Mrs. Maureen Elizabeth (nee Rudden) Cannan, of North Beach, Long Beach Island, NJ formerly of Northampton, PA and Maplewood, NJ, passed away on February 2, 2023, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on November 4, 1936, and grew up in East Orange, NJ. Mrs. Cannan attended Sacred Heart School, Saint Vincent’s High School and the Berkely Business School and was employed by Bell Telephone in Newark, NJ. Maureen would meet her beloved husband William A. Cannan, Jr. of South Orange and together through 46 years of marriage would raise five children in their Maplewood home while also spending time at their home on LBI. Bill passed away in 2004. Maureen moved for a time to Pennsylvania before permanently moving to the Shore. Maureen’s most beloved name was “Nana” a loving reminder that she was grandmother to 11 beautiful children; T.J., Riley, Kelly, Kevin, Lauren, Bobby, Brian, Annie, Jessie, Bella and Luke all of whom she loved dearly and treasured her time with at “Nana’s Beach House.” Nana looked forward with great anticipation to the arrival of her first great grandchild next month.
She is survived by her daughter Maureen Bringhurst and her husband Douglas Bringhurst of Rochester Hills, Michigan, and three sons William A. Cannan, III and his wife Barbara Behre Cannan of Bethlehem, PA, Thomas Cannan and his wife Diane Gibson Cannan of Pittstown, NJ, Bob Cannan and his wife Jill of Bernardsville, NJ and Matt Cannan and his wife Kelly of Glenn Ridge, NJ.
She was predeceased by her parents Thomas J. Rudden and Rose A. Rudden, each formerly from County Cavan, Ireland, her husband of forty-six years William A. Cannan, Jr., sisters Alice Kennedy and Margaret “Peggy” Ford and brother Robert Emmett Rudden.
Mrs. Cannan was a long time parishioner of Our Lady of Sorrows, South Orange, NJ and was a volunteer at the Mother Theresa Soup Kitchen and Shelter in Newark where her service to that charity resulted in a special meeting and picture with Saint Mother Theresa. A proud Irish Woman, Maureen enjoyed the parades, celebrations, theatre performance and the music of the Irish.
A visitation will take place on February 9, 2023, between the hours of 4-8PM, at the Preston Funeral Home, 153 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on February 10, 2023, at 10:00 AM, Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 217 Prospect Street, South Orange, NJ. A private interment will follow.