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Grace Callahan

Grace Callahan

Thursday, October 14th, 1926 Sunday, January 24th, 2021

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Obituary for Grace Callahan (Hickey)

Grace Callahan, 94, of Baldwin, NY, passed away January 24, 2021 peacefully at home surrounded by love.

She was born in October 1926 in the Bronx, NY, to Irish immigrant parents. She attended Mount Saint Ursula Academy and Fordham University. In 1950, she married the late John “Jack” Callahan, her husband of 47 years. They lived in Manhattan for nine years before moving to Baldwin, NY, where she became a beloved parishioner of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church for 62 years.

Grace is survived by children John Callahan (Rosemary), Michael Callahan (Irma), Regina Callahan, Therese Callahan James (Vincent); grandchildren John “JW”, Ana “Anita”, Brett, Sarah, Brendan, Flannery, Aiden, Rian, Teresa & Silvia; great-grandchildren Riley, Devyn, Susannah, Teagan, Samantha, Kira, Cal, Trustin, Isabel, Sofia, Sean, Alexa & Christian; dear friends from the Secular Franciscan Order and the 8 o’clock mass, and treasured “buddy,” Patricia Molinari. After they lost their own mothers, “Aunt Grace” was like a second mom to nieces & nephews Bob (Nancy), Brian (Marit), Kevin, Patrick (Vikki), Declan, Graceann (Bryan) and Janet. Grace was also a second mom to her ‘third son’ Bill, to whom she was “Mrs. C.” In addition to her husband John, she was predeceased by siblings Willie, Eileen, Betty, cousins who were like brothers Johnny and Billy O’Hara, nieces Barbara and Claire, and beloved lifelong friends Lillian and Fred Meyer.

She worked as a Metropolitan Life Insurance Company secretary in Manhattan, a Nassau County Board of Elections Clerk, and a Continuing Education sewing teacher, but her true work was with the many people she served through her faith. In her parish she was a compassionate bereavement minister, Outreach and hospice volunteer, and Eucharistic minister for the homebound. As a member of the Secular Franciscan Order, she was the fraternity secretary, newsletter reporter, and founder of the “Friends of Francis” letter-writing ministry to prisoners. She was among a small group of donors who helped bring a supply of fresh water to a village in Uganda. She not only touched the lives of those privileged to be part of her daily world, but those across the globe and behind prison walls. The reach of her love was wide.

Always hungry to learn, she was a skilled seamstress, quilter, knitter, birdwatcher, and a Master Gardener through the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Dahlias were her specialty. A member of the Dahlia Society, her dinner plate-sized blooms won awards. She loved walking, reading The New York Times and doing crossword, Sudoku and jigsaw puzzles. Her legendary Irish Soda Bread was rivaled by none. But her keenest skill of all was connecting people. The family historian and matriarch, she was the conduit for communication with relatives in Ireland. In her family, friendships, and volunteer work, she made everyone she touched feel better about themselves, leaving an enduring impact. Faithful and giving to all, she offered her time, knowledge, patience, and most of all, her everlasting love. She was forever positive, and among her strongly held beliefs was “it’s easier to forgive than to remain angry.” Even in her final days, Grace voiced her signature line, “You know, I’m learning something from all this!”

We encourage all who know and love Grace to join in honoring her. Please follow safe COVID Social Distancing procedures during this peak time of spread of the virus. Join us virtually or in person as your circumstances permit.

Thursday January 28: 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM at Cecere Family Funeral Home, 2283 Grand Ave, Baldwin, NY and Virtually. Service at 3 PM stream:
Service at 7:30 PM stream:

Friday January 29: 10 AM Funeral Mass of the Resurrection; QMHR Church, 196 W. Centennial Ave, Roosevelt, NY; and Virtually Friday 10am stream:

Sunday January 31: 1-2:30 PM Virtual Only (Zoom) Memorial Service honoring Grace. All who know Grace are welcome to share stories, memories and feelings and join in prayer and song.

Meeting ID: 892 2818 9273
Passcode: 883479

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethany House, Roosevelt, NY (for homeless families) or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 28th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Cecere Family Funeral Home
    2283 Grand Ave.
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    Thursday, January 28th, 2021
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, January 28th, 2021 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Cecere Family Funeral Home
    2283 Grand Ave.
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    Thursday, January 28th, 2021
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Mass

    Friday, January 29th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Queen of the Most Holy Rosary RC Church
    196 W. Centennial Ave
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    Friday, January 29th, 2021
  • Interment

    Friday, January 29th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Calverton National Cemetery
    Route 25
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    Friday, January 29th, 2021

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April Callahan

I am very sad to know her physical presence is gone, but I know and believe she has simply transitioned to the next journey. She's still around.

April Callahan planted 3 memorial trees for Grace Callahan

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Regina Callahan

Thank you so much, April.
Posted at 02:11am


Thank you for your kindness, April. She'd be very happy to know that three trees will grow in her honor.
Posted at 11:50am

Susan Baldwin

My heartfelt sympathies to the entire family. Although my memories of her in particular are vague, those of the entire family are remembered fondly. My heart goes out to you all.
Comment | Posted at 10:25am via Condolence

Regina Callahan

Thank you, Susan.
Posted at 01:37am

michael Blumenfeld

So sad to hear of this amazing woman passing. No matter how much time passed between our talks on the phone, she had the innate ability to make it feel as though we spoke days prior. Hugs to all the family...
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Regina Callahan

Thank you so much, Michael.
Posted at 06:00pm

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Regina Callahan

Thank you so much.
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Louise M Sandberg

I love you Grace. Thank you for waiting until I came before you slipped away. We shared so much, so many breakfasts, masses, retreats and interests. You are interested in so many things and especially in people. We are missing you already!
Thank you for fixing lunch for those in need at Love & Lunch in Hempstead once a month for all those years. And for sharing every book and activity and doctor and person you love. And for being so authentic. And especially for sharing your love for God and your brothers and sisters and family and friends. And for me.
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Regina Callahan

Thank you so much, Louise.
Posted at 06:02pm

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