Audrey N. (Bennett) McNulty peacefully passed on Friday, January 19, 2018 at East Side Nursing Home in Warsaw, NY. Audrey was born July 16, 1923 to Albert N. and Alice C. (Hagstedt) Bennett in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY. She and her older sister, Ruth, were raised in a wonderful family-centered and child-filled Jamaica, Queens neighborhood. After graduating from high school, Audrey worked as an executive secretary for Citi Service Corp in Manhattan for 16 years. For the first 12 of those years, she and her father took the train to work into the city together daily until his untimely and sudden death, which hit her extremely hard.
She met the love of her life, Richard V. (Dick) McNulty, at a summer resort in the Poconos where she and several of her girlfriends were vacationing in 1956. He was also Brooklyn-born (and raised) and his career was centered in Manhattan as a Principal Bank Examiner for the State of New York Banking Department. Certain job assignments required travel across the state and during those times it was “Audrey in charge”. At the time of his retirement, many years later, his office was located at Two World Trade Center. Audrey and Dick loved socializing (dance classes and dances, get-togethers, short trips) with the fellow examiners and their spouses over the years. They had all worked very hard together from truly humble beginnings through the Depression and WWII Years and celebrated genuine life-long friendships and many Shared and Personal milestones. Audrey and Dick married on June 8, 1957 in Queens. She “retired” and chose to become a full-time wife and mother. Dick and Audrey raised their son and daughter on Long Island in another family-centered and child-filled neighborhood. They took annual family summer vacations to Grandma’s (Audrey’s mom, Alice) cottage on Candlewood Lake in Connecticut and to Konrad and Rose Isele’s Butternut Valley farm (a 60’s favorite early B and B) in upstate Morris, NY. Every now and then they would throw in trips to various historical places for “educational reasons” and fun. Audrey and Dick moved to Western NY in June of 1994 to be closer to their daughter’s family. They settled in Batavia and were avid walkers around town (the ice rink was one of their favorite stops along with any place that offered a darn good vanilla ice cream cone) and they were regulars at all Senior Center activities. After Dick’s health declined, he resided at the Village Green in LeRoy. Audrey, always armed with her no-bake oatmeal cookies and jokes for the staff, visited him daily until he passed away on June 19, 1998. She then made a home with her daughter’s family for ten years, resided at the Cloisters in Warsaw for two, and spent the final 7 ½ years of her life with her “later-in-life Family” at East Side Nursing Home in Warsaw.
In addition to her parents, Albert and Alice, and her husband, Dick, she was predeceased by her sister, Ruth. She leaves many stories and memories to be shared by her daughter, Loraine (Rodney) West of Pavilion, NY and her son, Joseph (Baby Martin) McNulty of Mill Valley, California, as well as by her grandchildren- Jed (Meghan O’Reilly)West, Tanner (Caitie Welch) West, and Lucien and Genevieve McNulty. Her great-grandchildren, Everly (of Tanner and Caitie), Emmett and soon-in-June Kevin (of Jed and Meg) are Audrey and Dick’s (aka “Grandma and Grandpa Mac”) enduring living legacy of their love to this world. She also leaves several cousins, nephews and nieces, a cherished niece, Clare Sheridan of Medford, Massachusetts and of course her Wonderful (“Top of the Morning to you All…”) East Side Family! In her memory, please pass along a favorite corny joke or story, remember to add a little line dance of “1-step forward and 2-steps back” to the walking gait of your “daily constitutional” (but be careful if you are walking on a major road), don’t come home with any other paint on your car but its’ own, and watch an old black and white classic movie now and then. Simple is good.
There will be no prior calling hours. Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Donations may be made in memory of Audrey and Dick McNulty to the Pavilion Elementary Outdoor Classroom. Pavilion Central School District (memo to read “Outdoor Classroom in honor of the McNultys”) Pavilion Central School District, 7014 Big Tree Road, Pavilion NY 14525 Attn.: Business Office . For more information please call 585-343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.