Michele McNany, Founding Director of Paper Mill Playhouse Theatre School
Michele (Mickey) Hanily McNany, 65, beloved Mother, “Mimi”, Sister, Aunt, Friend and Teacher
After a prolonged illness, Mickey, as she was known to family and friends, passed on December 30th at The Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, NJ.
Mickey spent over 30 years with the Paper Mill Playhouse, dedicating her life to sharing her love of the arts with children. In 1989, she helped found the children’s theater program. She has been recognized for her work with the Theater For Everyone initiative, which includes children with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. She positively impacted the lives of thousands of young people.
Mickey wanted to be remembered as someone who loved life, had a strong faith, was always grateful for life lessons, cherished the time spent with family, was a loyal friend, adored working with children and, most of all, tried to be kind. She is remembered as all of this and more.
She leaves behind Dennis McNany, Sr., son Ryan McNany and his wife Marnie, son Scott McNany and his wife Betsy, son Dennis McNany, Jr. and five grandchildren, Mary, Jack, Molly, Kate and Finn and sister Patricia Benedict and brother Michael Hanily, and several loved and loving nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Paper Mill Playhouse’s Education Program, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ 07041, (973) 376-4343 or The Center for Hope Hospice, 1900 Raritan Rd, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076, (908) 899-7780
Viewing from Bradley Smith & Smith Funeral Home, 415 Morris Avenue, Springfield, NJ Saturday, Jan. 2 from 6-9PM and Sunday, Jan. 3 from 2-4PM and 7-9PM. For more information or to send condolences visit www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com
Mass from St. James the Apostle Church, 45 S. Springfield, Ave, Springfield, NJ, Monday Jan. 4 at 12PM