Obituary: Lucille Clara Fanning


Lucille Clara Fanning (nee Bodensteiner), age 98, formerly of Floral Park, died on June 26 at her residence in Baltimore, MD, following a long, thoroughly engaged life.

Through the 1960s and ’70s, Lucille was a substitute teacher in the five Sewanhaka district high schools serving Floral Park and the surrounding villages.

In 1941, Lucille married Samuel J. Fanning, who emigrated from Tipperary, Ireland, in 1930.

Lucille made homes with her husband in Chicago in 1941; Berkeley in 1944; Fairfax, VA and Washington, DC in 1951; and Floral Park, NY, in 1964. Several years after her husband’s death in 1988, Lucille moved to Cardinal Shehan Center in Baltimore, MD, a retirement residence run by the Sisters of Mercy, the order of Lucille’s eldest daughter, Sr. Mary Fanning. Throughout her 22-year residence there, Lucille volunteered extensively to assist the facility and her fellow residents.

Lucille is survived by her three sons, Samuel M. of Gaithersburg, MD, Patrick of Olympia, WA, and Adrian of Long Island; her five daughters, Sr. Mary Fanning of Baltimore, MD, and Kathleen Bruen, Deirdre Ramondino, Martha Pesak, and Rosemary Bunzel of Long Island; three of her 10 siblings, Fr. Peter Bodensteiner of Lawler, IA, Olivia Everett of Fayette, IA, and Dr. Cletus Bodensteiner of Long Beach, CA; her seven sons- and daughters-in-law; her 22 grandchildren; and, yes, her 22 great-grandchildren.

A visitation was held on June 30 at Stella Maris, 2300 Dulaney Valley Rd., Timonium, MD, followed by a funeral mass at the Stella Maris chapel. Burial was held at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury on July 2.

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