Marjorie A. McNamara Hope
Troy, NY. Marjorie Alice McNamara Hope passed away peacefully on December 9, 2021, at her residence at the age of 103.
Born in Troy, NY, on September 10, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Hugh F. McNamara and Anna Loretta Hayes McNamara.
Marge was a member of the first graduating class of Sacred Heart School, Troy, in 1932, and Catholic Central High School, Troy, NY, Class of 1936. She received her “graduate degree in work” at Montgomery Ward where she consistently excelled in her production area beyond the set quotas. Later, she worked for New York State Department of Civil Service.
Following World War II, she married her life-long partner and the man she loved most dearly, Leo J. Hope. Together, they raised five children, had ten grandchildren and thirteen (and one on the way) great grandchildren. During that time, Marge found herself very active in many other endeavors, Cub Scout Leader, Spring Little League Auxiliary Treasurer which she continued six years after her youngest son no longer played, at the Troy YWCA, first as a fitness participant, then as an instructor where to her delight many 20 year olds could not maintain her pace. But, her biggest thrill was to welcome all to their house. It didn’t matter who it was: playmates, classmates, friends, relatives, college friends, grandkids and great grandkids. She made everyone feel welcome. For over 30 years, she hosted the Annual 4th of July Hope-McNamara Family Cookout, along with her husband and children, where everyone was able to have fun, play games, renew their acquaintances, and take pictures of the kids as they grew up.
Perhaps her best gift was the time she spent with her grandkids whether it was after school, during summer break, or vacations. It gave the grandkids the opportunity to experience her patience, kindness, love, and boundless energy, which they all embrace today.
Forever the parent and always ready to set the example, one of her last comments to us was “ Say your prayers and be kind to others”.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, Leo J. Hope; her devoted sons, James F. Hope and Thomas P. Hope; her sister, Marion, and her brothers Hugh and Thomas. She is survived by her children William J. Hope, Colonie, Kathleen A. Hope (Paul Mattey), Troy, and Robert J. Hope (Stephanie Keens Heslin), South Colonie; her ten grandchildren: Patricia Ann Hope Lewis, Kelly Lynn Hope Louis, Colleen Marjorie Hope Levenson, Elizabeth Paula Hope Tignini, Michael McNamara Hope, Whitney Jane Hope Bailey, Audrey Lee Hope Ellison, Erin Celeste Hope Hunter, Meghan Ashley Hope Nesmith, Thomas Mark Hope, and thirteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The family wises to thank the Albany VNA, especially Gifty and Barb, and Community Hospice.
Funeral services will be held Friday, December 17th at 10:30 a.m. from Sacred Heart Church, 310 Spring Ave., Troy where the Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Friends are invited and may call at Sacred Heart Church, Troy, on Thursday December 16th from 4 PM to 7 PM.
In lieu of flowers, you may make contributions to Sacred Heart School, 308 Spring Ave., Troy, NY 12180.
Bill,Kathleen and Bobby
My aunt Marge was one of the most loving and caring persons I have ever known. Always a smile and a welcome hug to everyone who came to the 4th of July cookouts. Which we will always remember. We loved her and will miss her. I still have the $100 dollar bill with her picture on it on my refrigerator. We are sorry for your loss but she had a wonderful life with a caring family. God bless her. My she rest in peace.
Ron & Ellie Fellows
Ron Fellows Dec 19 2021 10:48 PM
Our greatest sympathy to all for whom Marjorie Hope was a guiding beacon of love and a cornerstone of family. We stand with you, especially Colleen (wife, daughter-in-law and sister-in-law) in missing Marjorie's presence on this earth. We are hoping each of you will receive blessings from her now that she is in Heaven. May her light be in your hearts forever; may your memories of her lift your spirits and make you smile, and may she live on in the laughter of all the now and future great grandchildren and generations to come. Sending our love, Arthur, Bill, Stacy and Amelia Levenson
The Levenson Family Dec 17 2021 10:47 AM
Dear Katie and family,
We are so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. She was such a sweet woman. We will miss seeing her billboard birthday celebrations ! Heaven just gained another angel. May she Rest In Peace. Our deepest sympathy,
The Gustin Family
Mary Gustin Dec 14 2021 8:41 PM
We were sorry to read of your mother's passing. The video was a lovely tribute to her and all of your family.
Russell and Christine Pearce Dec 14 2021 8:20 PM
I met Marjorie one Sunday afternoon in Muscatello's Restaurant a few years ago. She was such a delight. Since then I have enjoyed seeing the billboard with her photo each year on her birthday. What a life well lived. May she rest in eternal peace.
Denise DAngelico Dec 13 2021 4:40 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss
Maureen DeSorrento Owens Dec 13 2021 10:04 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Marjorie Hope
Jennifer Coley Dec 12 2021 6:03 PM
Sorry for your loss. Sending peace and love.
Celine Casey Dec 12 2021 11:29 AM
Dear Bill, I'm so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful legacy your mother leaves. I have always known you to be kind and generous. Now I know why. I wish a peaceful holiday for you and all the Hope family.
Barb Nelson Dec 12 2021 9:41 AM