Mary Louise (Dempsey) Stein, age 89, of Holyoke, passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at JGS Lifecare in Longmeadow. She was born in Holyoke, a daughter of the late Thomas and Lucy (Fox) Dempsey and was educated in the former Sacred Heart Schools in Holyoke and Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Springfield. A longtime Registered Nurse, Mary Lou worked at Mercy Hospital for many years, as well as performing private duty nursing until her retirement in 2009. She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Holyoke for most of her life, and belonged to it’s Ladies Sodality. Mary Lou enjoyed travelling, especially with her many friends on Andy Rooney’s Cruise of the Irish Stars for the past seven years. She is survived by three children: MaryAnn Cilley and husband Robert of Monson, Linda Trudeau and husband Edward of Holyoke, and Thomas Stein of IL; eight grandchildren: Christopher Eck, David Cilley, Matthew Cilley, Nicki Rodriguez, Tara Trudeau, John Trudeau, and Trent Stein; seven great grandchildren, two sisters-in-law: Michelle Scanlon of South Hadley and Roseann Stein of IL, and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Mary Lou was predeceased by a son, Robert G. Stein, and two brothers, Thomas H. Dempsey and Raymond J. Dempsey. The family would like to thank the staff at the Jewish Nursing Home and Spectrum Home Health and Hospice Care for the compassionate care they provided to Mary Lou, as well as her cruise friends and performers, especially Ronan Tynan, who called her his number #1 fan. A service will be held Wednesday, October 30th at 11:00 a.m. at the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street. Burial will follow at Saint Jerome Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Wednesday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Home Health and Hospice Care, 770 Converse Street, Longmeadow MA 01106-1786 or Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center, 627 Cottage Street, Springfield MA 01104.
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