Mina M. Kennedy, “the last of the line of an amazing generation in our family,” her daughter Patti Tuths recalled, died on June 4 at home in East Hampton after a brief illness. She was 96.
Mrs. Kennedy, her daughter said, “was about family and friends. She had great faith and was the strongest person I ever knew. She kept us all close.”
Born on July 26, 1916, in the Bronx to Rodrick Chisholm and the former Anna MacDonnell, she grew up in the Highbridge section of that borough. “She roller-skated over the George Washington Bridge on the day it opened” in 1931, her daughter said. Later, after moving to New Jersey, “she insisted somebody teach her to drive so she could visit her family on Sunday.”
She graduated from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale in the Bronx. Later, she and Francis P. Kennedy were married while he was on leave during World War II, her daughter said. The couple moved to Edgewater, N.J., and raised four children. Mrs. Kennedy was a member of the Church of the Holy Rosary there. Her husband was the chief of the Edgewater Police Department.
Mr. Kennedy died in 1996. Ten years ago, Mrs. Kennedy joined Ms. Tuths and her husband in East Hampton, where she was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
In addition to Ms. Tuths, Mrs. Kennedy is survived by another daughter, Margaret McMahon, and a son, Brian Kennedy. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, who fondly called her Gramina. A second son, Kevin Kennedy, died before her, as did five siblings.
A wake was held last Thursday at the Hunt-Stellato Funeral Home in Fort Lee, N.J. The following day, a funeral Mass was said at the Church of the Holy Rosary, the Rev. George Ruane officiating. Burial followed at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Tenafly, N.J.
The family has suggested memorial contributions to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978.