Virginia McDonough Maguire, age 97 of Watchung, N.J. formerly of Short Hills and Mendham, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 21st with her family by her side. She was predeceased by her husband William “Bill”, in 1963, son William Jr. “Billy” in 1969, and daughter Lisa, who died earlier this year. Virginia graduated from Marylawn of the Oranges, where later in life she was honored with the “Distinguished Alumna” award. She attended St. Elizabeth’s College but left after her third year to marry Bill Maguire. They moved to Short Hills and began raising their family.
After the death of her husband and while raising six children, she enrolled in Kean College where Virginia earned a B.A. Degree in Special Education. She continued her education and returned to St. Elizabeth’s College to obtain a Certification in Gerontology, specializing in management. Using that qualification, she worked for a time as a case worker for Morristown’s Department of the Aging. Moving from Short Hills to Mendham, Virginia was instrumental in securing senior housing for the Borough. As Chairwoman of the Mendham Women’s Club, Annual Civic Effort Committee, she was also responsible for the acquisition and installation of a permanent memorial to the U.S. Veterans. Virginia was an avid gardener, lover of nature and music and devoted to her faith, family and friends.
She leaves behind her children, Jane Maguire Gross of Summit, Julie (Patrick) Caufield of Chatham, Anthony Maguire of Glen Gardner, and Joseph (Julie) Maguire of Englewood, Colorado. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren Alexander Gross and Caroline Dugan, Steve Troxell (deceased) and Jennifer Troxell, Amanda Elliot, Justina Maguire and Antonia Sandor, Lindsay Krenke and Nicholas Maguire, and Colleen Pack, Katherine Caufield, Grace Caufield, Kerry Landy and Patrick Caufield Jr. and thirteen great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel, NJ.