Mary Theresa Cardinali, nee Degnan, passed away peacefully in her home in Hoboken on September 16, 2020.  She was the daughter of Joseph Patrick Degnan, of The Bronx, New York, and Bridget Dymphia McNamara from Ireland. She was the youngest sister of Joseph Patrick, Beatrice Lilly, and Margaret Rose.

After leaving The Bronx she and her siblings made Hoboken their home. It is here where at the age of 15 she met the love of her life “Yosh” (John) Cardinali.  They were happily married for 46 years, until Yosh’s death on Valentine’s day in 2011. Mary was an extremely hard worker and had many jobs throughout her life.  She was a book-keeper and property manager and for a period of time was the first and only woman president of the Board of Shareholders for one of the first Co-ops in the City of Hoboken, Theresa Apartment Inc. located at 310 Garden St. This is where she made a happy home for her extended family for over 40 years.

She retired in New Mexico with her husband Yosh to be close to her beloved granddaughter and daughter. After Yosh’s passing she returned “home” to Hoboken 10 years ago to be close to her son and larger extended circle of family and friends. She was best known for her loving-kindness and her gentle soul.  She is survived by her loving children, her beloved son John Cardinali III, her precious daughter Gina Cardinali and her one and only granddaughter, the light of her life, Natascha Birkmayer.  She is survived by a large circle of devoted nieces and nephews, and loving friends who she loved dearly.

Mass will be offered on Friday, October 2, 2020, 11AM at St. Ann Catholic Church, 704 Jefferson Street, Hoboken. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ. Visitation for Mary will be held on Friday, October 2nd, beginning at 9AM and concluding at 10:30AM at Failla-McKnight Memorial Home, 533 Willow Avenue, Hoboken,

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