Whitehall, New York – Maryellen Claire Hennessy, 64, known all of her life as Jello, died peacefully at her home in Whitehall, New York, surrounded by her family on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.
Jello was born on Aug. 12, 1957, in Rockville Centre, New York, to Hugh J. and Patricia Hennessy. She grew up on Long Island with her nine siblings and spent her summers in Huletts Landing, New York.
Jello was a fixture in the Huletts Landing community for almost 60 years, and her favorite place in the world was Lake George, especially on her birthday.
Jello loved to sing and dance and happily bonded with everyone. Her knowledge of Huletts Landing was encyclopedic, and she was always willing to regale those she met with her stories of the lake. Jello was resourceful and determined until the end, and she will be remembered with love for her colorful personality and spirit.
Jello is survived by her sisters and their spouses Patricia O’Brien, Margaret Stoutenburg, Catherine (Michael) Lapicki, Maureen (Mark) Kelly and Rosemary (David) Simpson; her brothers and their spouses Matthew (Linda), Michael (Agnes) and William Hennessy; many nephews and nieces; and many grandnephews and grandnieces.
She was predeceased by her parents Hugh and Patricia Hennessy, her brother Hugh Hennessy Jr., her brother-in-law Mark H. Stoutenburg and her niece Megan Landers.
We thank those who joyfully assisted and cared for Jello: Patty Neddo, neighbor, friend and caregiver; her aide Michelle Blanchard; Dr. Christopher Mason and the staff at C.R. Wood Cancer Center; and the staff and her many friends at Skenesborough Harbor.
Donations in memory of Jello may be made to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center, 100 Park St., Glens Falls, NY 12801.
Calling hours for family and friends were from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, at the Jillson Funeral Home Inc., 46 Williams St., Whitehall, New York. A mass of Christian burial was conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 at the Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church on Skene Street in Whitehall, with Father Zachariah Chichester officiating. Interment followed in the Mountain Grove Cemetery in Huletts Landing.
Online condolences may be made at jillsonfuneralhome.com.