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2643 Old Bridge Rd
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Ruth Meaney

Ruth Meaney (Donegan)

Thursday, May 6th, 1926 - Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
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Ruth Donegan Meaney, 93, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at her home in Brielle, surrounded by her loving family. Ruth was born and raised in New Brunswick, graduated from New Brunswick High School, and received her Journalism degree from Douglass College in 1947. After college she was an editor for the Pierce Foundation for several years and then became an English teacher. Later in life she became an editor for ILTA trade magazine in Washington, DC. Ruth also had worked with her daughter, Andie Donohue, as a real estate agent for several local real estate agencies. She was an avid reader, enjoyed doing the NY Times crossword puzzle, playing bridge, and watching Jeopardy.

Ruth was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Donald V. Meaney, in 1998, a brother E. Ambrose Donegan, Jr. and sister-in-law Patricia Donegan, a sister Jean Tarnacki and a brother-in-law Walter Tarnacki, a sister Jane Loftus, and brother-in-law Vincent Loftus. She is survived by a loving daughter Andrea “Andie” Donohue of Brielle, a loving son Christopher A. Meaney of Ocean Grove, and a grandson Justin Andrew Giegerich, NYC who coincidentally graduated Pace University the day Ruth passed (She would have loved that). Ruth is also survived by a beloved sister Patricia Donegan of New York, NY as well as several other loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 6-8 pm at Orender Family Home for Funerals 2643 Old Bridge Road, Manasquan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am on Wednesday, May 29th at Saint Denis Church, Manasquan. Interment to follow at Hillside Cemetery, Scotch Plains. In Ruth’s generous spirit in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, Brielle Public Library 610 South Street, Brielle, NJ 08730 or a charity of your choice. To send condolences to the family please visit
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Orender Family Home for Funerals
    2643 Old Bridge Road
    Manasquan, NJ 08736
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Denis Church
    90 Union Avenue
    Manasquan, New Jersey 08736
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 | 11:45am
    Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 11:45am
    Hillside Cemetery
    1401 Woodland Avenue
    Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
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James Bailey

Posted at 03:32pm
Dear Andrea and Christopher
I was saddened to read of your mothers passing. The Meaneys and the Baileys were friends for many years, going back to the early Plainfield/ North Plainfield days. Our fathers grew up together and remained close throughout their lives. My condolences to both of you and your families. Your mom was a very special woman. Jim Bailey

Anne Baker

Posted at 08:33pm
All of us in Aunt Ruth's extended family were very blessed to have known her. Her great love for family and friends will never be forgotten.
Anne and Maurice Baker

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