Muriel Holmes

Obituary of Muriel Holmes

Muriel E. Holmes, 92, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at Ten Broeck Commons, her home of the past six years.


Muriel was born on November 12, 1924, in Yonkers, NY, to the late John H. and Rose E. Marcel.  Muriel's only brother, Jack, predeceased her in July of 1985. 


On March 15, 1946, Muriel married the love of her life, Vincent A. ("Vinny") Holmes.  Vinny predeceased Muriel on October 3, 1981, but their love never faded.


Muriel, always looking for a change of scenery, moved multiple times around Westchester County and Long Island.  Muriel and Vinny found their final home together in the Hudson Valley.  After Vinny's passing, Muriel moved around Red Hook and Rhinebeck, finding her home of over twenty years at Wells Manor in Rhinebeck.


Muriel's door was always open. You would be greeted with a warm smile, hot cup of tea, and a challenge to a friendly game of rummy.  Muriel enjoyed entertaining her friends and playing bingo with her neighbors.


Muriel spent most of her years as a homemaker, raising her children and taking care of her grandchildren.  Her family was her pride and joy, as anyone could see by all the photographs she had displayed of them all.


Muriel leaves behind her loving family of three children: Nancy R. Churchillo (Joe, who predeceased on December 9, 2016) of Brentwood, NY; James V. Holmes (Marilyn Eagen) of Poughkeepsie; Cathy R. Wiley of Red Hook, five grandchildren: Christine L. Augello (Paul) of Holbrook, NY; John J. Churchillo (Isis) of North Babylon, NY; Jason R. Wiley of Red Hook; Brittany C. Torelli (Thom) of Saugerties; Stacie L. Secor (John Fanelli) of Highland, eight great-grandchildren: Jessica L. and Ashley R. Augello; Ava O. Wiley; Victoria I. and Marina L. Churchillo; Morgan A., Connor V., and Ethan O. Torelli, among extended family members and many friends.


Those who love Muriel will remember her as a proud Irish woman with a green thumb, teddy bear collector, and bird watcher. 


Muriel loved playing the lottery, cutting coupons, reading novels, drinking root beer, eating ice cream with chocolate fudge, and, of course, pizza.


Muriel was always more than happy to hem your clothes or sew on a new button.


Muriel loved to spend her time listening to the "old timers" and country music on the radio, watching her programs on TV (when she could find the clicker), baking cookies and birthday cakes, going for rides on the back roads to see the leaves change color, and being there to listen to anyone who needed an ear.


Muriel's memory will live on in every copper piggy bank we see, every rose we watch in bloom, and every time we look towards the sky we will find comfort in knowing that she is among the beauty of the clouds that she always admired.

Per Muriel's wishes, she will be cremated and buried at a later date alongside her loving husband at Calverton Cemetery on Long Island, with some ashes to be brought to Ireland by family members, as it was always her dream to visit.


In lieu of flowers, Muriel's family asks that donations be made (in care of Kathy Wiley) for a future event to be held for Muriel's friends at Ten Broeck Commons.


Calling hours will be held Monday, August 28th at Burnett & White Funeral Home in Red Hook from 6-8 p.m., with a memorial service to take place at 8 pm led by Father Patrick Buckley.