Kathleen Teresa Quinlan
AGE: 69 • Bradley Beach
Kathleen Teresa (nee Philbin) Quinlan made her transition to heaven, Friday, April 12th at her home in Bradley Beach. She was born March 5, 1944 in Caldwell New Jersey to Patrick and Louise Philbin. Kathleen held a masters degree from Loyola College in Maryland and taught elementary school for many years going on to become a much beloved guidance counselor. Her last position from which she retired 3 years ago was with Asbury Park Middle School. Kate was an extraordinary person who cared for and touched so many children on her path. Her light & legacy is immeasurable. She lost her only son CW3 John A. Quinlan, A Special Operations helicopter pilot, 6 years ago in the war in Afghanistan. Through it all Kate was the definition of strength & grace. Despite her pain and grief, she lived with gratitude and used her energy for good by connecting with & supporting other grieving families of lost soldiers. Kate loved her family, East End Avenue beach, cooking large delicious meals and sitting on her front porch in Bradley Beach. She had a kind and generous heart, once you met her you could not forget her. She treasured her role as a grandmother earning the nickname "Golly" that suited her so well that eventually everyone called her Golly! She showed us how to live by her example and we will carry that forward to honor her memory. We take some peace in knowing she is reunited in heaven with her son, who loved her so.
Kate is survived by her husband Robert Quinlan, daughter and son in law Susan and Greg Ripke, sisters Alice & Anne, and her grandchildren Keely, Olivia, Maddie, Erin, William and JAQ, who she loved beyond measure. Also survived by her great friends the Reillys, Julie Golden, the Farrells, the Edwards and her special neighbors, Helene & Rachel whom she adored.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 16 from 5pm-7pm at the Ely Funeral Home, 3316 State Highway 33, Neptune, New Jersey 07753. A mass in celebration of her life will be at 10am Wednesday, April 17 at St Elizabeths Church, 424 Lincoln Ave, Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey 07717. Kate will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Kate's or John's name to the "Run For The Fallen Memorial Fund" benefiting our fallen warriors from New Jersey. www.njrunforthefallen.org
or send a check to NJRFTF, NJ Run for the fallen, Inc., PO Box 474, Wrightstown, NJ 08562-0474.
Published by Asbury Park Press on Apr. 14, 2013.