Jeanne G (Ginley) Monaghan

August 23, 1930 ~ February 17, 2021 (age 90)



Jeanne Ginley Monaghan of Charlotte, NC passed away peacefully on February 17, 2021 at the age of 90.  Jeanne was born on August 23, 1930 in Girardville, PA to Helene Clara (Meiswinkel) and Thomas H. Ginley.  She attended high school at Immaculate Heart Academy in Ashland, PA and graduated with a BA in English from Immaculata College in Philadelphia. On June 30, 1955, she married the love of her life, Gerald J. Monaghan, who predeceased her.  They spent their early married years on Long Island, NY and in Atlanta, GA before settling in Westfield, NJ where she happily raised her four daughters and was involved in many community activities.  Jeanne served as President of the Holy Trinity Mother’s Guild, on parish council at The Parish Community of St. Helen, and was a member of Soroptimists Intl.  She loved to sing, read, and always had a jigsaw puzzle going. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially when everyone gathered at her sister Helene’s in Ashland, PA, where there was always plenty of laughing, eating, drinking, and fun. One of her favorite activities was her membership in The Rake and Hoe Garden Club, where she served in many leadership capacities and won numerous blue ribbons and awards for her amazing flower arrangements. She was honored to be named a lifetime member of Rake & Hoe.  Following the death of her husband Gerald at 47, Jeanne worked as a Real Estate agent and broker for the Charles Rokosny Real Estate Agency, Rorden Realty, and Burgdorff Reators. She was the epitome of “when the going gets tough, the tough get going” and was very focused on raising strong, independent women. She retired to Charlotte, NC in 2013.


She is survived by her four children Barbara Monaghan Ehrhardt of Westfield, NJ, Nancy (Kevin) McLaughlin of Charlotte, NC, Jeanne (Scott) Chepko of Weddington, NC, and Patrice (Roland) Schneider of Wilmington, VT.  She is also survived by her grandchildren Kurt Canaris, Casey Chepko, Caroline Ehrhardt, and Bridget Schneider.  “Nana Bams” adored her grandchildren and never gave up the opportunity to spend time with them.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her siblings Thomas Ginley, Ann Harris, and Helene McLaughlin, as well as by her son-in-law Jeffrey Ehrhardt.


The family requests those who wish to express sympathy consider making a donation to or in Jeanne’s name.  A celebration of Jeanne’s life will be planned when it is once again safe to gather together.

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