Margaret Ann Cortese

September 18, 1933December 17, 2018

Margaret Ann Cortese, 85, passed away peacefully at her home in Manasquan, NJ on Monday, December 17, surrounded by her loving family. Margaret was born in Trenton, NJ, and attended Blessed Sacrament, Cathedral High School and Bucknell University, where she was an honor student and belonged to Alpha Phi sorority. It was at Bucknell that she met the love of her life, Anthony Cortese, a roommate of her brother, Owen. They were married in 1957 and lived in Scotch Plains and Warren, NJ.

After Anthony’s death in 1977, Margaret raised her four children and worked at Dun & Bradstreet as a product manager. She later moved to Manasquan, where she enjoyed the beach and welcoming visitors on her front porch.

Margaret is predeceased by her husband, Anthony A. Cortese, her brothers Fred, Owen and Jack, and her parents, Harriet and John Murnane. She is survived by her daughter Margaret Penn, her husband Tyler and their daughter Matty; daughter Amy Cortese and her partner Robert McCanless; son Michael Cortese, his wife Colleen, and their children Bridget, Connor and Caroline; and son Peter, his wife Samantha and their son Tsali.

A memorial gathering will be held Thursday, Dec. 20 at the Neary Quinn Funeral Home at 39 South St., Manasquan, NJ from 6-9 pm, and a Mass on Friday at 10:30 am St. Denis Church in Manasquan. Donations may be sent to VNA Health Group, Hospice Department.


  • Memorial Gathering Thursday, December 20, 2018
  • Memorial Mass Friday, December 21, 2018

Margaret Ann Cortese

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Elizabeth Kelshaw

December 19, 2018

Meg, Amy, Mike & Peter,
I am so saddened to hear of the passing of sweet Aunt Marge. She was such a wonderful lady. My fondest memories are spending the weekends at your home in Scotch Plains and then in Warren. I will cherish those memories for ever. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. She is at peace now and is reunited with Uncle Tony. Cousin Liz