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July 19, 1957 - April 27, 2020

At her request, a Celebration of Maureen’s life, will be scheduled for a later time in Middletown, New Jersey not far from the shores of the Atlantic and her family. Her wish was that Donations be made to and/or the American Lung Association.

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Maureen (Moe) Ann Hessey (Nee, Neilland), 7/19/57 of Mattawan, MI passed on April 27, 2020 after a hard fought battle of an underlying illness. Maureen, along with her twin, Kathleen were born in Hempstead, LI, NY. She graduated Middletown Twp. HS NJ (1975) and attended Brookdale Comm. College, NJ and Tallahassee Comm. College, FL. She is predeceased by both of her parents, James M. Neilland, Sr.; Marie O. Lagonia (O’Rourke/Neilland), her Aunt Joyce Sherlock and her former husband, Mark E. Hessey, Sr. Maureen is survived by her son, Mark Eaton Hessey, Jr. (Samantha) who brought her much pride and joy for his service with the USN and as one of the youngest air traffic controllers in the nation and her granddaughter, Francesca Elaine Hessey, who brought her as much joy as her son. She is also survived by four siblings – her twin sister, Kathleen N. Carey, Chandler, AZ (Jay Sr.), James M. Neilland, Jr. (Sharel); Patricia C. Nastasi (Michael); Robert M. Neilland (Dorothy) and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews – Jay Hudson Carey, Jr.; Meredith Neilland Tyler; Gail Stampfel, Michele Nastasi; Michael Nastasi, Jr.; Sandra Neilland; Robert Neilland, Jr.; Christopher Neilland and Thomas and Nancy Sherlock. Maureen lead the way with many “firsts” by women of her generation,; some side by side with her twin sister, many by herself such as the first females on the Middletown HS Women’s Cross Country. She was the recipient of several Presidential Awards including for environmental protection for identifying and protecting delicate shore wetlands in NJ. She was one of, if not the first, female firefighter in Middletown Twp. NJ one of her first of many courageous torch bearing paths. The first to be accepted into the Conservation Corps in NJ but declined to accept a highly sought after position as an Executive Administrative Assistant with Revlon in Edison, NJ. There, she later became the first to hold a management position on the “floor” with Revlon where she eventually retired. She worked other manager positions with manufacturers including AT&T and as a Medical/Surgical assistant but eventually moved into the food and beverage field as an often sought after manager in several states. Maureen then followed her heart to help others as a licensed Pharmacy Tech. She went on two separate Relief Missions with the Tallahassee-Haiti Medical Team after earthquakes and a devastating cholera outbreak. Maureen was a “foodie,” and loved planting and harvesting her gardens. She loved the Atlantic’s Ocean breezes and its beaches. She enjoyed being a competitive roller/speed skater and an expert downhill skier; riding motorcycles, jet skis and horses. As a SCUBA diver, she explored the waters of NJ, RI, the FL keys, caves and streams, Hawaii and the Caribbean. Maureen’s greatest love after her family were all creatures, especially her dogs (Tori), cats, horses, iguanas, ferrets and even a monkey.