Mary (Mae) E. Walsh

Mary (Mae) E. Walsh nee Keyes (May 13, 1931 – December 29, 2021), is reunited with the love of her life after 38 years – Jeremiah T. Walsh who pre-deceased her on March 25, 1983.  Jerry was waiting to whisk her around the dance floor to the “stack of barley” (his favorite).

You may have known her as Ma, Mom, Mommy, Mother (when you needed her attention), Mae, Mary Ellen Keyes, Mrs. Walsh, Meema, Granny Mae, Aunt Mae, or simply “the best mother in the whole world.”

No matter how you knew her or what you called her, she was happy and proud to know you!  She was loved by family and friends alike.  She was blessed with three great children and their spouses – Tara and Dave Cassidy (Bronx go-to crew), Kathleen and Timmy McAvoy (IT and Insurance specialists), and Michael and Jacalyn Walsh (comic relief, her favorite son and daughter-in-law).  They produced seven phenomenal grandchildren – James (Jimmy), David (DJ) Cassidy; Brian and Mary Margaret McAvoy and John Michael (Jack), Annie and Thomas Walsh.

She was a loving big sister to Patricia “Pat” Briscoe and sister-in-law to Tommy Briscoe, Pat and Fred Bifulco, Eileen and Bob Budney, and Jim and Betty Walsh.  She was a godmother to Kevin Meara and Maryellen Briscoe.  She was a loving Aunt/Great Aunt to forty-six nieces and nephews.

After checking her book and “weather permitting”, Meema/Granny Mae spent countless hours watching her grandchildren and spending time as the sick day sitter, movie night sitter, and NYC marathon day sitter.  The lucky grandchild who got to her car first to carry in her overnight bag and pillow was able to use the pillow to watch TV and her favorite, Wheel of Fortune.

Many of you know Mae from either Cathedral High School, Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan, or Benedict Avenue in the Bronx.  Mae was President of the Saint Francis Xavier Mater Dei and a volunteer for the Saint Francis rectory for collection counting.  Mae was a Girl Scout Cookie Mom and Cub Scout Den Leader when Tara, Kathleen, and Michael were younger.  Mae organized and ran several AARP trips to Woodloch Pines as their leader.

Mae loved her family and always tried to make every event special whether it was Briscoe Christmas, Christmas in July, Superbowl Sunday party, or summer parties in New Jersey.  Family and her friends were everything to her!

No matter what you called her or how you crossed paths with Mae, whatever you were doing with her at the moment or just chatting on the phone was the most important thing to her!  She will be missed by all but will be watching over all of us.

Visiting will be Tuesday from 4-8pm at John Dormi & Sons Funeral Home, 1121 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 10am at St. Francis Xavier Church, 1703 Lurting Avenue, Bronx. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sprain Road, Yonkers. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation,   Little Sisters of the Poor- Jeanne Jugan Residence, or the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Please keep our mom in your minds, hearts, and prayers always!



  1. Tom & Nancy McGurl on January 2, 2022 at 9:39 am

    Love our trips to Ireland and all the laughs we had together as family !!

  2. Patty Anne Bifulco on January 2, 2022 at 10:31 am

    I have so many great memories of Aunt Mae. I honestly don’t recall there ever being a family party, wedding, graduation or whatever, that she wasn’t there, in the thick of it, enjoying great conversation and a laugh or two. She was a wonderful Aunt – always interested in catching up with everyone. God Bless her and may her soul continue to shine, now back with Uncle Jerry. My thoughts and prayers are with my cousins.

  3. Mary Anne M. Bifulco on January 2, 2022 at 11:01 am

    I will remember Aunt Mae for the twinkle in her eye and her wit. She always had words of kindness and welcome for me – a true, loving Aunt. God bless her beautiful soul.

  4. Eileen Rubano on January 2, 2022 at 2:32 pm

    Have a dance for us. We had a lot of fun over the years. Love Eileen and Jerry

  5. Jim Walsh on January 2, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    A great wife, mother, grandma and friend to many.
    But to Betty and I she was a perfect sister-in-law.
    Always a smile! Her legacy is her children and their families.
    She has left us with many good memories which we will treasure. Rest in Peace Mae!
    Love Betty and Jim

  6. Capellan Ellen on January 4, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    Mrs. Walsh was the best. How many times did I find her in our kitchen with her head together with my mother laughing and enjoy a coffee or “drink”. She always had a smile on her face. What fun we had at the bar-b-ques in the backyard. She is a beautiful soul, may she rest in eternal peace!
    Love Ellen, Susan and John Sakalian

  7. KAREN MCAVOY- MCBRIDE on January 4, 2022 at 1:46 pm

    Always a smile to share. We were blessed to have her as part of our extended family. We will miss her at all gatherings at Kathleen and Tim’s home. Our prayers for her children and grandchildren that they have happy memories and smile when they remember her.
    Rest peacefully Mae.
    Love From,
    Karen and James

  8. Bridget Murphy on January 5, 2022 at 11:35 am

    Condolences to all of Mae’s family, her sister Pat & all the Briscoes.
    RIP Mae!
    Love & Prayers,
    Bridie Murphy & Family

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