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556 Westfield Avenue
Westfield, NJ 07090
Phone: 908-233-0255
Fax: 908-233-0497
Margaret Giannone

Margaret E Giannone

Tuesday, September 17th, 1940 - Thursday, January 9th, 2020
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Margaret E. Giannone, lifelong resident and Westfield business owner, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2020. She was 79 years old.

A true “Daughter of Westfield”, she grew up on the south side of town. Margaret attended Columbus Elementary School and graduated Westfield High School in 1958. She was in one of the last classes to attend high school at the Elm Street location. She was a huge fan of Little Richard and Elvis Presley. Her high school yearbook aptly described her as being a “rock n’ roll fan”.

One of her favorite places to hang out with friends during those years was the “car hop” on Route 22 in Union. It was there that she met Frank Giannone, from Madison NJ. Their first official date was a Jerry Lee Lewis concert in Brooklyn where Lewis set his piano on fire. They shared a common love of music and always enjoyed dancing together. They married in 1960.

After attending business school, she set her sights on raising her three children, Elizabeth, Frank, and Jane. However, Margaret knew she was more than just a housewife. Her father, Evan Tudor (E.T.) Williams, was an entrepreneur and inventor who had instilled in her a strong work ethic and business acumen. She worked side-by-side with her father for many years in their family business before opening her own business, the Brass Shop in Westfield, in the 1970’s.

She would spend the next few decades operating the store, at first with her husband, Frank, Sr., and later with her son, Frank, Jr. All the while, she served as an example of what women could accomplish in business. She was a trailblazer who was able to balance her work with her home life. Often, she would blur the lines between the two. Her loyal, kind customers and tenants were always treated as family and always will be.

Margaret was quietly faithful. She was never loud or brash. Margaret loved words and old sayings. She even dabbled in poetry from time to time.

She wrote…

Life’s Waterfall

Life’s waterfall of bounty comes tumbling down,
Down to the tributes of barren land.
To nourish and grow as a child at its birth
Beneath the soil brings a bud to the earth.

As life begins from barren land, so it must end
As the dust and the sand.
This bud will grow to a life-giving thing, only
To die as it once began.

Somewhere, somehow, it’s life will regain, this time strengthened by life’s bitter pains.

Somewhere life’s waterfall will once again appear,
To nourish the ground where this bud will not fear.
This time stronger and hardened, it’s life will take root,
To bud into beauty of life’s greatest loot.

She now rejoins her dance partner and beloved husband in the hereafter.

Margaret will be deeply missed by all her children, including her daughter Elizabeth (Betty Ann), her husband Neal, and their three children, John, Carl, and Catherine. She will forever be in the heart of her beloved son, Frank. Margaret will continue to serve as a spiritual light to her daughter Jane, her husband John, and their children, Joseph and Peter.

She will be very much missed by her many nieces and nephews and her long-time friends of 45 plus years, Aggie Kurzweil of Cranford and Antoinette Graham of Westfield.

Visitation will be held at Dooley Colonial Funeral Home, 556 Westfield Avenue, Westfield, NJ on Tuesday, January 14 from 2:00-4:00 PM and 7:00-9:00 PM. Mass of Christian burial will take place at St. Helen’s Church, Westfield, NJ on Wednesday, January 15 at 10:00 AM (held in the Parish Center) followed by interment at Fairview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Margaret’s name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dooley Colonial Funeral Home
    556 Westfield Ave.
    WESTFIELD, NJ 07090
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Dooley Colonial Funeral Home
    556 Westfield Ave.
    WESTFIELD, NJ 07090
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church
    1600 Rahway Ave.
    WESTFIELD, NJ 07090
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  • Interment

    Fairview Cemetery
    1100 East Broad Street
    WESTFIELD, NJ 07090
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Donations are being accepted for: ST JUDE CHILDRENS RESEARCH HOSPITAL INC.


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Douglas Bognar

Posted at 08:41am
Frank and family ,
Our sincerest condolences in this sad time for all of you .

Doug and Lori Bognar

Love, Mary and Pete Kellogg

Posted at 09:06am
Our condolences on the passing of your dear mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
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Michael Giannone

Posted at 05:16pm
I have such fond Memories from my childhood, especially during Christmas time. She was a great person, very social, loving, and a great Aunt. I am so glad I saw her in recent months. What a fighter ! Rest Easy Aunt Margie. You are home again with Uncle Frankie. (Michael Giannone - Summit/Madison)


Posted at 02:21pm
Margeret had a kitchen booth/table that seemed to hold an unlimited number of people and everyone was comfortable and happy to be sitting there eating a bountiful feast! Your family is part of our very fond memories of Westfield. Love Joanne and Joe.

Posted at 10:39am
Mrs.G was a friend to my Mom, and a friend to me. When I married, she welcomed my husband with open arms, and when my children came along , she showed them the love and interest that any caring “Grammy” would show. Of Mrs. G I can say this.....she always made us smile! Our world will seem a bit more empty without her in it, but how full Heaven will be as she rejoices and unites with her beloved Mr. G.!! ❤️ Sue Polman ( as she always called me)

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