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Elizabeth Anita Quinlan

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Elizabeth Anita Quinlan

Wall - Elizabeth Anita Quinlan, life long educator, religious leader and matriarch passed away peacefully on Friday, February 9, 2018 at Jersey Shore Medical Center. She was born in Newark, New Jersey on June 17, 1930 and lived in Newark until 1988. After her retirement she moved full time to their family home in Avon-By-The-Sea until 2016 and recently lived in Wall, New Jersey.

Daughter of the late James E. and Esther May (Ryan) Quinlan, niece of the late Elizabeth Ryan and Frances Ryan, adopted by Aunt Frances Ryan following the death of mother Esther May.

Survived by 16 nieces/nephews, pre-deceased by precious cat, Josie, beloved brothers Robert, Arthur, David, James and Leo and sisters (baby) Esther and Frances Q. Turner, and cousin Rev. George D. Drexler.

Attended: St. Michael's Parochial School, Newark; Marylawn of the Oranges, South Orange; Newark State Teachers' College (now Kean University) - Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Ed (in 1951); New York University - Master of Arts Degree 1954; Earned additional graduate credits at Columbia University and Seton Hall University.

Employed by the Newark Board of Education for 36 years as a Kindergarten teacher and Vice Principal serving at McKinley School, Hawthorne Avenue School, Harriet Tubman, and Wilson Avenue Schools retiring in 1987.

Throughout her life Miss Quinlan was an active member of many professional and religious organizations and was involved (volunteered) in the CCD Religious Education program in the Newark Archdiocese for many years teaching at Immaculate Conception School, Newark and as coordinator at Our Lady of Good Counsel parishes both in Newark. She was active in the Newman Apostolate, first as a college student, and, later with the Newman Alumni. She served in the music ministry at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Newark and at St. Elizabeth parish, Avon-By-The-Sea, and was a member of the Altar Rosary Society in both parishes. She was a member of Court St. Elizabeth #1486, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and the Avon Leisure Citizens.

Miss Quinlan was a member of the Liturgy Committee at St. Elizabeth Parish, served as a Renew leader, and was involved with several Ecumenical programs while heading the National Day of Prayer for many years.

She was a Newark Archdiocese Jubilee Medal Pro Meritus recipient in 1988.

In lieu of flowers, Mass enrollments or donations to Avon First Aid Squad.

Visiting hours will be on Monday, February 12 from 2 P.M. to 5 P.M. at Reilly Bonner Funeral Home, 801 D Street, Belmar, NJ. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday February 13 at 11 A.M. St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, 424 Lincoln Avenue, Avon-By-The-Sea, NJ. Interment will be a private service at Holy Cross Cemetery. For further information or to send condolences to the family, please visit
Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 11, 2018
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