Marilyn Leary

| 31 Aug 2023 | 12:16

Marilyn Leary, a resident of Warwick for 12 years, and formerly a 60-year resident of Seaford on Long Island, passed away on Aug. 27, 2023, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was 100 years old.

Born on June 16, 1923, in New York City, she was the daughter of John and Cecelia (nee Meehan) Hackett.

She was married to Frank Leary for 69 years.

Marilyn graduated from The Mary Louis Academy in Jamacia Estates, N.Y., and from Washington School for Secretaries in New York City. After graduation she worked for the law firm of Kelley Drye in New York City.

For many years Marilyn was an active member of St. William the Abbot RC Church in Seaford and later at St. Stephen Church in Warwick.

She loved to read and watch movies, especially thrillers and mysteries.

Her family’s statement reads: “Mom very often would say she felt grateful to be surrounded by a very loving family. Also, many thanks to mom’s good neighbor, Dotty, who visited every day to spend time with her.”

She is survived by her four children: daughter Barbara Duncan and her husband Bob; sons: Steve Leary and his wife Annmarie; Greg Leary and his wife Barbara; and John Leary and his wife Phyllis; ten grandchildren: Paul and wife Emily; Mark; Stephanie and her husband Ryan; Shawn and his wife Jeanine; Scott; Brian and his wife Raji; Colleen and husband Brian; Patrick; Jake and Max; and 13 great-grandchildren: Paige, Cameron, Charles, Ella, Sadie, Tate, Gavin, Sloane, Graham, Sawyer, Everett, Logan and Myles. She is also survived by brother Byron Hackett and his children Kim and John.

Visitation was held Sept. 1 at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Ave., Warwick.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 2 at St. Stephen Church, 75 Sanfordville Road, Warwick.

Cremation will be private, and burial will follow in Orange County Veterans Cemetery.

Memorial donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Arrangements were made by Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home. To send an online condolence, visit