Mary Patricia Cournan (May 07, 1934 - September 17, 2023)

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Mary Patricia Cournan
  • May 07, 1934
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  • September 17, 2023

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Mary Patricia Cournan (née Troy), beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died on Sunday, September 17, 2023 at age 89. Pat, as she was known, was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Peter Pierce Cournan, by only 7 weeks.

Pat was born in South Buffalo, NY to William and Mary Troy (née Marron) on May 7, 1934. She attended Mount Mercy Academy, and graduated class of 1952. She went on to earn a college degree in Social Work from Rosary Hill College, and was a case worker for the City of Buffalo.

On June 23, 1956, Pat married the love of her life, Peter Cournan, also of South Buffalo. Together they had five children, 13 grandchildren, and 7 (and counting) great- grandchildren. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary together in June.

Pat was a devoted mother to her children, proudly nurturing and raising them over the course of many years. She also volunteered her time helping those in need through Literacy Volunteers of Buffalo. Pat enjoyed reading and attending book clubs, as well as various social clubs in her community. One of her favorite pastimes was connecting with lifelong friends from ‘the Mount’ and Rosary Hill.

Later in life, Pat and Peter became snow birds, enjoying winters in Florida. They relocated completely and lived in Clearwater, Naples, and finally Bradenton FL. One of Pat’s greatest pleasures was hosting visiting family throughout her years in Florida.

Pat is survived by her children; Michele Adams (Fred), Peter (Holly), William (Suzanne), Mary Katherine Overfield (Paul), and Patricia Fitzsimmons (Eric); her grandchildren; Lauren O’Rourke (John), Michael (Vanessa), and Matthew Adams; Kevin (Daisy), Brian (Emily), Christopher, and Elizabeth Cournan; Courtney Coulter (Chad), and Chase Cournan; Jake and Emma Overfield; and Matthew and Kate Fitzsimmons. Her children and grandchildren were a great source of pride for Pat, and she was blessed to enjoy the addition of seven great-grandchildren during her last years.

Pat is survived by her brother; William Troy (Susan), and her sisters in-law; Elaine Cournan (late John) and Carol Cournan (late Martin), and many nieces and nephews. She is pre-deceased by her parents, William and Mary Troy (née Marron).

Pat will be interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna NY. A memorial will be planned for a future date.


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  1. Fran Mahoney says:
    12 Oct 2023
    Sending my deepest condolences to the entire family. Please let me know when the mass will be for my cousin. Prayers tp all. Love, Fran Mahoney

  2. Pam Shannon says:
    10 Oct 2023
    A beautiful tribute, I now know where Mary Kay gets her serenely beautiful soul! From her mom…

  3. Pam Shannon lit a candle:
    10 Oct 2023
    Lit since October 10, 2023 at 10:35:39 PM

  4. carol lafferty says:
    08 Oct 2023
    Pat and I were long life friends. I would appreciate any information on her and Peters memorial service. Thank you.

  5. Bob Lawler says:
    08 Oct 2023
    Sending my deepest condolences to the Cournan family on the passing of your mom. Such a wonderful lady. God bless you all.

  6. Pam Howell lit a candle:
    05 Oct 2023
    Lit since October 5, 2023 at 10:46:10 PM

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