Official Obituary of

Kathleen (Hennessy) Murray

January 28, 1939 ~ March 4, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Kathleen Murray Obituary

Kathleen (Kathy) Murray age 85, of Iselin, NJ, passed away on Monday, March 4, 2024, surrounded by her family at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison. She was the daughter of the late John and Marie (Costello) Hennessy. Born on January 28, 1939, in Jersey City, NJ, where she lived until moving to Iselin in 1972.

Kathy graduate from St. Michael’s High School in Jersey City in 1956. She went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Education from State Teachers College in 1960 (now known as Jersey City University) before beginning her career as a school teacher. Her early teaching years were spent at PS #37 in Jersey City teaching 4th, 5th and 6th grade students until she stepped away from teaching to raise her children in 1966. As her children grew, she returned to teaching as a substitute teacher in local Catholic schools: St. Cecelia’s (Iselin), St. Francis (Metuchen) and St. Agnes (Clark) and then in the Woodbridge Township School District. In 1986, Kathy returned to teaching full time when she accepted a position as 6th grade teacher at School 21 in Colonia. She ultimately retired from Colonia Middle School in 2001 after 15 years teaching 6th grade students in Colonia.

A devout Catholic and active member of St. Cecelia Parish in Iselin for 52 years. She was an active member of their Rosary Altar Society. Over the years, Kathy volunteered her time supporting Life Choices, an organization she deeply believed in. 

Kathy is predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Franics X. Murray. Surviving her are her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Joe Gilhooly of Clinton Township; her son Tim of Iselin; her brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Joan Hennessy of Colonia; her sisters and brother-in law, Annette Scott of North Arlington; Rita and Leo Holleran of Colonia and Maureen Murray of Milburn. She is also survived by her grandsons whom she adored: Sean and Ryan Gilhooly and Patrick Murray as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 8 from 4-7 PM at Gosselin Funeral Home, in Edison. Funeral Services will be held at 9 AM on Saturday at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Cecelia’s Roman Catholic Church in Iselin at 10 AM. Interment will follow at St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia.

At the request of the family, donations in her loving memory can be made to Life Choices Resource Center, 503 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840.

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March 8, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Gosselin Funeral Home
660 New Dover Road
Edison, New Jersey 08820

Funeral Service
March 9, 2024

8:30 AM
Gosselin Funeral Home
660 New Dover Road
Edison, New Jersey 08820

Funeral Mass
March 9, 2024

10:00 AM
St Cecelia Church (Iselin)

March 9, 2024

11:30 AM
St Gertrude Cemetery
53 Inman Avenue
Colonia, NJ 07967


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