Carolyn A. McGovern
Mrs. Carolyn A. McGovern, daughter of the late Andrew Small and Anna Radics Small was born November 29, 1941 in St. Peters Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ. She grew up in New Brunswick and attended St. Ladislaus grade school and graduated from St. Peters H.S. class of 1959. She also attended a finishing school for secretary work.
During her high school years Carolyn participated in theater production and the marching band. Carolyn fondly talked about marching in the NYC Thanksgiving Day Parade. She also shared beautiful photos of herself adorned in fancy costume for her role in the H.S. production of “The King and I.” Carolyn spent her teenage summers at Midway Beach where her parents and grandparents each owned a summer home. Carolyn’s greatest joy, however, were her simple walks home from school holding the hand of her only true love and eventual husband, James “Jimmy” A. McGovern.
Carolyn was united in holy matrimony to James A. McGovern on April 15th, 1961. She enjoyed 51 years of marriage to her best friend until James was called to Heaven on September 24, 2012. Carolyn and Jimmy were loving parents and grandparents. They were good community members and were always available to give neighbors a helping hand.
Through the years Carolyn worked mainly in the healthcare setting. She enjoyed her time at St. Peters Hospital as an Aide and eventually worked in the private practice of Dr. Roland Tan. The friendships that Carolyn made while working in these jobs became her lifelong friends. These are the individuals that provided her with the needed comfort and constant support as she battled colon cancer in her final months of life.
The pleasures in Carolyn’s life were first and foremost family and friends. She selflessly gave to others. Additionally, she loved cooking and her chocolate chip cookies were a hit. Music was always in the background and some favorites included Elvis, Englebert Humperdink, Barbara Streisand and many others. No one could fold clothes and iron better than Carolyn and for many years she took great pride in attending to the wardrobe of her 4 grandchildren. Carolyn was always up for a trip to A.C. or Parx Casino. Finally, those close to her share crazy times with her in her favorite role as “the Fan.” Favorite teams were St. Peter’s H.S. basketball, Rutgers football and recently Virginia Tech football and basketball. By far though, Carolyn wholeheartedly cheered for her grandson, Matthias, as he played soccer.
Carolyn’s beautiful life will forever be cherished in the life of her only daughter: Debra (Debbie) McGovern of Robbinsville, NJ; son-in-law, Gregory McLaughlin; Four grandchildren, Zachariah James, Gabriel Thomas, Matthias Andrew, and Abigail Emma McLaughlin; brothers, Gary Small of Pennington, NJ, and Thomas Small (deceased) of East Brunswick, NJ; sister-in-law, Karen Small of Pennington, NJ, Cathy Small of East Brunswick, NJ, and Lorraine Small (deceased) of East Brunswick, NJ; devoted family members: Kathy Gassaro, Kim Small, Joelle Small, Jennifer Small, Amy McGovern-Berkowitz, Patrick McGovern, Lisa Libro and Susan Pagano; her loving extended family a.k.a. “The Tuesday Healthcare Team,” Gary and Karen Small, Kim Small, Mae and Charles Dolgos, Lisa Libro, Sandy Wright, Laura Malinou, and Gbarteh Say Baateh (Lester).
Visiting will be from 4-7 PM on Friday, August 17th, 2018 with a Memorial Service beginning at 6:15 at the Gleason Funeral Home, 1360 Hamilton Street in Somerset. Please consider a contribution on behalf of Carolyn by extending an act of kindness to a stranger or helping someone in need.