Mary Egan McCarthy, 87, of Summit, NJ, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2018. Mary was born in Curramore, Headford, County Galway, Ireland. She emigrated to the USA on Columbus Day 1952, arriving to meet her brother John and her sister Helen in Jersey City. She was always a kind and caring person and found her calling while working at St. Ann’s nursing home in Jersey City. Mary went on to become a licensed practical nurse. Mary’s true passion was geriatric home care, working with patients in the Summit area for many years.
Mary met her husband, Jack, at an Ancient Order of Hibernians dinner dance in 1961. They married at Saint Vincent Martyr Church, Madison in 1963. The newlyweds settled in Summit where they spent the rest of their lives. Mary’s true loves were her three daughters. She was a shining example of love through her many thoughtful actions throughout their lives. She shined as a hostess for family celebrations at home and on visits to Ireland throughout the years. She never forgot a loved ones birthday, anniversary or any special occasion. Throughout the years, Mary’s heart grew even more with love and excitement as her family continued to grow to a total of 10 grandchildren. Her title “Nana” was a source of immense pride to her. The excitement with each grandchild’s arrival was met with more love and support to offer. Watching the kids come and go, cooking meals, and simply being together is what mattered most. Mary looked after her favorites Jack, Luke and Seamus; packing lunches, ironing shirts and keeping the boys on their toes – including Oliver. Mary adopted many more grandchildren in Summit who also affectionately called her Nana. We are immensely grateful to Aine Ryan for her companionship and care.
Mary is pre-deceased by her loving husband of 46 years, Jack McCarthy. She is survived by her three daughters and their families: Maureen & John Hillier of Westborough, MA (Christine, Michael, Conor and Sarah), Kathy & Jerry Sadler of Catonsville, Maryland (Meghan, Thomas and Emily) and Jacqueline and Oliver Browne of Summit (Jack, Luke and Seamus). She was predeceased by her brother John Egan, sister Kathleen Mattson, Sister Rose Egan of Loreto Convent. She is survived by her siblings Michael Egan of Curramore, County Galway, Sister Doretta Egan, OSF, of Aston Pennsylvania and Ellen Low of Staten Island as well as many cherished nieces, nephews and close friends. Mary’s faith in God and the Blessed Mother sustained her throughout her life and she is now at peace with Pop Daddy in the arms of God.
Mary was a parishioner at St. Teresa of Avila Church in Summit for nearly 60 years. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 10:45 a.m., at St. Teresa of Avila Church, Summit. Interment will be at St. Teresa’s Cemetery. Visiting hours, Sunday, from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Bradley Brough & Dangler Funeral Home, 299 Morris Ave. Summit. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s name may be made to: Our Lady of the Rosary, Summit, NJ. To view the entire obituary, or to send the family a condolence, please visit, www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com.
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