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Obituary for Marianne Catherine McGovern

Marianne Catherine McGovern, a local area resident for 15 years, passed away at home in Poughkeepsie, NY on Friday, November 10, 2023. She was 75.

Daughter of the late Francis X. and Evelyn (Hopwood) McGovern, Marianne was born in the Bronx on November 14, 1947. She was raised in Yonkers, NY, graduated from the Academy of Our Lady of Good Counsel in White Plains, NY, where she was a member of the high school basketball team. She later attended Berkeley School of Business in White Plains. For many years, she worked as an Executive Assistant for William Mercer, Inc. in Stamford, CT. Prior to moving to Dutchess County, she had previously resided in Bethel, CT, as well as Mahopac and Yorktown Heights, NY.

A devoted Catholic, Marianne will be remembered for her enduring spirit and “tough as nails” attitude. She remained strong-willed up until her final moments of life. Her children's most inspirational memory of her was when she courageously dove from her family’s boat into the Long Island Sound’s rough waters when she saw an overturned sailboat and swam to save a stranger who was drowning.

Marianne enjoyed countless hobbies such as reading, baking, decorating, and crocheting. She had a sincere passion for music and was a skilled pianist and enjoyed singing. Later in life, she decided to work in retail due to her love for shopping.

Above all else, she cherished being a grandmother and was affectionately known as “Nanny”.

Survivors include her children: Mary Pat Swanson & her husband Bruce of Brewster, NY, Robert Sammarco & his wife Christina of Hopewell Junction, NY, Theresa Hess & her husband Danny of Fishkill, NY, & her grandchildren: Tori Swanson, Michael Swanson, Nicholas Sammarco, Christopher Sammarco, Hailey Hess, Avery Hess ; her nephews, along with their families: Col. James McGovern (Ret. US Army), David McGovern, Matthew McGovern, Patrick McGovern, and Christopher McGovern; her sister-in-law, Lorraine McGovern; her former husband and the father of her children, Al Sammarco; Her children's brother Joe Sammarco, his wife Colleen and their children Lucas & Callum who held a special place in Marianne’s heart as well as many cousins and other loving relatives & friends.

She was predeceased by her grandson, Bruce Anthony Swanson; as well as four brothers: Jim McGovern & his wife Ann, John McGovern, Kevin McGovern, and Marty McGovern.

The family would like to acknowledge the incredible team of nurses, staff members, and volunteers at Hudson Valley Hospice for not only the incredible care they took of Marianne but also the support they provided her family throughout her final days. In recognition of the family’s gratitude, memorial donations may be made to Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation, 80 Washington Street, Suite 204, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (

Services will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., 1089 Main Street, Fishkill, NY. For online tributes, you can visit Marianne’s Book of Memories at