Jean Brady (nee Tracey), beloved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, died peacefully in her sleep on October 16th, 2021 surrounded by her family in Morristown, NJ. Jean is survived by her son, John Brady of Morristown, NJ, daughters, Laura Ford of Mendham, NJ, Susan Goodman of Summit, NJ, Patricia Gay of Mendham, NJ, their loving spouses Kirsten, Mark, Matt her loving grandchildren Elizabeth, Andrew, Calvert, Ryan, Jack, Grace, Julia, Sara, Connor, Brendan, Tucker and Kyle. She was preceded in death by her parents, Veronica and Stanley Tracey of Summit, NJ, sister, Patricia Faust of Morristown, NJ, and brother Stanley, "Buddy" of Naples Florida and dear friend and companion, Henry McKernan. Jean was born on June 8, 1935 in Manhattan, NY. She attended St. Angela Merici School and graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas Hall in the Bronx, NY. After marrying John Brady she lived in New Providence and Summit, NJ where she raised her family as a wonderful, devoted mother. Jean was a warm and friendly soul whose Summit kitchen and Ocean Grove porch were favorite neighborhood spots for genial gatherings. Jean had an innate understanding of people and always found a way to engage others with her humor and optimism. She loved family holidays with her children, nieces and nephews, especially sharing stories about growing up in NYC and laughing when her siblings Pat and Buddy added more facets to the tales. She was a volunteer Twig at Overlook Hospital, a CCD teacher for St Theresa's religious education program and a Girl Scout Troop Leader. She acquired her college degree with honors while working and raising her family. At the Morris County courthouse she faithfully supported seven judges as their secretary and later clerked for the Petit and Grand juries. Jean adored her work, retiring at age 83. A wake to celebrate Jean's life and legacy will be held at Dangler Funeral Home, 600 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains, NJ from 4:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 20th. Followed by a funeral service on Thursday, October 21st, 2021 at 10am at Assumption Church, 91 Maple Avenue, Morristown, NJ. Family, friends and those whose lives Jean touched are all invited. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army.
Published by The Star-Ledger from Oct. 18 to Oct. 19, 2021.