Katherine Daley

Obituary of Katherine V. Daley

Katherine V. Daley (McGarry) peacefully passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2023, at the age of 91.  She was born on October 2, 1931, in Plainfield, New Jersey, to Catherine (Brennan) and Patrick J. McGarry. In 2020, after 70 years of marriage, Katherine lost the love of her life, Edward J. Daley. They will be eternally bound by their immense unconditional love for each other and their family. 

Katherine was a loving mother to two daughters, Joan Marie and Linda. She devoted her life to family and friends.  Nana loved spending time with her grandchildren and making things extra special for them. She planned “Grand” Holiday celebrations, attended school and sports events, and planned summertime vacations down at their shore house in Ocean Beach Unit III. Katherine loved to write poetry and was so proud when her poems were featured in numerous publications. Nana wrote a poem for each of her grandchildren and some of her great-grandchildren, which they will cherish forever.

Katherine was a longtime active member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Martinsville, NJ, and enjoyed the women’s prayer group.  Katherine was very politically active when younger and, in later years, taught herself how to use the internet to get votes.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing bridge.

Katherine was predeceased by her parents; her loving husband, Edward J. Daley; her son-in-law, John R. Conaty; and two brothers, Joseph P McGarry and David T. McGarry.

Katherine will be sadly missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Joan Marie and Francis Donaldson of Mantoloking, NJ, and her daughter Linda Conaty of Bridgewater, NJ; her five grandchildren, Kimberly M. Donaldson-Smith (Darren), Colleen A. Blejwas (Donald), Rebecca L. Dilthey (John), Caroline M. Swensen, and Jeffery S. Swensen (Laura), and her seven great-grandchildren Samantha V. Rocciolo, Abigail and William Blejwas, Charles and James Swensen, and Miles and Diana Dilthey.  Also, by her brother James McGarry and many nieces and nephews.    

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2023, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Higgins Home for Funerals, 752 Mountain Blvd., Watchung, NJ. Private funeral services will be held on Friday, January 13, 2023, for immediate family members.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Visitation at Funeral Home

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday, January 12, 2023
Higgins Home for Funerals
752 Mountain Blvd.
Watchung, New Jersey, United States

Final Resting Place

Friday, January 13, 2023
Holy Cross Cemetery
145 Mt. Airy Road
Basking Ridge, New Jersey, United States
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