Else Maria Honan

June 15, 1938 - January 2, 2021
Else Maria Honan

Mrs. Else M. Honan, of Wilmington, NC, passed away on 1/2/2021, in Greensboro, NC, completing her journey of 82 years.

Maria was a loving, witty, and generous lady who always told the truth. Maria adored and loved her husband, children, and grandchildren. Maria loved the beach, restaurants and all the conversations that went along with it. Maria was truly the life of the party! She lit up every room that she entered with her big smile, and spirit. Maria lived a full and beautiful life, which she will be truly missed. Thank you Maria for sharing your life with us. You will be forever loved and missed. P.S. Love You More.

She is survived by her husband: Martin M. Honan, Jr.; two sons: Martin M. Honan III; Georg Mucke two daughters: Denise Cottrell; Barbara Honan; 11 grandchildren: Skylar M. Honan; Faith Peak; Megan R. West; Allen Cottrell; Alexander Day; Bobby Hausen; Christina E. Cross; Heidi M. Honan; Brandon Heckenast; Tatiana Mucke; Vivianne Bittman.

She is preceded in death by her daughter: Regina Hample

A private service will be held at a later date.

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  • January 08, 2021
    Jason M Smith “Jake” says:
    I spent time with Aunt Maria a few times when I was little at our camp in Sebago Maine, she was the life of the room and fits all the descriptions listed in this obituary. My most fond memory was when I got to spend time at the house in wilmington after graduating from Parris Island in 1992, with my mom and uncle Martin during the Beaufort SC during the christmas festival (dec 4, 92). She will be missed and I remember how much we looked forward to seeing them! The time was short but memorable and she will be missed!

  • January 08, 2021
    Barbara Profenno says:
    I remember Maria visiting Maine with my brother, Marty, many times. Maria loved the seafood. She loved the Italian sandwiches. She and Marty enjoyed Sebago Lake and Old Orchard Beach. They enjoyed visiting relatives while they were here, in Me. I will always remember those visits with great fondness. Lots of laughter. Rest In Peace, Maria. We love you. Bob and Barbara

  • January 09, 2021
    Philip Hedgepeth says:
    A good heart has stopped beating, but a heart that has touched so many lives can’t help but live on in those she loved. I will never forget your kindness and all the great times Martin and I had sitting around upstairs talking and laughing with you. Thank you for never being too busy whenever we needed you. Thank you for teaching us that the honest truth is spoken in total candor. A wonderful soul, full of love has gone to heaven. Helen Keller said it best...” With every friend I love who has been taken into the brown bosom of the earth a part of me has been buried there; but their contribution of happiness, strength, and understanding to my being remains to sustain me in an altered world.” Mrs H. you will always be alive in our hearts and memories. My condolences Martin and to all your family.

  • January 09, 2021
    Jennifer Peak says:
    I have known Maria for over 20 years. Her son is the father of my daughter, Faith Elizabeth Peak. Maria had a very unique sense of humor. She was loud and fun and always cracking a joke or being a total smart ass. She was fiercely loyal, generous, and strong. We shared a love of seafood, the beach, dolphins, and her son. I have many fond memories of her; watching the dolphins in HHI, screwing around with the gator in her pond to piss off the neighbors, and heart to heart conversations about her son, Martin Junior. We loved to eat out together and I would often call her just to chit chat and check-in and have her make me laugh or tell me a goofy story. I know that Maria is in heaven and we will see her again soon. Love you. Jenny Peak

  • January 09, 2021
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