Mary Josephine Callahan (nee Perchard)

March 19, 1936 to May 12, 2017

Obituary

 

Passed away peacefully after a brief illness surrounded by her family that adored her and her extended St. Luke’s family at St. Luke’s Nursing Home on May 12, 2017 at the age of 81 years.

Predeceased by husband, John Callahan; parents: Ellen and Cyril Perchard; sisters: Betty Kinsella, Margaret Hanlon; brothers-in-law: Phil Kinsella, Pat Hanlon, William (Bill) McDonald; sister-in-law, Mary Mansfield; nieces: Teresa Turner, Geraldine Parrell.

Leaving behind with beautiful memories daughter (and soulmate), Deborah Callahan Dyer (Keith Dyer); son, David Callahan (Zoe Pourziai), Cornwall, ON; grandchildren (her “Gem” and “Treasure”): Kimberley and Tracey Dyer, whose reciprocated adoration inspired all; sisters: Dorothy MacLean (Dan), BC, Lorraine McDonald, Mona Kostiha (Joe), BC, Patricia Horan, BC; brothers: Ronald Perchard (Joan), James Perchard (Bernadette), David Perchard (Mary Lou); special niece, Mary Mansfield (“Little Mary”); nieces: Bernadette Locke (Jim), Catherine Walsh (Jerome); “daughter,” Ann Marie Butler (Pat), MA, USA; as well as many other nieces, nephews and friends. She is also remembered by her caregivers at St. Luke’s whose extraordinary care, love and devotion for 18 years evolved into deep friendships – no words could ever express our appreciation to each and every one of you.

While petite in frame, Mary was fierce in mind and honor. Despite tremendous adversity, she lived her life with happiness and constant optimism. She was a source of wisdom, strength and inspiration for all of us – for that she is sadly missed but never forgotten.

Resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road on Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held from Corpus Christi Church on Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. with interment to follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Flowers gratefully accepted or donations in her memory can be made to VOWR or SPCA.

 

Don’t cry for me
Although I sleep
My life was long
And oft’ fulfilled
My limbs now free
My spirit soars

 

 

Schedule

Visitations

2-4 p.m. on May 18, 2017

7-9 p.m. on May 18, 2017

2-4 p.m. on May 19, 2017

7-9 p.m. on May 19, 2017

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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funeral

10:00am, Saturday May 20th

Corpus Christi


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Dear Dr. Debbie, and family, I am so very sorry
to have heard of your mom’s passing. Your mom
I am sure was a very special lady, because her
daughter would have, for sure her qualities. A very,
very special person and doctor. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May your mom’s gentle soul
rest in peace. Love Suzanne Davis.

Dr Debbie, and family,

Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your mom. We hope you find comfort in all the wonderful memories you hold in your hearts. We are thinking of you at this difficult time.

Dr. Debbie and family. So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing.. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.

Dr. Debbie and family. I fondly remember your mom and her beautiful spirit. She was always positive and inspiring in every conversation and visit I had with her. I am sure you have so many memories to treasure and celebrate. My deepest sympathy.

Dr Debbie and family,
Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your dear mother. We hope you will find comfort in the happy memories you hold of your mother. We are thinking of you at this difficult time.

Dr Debbie and family,
We are very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Your wonderful memories will provide comfort to you. She will always be with you.
Sincerely
Debbie Curtis, Adam Courage and family

Dr. Debbie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, at this sorrowful time. God Speed Mrs Callahan. Rest in peace.

Sincerely,
Sharon McLean

Lorraine and Perchard Family: I am so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sincerely,
Hazel Kelly-Whittle

Dear Debbie and family, there is not a lot I have to say, we have certainly said it all in the past week or so…..Amazing….Extraordinary……Wise…..Unforgettable….Just a few words to describe your mom.I loved her with all my heart, Not surprisingly something special blossomed from the eighteen years she spent at st Luke’s and just grew even stronger over the past month or so. You and I have shared many special moments Debbie.and I have gained another sister.Thinking of you all at this sad time,but finding comfort in knowing she is watching over all of us from Heaven. Until we meet again sweet Mary, I’ll be watching for my special butterfly. Love you all. Ada

Dr. Debbie, Thinking of you at this very sad time. Sincerely, The Dillon and Dormody Families.

Debbie
Sending our deepest sympathies to you and your family at this sad time. Your mother’s love will always be with you.
Anne and Ford Bursey

Dear Debbie and family,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We are on vacation and unable to express in person, please know we are thinking of you during this very sad time.
Sincerely,
Debbie, Mike, Emily and Philip Keough

Debbie,

Sorry to here of your mothers passing.. will miss her chats.

By Heather Spurrell, Volunteer at Saint Lukes

So very sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. I had the privilege of taking care of her for a number of years. I loved our chats, she was such a wonderful person to get to know. I feel so blessed to have known her. Thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time. She is definitely one of heavens angels now. RIP sweet Mary

So sorry for your loss. I will miss our chats at the home. God rest her soul.

SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS OF A NICE PERSON
RIP

Dr.Debbie…Mike, Katie and Chrissy and I are very sorry to hear about your loss. Your mom will be missed by you all. Sending our thoughts to you and your family. Take care

Miss you forever.