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BRIDGET JOSEPHINE “JOSIE” McDONNELL CLANCY of RED BANK passed away at her home on Sunday, March 1st. 

She was born December 29, 1928 in New York City during the Great Depression to Patrick J. McDonnell and Rose Clarke McDonnell, her loving parents, originally from Castle Blaney, CO. Monaghan , Ireland . She was the first member of her family born in the United States of America . Josie graduated from Julie Richmond High School, Manhattan, New York City in 1947 and St. Francis of Assisi Finishing School also New York City.       She was employed with Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., NYC before her move to Ireland and subsequent marriage.

Josie lived in Dublin , Ireland from 1952 to 1959 where she married Fergus J. Clancy of Carrickmacross Co. Monaghan and had three children. She and her young family immigrated to New Jersey , USA in 1959 first settling in Little Silver.         Her family continued to grow with the birth of two more children before permanently settling in Red Bank.       As she said many times, she never wanted to live anywhere else.       She loved her home, enjoyed her neighbors, being so close to the Navesink River and the ocean, along with being a part of a wonderful community.       After her children were raised, she was employed by MCOSS, VNA in Red Bank from 1973 thru 1978, Riverview Hospital, Red Bank-Consumer Education 1978-1982 and Dr. P. Brodsky, Rumson 1987-1992.       She was a parishioner of St. James Roman Catholic Church, Red Bank and was affiliated with The Irish Federation of Monmouth County, Middletown . Her hobbies included Irish music and culture, step-dancing, cooking, sewing, computer surfing, continually learning and best of all spending time with her pride and joy, her grandchildren. We are heartbroken, yet full of her life lessons.

She leaves behind her five children and their families. Her sons, Alan R. and wife, Julie of Colts Neck; Barry J. and wife Merrie of Huntingdon Valley, PA and Robert F. and wife, Laura of Wall.       Her daughters, Arlene F. Clancy-Dooley and husband, Richard E. of Red Bank and Loretta A. Clancy of Deerfield Beach , FL. Along with six beloved grandchildren, Jenna, Ryan, Jeffrey, Timothy, Conor and Sean Clancy.       She is also survived by two sisters Maye Lennox of Manasquan and Kathleen Philips of Ft. Lauderdale , FL. She leaves behind many loving nieces, nephews, sister and brother in laws and long time friends to mourn her loss.

Visitation will be held at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St. , Red Bank on Tuesday, March 3rd from 5:00-8:00 PM.       Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 4th,   10:00 AM at St. James RC Church, 94 Broad St. , Red Bank. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery Mausoleum, Middletown .
Bruce S. Thompson, Owner & Manager, NJ LIC #3740