangers she would love to have met) can visit with Pink's family at the Feerick Funeral Home on Thursday, September 5, from 3 until 7 PM with prayer service at 6:45 PM. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Monica's Catholic Church in Whitefish Bay on Friday, September 6, at 3 PM. Dress comfortably with a splash of pink if you have it. In Pink's memory donations may be made to Dominican High School, 120 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay, WI 53217, or Saint Monica Parish, 160 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay, WI 53217, or any charity that seeks to spread the Good News of Pink's friend, Jesus. Valet Parking in front of the funeral home on Thursday.

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Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Sep. 4, 2013.
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St. Monica's Catholic Church
, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin 53211-2101
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What an inspiration Pink brought to my day! Upon feeling under the weather, I decided to browse the internet and stumbled upon the obituary. I wish Pink was my relative, friend or neighbor. I know no one is perfect but being positive, generous and understanding goes a very long way. I'm TEAM PINK all the way. May your family be blessed with the wonderful memories you obviously created daily. Ironically all who knows me, knows my favorite color is PINK!!
Charmaine Houghton
June 5, 2018
Wow! What an outstanding memorial, sendoff message. What an adorable sweet lady. She reminds me of my own grandmother by some of your stories here. What a blessing to have family love you so much to make your final story this special. You did an amazing job. I feel as if I know her myself. Thank you for sharing a little bit of the beauty that was "Pink". God bless all of you
Nikki Ortega
May 10, 2018
Pink pray for us. May Mary keep our souls in her prayers.
September 27, 2016
I am just seeing this now because of the internet, but Pink has touched my heart and I will try to live up to her advice. I wish her family all the best.
Karen Lane
August 18, 2016
Most touching obituary ever written. May she rest in peace. I don't even know her but just reading this I can tell she was one of the coolest humans on the planet.
Emrys Le Roux
April 2, 2016
Jerry and Peter! Your mom's obit is listed in an article about how to write one. Since I've been editing my obit after a teensy heart incident, I read these articles! When the news of your mom's passing first appeared, two friends from other parts of the country had seen it and sent it to me because of the Milwaukee connection. They were surprised to learn I'd met Pink. You can add to her great qualities was that she was always concerned that you "boys" were eating right!
Love seeing you're married and have families!
Edith Wagner
March 6, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss.May the God of peace be with you.
October 16, 2015
This is a stunning tribute to a clearly wonderful person. Pink, I hope you'll say some prayers for me and others who have come across the loving words written about you. My condolences to her family and friends.
Jean Gossman
May 29, 2015
Wow! What a Gal! I love her style and her story was well written. It was expressed with adoration as well as admiration and painted a beautiful picture of "Pink". Remarkable woman.

-Lisa
Lisa Maggard-Cook
January 31, 2015
What an amazing saint! I found this memorial by chance and reading this story of a complete strangers life made my night! May God bless and keep her soul!
Tina Grata
October 15, 2014
I got an email that I think was meant for someone else with a link here. I have never met this lady but I just brought my 86 year old grandmother home from the hospital yesterday so that she could be with her son who is in the last stages of pancreatic cancer. Needless to say, I needed an angel. Thank you for sending one to a small town in New Mexico
Ann
September 18, 2014
Wish I had met Pink! She was a very wise person. - Elizabeth John
Elizabeth JOHN
July 8, 2014
What an amazing, wonderful woman...wish I had known her!!! Holly
May 9, 2014
I've never been a fan of wearing pantyhose but I certainly can try to use them around my house! Thank you for sharing your wisdom, Pink. Rest in peace.
Jennifer
April 14, 2014
You have reminded me of what is truly important. Wish I had known you, Pink
March 4, 2014
Sounds like someone I would of liked to have known.
Ethel Hosch
February 21, 2014
Rest in Peace remarkable Lady!!
Patrick Nolan
January 24, 2014
I am a nurse in a nursing home. >25yrs. I will be doing the Patron saint story. Great way to break the ice when new residents come to live with us. Thank-you for sharing.
Renee Olson
January 24, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. I am sorry for my loss that I never got to meet Pink. What a wonderful story and life. Thank you for sharing her story.
Sherry Turner
January 23, 2014
Wow! What a touching memorial to your mom. That's not the sun shining bright outside, that's your mom's proud smile. Rest in peace Mrs. Pink.
Rebecca Ourso
January 23, 2014
She sounds like a joy to have been around! No wonder God wanted her up in Heaven with Him!
January 23, 2014
A role model for us all....God Bless Her. A welcome addition to heaven.
Joan Adey
January 23, 2014
Thank you for letting us all know "Pink" I'm sure she is smiling knowing that she's making other smile as well.
Shalimar Quaid
January 22, 2014
I would have loved to have known her. Obviously she had a loving heart and soul. My deepest condolences on her passing. May she rest in peace,=.
Cora Beddows
January 22, 2014
She was an angel on earth... so glad to learn of her story. Cindy from Ohio
January 22, 2014
She raised her children up right and they are raising their children right, and this will go on and on, what a legacy Mary leaves behind, the world is a much better place because she was in it and brought forth generation after generation of well brought up kids. She was always doing God's work, what a Saint, she will be greatly missed and greatly remembered.
Robin Proudfoot
January 22, 2014
<3 So beautiful! Such a beautiful person inside and out.. Rest in Heaven sweet one!
Amber Lopeman
January 22, 2014
Dear Mullaney Family,

I didn't know Pink and I don't know any of you but I am so inspired by Pink's story. My Mom died on 12/6/13 and I think that she and Pink must be twins separated at birth. They even both did the Jumble every morning! I am so sorry for your loss but I am so thrilled that Mom has a twin up in heaven to say the rosary with. My Mom was pretty good with possums too. :) I hope you are doing well. I know (from reading about Pink) that you have wonderful memories. I hope that brings you peace.

Jane Bailey
January 22, 2014
She must be smiling to see how beautifully you shared her remarkable life and wisdom. My sincerest sympathies to your family.
Breanne
January 22, 2014
Thank you for sharing this. What a wonderful woman and a wonderful reminder that saints must surely walk among us!
Shannon Balthazor
January 22, 2014
I was blessed to read this obituary this morning. Thank you for sharing it with the world. Pink was quite a remarkable woman and reminded me of my own Mom in so many ways. The women of their generation were all very strong, caring and wonderful gals. Condolences to your family, but I am sure your memories will keep her in your hearts forever. <3
Roberta
January 21, 2014
Grande donna !
Daniela laudati
January 19, 2014
Pink is indeed a wonderful person, I wish I had met her. My own wonderful person died much too young, at the age of 62 years young. My mother never met a person she couldn't find good in, She used to say "There's a little bit of good in the worse of us and a little bit of bad in the best of us. My momma looked for the best and always found it. She had 6 children after the age of 35 and raised them all. She instilled in all a conscience, both by her teaching and her actions. She always said you have to teach small children about God who then becomes their conscience and reminds them of right and wrong when they need it. I am 70 and even today her gentle teachings guide me. She was the best cook in the world and people would come for miles for her lemon meringue pie. She loved people and her family dearly and grieved when they grieved, and laughed when they laughed. She went around singing all the time, even though she had crippling arthritis, diabetes and heart problems, She never, ever complained and worked tirelessly from dawn to dusk for her family. There is no way I can express how much she meant to us and others, evidently the same as this marvelous lady Pink. God bless them and I'm sure they have become friends in heaven above. Thank you Pink for your beautiful life.
Frances in Mobile
December 7, 2013
Thanks for sharing. What a nice lady!
November 28, 2013
What a beautiful soul. Thanks for sharing.

Bon Biggin
Bon Biggin
November 27, 2013
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS WITH THOSE OF US WHO DO'T EVEN KNOW "PINK." I WILL FIND HER SOMEWHERE IN THE HEREAFTER AND INTRODUCE MYSELF, SINCE I DON'T KNOW HER FROM HERE ON EARTH. SHE IS DELIGHTFUL AND I WOULD HAVE LOVED KNOWIG HER. MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES.... MAY SHE REST IN PEACE. xox.
Karen "Koki" Ingersoll-Burnes
November 26, 2013
Wish she lived near me. God bless her in heaven.
Lorraine Schoch
November 14, 2013
What a beautiful woman -- wish I had known her. Thank you for this wonderful and loving obituary.
Susan Wilson
November 13, 2013
What a beautiful lady, very inspired by her story, thankyou
Linda Becker
November 9, 2013
what a beautiful memorial to what must have been a wonderful women .it seems god blessed her with the most wonderful thing in life , to be loved and remembered by many.
roz bryant
November 8, 2013
I would have loved to be one of her friends, even if she was 30 years older than me
Tina Nicolaysen
November 7, 2013
I just read your wonderful memorial of Pink on Huffington Post. What an amazing woman! You have inspired me, dear Pink. If I could only do half of what you did on a daily basis, I will be a better person, with a life well-lived. Love and light to all of you. God Bless Pink!
Alicia Knight
November 6, 2013
I never met Mary but I certainly do admire and love her! J. K. Lane, North Carolina
November 4, 2013
She sounds like a wonderful woman who I would have been delighted to know. Your family was very lucky.

Sheri Schongold
Sheri Schongold
October 29, 2013
"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers;
for thereby some have entertained angels unaware."
Hebrews 13:2
With "Pink" all who met her, where entertained by an angel.
Praise The Lord, for the shared life of His "Pink"
Claudia Hall
October 27, 2013
May Perpetual Light Shine Upon her and upon all the souls of the faithful departed. Amen. A wonderful woman brimming with ideas!
Robin Rhyand
October 24, 2013
What a wonderful, inspirational lady! The world lost a bright light, but heaven gained an angel. May her love guide us.
Susan Wells
October 20, 2013
What heart warming obituary. It brought smiles to my face and things to think about. Isn't it nice that by writing her obituary you helped her to continue her life's lessons after she has left this earth and joined Our Blessed Mother and Jesus, Our Lord. I am so happy to have come across this on the 11th Anniversary of my own Mother Mary's passing. I am sure they have met by now and are smiling down on us. Thank you for sharing. She was a beautiful woman as was my mom. May your faith in God help you through this sorrowful time. Know that she is there with you all in Spirit; it's wonderful as she is always there when you need her. Godspeed
Mary Pimentel
October 19, 2013
I would have loved to have met and friended "Pink". What better legacy to leave behind is the unconditional love she not only believed in, put into practice daily. God Bless Pink and those who's lives she touched. Pay it forward as testimony to how her spirit touches your life.
SuziQ Brown
SuziQ Brown
October 15, 2013
I did not meet her here on earth, but when I reach heaven Pink will be the one angel I must see. Lovely lady but what beautifull human, I now know that Mother Theresa is going to have a very special friend indeed.Now there is much more love in this heart because today I met PINK.Much love to PINKS family and all who love her, May God bless all.
Olga Collazo-Perez
October 13, 2013
Pink's lesson has reached Italy too. I'm writing from Milan and I read her wonderful obituary. Many thanks to her family for sharing her life philosophy. A seed of Love has been planted. Hope the tree that will come out, reaches Heaven to salute her. Love.
Gioia Mancuso
October 10, 2013
I thank her for her words of wisdom and thoughtfulness. She is now Heavens smile !
Nancy
October 9, 2013
Weeping... Thank you for sharing her.
Tracy McKim
October 8, 2013
My mother sent this to me about two weeks ago. What a beautiful soul. I wish all of your family the best and hope you have inherited her traits of greatness.
Chelsea Peterson (White)
October 1, 2013
After reading many of the messages that have been left. I noticed that the majority of them are from people that she touched but never meet. The old saying is "How many people will you touch in your lifetime but for Pink look at all the people she has touched she went to be with the Lord. I am glad someone sent this to me so she could touch my life.
Robin Blattner
September 25, 2013
What a beautiful person. I wish I'd met her. Reading her lessons gives me warm feeling and I can't help but to smile. I .sharing this with my 7 year old son.
Rest in peace Pink.
Patrick Osio
September 24, 2013
Most amazing way to describe her! I wish that I could have met her, however, maybe I can take a piece of her with me and learn from her kindness. My condolences on your loss. She seemed like a wonderful woman.
Jaime McDaniel
September 22, 2013
I never had the honor of meeting this beautiful soul, but she has inspired me to donate to my local homeless shelter. I will do so in her name. May God Bless her family as she is welcomed into the kingdom of Heaven. Rest well beautiful angel.
Susie S
September 22, 2013
Please put in a good word for me Pink! I could really use the help. Also, I hope my children and grandchildren think as fondly of me as yours do!
Judy Hereford
September 21, 2013
I just had this obit forwarded to me. I don't know your family and have never met Pink, but I wish I had. Your description brings back fond memories of my own grandmother. May the echos of Pink's dancing feet in heaven remind you that she's now celebrating with Jesus, and is only an intercession away from you. God bless.
Jessica Z
September 20, 2013
What a remarkable and magnificent lady! A blessing to all. Thank you for sharing and my sincere condolences.
Chris
September 20, 2013
If I did not know you before, I feel I certainly do now. What an inspiring sould. If I had half of your wisdom... I would be blessed! Please pass my love on to my Mom, who left us a few months ago, and loved everything pink too! I think you two would get along swimingly!
Geri
September 18, 2013
Thank you for sharing your Mom,Grandma with us. I needed to hear all that. I will have a mass offered for her soul here in Edmonton, Alberta. God bless, Paula
Paula Rebstock
September 17, 2013
What a heartwarming remembrance of a beautiful soul!
Trish Lantzy
September 17, 2013
beatiful women, pink and beatiful, thank you.
from Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Victor Ramirez
Victor Ramirez
September 16, 2013
I never got to meet "Pink" .
I wish I had.
Thank you to her family for this beautiful remembrance.
Mrs Mary Donahue
September 16, 2013
Hope to see you in Hallelujah Square
Joyce Strickland
September 16, 2013
I wish I could have met her. I think I may have in one form or another in the many people I have helped or spoken to or smiled at over the years. You do not know me, Pink, but if you've a mind to, send me some of those you did not get a chance to help or to know. I will do my best. Margaret
September 16, 2013
This made me smile. I hope I can grow old in holiness and love as she did! Eternal rest grant unto her oh Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen
Margaret
September 16, 2013
Our Lord has a new Angel to watch over the innocent.
Ron
September 16, 2013
Hope to meet you some day. We'll brush whatever four footer is around.
Susan Brandt
September 15, 2013
I wish I had gotten to meet her; she sounds like a joyous, beautiful person, and you've done a lovely celebration of her life.
Graceann Macleod
September 14, 2013
i am sorry i did not meet you in this life i do hope to see you just not too soon a friend never met kevin
kevin brooks
September 14, 2013
Wow, what a beautiful obituary and bet none of us can say the same would be said of us, too bad. Can't wait to meet Pink in heaven. She is my new Hero! You all were so blessed to know her.
Joanne Richel
September 14, 2013
How lucky to have known and loved a seemingly passionate and caring lady. May her friends and family be very grateful for having her in their lives.
Jude Ricca
September 14, 2013
Heather O'Connor
September 14, 2013
A friend insisted I search out this obituary & I'm so glad I did. Miss Pink's values, insight & compassion reflect a standard to which we should all aspire. Perhaps we won't get to Miss Pink's level, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try. What a wonderful woman--and a beautiful soul.
September 14, 2013
Mary, I wish I had known you in this life. I'll look forward to meeting you in the next.
Lynn Juozilaitis
September 14, 2013
I just read your incredible obituary on the Care2 website. I didn't know you, but I wish our lives had crossed paths. You sound like an incredibly caring, gentle soul. Your family lost an angel. RIP precious one!
Allison Anderson
September 14, 2013
We all can learn lessons of kindness from this beautiful woman. Thank you for sharing her story. Pink continues to touch so many new friends. God Bless you as you morn her passing. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in Gods peace.
Nancy von Seekamm
September 14, 2013
I stumbled upon this and was very moved by the giving nature of this person. I know they will be missed.
Meghan Scully
September 14, 2013
Pink sounds so much like my grandmother, Frances, known to her 42 grandchildren as Granny. Reading this brought Granny back to me. Thank you.
Carolyn
September 14, 2013
I found the story about Pink's obituary on a news site and I feel so blessed to have read about such a kindhearted woman; we could all take notes. My condolences to your family in your time of loss.
September 13, 2013
She touched my life even from thousand of miles away. Reading her obituary, about her life makes me miss my grandma more. Her life also reflect how my grandma lived her life. Their legacies will never be forgotten. Two beautiful souls. I hope they bump to each other in paradise.
Graciel
September 13, 2013
What an incredible inspiration to us all! I wish I could have met you, Mary! God bless her and her family! I will definitely be adding some Pink-isms to my life! Thank you for sharing her touching philosophy with us!
Laura
September 13, 2013
I didn't even know Mary, but her legacy makes me smile. The world needs more "Pink"s. My thoughts to her family and friends. Know that her message is reaching the world.
Stacie
September 13, 2013
These beautiful words about this beautiful woman ended up on facebook and reading it this morning has blessed me, for sure! My heart goes out to those of you that lost this dear presence in your life but I hope with time and God's strength, you'll come to remember the blessings more than the sadness. As God surely reached out to welcome her home, may He reach to you in comfort, strength and peace. Thanks so much!
~Wendy Lane
Wendy Lane
September 13, 2013
Another stranger here, I would have loved to have met you 'Pink'. You brought a smile to my face.
Susan D
September 12, 2013
What a beautiful soul. My condolences to her family, friends & loved ones... I wish I had know this beautiful woman... She continues to be a bright star shining light onto the world. I'm so inspired by this heartfelt loving tribute...thank you for a glimpse into a life lived with such unconditional love for all.
God bless
Peace & Love
Pink Segoviano
September 12, 2013
beautiful woman, beautiful story of her life, blessings!
Carol
September 12, 2013
Now thats the way to live life! God Bless Pink!
Margaret Kresge
September 12, 2013
What a blessing it would have been to know this wonderful lady. RIP Pink! Prayers of comfort for the family.
Thank you for sharing and may God continue to bless your family.
Stacu Garner
September 12, 2013
The world is a better place because of her presence in it! We all will continue carrying the torch you held so high for us. Blessed Be, Pink
Jade Hawks
September 12, 2013
Pink sounds like the type of person everyone should have as a friend. She was a real blessing from God to those whose hearts and lives she touched. I wish I could have known her in life as I hope to know her in the hereafter.
Becki Shaw
September 12, 2013
Pope Benedict said the most effective arguments for Christianity are "the saints the Church has produced and the art which has grown in her womb." Pink sounds like a great example of the first, and she makes me proud to be Catholic! She will be in my Mass intentions tomorrow.
Fr Steve Petrica
September 12, 2013
How blessed I would've been had I known her. Thank you for giving me a peek into the person she was.
Brenna Rivers
September 12, 2013
I did not know Pink but she sounds like an amazing women. The world needs more people like her. Thank you Pink for making the world a better place
Michele G
September 12, 2013
I look forward to meeting Pink if I God grants me heaven. She certainly knew how to spread His love each day to all she met. What a lady!
Leticia Velasquez
September 12, 2013
A TRUE ANGEL HAS RETURNED HOME TO HER MAKER AND WE SHOULD ALL DO WHAT WE CAN,WHEN WE CAN TO HELP OTHERS. KINDNESS AND LOVE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLES LIVES!!
Margie Millar
September 12, 2013
How truly Blessed you are that you all had this truly wonderful woman in your life. And how blessed I am to have had the chance of reading about her. God bless you all.
Shar Lokke
September 12, 2013