Mary Arlene Walsh
Mary Arlene Walsh

Mary Arlene Walsh


In Loving Memory Of Mary Arlene Walsh

Sunday, March 24th

Funeral mass
Monday, March 25th
Good Shepherd Church, Holbrook NY
11 am

Interment to follow
Calverton National Cemetery

Arlene Walsh (1934 – 2024)

A woman who would be deeply annoyed by any of you going to any trouble making a big-to-do or production about her passing, Mary Arlene Walsh, 90, of Lake Ronkonkoma, NY died peacefully of having lived a life marching to the beat of her own drum, on March 21, 2024.

She was born in 1934 in Greenwich Village in the heart of the center of the known universe (some of you may otherwise know it as New York City) to Loretta (O’Rourke) and William “Billy” McMahon. She was wed to Donald Walsh in 1955 and had 2 children, Donald and Loretta (Rodrigues) before scurrying off to the suburbs in 1960, and becoming some of the first residents of Duane Drive in Lake Ronkonkoma. She spent much of her time running a household as the wife of a firefighter, juggling shifts at Colonie Hill Golf Club (and forgetting one fateful night to ask Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford for their autographs), and volunteering for St. Joseph’s RCC, before her 3rd blessing Billy came into her life (after Lorei first enjoyed being the “baby” for a valiant 19 year run!)Upon being unexpectedly widowed in 1994, she did what she did best. She woke up, got into a taxi, and started her next chapter as a cashier at Caldor when most other poor saps her age were retiring. When Caldor went out of business, she marched that solo drumbeat of hers down the sidewalk and started cashiering at King Kullen. She slung bags of dog food and sacks of flour down that conveyor belt until she was 89, not even letting a victorious fight with cancer or a pandemic get in her way. She only stopped because her tired hips just became more stubborn than her Irish willpower.

She is survived by her 3 children, a treasured and doting son-in-law Rich Rodrigues, her 2 grandchildren Alex Rodrigues (Meagan) of Denver, Colorado; Thomas Rodrigues of Huntington, New York; and 4 generations of cousins that brought the “old neighborhood” to the “new neighborhood” with her in only the way a New York neighborhood story could be written. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her beloved brother Billy. And while she had several loving dogs over the span of her life, she’s probably going to embrace Buff, her precocious Dalmatian first because nobody ever understood him like she did.

The family would also like to offer its apologies in advance to the residents of Heaven, as the spirited dinner table conversations between Arlene and our dad will probably be increasing in volume by just a bit