Carol Crisfield MacMenamin - Obit Picture

Carol Crisfield  Mac Menamin of GRANVILLE, NY - 81, going on 82 in 5 months.

Beloved Wife and Mother Carol MacMenamin passed at the age of 81 Monday morning September 23rd.  She had been struggling with COPD & heart conditions for several years.  Carol was in the company of her loving husband John MacMenamin, and most helpful and adoring caregiver son, Jeff MacMenamin.  John and Carol had just celebrated  50 years in their Elm Street home in July and their 59th wedding anniversary September 18th. 

 one of JilMac's favorite pictures of her MotherDaughter of the late Frederick and Gladys Rothing Crisfield, she was  born at her family home in Ossining, NY on leap day in 1932.  Carol DorothyCrisfield was the eighth of nine children.  She was a graduate of the Ossining High School.  After graduation she worked as an Administrative Assistant for the medical office at Grand Central Station.  She met her husband John W. MacMenamin when he was in the Army and had hurt his hand.  He was having it treated by the doctor Carol worked for - after many attempts she agreed to go out with him.  On their first date they met under the clock in Grand Central Station.  The two fell in love and married in 1954.  They wanted a house and to raise their children in a more country setting.   They heard about a place in Upstate New York and ventured north and found that Granville, NY was the most beautiful, peaceful place.  They found a house with the same staircase as Carol's family home where she was born.  They moved their 4 children (soon to be 5) into the house on the corner of Elm and  Norton Street with the BIG porch in 1963.  Carol worked for 20 years in the Granville High School as secretary to three principals.    She was a Cub Scout den mother when the boys were young and was also active with the Pember Library, Lioness Club and Garden Club.  Always a home of laughter and fun, there was never a dull moment.  She put up with a lot and loved us so much more.  

She is predeceased by her parents, a sister Edythe Anderson, a brother Frederick Crisfield Jr. several nephews, several
  nieces,  a great niece, great nephew, a brother in law and a sister in law.

Carol is survived by her husband John, sons Jeff and John and his wife Brenda,  and daughters Jil and her husband Pete Randall, Cathy & her husband Gene Flakes and Claire and her husband Brandon Clark.  Carol had a dozen grandchildren  who all affectionately called her Grrma:  KennyMacLeach, G. Michael Ynesta, John Daniel MacMenamin and his wife Bethany,  Juli and her husband Ian Iles, Amy & Heather MacMenamin , Ryan, Jake & Josh Akeley, James, Colin and Sara Randall, as well as five great grandchildren Gage, Torrey and Cara Ynesta, Evan and Alexia Iles.  She also leaves four of her sisters:  Gladys (Bimmy) Sinning, Elizabeth (Betty) and her husband Paul (DeDe) Eberlein, Loraine(Rainy) Guston, and Vivian (Vivy) and her husband Joseph (Joe) Rauschkolb, and two brothers Richard (Richie) Crisfield and his wife Cathy and  James Robert (Bobby) Crisfield, cousins, and countless nieces and nephews and their families.  The love and support  that comes from such a grand family (we call it our "Tribe") is insurmountable and Carol Mac's legacy leaves an enormous positive impact on us all and the town of Granville, NY which she adored.

Carol MacMenamin - Coffee on the Porch
Carol enjoyed completing the Post Star crossword puzzle every morning with her coffee, playing card games of pitch and gin rummy with John and close friends at the kitchen table.  Her passions and talents included: reading, knitting, needle work, painting and gardening.  And oh yes, she loved her Yankees!  She most enjoyed her home and family and with her long retirement , it is wonderful to say that we believe she got to do everything that was important to her:  living in Granville, enjoying the seasons, being near the ones she loved.  A family member recently referred to The Mac’s lifestyle as “Normal Rockwell-Like” and that is what we pray for each and everyone.  A life  filled with beautiful wholesome memories we will all cherish for a lifetime.

There will be calling hours at RobertM. King Funeral Home at 23 Church Street in Granville, NY on Friday from 5 to 8PM.  A Catholic mass will be held in her honor at St. Mary’s Church at 23 Buckley Avenue in Granville on Saturday at 10AM followed by her burial at Mount Carmel Cemetery.

One of Carol’s greatest joys in life was reading, so the family encourages us all to pick up a book and share it when done, volunteer at the library and that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the Pember Library, 33 West Main Street in Granville, NY 12832 (518)642-2525 and we thank you for your love and dedication to this wonderful woman.

Here is a Typical Mommy Letter - it was written shortly after we had moved to Granville, NY in July 1963.  Mommy says that she hopes they live there together for 50 years, and then on the last page - reminds Poppy that she really wants to move the Kitchen from the Back-Room to where it is today.  LOL  Scroll to the bottom of the page - where the attached letter is.


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Kings Funeral HomeLocation:  23 Church St, Granville, NY 12832 Phone:(518) 642-1122

Saint Mary's Church - 23 Buckly Avenue, Granville, NY  12832         Phone:(518)-642-1262

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Cemetery:  Mount Carmel Cemetery

Open HouseMacMenamin's  28 Elm Street  Granville, NY  12832

Lodging Accommodations in Granville, New York

(1) Station House B & B

(2) Sheldon Mansion B & B

(3) Pine Grove Motel 518-642-4627


Jil MacMenamin,
Mar 20, 2017, 6:59 AM