Jean McDermott

Jean M McDermott (Monaghan)

Thursday, June 7th, 1928 - Saturday, February 20th, 2021
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Obituary

Jean M. McDermott, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 20, 2021 surrounded with the comfort of her loving family.

Born June 7, 1928 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, Jean was the daughter of Francis A. and Catherine Segrave Monaghan.

A dedicated student, Jean received a Bachelor’s of Music at Caldwell College (now University) and later a Master’s of Education in Administration from Seton Hall University. She had a vibrant career as a music educator retiring as the Supervisor of Fine Arts for the Westfield Board of Education.

A loving wife to John P. (Jack) McDermott, the two wed at Holy Trinity Church in Westfield on April 2, 1956. They resided and raised their family in Westfield, later moving to Basking Ridge.

A woman of incredible faith and a devout Catholic, Jean was a parish organist at St. Anne’s Church of Garwood for over 30 years. She then served on the Parish Council of Parish Community of St. Helen and the Board of Education of Holy Trinity School. Later, she joined the congregation of St. Vincent De Paul, Stirling. She was an active member of the parish community including The Rosary Society. She found much joy and peace at St. Vincent's, not to mention made many friends, especially Peggy and Fr. Richard.

Jean was a volunteer at Friends of the Children's Specialized Hospital for over 10 years. Fiercely independent, Jean loved to travel, play bridge with the St. James and Westfield crews and Rummikub with her friends at Arbor! She also enjoyed Papermill shows with a mix of Westfield and Basking Ridge friends.

Jean is survived by her children John P. McDermott Jr. and his wife Dr. Sharon Burke of Leland, North Carolina, Maura Shea of Upton, Massachusetts, and Monica McDermott Bergin of Westfield. Known to her grandchildren as “GG”, she was a loving grandmother to Caitlin, Patrick, his wife Lanie and Caroline Shea, Catherine, Margaret (Maggie) and Nora Bergin. As well as her loving caretaker, Ann, and her napping/guard grand-dog, Disney.

Jean is predeceased by her loving husband, Jack and son-in-law Kevin F. Shea

Services will be held at St. Vincent De Paul on Thursday February 25, 2021. Visitation begins at 10:15 AM followed by Funeral Mass at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Saint Vincent's 250 Bebout Avenue, Stirling, NJ 07980, in Jean “GG”s memory.

A live stream of the Funeral Mass will be broadcast on https://www.stvincentschurch.org/church-video
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 25th, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, February 25th, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    St. Vincent de Paul RC Church
    Address
    Bebout Avenue
    STIRLING, NJ 07980
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 25th, 2021 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, February 25th, 2021 11:00am
    Location
    St. Vincent de Paul R.C. Church
    Address
    Bebout Ave
    STIRLING, NJ 07980
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    To witness the Mass of Christian Burial visit the St. Vincent de Paul website at stvincentschurch.org Live Stream.
    Officiant
    Father Richard Carton
  • Interment

    Location
    Fairview Cemetery
    Address
    1100 E. Broad Street
    WESTFIELD, NJ 07090
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Margaret Merrill

Posted at 06:19pm
No matter when you saw Jean, a smile would appear. She always would bring a positive attitude and make you feel good about yourself and the job you were doing. Jean was a special person and I am so glad to have known her. Love to her forever, Margie Merrill
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Grace McDonald

Posted at 12:37pm
Jean was a very special person to me. She observed me teaching a music lesson when I was 21 years old and hired me. I am 71 years old now .
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Barbara Tomalonis

Posted at 01:35pm
Dear John, Maura, Monica and family,
Our deepest sympathies to all of you. Your mom touched and enriched so many lives, including all those in the North Chestnut St "gang," the kids and the parents.
Sending you thoughts and prayers of comfort and peace.
With love, Bill and Barb Tomalonis
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Julie Light Ratkus

Posted at 09:16pm
Our family has such great memories of your sweet mom! You all are in our thoughts and prayers! Love, Joyce Taylor and family
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