Mass of Christian Burial
Obituary of Mary Josephine McCloskey
Mary Josephine McCloskey, known as Bridie to all that knew her, 85, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 5th, 2018, at the Brookdale assisted living facility in Hillsborough, NJ.
Bridie was born on October 6th, 1932 in Gurteen, Ireland. The oldest of three children, Bridie grew up in Gurteen with her two brothers and completed her schooling in Halifax, England. Bridie developed a lifelong love of horses and swimming during her childhood. She trained to swim the English Channel and often swam on Long Beach Island and at the Community Park Pool. She treasured trips back to Ireland to visit friends and family.
Bridie was a resident of Princeton for nearly 60 years. Bridie immigrated to the United States in 1954 to live with relatives in Trenton before meeting her husband William (Dave) McCloskey. She worked for Bell Telephone Company until the birth of her first child, Michael (Kevin). She loved being a mother to Kevin and her daughter, Maureen (Missy), and devoted herself to supporting her children throughout their adult lives. Bridie could sing- at the great delight of others she could be found singing Danny Boy by her mother’s side at a pub in Gurteen or family birthday parties in Princeton. Bridie was very talented in needlepoint and this transitioned into a love of drawing in her later years. Bridie and her husband Dave spent countless falls and winters cheering for the Tigers at Princeton football and basketball games.
Bridie was a light to all that knew her. She defined selflessness as a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, cousin, aunt and friend. Daughter of the late Martin and Mary (Mulligan) Callaghan, sister of the late Tony Callaghan, mother of the late Michael Kevin McCloskey. She is survived by her husband William David McCloskey, daughter Missy and her husband Ken, and her two grandchildren, Kelly and Ryan. She is also survived by her brother, Peter Callaghan and sister-in-law Mary Callaghan of Manchester, England and special nieces and nephews and cousins.
Friends may call on Wednesday, October 10th, from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, October 11th, at 10:00 am at St. Paul’s Church 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.
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