Kathleen Marie "Kay" Reilly
1938 - 2020
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Kathleen Marie 'Kay' Reilly
Longtime Staten Island teacher, known for her spirit
Kathleen Marie "Kay" Reilly, 82, of Staten Island, N.Y., died Oct. 8, 2020. She died at The Chelsea at Fanwood, N.J., where she had resided for the past several years.
Kathleen was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 12, 1938, to Nora and John Murphy.
She is survived by her two sons, Stephen G. Reilly and his wife Christine of Far Hills, N.J., and Timothy P. Reilly and his wife Kerry of Scotch Plains, NJ. She is also survived by five beloved grandchildren, Samantha, Alexandra, Stephen, Ryan and Conor, and many dear nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, George A. Reilly.
Kay grew up in Brooklyn, where she met the love of her life, George A. Reilly. They were married at Saint Agatha's on Aug. 26, 1961. They moved to Staten Island in November of 1964 and began their new life in Great Kills.
She was a fixture and a voice in the stands at both the baseball and basketball games for her sons, never missing the opportunity to show her love and support for them both. She developed lifelong friends who she treasured and traveled with over the course of her life. Those who knew Kay never knew if she would show up at their front door without notice, as she was known to jump in her car or a plane and take off on a whim.
Kay graduated from Saint Joseph's College in Brooklyn. She began her career as an educator in Red Hook, N.Y. After moving to Staten Island, she continued to teach for over 30 years, ending her career at PS 42 in Eltingville. She earned a reputation as a sharp and fair-minded teacher, and students always treasured the time that they had been taught by "Mrs. Reilly." Her children remember the plethora of invitations to communions, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and weddings that she was invited to from former students who had never forgotten their favorite grammar school teacher.
Kay was also a parishioner at Saint Claire's Church. She was a lector, Eucharistic minister and an active member, volunteering whenever they needed her to.
Kathleen, Grandma Kay, "GK,"Aunt Kathy and Kay will be missed by all.
A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 1551 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains, N.J 07076. Burial will follow in the Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, N.Y.

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Published in Staten Island Advance on Oct. 11, 2020.
Mass of Christian Burial
10:00 AM
Long Island National Cemetery
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October 16, 2020
I'm so sad to hear about Mrs Reilly's passing. She was my fifth grade teacher at P.S 42. My condolences to her family.
October 13, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. She was my 5th grade teacher @ P.S.42. I was very fond of her and think about her often. My condolences to you and your family. May she Rest In Peace. xoxo
October 13, 2020
Sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. I only met her once or twice, along time ago during our restaurant days on Staten Island. She very soft spoken, and was always smiling. My condolences to you Tim ,and your entire family.

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October 12, 2020
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October 11, 2020
So sad to hear this news. Mrs Reilly was my 5th grade teacher. She holds a vey special place in my heart.
Condolences to the entire family
Melissa moore
October 11, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May your cherished memories bring you comfort. May she rest in peace.
Our heartfelt deepest sympathies to you all.

Ed Nabholz and Elaine Tedesco Nabholz
Ed Nabholz
October 11, 2020
I am so sad to hear this. Mrs. Reilly was my favorite teacher ever. I was in her 5th grade class 79-80. I have thought of her many times and would visit her until I graduated high school. My condolences to the family. May she Rest In Peace.
Lisa Marino Lyons
October 11, 2020
My deepest condolences on the loss of your mom. We worked together at PS 42 in 5th grade for many years. I have so many wonderful memories of Kay.
Sending love and prayers.
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