Joan Marie Nilan

November 23, 1931July 4, 2019

Joan M. Nilan, 87, of Freehold, died Thursday, July 4, 2019 at Ocean Medical Center in Brick. Born in Newark, she lived in W. Orange, before moving to Freehold 23 years ago.

Mrs. Nilan was a Book Keeper for Ketcham & McDougall, Inc. in Roseland, NJ before retiring in 1988. She was a member of The Villages Entertainment Committee and Centrastate Hospital Auxiliary .

Mrs. Nilan was pre-deceased by her husband John in 1995 and her sister Diane Jeschke. She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Bersey and her husband Bill of Brielle and Linda Blakely, also of Brielle; sister, Barbara Durkin of Edison; 4 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren

Visitation will be on Sunday, July 7, 2019 from 2-4:30pm at the Neary Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South Street, Manasquan, NJ. Funeral services will begin at 4:30 pm at the funeral home. Cremation will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St Jude Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 OR


  • Visitation Sunday, July 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, July 7, 2019


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Sharon Loftus

July 5, 2019

Dear Nancy, Linda, Billy and Family: We are so sorry to hear this sad news about Joan. I have so many wonderful memories of her that go all the way back to Orleans Street, when she lived on the second floor, and we lived on the third floor. Then when we were older, we had so much fun at Family Club every month. That was our only day out in those days, once a month, and we didn't miss it. We laughed at everything, and shared all our stories and memories. Joan will be missed. You are all in our prayers at this time. Love, Sharon and Frank.