Conrad Lemon Grove Mortuary

7387 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA


Ellen Claire Maloney

January 12, 1946July 19, 2019

Ellen Claire Maloney, age 73 passed away on Friday July 19, 2019 in San Diego, California. Ellen was born January 12, 1946 in Buffalo, New York to Norma Ann Gooley and Eugene Michael Gooley and was married to John Maloney for 32 years. Ellen was a teacher for 32 years and brought excitement to learning; she truly changed people's lives. She taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grand special education in Encanto School as well as regular 5th and 6th grade. She also taught 5th and 6th grade in Zamorano Elementary School. She loved changing the decorations in her classroom 6 times a year and her husband John helped her to create special space for the children with whatever the theme they were studying. He built a pagoda along with a bridge of knowledge that the children crossed over every day into the classroom; and built a hut from sticks and animal skins that the children could go into and have a special space for reading. These are just a couple of things he did to help Ellen create a wonderful teaching space. Ellen also enjoyed the outdoors and camping, as well as cooking gourmet food with her son.

Ellen is survived by her husband John; son Matt Lennert; and son Patrick Johnson; sister Kathleen Miller-Romo.

Ellen was preceded in death by; daughter Elizabeth Vaughters; mother Norma Ann Gooley and father Eugene Michael Gooley.

A rosary for Ellen will be held Friday, August 16, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Conrad Lemon Grove Mortuary, 7387 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA 91945. A funeral mass will occur Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at St. Rita Catholic Church, 5124 Churchward Street, San Diego, CA 92114. A graveside service will occur Monday, August 19, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 4470 Hilltop Drive, San Diego, CA 92102.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.conradlemongrove.com for the Maloney family.


  • Matt Lennert, Son
  • Elizabeth Vaughters, Daughter (deceased)
  • Patrick Johnson, Son
  • Kathleen Miller-Romo, Sister
  • Norma Ann Gooley, Mother (deceased)
  • Eugene Michael Gooley, Father (deceased)
  • She is also survived by 6 Grandsons and 6 Great Granddaughters.


  • Rosary Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, August 19, 2019


Ellen Claire Maloney

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Mary Eileen Birchmore

August 8, 2019

I knew Ellen briefly from the Encanto teacher lunches. We had taught at different times. I do recall how excited she was about going to Peru. My condolences to her family and friends.
Mary Eileen

Jane Ferguson

August 7, 2019

I knew Ellen for several years when we worked together at Encanto Elementary School. I was the music teacher who came into her classroom to work with her kids. She was always so supportive of me and expected the best from her students. She touched many many lives, both students' and adults' and I consider myself lucky to have crossed paths with her in my life. I will always think of her as brilliant and competent in everything she did. Ellen will be greatly missed, but I know she is now in the best of hands and having the best of times.