Maureen Frances Townley

January 31, 1932July 7, 2018
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SPARTA- Maureen Frances Townley passed peacefully at her home, surrounded by loved ones, on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the age of 86. Maureen was born in Queens, NY to William and Anne (Searson) McGuinness. She married John O. Townley on June 7, 1952 and they eventually settled in Sparta, NJ where they were longtime residents before recently moving to Randolph, NJ. As a young woman, Maureen attended Our Lady of Wisdom Academy in Queens, NY and later in life took classes at Sussex County College. Maureen was an avid reader and lifelong learner. She was blessed with a green thumb and loved working outside in her garden or inside with her beautiful houseplants. Maureen and John enjoyed playing tennis, traveling, entertaining and spending time with friends and family. When she was not busy raising her large family (and later spending time with her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren), Maureen gave generously of her time in a variety of volunteer endeavors. She was a very active member of Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic Church and spent many years volunteering for church and school events, assisting at bingo, and teaching Pre-Cana classes with John. She volunteered at Manna House, Sussex County Helpline, Meals-On-Wheels and other organizations that were near to her heart. Maureen was loved by all, and will be greatly missed by those who knew her. She was predeceased by her husband John and is survived by her two daughters; Mary Townley and Karen Titus and her husband Dan, her five sons; Jack and his wife Donna, Neil and his wife Diana, Bob and his wife Linda, Bill, and Andy and his wife Karen, sixteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Family and friends are invited Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 4 - 8 PM to Goble Funeral Home 22 Main Street Sparta. A 10:00AM Friday Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Lake RC Church, 294 Newton ~ Sparta Rd, interment will follow in Sparta Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Maureen’s name to The Alzheimer’s Association of NJ -


  • Husband John Townley, Predeceased by
  • Mary Townley, Daughter
  • Karen Titus & her husband Dan, Daughter
  • Jack & his wife Donna, Son
  • Neil & his wife Diana, Son
  • Bob & his wife Linda, Son
  • Bill and Andy and his wife Karen, Son
  • Loving Grandchildren, Sixteen
  • Great Grandchildren, Four
  • Great-great Grandchild, One


  • Visitation Thursday, July 12, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Interment Friday, July 13, 2018

Maureen Frances Townley

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Mary & Ken Flynn

July 24, 2018

My husband & I are so sorry to hear about the passing of Maureen.

We were their part "tennis gang" we had from The Spa. We played in the leagues with her & John. Many of fun times at our parties & LBI once a year weekend with the"gang". Many wonderful memories of those times.

Maureen was such a lovely, smiling always. Even if we did lose a tennis game.

She will be remembered fondly. RIP Maureen

Mary & Ken Flynn

The Villages, Fl

Carol Kitchin

July 10, 2018

So sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved mom. She was a very kind and welcoming woman who loved her family greatly. May you find comfort in knowing that she is in the arms of your dad. God Bless