Philomena McGowan

August 5, 1938April 7, 2019

Philomena McGowan, age 80, of Lakewood, New Jersey passed away on Sunday April 7, 2019. Philomena was born August 5, 1938. Philomena was born and raised in Dromahair, Ireland, moving to Englewood, NJ and finally settling in Leisure Village East, Lakewood, NJ for the past 13 years. She worked for the Society of African Missions, SMA Fathers in Tenafly, NJ for 45 years. Philomena loved to spend time and traveling with her siblings, who were all first generation Irish. She was a loving aunt and will be missed by all.

Ms. McGowan is predeceased by her sisters, Mai Foley, Alice Veronica "Vera" Peck, Eileen Roycroft, Patricia Schank and Annie Christine "Chriss" McGowan and brothers, William and Lawrence McGowan.

She is survived by numerous nephews, nieces, great nephews, and great nieces and countless friends and neighbors.

A visitation for Philomena will be held Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at D'Elia Funeral Home, 1300 Vermont Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701. A funeral service will occur Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 12:00 PM at St. Mary of the Lake Church, 43 Madison Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701. A graveside service will occur at St. Mary of the Lake Cemetery, 1 Honey Locust Drive, Lakewood, NJ 08701.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in Philomena's memory to the Society of African Missions, SMA Fathers 23 Bliss Ave., Tenafly, NJ 07670.

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  • Visitation Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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Stephen Price

April 9, 2019

Philomena was a warm and loving person who worked such long hours year after year for the cause of missionaries going to Africa. I met her as a coworker after she had already spent decades in this work. She was always hospitable and welcoming. I am glad to have known her and Chriss through this connection. May they be joyfully reunited with all their family, SMA Fathers, and others who have gone ahead to eternal life.