Obituary for Gail Ann McDonnell
Gail Ann McDonnell, age 80 of Navesink, died peacefully in the loving home of her family on April 9, 2017. Gail was born in Red Bank. After high school she was a ballet instructor and dance teacher. She lived and worked in New York City for many years then Orlando, Florida where she became a graphic artist for Disney. Upon moving back to Navesink she worked for Monmouth University and retired from her position in the Registrar’s Office. After retirement, following in her mother’s footsteps of her love for primitive antiques, Gail opened Lily’s Antique Shop in Red Bank which she named after her mother.
Gail had fond memories of the Highlands, Sandlass Beach Club, Sandy Hook, Navesink and long walks in Hartshorne Woods.
She was predeceased by her parents, Lillian and Daniel Collopy; her first husband, Richard O’Brien and second husband, Robert E. McDonnell, III. Surviving are her cousins, Susan Lepis, Christina Harding, Victoria Morrow and her husband John; her step-daughters, Suzanne McDonnell, Mary Loux Geoghegan and her husband Mike; her sisters-in-law, Margaret McDonnell, RSCJ and Angela Larimer and her husband Tom; several nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren, high school friends, co-workers and devoted care givers.
Family and friends are invited to a graveside service on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 11:30 am at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 100 Chapel Hill Road in Middletown. In lieu of flower, memorial donations may be made to VNA Health Group, 23 Main St., Suite D1, Holmdel, NJ 07733. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence, light a memorial candle make a memorial donation by selecting the appropriate tab.