Thursday, December 1, 2011

Corinne S. Hennessy

Albany, NY - Corinne S. Hennessy, 84, passed Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at Teresian House Center in the comfort of her children. Corinne was born in Salamanca, NY, the daughter of the late Ruth Callan Schwalb and Edward Schwalb.

Corinne graduated from Wellsville High School in 1945 and Sisters of Charity School of Nursing as a registered nurse in 1948. She married William C. Hennessy in 1951 and relocated to Albany in 1959. Active in development of Christ the King parish and school in Westmere NY, Corinne also worked for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Albany and was a torchbearer during the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. She was an accomplished quilter and enjoyed making quilts for her grandchildren. While residing in Green Valley, Arizona, she received numerous awards for her needlepoint creations. Corinne and Bill retired to Bolton Landing NY and devoted much of their time and energy to Blessed Sacrament Church.

Corinne was predeceased by her devoted husband of 50 years, William C. Hennessy; loving mother of Edward Hennessy and his wife, Sandra of Hockessin, DE, Sheila Michaels and her husband, John of Bolton Landing, Susan Hennessy and her husband, Mark Hopper of Guilderland, Patricia Hennessy of Guilderland, William Connor Hennessy Jr. and his wife, Carol of New Scotland, and Elizabeth Bennison and her husband, Patrick of Guilderland; dedicated sister to the late Donna Caterino, Miami, FL, Mary Ann Mason of Palmyra, VA, Judy Fisher of Charlotte, NC, and Eleanor Schwalb of Wellsville; grandmother of Patrick Hennessy, Amy Meyer, Ann Hennessy; Luke, Thomas and Katherine Michaels; Brendan and Caralyn Perlee and Jacqueline Brassard; Timothy and William Kemp; Daniel, Meghan and Shannon Bennison; Casey, Michael, Connor and Mary Hennessy; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call Saturday, December 3, 2011from 9:00 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Rev Sean DiMaria as celebrant. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers those who wish may send donations to Peter G. Young Foundation, 40 Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12207 or the Teresian House, 200 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12203. To leave the family a special message on their guest book, obtain a prayer card or directions, or share a photo or E-card with them, please visit

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