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Ann E. Byrne, 95 Her life was defined by generosity and service to others Ann E. Byrne was born on Oct. 12, 1922, in Brooklyn, and died peacefully at the age of 95 in her daughter's home on April 13, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. All who knew Ann agree that her life was defined by generosity - generosity of her time, talent and treasure. To know her was to love her. The daughter of an Irish immigrant, Mary McHugh, and World War I veteran James Doyle, Ann inherited a strong belief in the value of hard work, the importance of education, service to others and a deep faith life. Both of Ann's brothers died in service to our country during World War II. Ann's tremendous sense of patriotism is a legacy embraced by her entire family. Ann Doyle married World War II veteran Professor John P. Byrne in 1948. They moved to Staten Island in 1956. For over 60 years, Ann was an active parishioner of St. Clare's Parish in Great Kills. Ann gave service to her parish community as a Girl Scout leader and a member of the school's Mothers Club. She was always willing to volunteer her time and talents. Her membership in the parish choir was born out of her lifelong love of singing. Her involvement in the choir brought her great joy. Ann was active in the St. Joseph by the Sea Parents Association. Her creative talents included needlepoint, quilling, embroidery, crocheting, knitting, dressmaking, costume design, doll and teddy bear making, and oil painting. Ann loved to travel, especially to visit family in Australia and Ireland. Tireless in her devotion to service for others, Ann was inspirational. Recognizing the importance of every family's history led Ann to her love of genealogy. Her family all agree, she was truly the wind beneath their wings. Ann Byrne was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John, in 2004. She is survived by her devoted children, Peggy Saab, Maureen O'Neill, Brian Byrne and Christopher Byrne; 12 adoring grandchildren; 15 loving great-grandchildren; and nine cherished in-laws. Casey McCallum-Rice Funeral Home has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. Family and friends will be received on Sunday and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Her Funeral Mass will be at St. Clare's Church on Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Casey-McCallum Rice South Shore F/H 30 Nelson Ave. Staten Island, N.Y. 10308 (718) 317-7600
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