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Monday, August 23, 2021

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Her: Family of Remnant Columnist Dr. John Rao Asking for Prayer

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Eternal Rest Grant Unto Her: Family of Remnant Columnist Dr. John Rao Asking for Prayer

Mary Evelyn Nelligan, beloved mother of Anne Rao (wife of longtime Remnant columnist Dr. John Rao) has passed away. Please keep her in your prayers. MJM

April 9, 1930 - August 18, 2021

Warwick, New York

Mary Evelyn Nelligan of Warwick, NY, entered into rest on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was 91.


The daughter of the late Claude Jerome Hurd and Mary Veronica Macko Hurd, she was born on April 9, 1930 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Mary was a parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church and a member of the Living Rosary Society.

She is survived by daughters, Mary Ellen Livesey and husband Dennis; Barbara Nelligan; Jo Anne Nelligan; Anne Rao and husband John; son, James R. Nelligan and wife Karen; "adopted" son, Bill Daley; siblings, Donald Hurd; Paul Hurd; Barbara Fiala and Cathy Sweeney; grandchildren, Kate Coomber and husband Andrew, Matthew Livesey, Nicholas Rao, Olivia Rao and Peter Rao; along with 25 nieces and nephews.

Mary was predeceased by her husband James R. Nelligan; brother, Claude Hurd; and sister, Zorah Hurd.

Visitation will be held from 4-7pm, Friday, August 27th at T.S. Purta Funeral Home, 690 County Route# 1, Pine Island, NY 10969. A funeral Mass will be held 10am Saturday, August 28th at St. Stanislaus Church, Pine Island. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Pine Island.

Due to COVID 19, the funeral home and church are currently following the CDC guidelines regarding the use of masks.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh NY.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the T.S. Purta Funeral Home; to send a condolence online, or for directions please go to

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