Margaret Flaherty Gillen, Esq., formerly of Lincroft, NJ passed away July 26, 2014 in Hamden, CT where she moved in 2008. Margaret was born in Jersey City, NJ, July 7, 1924. Daughter of the late John & Margaret O'Brien Flaherty, she was a graduate of St. Michael's High School in Jersey City, College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, and Seton Hall Law School in Newark, NJ. Margaret was an attorney for Fort Monmouth for twenty years and then went into her own private practice, Margaret Flaherty Gillen, Attorney at Law in Lincroft, NJ. She was a member of the Monmouth County Bar Association, St. Elizabeth Alumnae Association, and the Lincroft Green Committee. A parishioner of St. Leo's parish for many years she was a member of the Secular Franciscan Order. Margaret was predeceased by her husband William A. Gillen, her sister Mary Duffy O'Hara, and her brother Edward Flaherty. She is survived by her son, Stephen Gillen & his wife, Kathleen of Holmdel, NJ; daughters, Angela Gillen Powers & her husband, Bill of Hamden, CT; Maria Gillen & her husband, Jed Diamond of Knoxville, TN; her grandchildren, Rachel & Matthew Gillen; Will & John Powers; and Katherine & Quinn Diamond; and her sister Catherine Murray of Louisville, KY. Friends may visit with her family on Wednesday, July 30 at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Wednesday in St. James Church, 94 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ. Interment will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown, NJ. Memorial contributions may be made to College of St. Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, NJ 07960.

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  1. I never knew a person with more energy or joy of living. She was a good friend and I shall miss her deeply. My prayers and best wishes for her family. Jim Scuro

  2. One of the sweetest people I ever knew! If she wasn’t on the express lane into heaven – nobody is!!! Vince Buonocore

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