Margaret Healy McNulty, known as “Peg,” died at Riverview Hospital on Wednesday, November 30 at the age of 87 after a brief illness. Peg was born in Buffalo, New York, the second of four children of Dr. J. Nelson and Kathryn Healy. After graduating Holy Angels Academy, she obtained a bachelor of science degree from Cornell University in 1951. She married Herbert W. McNulty Jr. on September 22, 1956.
After briefly residing in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, the McNulty’s moved to the Rumson-Fair Haven area in 1959 to raise three children, Bill, Bob and Kate. Upon Herb’s passing, Peg moved to the Alderbrook Condominiums and finally to the Atrium at Navesink Harbor in 2011.
In 1977 Peg began what was to be a 30-year residential real estate career first working with Four Seasons, then with Jean Burgdorff and finally with Gloria Nilson. This work brought her great satisfaction and at the age of 80 she decided it was probably a good time to retire. All who knew Peg professionally thought of her as an honest and hardworking advocate for her clients.
Throughout her life, Peg, was involved in numerous community endeavors including the establishment of Brookdale Community College, the relocation of the Red Bank YMCA and many school related efforts in both Rumson and Fair Haven. Peg was an active member of the Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, performing the role of Eucharistic minister at Monmouth Medical Center, participating on the Planning and Building Committee for the new church and other endeavors. Peg cherished her membership in the Cornell University, class of 1951. As an alumni Peg served in a variety of roles for many years.
Peg is survived by her sister, Sister Kathryn Healy of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart; her three children: Bill, his wife Helen, their daughter, Kimberly, her husband Thomas and their two children, Florence and Blake; Bob, his wife Sheila and their two sons Brian and Mark; and Kate, her husband Paul Nightingale and their three sons Carl, Christopher and Matthew. The family wishes to thank the Atrium staff for their hospitality and care.
Thompson’s Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Margaret McNulty may be sent to Clean Ocean Action, the environmental group that has done so much to preserve and maintain our cherished river, at PO Box 505, Highlands, NJ 07732, or Alumni Scholarships and Fellowships (Reference Fund #0007010) and mail to Cornell University, College of Human Ecology, Alumi Affairs & Development, 1302 MVR Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853.
Her family is proud of Peg, Mom/Nana and grateful to have been part of her loving and giving life.
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