MOUNT VERNON — Mary Margaret (Costello) McLernon passed peacefully from this world Dec. 7, 2018, in her home in Charleston, South Carolina, surrounded by her devoted family.
Mary Margaret was born May 6, 1938, in Jersey City, New Jersey, graduated from St. Vincent’s High School in Mount Vernon in 1956 and was a 1959 graduate of the Holy Name Hospital School of Nursing (Teaneck). She spent the middle part of her adult life in Ohio. In the 1970s, Mary Margaret lived in Mount Vernon with her family and was active in the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary charity. In 1988, she was a founder of the Dublin Irish 1/1000 celebration, a musical and cultural celebration which now, as the Dublin Irish Festival, attracts over 100,000 visitors each year in August. Mary Margaret moved to Charleston, SC in 1995.
Mary Margaret is survived by her four children, Chris (Lisa) McLernon, Sean (Gillian) McLernon, Bridget (Sean) McLernon Sykes and Mary Kate McLernon; as well their father, (ex-husband) Lawrence McLernon; her eleven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; in addition to a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Mary Margaret was the loving sister of Claire (Thomas) Cardella, Rose (Jim) Kelly, Kevin (Anne) Costello and Ruthie (Terry) Johnson.
Mary Margaret is preceded in death by her daughter, Aileen McLernon Reineck; her parents, Thomas P. and Mary M. Costello; her brother, Thomas P. (Arlene) Costello, and her sister, Kathie (Johnnie) Shanahan.
Mary Margaret found joy in her connections with family, her relationships with friends and in travelling the world, especially when those journeys took her to Ireland. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. A funeral mass was celebrated at Mepkin Abbey Church in Moncks Corner, SC. Should friends desire, memorial contributions can be made to Mepkin Abbey, the American Cancer Society, and/or the Community Hospices of America Foundation.
Submitted by Bridget M. McLernon Sykes