Obituary: Hendra Sue Reidy, 92, a longtime nurse and proud Coast Guard wife


Hendra Sue (nee Holman) Reidy, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and accomplished healthcare professional, passed away on Oct. 28, 2023, in the embrace of her family at her daughter’s home in Hudsonville, Mich. She was 92.

Born in New Salem, Mass., Hendra spent 63 years in a loving marriage with her late husband, Tom Reidy, a native of Long Island. Tom’s family owned Reidy’s Tavern in Patchogue until 1977; it later became Two Marrow’s Pub, which still operates today at 300 E. Main St. Members of the Patchogue: From the Past to the Present Facebook group say Reidy’s Tavern was the first tavern in Suffolk County to receive a liquor license.

A dedicated mother, she is survived by her five children: Karen Landry, Susan Brahm, Kathleen Mahsem, Thomas Reidy, Jr., and Amy Haggerty. Hendra was affectionately known as “nana-banana” to her 15 grandchildren and was blessed with numerous great-grandchildren. Her legacy extends through her sister, Edith Watson, of New Salem, and sister-in-law, Kathleen (Reidy) Bourassa of Gales Ferry, Conn.

Hendra’s professional journey in the healthcare field saw her serve as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), and ultimately as a Registered Nurse (RN). As the devoted wife of a U.S. Coast Guard member, she navigated her nursing career through various roles and locations. Alongside her husband, Tom, they settled in New Salem, Mass., where they resided for 35 years.

In the community, Hendra played an integral role in supporting her husband’s commitment to public service, notably as the Chief of the New Salem Fire Department and through involvement with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. Actively engaged in local affairs, she contributed her time to the New Salem Council on Aging and formed cherished connections as a friend of the New Salem Public Library.

Hendra’s love for her family was immeasurable, and she found joy in spending time with them, tending to her garden, and sharing her home with beloved dogs. A seasoned traveler, she explored the world with enthusiasm. In her leisure, Hendra pursued her passion for quilting, relished in reading, and cherished socializing with friends.

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