Magdalen Ann Cirignano
AGE: 76 • Manasquan
Magdalen A. Cirignano, 76, of Manasquan, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Meridian at Wall. Born in Passaic, she lived in Clifton, before moving to Manasquan in 1991. Magdalen grew up in Clifton and attended St. Brendan's Grammar School prior to entering St. Benedictine Academy in Paterson in 1951. She graduated from William Patterson University in 1959 with a BA, majoring in Elementary Education. She received her Masters of Arts in 1969 in reading Specialization and continued her graduate work while also getting certification in Secondary Education, English, Supervision and Administration. Magdalen taught elementary education in Paterson, prior to teaching night school at Passaic High School (PHS) to those seeking U.S. Citizenship via the American Dream. This was followed by a full time assignment at Passaic High School, retiring in 1997. While at PHS she developed a reputation of having the ability to handle any student who came her way and literally hundreds of youngsters loved Mrs. C. Madi, who began her career in Passaic as a reading teacher in 1974, started during the time of split sessions. Commending PHS students as high spirited and friendly. Madi believes that "every child is worth the effort. Working with Passaic students was an exciting experience," she said. "The staff at the high school includes some of the best teachers to be found, but they get very little recognition for their dedication and hard work. It's the TEACHERS that make the school system TICK!" She also served as a teacher rep for the Passaic Education Association. Displaying her forte in reading, Madi's arduous efforts were displayed at the International Reading Convention Workshop, where she was a presenter on the topics of reading and computers. She received a certificate of achievement from the Passaic Board of Education for her outstanding leadership in the area of "Reading Remediation for Secondary Schools." Looking into the future, Passaic's own reading specialist intends to now spend her time teaching and consulting for the Monmouth County Education Program. Magdalen enjoyed taking motor trips along the Eastern seaboard with her husband and children, touring the entire coastline from Martha's Vineyard to Key West, FL. Her favorite place to visit was Charleston, SC., where she returned many times because of its lifestyle and Southern charm. Enjoyed spending numerous vacations at her parents home at Highland Lakes, NJ with her entire family. In later years, this again was the norm at Monmouth Beach, NJ at her summertime condo. A true pet lover and over the years had several canines ranging from her first dog, a German Shepherd named Queeny, to her current pet, faithful companion Beagle Baxter, which she would always take on walks around the Glimmer Glass.
Magdalen is survived by her husband Lawrence A. and is also survived by her sons, Lawrence Matthew (Helen) and children Vincent and Ryan of Brick, NJ, Henry Christopher (Krista) and there precious and loving son, Mason Henry of Wall Twp., NJ. Daughter, Jeanne Marie Dempster (Brian) and son Brian Jr. of Hamilton, NJ. Brother-in-law John R. Cirignano (Jane) of Toms River. She will also be sadly missed by life long friends of over 65 years, Marlen Miklus Kroel of Belmar, Kathy Hull Leibhauser of East Hanover and Joyce Pettio Thomas of Lanoka Harbor, NJ, Visitation will be on Friday, April 11, 2014 from 5-8 PM at the Neary-Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South Street, Manasquan, NJ. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 9:30 AM at the funeral home. Entombment will follow at Ocean County Memorial Park in Toms River, NJ. For more information or to post a tribute, please visit www.neary-quinnfuneralhome.com