Catherine Theresa Cooney


Catherine, (nee Geelan), of Paramus, entered into eternal rest in her home on Friday, October 6, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. Born in New York City of Irish Immigrant parents, Mary Mannion of Galway and John Geelan of Cavan. She spent her early life in St Rose of Lima Parish, Manhattan and attended Cathedral High School in NYC, a school she dearly loved and continued to support during her life. She was a customer service representative for the New York Telephone Company and Scholastic Magazines in Englewood Cliffs, NJ as well as Director of Guest Relations for National Nursing Education. A lifelong parishioner of Our Lady of the Visitation in Paramus, she was devoted to Rosary Novenas to Our Lady and shared the Memorare Prayer with all.

Beloved and devoted wife of the late Patrick F. Cooney. Loving mother of Patrick Cooney Jr., John Cooney and his wife Donna, Eileen Crimmins and her husband John, Maureen Daniello and her husband Daniel and Daniel Cooney and his wife Karen. Predeceased by her daughter, Kathleen Theresa Cooney. Dear sister of William Geelan, the late John Geelan and the late Daniel Geelan, and sister-in-law of Mary, Elaine and Kathleen Geelan and the late James and Geraldine Swayne. Cherished grandmother of Patrick III, Megan (John), Carolyn (Sean), John, Kaitlyn, John (Caitlin), Catherine, Brian, Maureen, Caitlin, Patrick, Alexandra, Matthew and Daniel and great grandmother to Jack and Fiona. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

She served as President of the Mothers Club at Bergen Catholic High School and was a terrific Irish step dancer who danced on the Ed Sullivan Show. She enjoyed spending her time at sporting events and other activities cheering on her many grandchildren.

Catherine defined love, grace, service, kindness, faith, courage and strength. With willing hands and a loving heart, for us you did it all.

Her devout faith, deep unending love and support of her family and cherished friendships have brought her home to a peace she well deserves. She will be missed by many.

Family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Vander Plaat Memorial Home 113 South Farview Avenue, Paramus, NJ. Funeral Service will be held at 9:30 am on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the Vander Plaat Memorial Home, followed by a 10:00 am celebration of Mass at Our Lady of the Visitation R.C. Church, 234 N. Farview Avenue Paramus, NJ. Interment Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Bergen Catholic High School, Oradell, NJ.

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Posted by William D'Arcy on October 12, 2017 7:04 PM x

I grew up next to the whole Cooney clan. Even though I have not lived in NJ in over 30 years every time I was in town I would always stop by and talk with Mrs. Cooney. She would invite me in and we would update each other on our families. It was always a pleasure and a highlight of trip , made me feel like I was family. My heart felt condolences go out to the whole Cooney family . She will be missed. From the whole D'Arcy family

Posted by Karen Felano Viglione & Family on October 11, 2017 8:45 AM x

John & Family, Sending our love, prayers and sympathy to all of you at this difficult time. Blessings to all. Karen

Posted by Kimber Bannat on October 10, 2017 6:11 PM x

Although I never had the pleasure of meeting "Nan", I have heard countless stories from Maureen that captured what a wonderful, lively, loving and cherished woman she was. I know her spirit will live on in these memorie. My deepest condolences to her family and friends

Posted by Donna Colucci on October 10, 2017 4:40 PM x

John & Donna, Vincent and my sympathy are with you during this difficult time. We are praying for you and your family.

Posted by Tom Weldin on October 10, 2017 2:33 PM x

Pat: Please accept my condolences on your family's loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by The Faustini's on October 10, 2017 9:24 AM x

To the family of Catherine Cooney Sending our love and heartfelt sorrow. Thinking of you during this time. Anna, Pat, JM and Katherine

Posted by Ed Kasper on October 8, 2017 12:51 PM x

Rest in peace Mrs. Cooney. I will never forget how you and you husband welcomed us all into your home to visit, for a party or to celebrate a holiday with your family. Your house was always a home to us all. If there was a legacy that you left me it was just welcome all with kindness and generosity into ones life. May God Bless you and welcome you into His house. You will be truly missed by all of those lucky enough to have known you.


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