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Catherine Shirley McGowan


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Catherine Shirley McGowan

AGE: 92 • Belford

Catherine Shirley (Josephs) McGowan, age 92, of Belford died Thursday, October 12, 2017 at her home.

Born in Leonardo, she was a graduate of Red Bank Catholic HS, and a communicant of St Agnes Church in Atlantic Highlands.

During World War II, she worked at Fort Monmouth, manufacturing radios for use by the troops. She was later employed by Lily Tulip Corporation in Holmdel, then Town Hall in Middletown Township and finally returned to work for the federal government at the CECOM building where she retired as an executive assistant. In 1989, she moved to New Smyrna Beach, Florida with her lifetime friend, Geraldine Ptak and thereafter Edgewater, Florida before returning to Belford three years ago.

She was also a homemaker, raising six children and was a volunteer at the VA Hospital in East Orange and Veteran Organizations in Florida.

Shirley was predeceased by her husband, John T. McGowan in 1986 and her son Johnny in 2010,

her parents, Nora and Morris Josephs, her brother Arthur (killed during WWII), and her sister, Isabella.

She is survived by her children and their spouses: Noreen Woodward, Patrick McGowan, William and Colleen McGowan, Maurice and Diane McGowan, and Robert (Bobby) and Corine McGowan;

by her grandchildren and their spouses: Mary McGowan, Shawn And Melanie Woodward, Brian and Kelly Woodward, Thomas McGowan, Joseph and Sara McGowan, Katie and Jordan Turner, Mandy McGowan, Jessica McGowan, Amy And Michael Catapano, Shannon McGowan, Kayla McGowan and Robert Eason;

and great grandchildren, Jackson and Emily McGowan, Aidan, Reese and Mason McGowan, and Ella and Madeline Woodward.

The cremation is private but the funeral mass will be held 11:00 am on Tuesday at St. Agnes Church, 103 Center Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ.

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Published in Asbury Park Press on Oct. 15, 2017
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