TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Edna M. Shannon, a longtime Tarrytown resident and more recently of Ossining, died Thursday, April 23, at the age of 88.
She was born in New York City on Oct. 26, 1926, to Axel T. and Margaret Lindholm Rasmussen. She graduated from Cathedral High School in Manhattan, received her bachelor's degree from Queens College and attended Hunter College and Cornell University to obtain a master’s degree in education.
On June 28, 1952, she married Matthew A. Shannon in the Church of the Incarnation in Queens.
Before and immediately after her marriage, she was an elementary school teacher on Long Island and in Westchester. While raising her family, she was a very active volunteer with several organizations, including the New York School for the Deaf in White Plains and Phelps Memorial Hospital. She also taught religious education at St. Teresa's School and she was a member of the Little Gardens Club. After volunteering at New York School for the Deaf, she joined the faculty and spent many years there as an instructor.
She was a parishioner of the Church of the Magdalene and had been a parishioner of Transfiguration Church while residing in Tarrytown. She was an avid traveler, a lover of card and board games, deeply proud of her Danish heritage and an indefatigable coach, cheerleader and mentor to her family and countless friends.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Matthew, as well as her children, Kevin M. (Beth) Shannon of San Francisco, California; Glenn A. (Lori) Shannon of Tiburon, California; Brian P. (Jacqueline) Shannon of Old Lyme, Connecticut; David J. (Martha) Shannon of Edina, Minnesota; and Tara A. Shannon of Tarrytown. She was also a grandmother to 12 grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Friday, May 1, from 4-8 p.m., at Coffey Funeral Home, 91 N. Broadway, Tarrytown. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 2, at 11 a.m., at the Church of the Magdalene in Pocantico Hills, New York.
In lieu of flowers, donations to New York School for the Deaf, 555 Knollwood Road, White Plains, NY 10603 or Cathedral High School, 350 E. 56th St., New York, NY 10022 would be appreciated.
To leave condolences, visit the Coffey Funeral Home website here.
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