Annie Joe (Lavin) Faughnan of Ellenville died Thursday November 14, 2013 at Ellenville Regional Hospital. She was 87. Annie Joe, born in West of Ireland, in the County of Mayo, was the youngest of four sisters and the last surviving member of the Lavin family.
Her father died when she was only six months old and she was orphaned with the passing of her mother when she was still a teenager. She met her future husband, Matthew Faughnan, a tailor, nearly 70 years ago, back in Ireland.
Annie Joe came to America on a boat in 1958 with three children: Evelyn, Patrick and Kevin. She lived the American dream and moved to Brooklyn and eventually increased her family from three to seven by 1965: Joseph, Brendan, Anita and Matthew.
Later, the couple retired and moved to Ellenville, NY where she made many, many wonderful friends through the years. She loved to knit and was a member of the "Nimble Knitters" which met every Saturday morning in Ellenville Public Library. She had been an active member of her Church, St.Mary's and St. Andrew's for many years belonging to the choir and Rosary Society. Everyone always mentioned her smile and her precious Irish accent.
She is survived by her husband of over 68 years, Matthew, 88, her seven children, twelve grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and six step grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by all.
Visitation for Annie Joe will be held from 2 to 4 & 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19th at Loucks Funeral Home, 79 No. Main St., Ellenville, NY A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Wednesday November 20th at St.Mary's & St Andrew's Church, Main St., Ellenville. Interment will follow at Fantinekill Cemetery, Route 209, Ellenville, NY.