Obituaries: Michael Stack and Mary O'Sullivan

Michael Stack from Dooncaha, Tarbert, passed away on January 25, 2019, aged 83.

He died peacefully in the loving company of close family members at Tullamore Hospital. He is survived by his seven children, Tom, Helen, Pat, Joanne, Annetta, Marie and Marguerite.

Michael is predeceased by his wife Josie, who died on April 12, 2014. Michael has ten grandchildren, Cassie, Grace, Finola, Annabel, Andrea, Ciaran, Cormac, Ryan, Hannah Marie and Donnacha.

Michael was born in Dooncaha, Tarbert, on April 25, 1935, and had two sisters. Michael is survived by his sister Mary Stack who lives in London. His other sister Annie died in London in 1982.

Michael was a very holy person and prayed every day for his family.

He had a keen interest in the GAA, reading and geography, always keeping a map close to hand for reference.

Before his wife Josie passed away, they both celebrated 50 years of marriage in November 2013 which was a very memorable occasion for them, their family, relatives and friends. A special mass was celebrated by Fr Danny Broderick in the Listowel Arms Hotel to mark the golden anniversary.

Michael moved to Moate, County Westmeath in 2016 to live with his daughter Joanne and during his first two years there settled very well into the Community, attending mass every day and enjoying trips to Athlone with the active retirement group.

During this time, Michael also enjoyed many trips home to Dooncaha, Tarbert to catch up with his relatives, friends and close neighbours in Kerry.

He was always kept up to speed on local Kerry news while living in Moate, continuing to read The Kerryman every week.

During his last year in life, he was unable to travel to Kerry, but enjoyed visits to Moate from his family, relatives, neighbours and friends.

At Christmas 2018, in Moate, there was another very memorable family gathering for Joanne's birthday and Michael enjoyed the Mass that was celebrated in the house by Fr Farrell, which was attended by family and friends from Kerry and Moate.

Michael will be sadly missed by his family, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Mary O’Sullivan RIP - A wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother

Mary O'Sullivan (nee Quirke) Stacks Villas, Tralee and formerly of Ashford, Middlesex UK, passed away peacefully on 16th January 2019 surrounded by her loving children in the wonderful care of the staff of Ashborough Lodge Nursing Home.

Mary who had celebrated her 90th Birthday in November was described by her family as a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Born in Tralee in 1928, she was the second youngest daughter of James and Annie Quirke.

Of a large family of 12, Mary was a sister to Kit, Sonny, Jim, Jer, John, Larry, Teresa, Nello, Christy, Paddy and Betty who all pre-deceased her.

Mary along with her sisters attended Scoil Eoin Balloonagh. She started her working life in The Kerryman in Tralee but like so many of her generation she travelled to England to work where several of her brothers and sisters were already based.

It was here that she met the love of her life Noel from The Staff Barracks, Tralee. They married in St Michael's Church in Ashford and had four children Joseph, Kevin, Ann and Marion.

Mary and Noel spent 32 happy years living in England where they forged many friendships.

In 1978 they realised a lifelong ambition and returned to Stacks Villas where Mary had grown up. They were surrounded by lovely neighbours including Pat Phelan who was a marvellous friend and neighbour and someone who they could totally depend on.

Mary had a deep faith and a particular devotion to St. Padre Pio and she was heavily involved with the prayer group.

She found great strength and purpose from this community who she felt helped her through the difficult times during Noel's ill health.

She was delighted along with her cousin Helen Commane (RIP) and friends Betty Moran, Philly Tobin (RIP) and Pauline Cronin from the St. Brendan's prayer group to attend St Pio's canonisation by Pope John Paul II in Rome in 2002.

Spending time with her immediate family brought Mary great joy whether that was in Tralee or on visits to England. She along with her dear friend Judy Miller especially loved the wonderful family gatherings that were hosted by her daughter Ann and son-in-law Richard in their home where the Miller and O'Sullivan families would come together for a good old sing song.

Mary would always sing her favourite Petula Clarke song "The Song of my Life" and it was only fitting to hear this beautifully sung by Kathryn Smith at her graveside.

Mary reposed in her daughter Ann's home in Carrigeendaniel where the Rosary was said by Fr John O'Rourke, a wonderful friend to both Mary and Noel for almost 25 years. Requiem Mass was on Monday 21st January in The Church of our Lady and St. Brendan. Burial took place in St John's Cemetery Oakview, Tralee, where she was laid to rest with her husband Noel.

Mary is sadly missed by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, son in law, daughters in law, relatives, neighbours and all who knew and loved her.

May she rest in peace.