Margaret Dunleavy obituary (1937 – 2021) – Plainview, NY

DUNLEAVY Margaret M. (née Rainsford). It is with great sadness that the family of Margaret M. Dunleavy (née Rainsford), of Plainview, NY, announce her passing on July 31, 2021, at the age of 84. Margaret was born July 19, 1937, in the Bronx, NY, to William and Mary Rainsford. She had three brothers, James, Michael and William Rainsford. She was predeceased by her 62-year-old husband Thomas; brother, Michael; brother-in-law, Patrick Dunleavy; sister-in-law, Claire Rainsford; and grandson, Joey Dunleavy. Margaret is survived by her brothers, James and William; sisters-in-law, Mary Frances Rainsford, Bridie Dorgan and Mary, Bridie and Mary Dunleavy; brothers-in-law, James Dunleavy and Bat Dorgan; her children, Margaret (Maxim), Kathleen (Robert), Veronica (John), William (Paige), Thomas, Suzanne (Michael), Joseph (Nora), Brendan, James (Lori), Colleen (Daniel) and Maureen (Brian ); 18 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Margaret graduated from Catherine McAuley High School in Brooklyn, where she was a student with distinction and a member of the basketball team. After getting married in 1958, Margaret dedicated her life to her husband and children, then to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was the driving force behind the growth and success of her husband’s CPA practice and personified the axiom, “Behind every successful man hides a great woman.” She will be remembered forever around Plainview for leading her 11 children to sports, religion classes, college and wherever their many activities have taken them. Margaret was a skilled seamstress and an accomplished baker. His cakes were made from scratch and his Toll House cookies never lasted long. She was a master juggler of schedules, the “head repairer” and unfazed by the many crises that 11 children and a husband can create, almost daily. Margaret loved to travel, visiting her beloved Ireland every year for half a century to visit family, friends and the Marian Shrine at Knock. Her travels have also taken her across the United States, to several European capitals and to Australia. His favorite places to visit were America’s national parks. His love for adventure extended to flying lessons and his longstanding desire to become a pilot. With a book in her bag and the promise of a cup of coffee at her destination, she was ready for anything. Throughout her life, Margaret was devoted to her Catholic faith and to the many charities that benefited from her generosity. She was always there to help others, volunteer at school or church, lead people with disabilities, or lend a helping hand to family and friends. Margaret was modest and selfless in her dedication to others, never looking for the spotlight. The celebration of the life of Margaret Dunleavy will begin with visitation on Thursday, August 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Home at 655 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY. A funeral mass will be held on Friday August 6 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy RC Church, 500 South Oyster Bay Rd, Hicksville, NY, followed by interment at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Margaret’s name to support Our Lady of Mercy Academy ( or St Joseph’s Indian School (

Posted by Newsday August 4-5, 2021.

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