Catherine "Renee" Hennessy

Renee Hennessy, a lifelong resident of the Bronx, passed away on March 12, 2021 surrounded by her family.  She was 79.


Renee was born on September 11, 1941 in the Bronx to the late Angelo and Theresa (Casale) Lauria. She was the beloved mother of Susan Calagna and her husband John, Donna Schmidt and her husband Richie, and Rich Hennessy and his wife Kristi. Renee spent her life caring for her family and her favorite job was being a grandmother. Nicknamed G-Ma, she will be missed terribly by her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Michael Calagna and his wife Jenn, Andrew Calagna and his wife Lisa, Richie, Nicky, Danny, Michele, and Theresa Schmidt, Megan and Erin Hennessy, Gianna Villano and Jack Calagna.  She was pre-deceased by her brother Ralphie Lauria. She was a friend to many, and enjoyed playing mahjong, cards and bingo. Her pizzelles were always a hit at gatherings and her Christmas cookies were the highlight of Christmas Eve dinners.  Her watch has ended.


Visiting will be Monday, March 15, 2021 from 4-8pm, with a funeral service at 7pm, at Joseph A. Lucchese Funeral Home, 726 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. Interment will take place on Tuesday at 11am at Ferncliff Cemetery, 280 Secor Road, Hartsdale. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Renee will be accepted by Paws Crossed , 100 Warehouse Lane, Elmsford, New York 10523.



  1. Roseina Totans on March 14, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    I will miss you my friend. I know you’re picking out those hi heels up there! Rest easy Renee.

  2. Elaine Feller on March 15, 2021 at 4:54 am

    Renee I don’t know where to begin to describe how much you meant to me.
    You were such a wonderful Mom, G-Ma and Friend. Always there to help
    anyone who needed you. We had so many fun times together and I will
    remember you with a smile, until I see you again. Love you my dear friend. I’m so sorry
    I can’t be with you today but I know you understand why.

  3. Marcia Marcus on March 16, 2021 at 5:26 am

    Renee I always looked forward to seeing u and Elaine together U were a sweet lady and always fun to b with
    I will miss u and never forget your beautiful smile and great sense of humor
    May your memorial b eternal
    RIP dear Renee

  4. Maureen Spratley-Longo on March 16, 2021 at 9:27 am

    Rest in peace, dear neighbor….Renee, you shall be missed greatly and for a very long time to come. Our building is not the same without you. I loved your spirit and zest for an active life….you let nothing stop you….that’s your legacy. God bless.
    My condolences to all Renee’s tremendous family.
    Maureen and family

  5. s on March 25, 2021 at 9:39 am

    RIP Gma. You were always so welcoming and kind to me whenever I came over. Sometimes you would even let me cook for you instead the other way around. You will be missed <3

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