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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sunday's Obituary: Celia Agnes Quinn Houlihan

Signature found on the Index to Petitions for Naturalizations filed in NYC in 1928

Cecelia Houlihan

Funeral services for Cecelia Houlihan, 85, 2307 W. Jefferson St., were conducted Tuesday by the Rev. Leroy Kinnamon.  Interment will be in New York Veterans National Cemetery at Pinelawn, N.Y.  Murray Funeral Home, Kokomo Chapel was in charge of local arrangements. 

Mrs. Houlihan died at 11:36 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6, 1984, in St. Joseph Memorial Hospital. She was born in County Galway, Ireland, April 23, 1898, a daughter of Bridgett (Branley) Quinn.

In 1935 she married Richard Houlihan who died Oct. 9, 1962.  She had worked for New York Central Railroad as a clerical person.

Surviving is a sister, Margaret Dawson of New York City.  Three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. 
                   KoKomo Tribune, Wednesday, February 8, 1984

There are many inaccuracies in this obituary including the spelling of her name. Celia did not have children and died after most close family members which accounts for the errors. In all previously found documents her name is spelled Celia, not Cecelia. Church records indicate that Celia Quinn was born on April 13, 1898; the daughter of William Quinn and Bridget Brannelly. She came to the United States in 1920 and married Richard J. Houlihan on September 3, 1927.  According to cemetery records, Celia died on February 7, 1984. Her obituary states that she died on February 6. She is buried in Long Island National Cemetery which is adjacent to the Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.  

More about Celia Quinn Houlihan can be found on my web pages

Bride, Celia Quinn with groom, Richard Houlihan.  Also pictured are
Susan Murray Quinn, sister-in-law of the bride and Harold Edward Dawson, brother-in-law of the bride. Celia appears to be wearing the same dress that Susan Murray Quinn wore in 1926.


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