Date of Birth August 18, 1935
Date Deceased May 28, 2020
Hometown Hornell
Home State N.Y.
Service Location St. Ann's Church, Hornell
Interment Location St. Mary's Cemetery, Town of Fremont

Noreen G. Mahoney

HORNELL-Noreen G. Mahoney, 84, of Wesley Avenue, passed away peacefully late Thursday morning (May 28, 2020) surrounded by her loving family, after a brief illness.

Born in Dansville on Aug. 18, 1935 she was the only child of the late Paul and Isabelle (Goodwin) Gessner. On Oct. 5, 1957 she was married at the former St. Patrick’s Church in Dansville to Francis Xavier “FX” Mahoney of Hornell, who predeceased her on May 4, 2005 after 47 years of marriage. Besides her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

A graduate of Dansville Central School, Noreen also graduated from St. James School of Nursing in Hornell as a Registered Nurse.

She has resided in Hornell since 1957 and before she retired was employed as a Registered Nurse at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell for nearly 30 years.

Noreen was a communicant of the former St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Hornell and was currently a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church in Hornell where she served on the Liturgy Committee. Her other memberships include the Ladies of Columbus and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. Noreen also belonged to several “lunch groups” with her friends and especially enjoyed her visits to Billy Schu’s Food Bar in Hornell.

An avid reader, she also loved doing Jumbos and crossword puzzles and was a devoted San Francisco Giants fan.

Noreen will be remembered for her Irish wit and stubbornness; she was certainly “one of a kind” and she did it her way!

Her loving family includes her three children, Brian (Rhonda) Mahoney of Canton, N.C., Molly E. Mahoney of Hornell and Kathleen (Nick) Porcaro of Arkport; six grandchildren, Christine, Duane and Kyle Mahoney and Kaleigh, Christopher and Nicole Porcaro; five great-grandchildren; two special sisters-in-law and friends, Aileen Mahoney of Hornell and Dottie Mahoney of Toledo, Ohio; as well as several loving nieces, nephews and close cousins.

The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell is honored to serve the family of Noreen G. Mahoney.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic there will no public calling hours. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ann’s Church in Hornell at the convenience of the immediate family followed by committal prayers and interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Fremont.

Those wishing to pay their respects to her family may participate in a “drive-by” at St. Mary’s Cemetery beginning at 11:45 a.m. Monday (June 1, 2020). Everyone must remain in their vehicles. Please use the first entrance (nearest Hornell) into the cemetery off State Route 21.

All services will be live streamed and may be seen either on the homepage of (please see link for live stream) or on the Facebook page of Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. for 30 days beginning at 10 a.m. Monday (June 1, 2020).

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to either the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1000 Elmwood Ave., #900, Rochester, N.Y. 14620 (, the Hornell High School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 135, Hornell, N.Y. 14843 or to CareFirst Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, N.Y. 14870.

Online condolences or remembrances of Noreen are welcomed on the Facebook page of Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc.

Subscribe to receive updates

6 Responses

  1. Noreen is in my earliest memories and she was my father’s first cousin. Noreen was a sharp, witty, sassy, red haired Irish woman with a great smile and a great laugh. She had a strong personality and let you know what her opinion was and I loved her for that! She will be missed dearly. My thoughts are with her children Molly, Kathleen and Brian and their families during this very sad time. Love and peace to you all.

  2. My thoughts and prayers for the family. Noreen was a fun loving gal and a great nurse. I will miss her wit and wisdom. God Bless you Noreen. RIP.

  3. My Deepest Sympathy to Noreen’s Family. She was a lovely lady and so full of life. I always enjoyed seeing her in church and running into her. Her quick wit was so amusing. She definitely lived life.

  4. Noreen and I solved all the world’s problems when she made her visit to the Nursery at St. James. We had lots of laughs and I will miss her very much. Please know that the family members are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Noreen was such a wonderful neighbor. Her sense of humor was incredible. I will miss our street side chats. Noreen always wanted to “stow away” when we went to Florida. We are all fortunate to have known her. My deepest condolences to the family.

  6. Molly and family,
    Your Mom was a great lady and your right one of a kind. I enjoyed all our visits and swapping reading materials. She and her humor will be missed. God bless all of you!

Personal Online Remembrances

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.