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Hospital dietary worker Mary Fyfe dies

Mary Fyfe, a retired hospital dietary worker who

Mary Fyfe, a retired hospital dietary worker who raised eight children, died of complications from surgery Dec. 3, 2011, at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside. She was 84. Newsday's obituary for Mary Fyfe
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Mary Fyfe, a retired hospital dietary worker who raised eight children, died from surgery complications Saturday at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside.

She was 84.

Fyfe, who lived in Long Beach since 1962, was originally from Manhattan. She retired in 1999 from Long Beach Medical Center, where she had worked 26 years.

That was the same year her husband of 48 years, Thomas Fyfe, a retired New York City police officer and Navy veteran, died.

She was a devout Roman Catholic who lived her life guided by her strong religious beliefs and compassion for the less fortunate, said Fyfe's daughter, Theresa Whittlesey of Long Beach.

Whittlesey said such traits helped her parents overcome the drowning of their 7-year-old son John in 1969.

"Their strong faith and resolve helped them cope with perhaps the darkest point of their cherished time together," she said.

Fyfe was a past member of Long Beach Catholic Schools' Mothers Club and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.

"Her children remember her unique ability of applying both wisdom and truth to impart life's important lessons in their growing years," said her son, Joseph, of Long Beach and Islamorada, Fla. "Her smile, warmth and kind words and laughter will be missed."

Besides Theresa and Joseph, she is survived by sons Thomas, of Long Beach; and George, of Long Beach and Palm Beach, Fla.; and daughters Kathleen Murray, of Pearl River; Belinda Walsh, of Baldwin; and Mary Kopecky, of Lido Beach. Other survivors include two brothers, William Hallinan, of Monroe, and Edward Hallinan, of Islamorada, Fla., and 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A wake was held Thursday at Christopher Jordan Funeral Home in Island Park. Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary of the Isle R.C. Church in Long Beach, with burial at Long Island National Cemetery in Pinelawn.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.

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