Veronica McGreevey, the mother of former Gov. James E. McGreevey, passed away on Wednesday after an illness. She was 90.
A nurse and nursing instructor, she was often by her son’s side as he campaigned for assemblyman, mayor of Woodbridge, state senator, and for governor of New Jersey in 1997 and 2001. She and her husband, Jack, were constant figures at Democratic events.
She was born in the Greenville section of Jersey City. She was Ronnie was a graduate of Holy Family Academy in Bayonne, St. Vincent’s Nursing School of NYC, and is a graduate of Seton Hall University. She later obtained advanced nursing degrees at Columbia University.
McGreevey had a series of leadership positions in the nursing field, including Head Nurse and Supervisor of Medicine at Jersey City Medical Center to her active roles on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey League of Nursing, the New Jersey Board of Nursing, along with several nursing academic institutions. Associate Professor, Middlesex Community College, and Instructor of Nursing at Muhlenberg School of Nursing.
Until this past month, she tutored nursing students to improve their academic achievement and nursing care.
She met Jack McGreevey at Seton Hall University and they were married for 62 years.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her three children, Gov. McGreevey, Caroline (McGreevey) Jones, and Sharon McGreevey, and grandchildren Morag and Jacqueline McGreevey, and Christopher and Catherine Jones.
Friends may visit with the family at St. Joseph’s R.C. Church, High Street, Carteret, Tuesday, November 13, from 4 pm to 7 pm. A funeral mass will be offered on Wednesday, November 14, at St. Joseph’s Church at 10 am. Burial to follow.
Donations in Ronnie’s memory may be made to Kind to Kids Foundation at kindtokids.org
Several top New Jersey leaders issued statements in memory of McGreevey.
“As a wife, a mother and grandmother, she was a steady source of strength and support to her entire family. She was a woman of conscience and compassion who cared about others, especially those who were experiencing difficulties in life,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney. “As a nurse and nursing instructor, she provided care to those in need and shared with her students the knowledge and skills needed to care for patients. Veronica McGreevey made a real and lasting impact on the lives of those who knew and loved her and had a positive influence on countless others.”
Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said that “Ronnie was a loving caregiver for her family and for the many lives she touched throughout the years.”
“Tammy and I send our deepest condolences to former Governor Jim McGreevey on the loss of his mother, Ronnie, a nurse and teacher, and a fixture on the campaign trail with her son,” said Gov. Phil Murphy. “As a nurse, Ronnie, like her son, put the needs of others first, and, as a matriarch, she provided a great deal of stability and strength to the McGreevey family. Our thoughts are with Jim, his dad, Jack, and all who knew and loved her.”
Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe, who served as state labor commissioner in Jim McGreevey’s cabinet, remembered Veronica McGreevey as someone committed to family and her nursing profession.
“Laurie and I and the entire Middlesex County family send our deepest condolences to the McGreevey family. I had the honor of getting to know Mrs. McGreevey and the entire McGreevey family through the McGreevey campaign and while working in the McGreevey administration,” said McCabe. “Mrs. McGreevey dedicated her life to the service and care of others as a nurse, professor, wife, and mother. She believed it was important that families received the best care available, whether in a hospital or in their local parish in Carteret. She was as strong a person as she was dignified, and we are all better people for having known her.”
“I send my sincere condolences to former Governor Jim McGreevey and his family on the loss of his wonderful mom, Ronnie. Ronnie McGreevey was a friend and I considered her a colleague as well. She was a professional woman who taught at the college level and represented the best of the nursing profession. Ronnie McGreevey was the ‘rock’ of the McGreevey family. She was a true ‘original’ and I know she will be missed,” said Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg.