Nov. 26, 1925 – Nov. 20, 2016
Anne E. Courtney-Kavanaugh, who helped operate her family’s business, Consumer Beverage Co., died in her South Buffalo home on Nov. 20, six days before her 91st birthday.
Born Anne Elizabeth Courtney in Buffalo on Thanksgiving Day, one of eight children, she grew up in the Old First Ward. She was a 1939 graduate of St. Bridget’s School and a 1943 graduate of Mount Mercy Academy.
During World War II, she worked for American Car and Foundry Co., then became a bookkeeper for the former Iroquois Gas Co. She also assisted her father, Thomas Courtney, with his bookkeeping and income tax business.
She later did payroll and bookkeeping for Consumer Beverage and served on its board of directors.
She and her husband, Lawrence M. Kavanaugh Sr., an accountant and owner of Consumer Beverage, were married in 1951 in the last wedding performed in the old St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Becoming members of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish, they founded the St. John’s Buffalo Federal Credit Union.
In 1956, she and her husband became members of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, where she was active in the St. Martin’s Mothers Club, the Altar and Rosary Society and was a daily Communicant at the 11 a.m. Mass.
For more than 80 years, she also was present in devotion at the Novena of Grace in honor of St. Francis Xavier at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in downtown Buffalo.
The mother of nine, she served on the board of directors of Bishop Timon High School and Mount Mercy Academy, which awarded her its Mount Mercy Spirit of Mercy award in 2008.
She also volunteered at Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Little Portion Friary.
Her husband died in 2002.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary Ellen Kavanaugh, Nell Kavanaugh and Martha Kavanaugh; five sons, Mark Kavanaugh, Lawrence Kavanaugh Jr., Neil Kavanaugh, James Kavanaugh and Matthew Kavanaugh; and 13 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Saturday in St. Martin of Tours Church, 1140 Abbott Road.