Ann McDonough (nee Cahill) 93, of Hoboken, New Jersey passed away on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 after a short futile battle with the covid-19 virus. 

Ann was born on July 30, 1926 to Joseph and Bridget Cahill in Manhattan.  The family moved shortly after birth to Hoboken, where she was raised in a loving home with her siblings Mary, John, Thomas and Joan Cahill.  Ann was predeceased by Mary Florio, John and Thomas.

Ann married Bernie McDonough in 1948 and they established their own lifelong roots in Hoboken.  Ann had a fruitful life as a productive worker and caring mother, a loving grandma and great grandma.

Bernie and Ann loved taking vacations down the Jersey Shore and day trips to the various lakes that existed in Northwest New Jersey such as Flamingo Grove or Crestmere Lake.  They also enjoyed going to local restaurants together and with family for special gatherings.  Ann was a devoted parishioner at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Hoboken.  She could be counted on as a regular each week, rain or shine.  She would also call her children regularly – asked if they were “being good” and saying their prayers.

Ann took great joy in spending time with her children, especially her trips to their homes in the “country” and her shopping trips.  She would relive those events in her phone conversations afterwards.

Despite many hardships in life, Ann had an indomitable, defiant spirit that would not be broken – it’s probably called Faith.

Ann is survived by her sister Joan Cahill, her sons Thomas and his wife Halima and James McDonough.  Her Grandchildren Mary, Kellie, Grace, Alex and Thomas, also Nafeeza and Selena; and her Great-Grandchildren Kaleigh and Aidan.  Her two Daughters Maureen Chiriac and Bernice McDonough predeceased her.

Due to the current health crisis, Ann will be buried privately with her late husband Bernard at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ.


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