Mary Irene Marron, or Rene as she was known to family and friends, died of cancer May 29 at her home in Springfield, New Jersey, surrounded by her children. She was 76. Rene, daughter of the late John A. and Mary Irene Burns, grew up in Sands Point, Long Island, and attended our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset, graduating in 1961. She then attended Rosemont College in Philadelphia.
Rene was a long time resident of Short Hills, New Jersey and North Palm Beach, Florida where she lived with her beloved husband, Thomas Marron (d. 2014). Together, they spent their summers at their home in Southold, on the North Fork of Long Island.
A lifelong athlete and avid golfer, she was a member of Canoe Brook Country Club in Short Hills, NJ, the Lost Tree Club in North Palm Beach, FL and the North Fork Country Club in Cutchogue, NY. Within the Lost Tree community she served as a dedicated member of the club Admissions Committee, the Library Committee and, being an ardent bridge player, the Bridge Committee. She was an active member of the Lost Tree Charitable Foundation which identifies and supports worthwhile organizations in need of financial assistance. She particularly enjoyed her volunteer work for the Riviera Beach Literacy Project. Her generosity of spirit was shared by all. Her lasting legacy is the deep love and care she showed to each member of her family and to all her friends throughout her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John A. and Mary Irene Burns, her brother, John (“Jack”) Burns and her loving husband, Thomas Marron.
Rene is survived by her children Walter (“Jay”) Thompson and wife, Ruth; Mary Irene Chodaczek and husband, Timothy; Christopher Thompson and wife, Rosemary; Steven Marron; Alysia Cline and husband, Michael; and Justin Marron. She was the proud grandmother to 23 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her brother, William Burns, her sister, Margaret (“Peg”) Mazen, her sister-in-law Virginia (“Ginny”) Burns, and her brother-in-law Robert Marron and wife, Janet.
Donations can be directed to Lost Tree Village Charitable Foundation, 11555 Lost Tree Way, North Palm Beach, Fla. 33408.