Jean McCarthy

Jean Kathryn (Ryan) McCarthy Naples, FL

Jean Kathryn (Ryan) McCarthy, 88, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2014.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph H. McCarthy, Jr., just five months prior.

She leaves behind her five children, Timothy McCarthy (Cindy) of Woodstock, VT, Maureen McCarthy of New York, NY, Barbara Blue (Greg) of Tampa, FL, Richard McCarthy of Naples, FL, and Joseph H. McCarthy III (Kimberly) of Kinnelon, NJ; as well as six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Born in Rockville Center, Long Island, NY, the youngest of six, Jean graduated from Harcum Junior College, Bryn Mawr, PA, majoring in merchandising. She worked at Best & Co. of NYC as a model and salesperson before meeting Joe through her brother, Dick Ryan. Joe, in the war with Dick, asked if he had any sisters not married to whom he could write. Jean and Joe started communicating by letters. When Joe came home, they met, fell in love, and were married soon after.

Jean easily made friends and her warmth and generosity were evident to all who met her. She was a loving and dedicated mother to her five children. She enjoyed golf and was a huge ballet enthusiast. She especially loved the beach and would always be seen swimming in the ocean at Short Beach, CT, Jones Beach, NY, Barneget Light, NJ, Chatham, MA and Naples, FL. She will truly be missed by all who knew her - her tremendous energy and love.

The funeral and Life Celebration will be announced at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105.


Funeral Home

Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens
525 - 111th Ave N Naples, FL 34108
(239) 597-3101

Published in Naples Daily News on Feb. 9, 2014