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“Missing you and thinking about you. Thank you for your service and Happy Memorial Day. With many fond memories of the good times we spent together...Read More »
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“You taught me how to tie my shoes and what a mosquito looks like before it flies. I miss you more than you can imagine. I Love You! ”
2 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Kitty, Ann and Rosemary. We were so lucky to grow up in our early years, next door to the Monaghan family. We were...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Sue Mikolay - Peoria, AZ

Helen, Kitty, Sue and John ( Summer 1954)
4 of 21 | Posted by: Sue Mikolay

Helen, Roberta Milner, Sue Milner and John (Easter 1955)
5 of 21 | Posted by: Sue Mikolay

“I remember being a little boy and going to a fishing event, hosted by United Cerebral Palsy. John was my fishing buddy. Being in a wheelchair,...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Chris McLaughlin - Wilmington, DE

“The Monaghan family was an important part of our early years on Goodley Road in McDaniel Crest. As with my brother, Johnny "suffered" the fate of...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Paula D'Onofrio Garrison - DC

“My deepest sympathy to John's family. I grew up with the Monaghan children on Goodley Rd. My best memories of childhood were made spending happy...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Linda D'Onofrio Wolf - MD

“Freedom from physical pain is a good thing. Freedom from the horror of Vietnam is a good thing. Being reunited in heaven with family is a good thing....Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Billy Donovan - Wilmington, DE

“So sorry to hear of John's passing. I have two fond memories of John. One was of his bicycling up from Wilmington to visit me at St. Joseph's College...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Gene Dougherty - Newark, DE

“Easily, Mr. Monaghan tops the memory charts of "Life at St. Mary Magdalen." He called me "Ward," same as he called my 6 other siblings. I vividly...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Carol Ward - Wilmington, DE

“Mr. Monahan was an awesome teacher. There is always one teacher that everyone will never forget because they've had such an impact on their lives....Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Karen Lynn Ward - Hockessin, DE

“He was an outstanding teacher of words. Many of the Saint Mary Magdalen students are thankful for his gift. We send our condolences to his loved ones...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Terry Grillo - Viera, FL

“John and his mother were very good neighbors to my small family and I cherished his mother. Thank you for your service to our great country John. My...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Joan Kelley - Wilmington, DE

“I wish to express my sincere sympathy to John's family. Spike and I were close friends from our days at Sallies and St Ed's. I still fondly...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Joe Smith - Hockessin, DE

“Sorry to see you go but glad that you got your wings.......I liked riding in your MR-2 back in the day! That was a mean car!Hope to see you on the...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Michael Walther - Wilmington, DE

“Mr. Monaghan was a phenomenal teacher. I was fortunate enough to have him teach me 7th and 8th grade English at St. Mary Magdalen. He was edgy for...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Christine Sappia - Port Deposit, MD

“My daughter and I are deeply saddened for our life long friend Ann Monaghan's lose of her only brother. We wish we would have had the pleasure of...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Melissa & Carrie Thompson - DE

“We met later in life, but made fond memories. Your visits to my mom's beach house to our conversations at the VA. You are at peace now "cuz".....&...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Sharon Monaghan Porter - DE

“A few of the best days of my life were spent in your English classroom at St. Mary Magdalen. You were a rogue, a free spirit and a gadfly, and your...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Dan Hermes - Boston, MA - Student

“Dear Big Brother, so very sad that Wayne & I will never get to chat with you again. The first saved voicemail on my phone is from you a year and a...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Ann Monaghan - Bayamon - Sister


John J. Monaghan, Jr., age 68, a lifelong resident of Wilmington, Delaware, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday February 19, 2017.

John was the son of Helen T. and John Sr., also longtime residents of Wilmington. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He attended St. Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic School for first through sixth grade and then attended St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School for seventh and eighth grade. He was a graduate of Salesianum School, St. Edward's University and Austin Texas College. John was a grade school teacher for the Catholic Diocese at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School, St. Edmond's Academy and St. Elizabeth's Catholic School.

In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his sister Helen T. He is survived by his three sisters, Kathleen M. of Wilmington, Ann T. and her husband Wayne of Puerto Rico, and Rosemary E. McGrath and her husband Frank of Boston; nephew Michael P. Walther and his wife Nicole and their three children, Madelyn, Samantha and Michael Jr.

There will be a private committal service at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, Delaware.

Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.