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Margaret Agnes Larkin

April 19, 1911 April 7, 2014
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Margaret Agnes Larkin

April 19, 1911-April 7, 2014

New Hampton, NY

Margaret “Marge” A. Larkin, a lifetime New Hampton resident, died on Monday, April 7, 2014 at Highland Rehabiltiation Center with her loving children at her side. She was 102.

Marge was born on April 19, 1911 in New Paltz, the daughter of the late Catherine Gilhooley and Thomas McManus. She graduated from Garr Institute in Goshen and was a member of the first graduating class of the Horton School of Nursing in Middletown. Marge married Roland F. Larkin on September 27, 1944 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. After Roland’s death in 1961, Marge became the sole parent to her four young children. She continued her nursing work as Director of Nursing at St. Teresa’s Nursing Home in Middletown while providing quality home health care to patients. She dedicated her life to taking care of others, always maintaining her warm and happy disposition. She inspired her family with her endless love, strength, spontaneity and accepting attitude. On McManus Road, Nana’s door was always open, and she was always there with her beautiful, infectious smile. She raised four children, shared a partyline with her sister, cared for ten grandchildren and guided a family through love and prayer from her house on the hill. Throughout her epic life, nothing could ever surprise Marge, she remained ready for any challenge. Her wish was for her children to love one another, and for them to take care of each other . She was a born nurturer who blessed four generations with her gifts. She was a proud mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose compassion was constant and served as a model for all.

She was lifetime member of, and Eucharistic Minister for, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church; a member of the Thrid Order of Carmelites, member of the Irish American Club; former Matron of the Wallkill River Juvenile Grange and past Aide to the Grand Marshall of the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. She was also voted the Elks Mother of Year in 1981.

Marge is survived by her four children; Mary McPhillips of Middletown; Irene “Renee” Schuler, Anne “Punki” R. Rose and Roland F. Larkin and his wife Mary all of New Hampton; her nine grandchildren; Jodie Rocchio and her husband Stephen, Richard McPhillips and his wife Michelle, Dr. Roland M. Larkin and his wife Christie, Rebekkah Rose and her companion Enai, Susan E. Schuler, Toby Schuler and his wife Angiolina, Patrick Larkin and his wife Misty, Erin Larkin and Matthew Rose and his wife Erica. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Grace, Carver, Connor, Mattie, Ellis, Stephanie, Catie, Alexander, Ayden, Richard, Lilah, Aqym, Nicholas and Zachary; and other significant family members Richard Sanok and his wife Mary, Bob Rose and the entire Neuburger family and many beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nieces.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her siblings, Irene, Elizabeth, John, James and Rose, one grandchild, Sandra J. Schuler and her son-in-law, R. Barry McPhillips.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 pm on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc., 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am on Monday, April 14, 2014 at  Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 90 Euclid Avenue, Middletown, NY. Burial will follow in the family plot in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Marge’s name may be made to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 90 Euclid Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940.

Her family would like to thank the former and present staff at St. Teresa’s Nursing Home who treated her as family and cared for her for her final years. We would also like to thank Dr. Aileen Frazier for giving us an extra 9 years to enjoy our Nana.

Arrangements are under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc. ww.applebee-mcphillips.com

Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 pm on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc., 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am on Monday, April 14 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 90 Euclid Avenue, Middletown, NY. Burial will follow in the family plot in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

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