Catherine McNally McByrne, a longtime resident of Montauk, died on June 3 following a long illness.
Mrs. McByrne was born Feb. 21 in Manhattan to Patrick McNally and the former Anna McCafferty. She did not like to tell her age and her family declined to provide it. She grew up in the Bronx and attended the Thorpe Secretarial School.
On Feb. 19, 1955, she married John McByrne at St. Helena’s Church in the Bronx. The couple later moved to Stony Brook, where they raised six children, Patricia, Kathy, John, Barbara, Maureen, and Daniel.
After retiring 25 years ago, the couple relocated to Montauk. For more than 20 years, Mrs. McByrne worked at the Montauk Chamber of Commerce.
Among her many roles, Mrs. McByrne was described first and foremost as a mother who cherished spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. And while she loved to travel, she mostly adored spending time close to family and looking after them.
In addition to her husband, John, she is survived by her six children: Patricia Corrigan and Maureen McByrne of Sound Beach, Kathy Mitchell of Herndon, Va., John McByrne and Daniel McByrne of Miller Place, and Barbara McByrne of Setauket. She also leaves eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was said last Thursday at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk. Internment followed at Fort Hill Cemetery, also in Montauk.
The family has asked that donations be made to the Developmental Disabilities Institute’s Young Autism Program, 99 Hollywood Drive, Smithtown 11787.