Mary V. “Maymie” Coelho, 86
August 30, 2015
Mary V. Coelho died peacefully on August 30th at Oak Leaf Manor North after a period of declining health.
Mary was born on July 11, 1929 in Port Washington, New York, the youngest of seven children. The daughter of Polish immigrants Joseph Bialobryski and Maryanna Sadloska, she graduated from public school and then entered business school for secretarial training. As a young woman she worked as a bank teller and loved taking trips with girlfriends. She traveled to Canada to ski and to Cuba via boat from Miami. Her love of travel continued throughout her life as she and her husband Robert traveled to Hawaii, Europe, and several cross-country adventures by car.
She met and married Robert J. Coelho in January of 1954. Robert died in 2011. Together they raised five children: Robert J Coelho and his wife Marianne of Bay Shore, NY; Lani J Coelho and her husband David Snyder of Lancaster, PA; Douglas J Coelho and his spouse Rodney Koliha of Boston, MA; Nancy E Allen and her husband Craig Allen of Monroe, CT; and Thomas J Coelho and his wife Jane of Glen Cove, NY. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
While her kids were small, Mary was a homemaker, returning to work later in life at Hofstra University. With five children, dogs and various birds, fish, snakes and even a raccoon, it was always an adventure in the Coelho household. Mary tolerated messes, noise and a few extra children at the dinner table most nights. She believed that housework would always be there but chances to ice skate with your kids, play with a puppy, or relax on the beach were fleeting. One of Mary’s greatest joys was spending summers at the family cabin on Rangeley Lake in Maine. Mary taught all of her children to swim in that clear, cold lake.
In November 2014, Mary moved into Oak Leaf Manor North, where she received excellent and compassionate care. Caring Hospice was consulted to ensure that the last months of her life were free of pain. Catherine and her amazing colleagues cared for her with the utmost respect and dignity. They are truly angels among us. The family also would like to express our gratitude to Father Hahn from St Leo’s and Pastor Tim from Caring Hospice for spiritual support.
On August 30th, after visits from her children, with Andre Bocelli’s “Ave Maria” playing softly in the background and her daughter Lani holding her hand, she slipped quietly away.
Services will be private in Rangeley, Maine at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to KPets, St Leo’s the Great Parish in Lancaster, PA, or Lancaster Meals on Wheels in her memory.
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Condolences to the Family
October 06, 2015
Mrs Coehlo was one of the best moms ever, I have so many fond memories of her from when Lani and I were friends in high school. She was always so welcoming and made me feel like part of the family. She would take us to Christopher Morely park to ice skate. She even gave me for driving lessons, because my mom and aunt didn’t drive. The best memories are of being at Rangely. I was very sad to learn of her passing. My hearfelt condolesences got out to the Coehlo family
God Bless, Kathy Killeen
September 16, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Reading your Mom’s obit brought back many stories about your days back in Port Washington. Hopefully your own memories will help heal the loss and bring smiles backs to your faces.
God Bless – The Pascale Family
Ron, Karen, Chris, Susan and Jeff
September 04, 2015
My sincere condolences to your family. As a friend of Lani,I have heard many stories about “Maymie”. She sounded like a very remarkable and wonderful woman. May peace be with your family. ~ Glenda Waltman
September 03, 2015
Hi Lani, Dave, Marc, and Emily,
She couldn’t have asked for a better family! You are always in my thoughts! Praying for peace and wonderful memories for all of you. My door is always open for the people who saved my life.
With much love,
September 03, 2015
To Lani and all of Maymie’s children and loved ones,
Maymie sounds like an extraordinary woman. I know she was cared for and loved till the end. My sympathy for your loss.
Wendy Baker Davis, F&M, Magpies