SOMERSET, New Jersey
Mary Gail (nee Sheehan) Vaughan passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, with her family by her side, in Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. She was 97 years old. Visitation will take place on Friday, April 12, 2019 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Gleason Funeral Home, 1360 Hamilton St., Somerset, N.J. 08873. A funeral mass will take place at St. Matthias Church on Saturday, April 13 at 9 a.m. A burial service including military honors will be held on Tuesday morning, April 16, 2019 at 10 a.m. in St. Jerome's Cemetery, Holyoke, MA. Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts to James and Molly Sheehan, Mary had been a Somerset, N.J., resident for over 52 years. Mary was a dedicated nurse who served her country in the United States Navy Corps during World War II with a rank of Lieutenant JG. While living in Massachusetts, Mary provided devoted patient care for elderly and private patients. After her move to New Jersey, Mary worked as a college health nurse at Rutgers University. Mary lived a prayerful life in the Catholic faith and was an active parishioner in the St. Matthias Community in Somerset. She gave her time to church activities such as the Lazarus ministry, and she was also a member of a women’s weekly prayer group for many years. Mary was the heart of her family. She was loving wife, devoted mother, and cherished grandmother.
Mary was known as a caring, loving Irish woman, who delighted in conversation and personal connection. She loved reading, doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles and taking trips to the beach. Reminiscing with a sip of blackberry brandy warmed the cockles of her heart. She was committed to social justice, equality and service. Mary was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, John F. Vaughan, her two sisters, Constance and Helen, and her brother, Daniel as well as a dear cousin, Nancy McCutchan. She is survived by her beloved daughters Mary Ellen Vaughan Comollo and her husband, Gerald, of Belle Mead, N.J., and Peggy Vaughan and her partner, Neal Fenty of Hull, MA, as well as her deeply loved grandchildren, Maren, Karlee, Drew, and his wife Erin, and Adam, and his partner Joanna, and by her dear caregiver and friend, Narcisa, as well several nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
Memorial donations can be made to The St. Matthias School Fund, 168 JFK Blvd., Somerset, N.J. 08873 or the Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital. https://www.stjude.org