Maguire, Linda (nee: Shaw), 90, of Midland Park, passed away peacefully on October 5, 2019. She was predeceased in 2007 by her husband Thomas, to whom she was married for 55 years. She is survived by her three children: Janice Willett and husband Joseph of Ridgewood, NJ, Thomas Maguire and wife Diana of Darien, CT, and Eileen Maguire and husband Stephen Christopoulos of Emmaus, PA. She had ten grandchildren: Ellen Willett and wife Cristina Camerota, Kathleen Willett and husband Eric Magidson, Kevin Willett, Caitlin Maguire and husband Kesal Patel, Julia Maguire and husband Luke Henderson, David Maguire, Charlotte Maguire, James Maguire, Sean Christopoulos, and Colin Christopoulos. She was also a great-grandmother to Zoey and Margo Magidson.
Born Jeannine Linda Shaw in Portland, ME, she graduated from Portland High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Colby College in Waterville, ME, where she met her future husband. They were married in 1951 in Maine and followed Tom's employment to Somerville, NJ in 1955, to Ridgewood in 1966, to the Netherlands in 1969, and back to Ridgewood in 1973. In 2005, they moved to Midland Park.
Linda's first career was as an operator for Bell Telephone. Later, she was a special education teacher at Somerville Elementary School, an administrative assistant at Valley Hospital, and an office assistant at Gastroenterology Associates in Ridgewood.
Linda and Tom thoroughly enjoyed retirement — the message on their answering machine said, “We are out enjoying our senior years!” They traveled widely, enjoyed opera and ballet performances, and attended many Colby reunions. Linda enjoyed "summering" at Graydon Pool. She loved music, played the trumpet and piano, and is remembered for summoning her children to dinner by blowing "mess call" out the back door, as well as for her many impromptu sing-a-longs at the piano and her ability to quickly put new lyrics to a familiar tune, sometimes just for comic relief. Her sense of humor stayed with her to the end.
Funeral Mass will be Friday at 10am at Church of the Nativity in Midland Park.
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