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Mary Megill Breslin

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Mary Megill Breslin

AGE: 84 • Wanamassa

Mary Megill Breslin, 84, of Wanamassa, New Jersey, succumbed to a long illness on May 26th, 2017. Born in Neptune, New Jersey on December 14, 1932, to Paul and Ella Orr Megill. She attended Bradley Elementary and Neptune High School ('51), subsequently receiving a B.A. degree in Education from Keene College. She met the love of her life, David M. Breslin, at a New Year's soiree in 1949, married in 1954 and thereafter had two children.

Besides her husband, she leaves behind daughter Kathleen ("Kate") B. Teitel and son-in-law Jeffrey H. Teitel of East Dover, Vermont; a son, David P. Breslin of Hot Springs, Arkansas; a former daughter-in law, Karen Farrell and husband Jack Sullivan of Middletown, New Jersey; and grandson, David S. Breslin, and wife Ashley of San Francisco, California. Mary's sister, Nancy M. Black, predeceased her, in 1989.

Mary was particularly proud of her grandson. She watched him rise through the ranks at Merrill Lynch, recently becoming Senior V.P. at First Republic Bank's Private Wealth Management Team out of San Francisco.

Mary's illustrious teaching career spanned thirty years, as a faculty member at Wanamassa Grammar School and Wayside, New Jersey Middle School where she was nominated as the "Teacher of the Year." She was a long-time member of the Women's' Club of Ocean Township; a member and Sunday School teacher at the Methodist Church of Asbury Park, NJ; and enjoyed a second career as proprietor of the Golden Touch Jewelry Store which operated in Fairhaven, NJ. Despite her American heritage, Mary was an italiophile, loving all things Italian, including books about and travel to Italy. She was a life-long Democrat, an avid jazz buff, and a virtual New Yorker.

The Breslin family offers special thanks to those who assisted in times of need, including her companion caretaker, Gurbhej Sandhu, and family; Peter, Jo-Ann and Amy Staples, Dr. Jessica Israel and her team at Monmouth Med. Center; Ranjit, and Violet Foster, at RJ Healthcare; the Wanamassa EMS; Township of Ocean Police Department; and the VNA Health Group.

Friends and family are invited to visit from 4 to 8 pm on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at the Ely Funeral Home, Neptune. A prayer service will be held at 7:30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to . Condolences may also be offered online at
Published in Asbury Park Press from May 27 to May 29, 2017
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