Eileen Rose Walsh Bradley of Skillman, NJ passed away July 16, surrounded by loving family at Stonebridge AL Healthcare Center in Skillman. She was 91 years old.
She was born on October 25, 1930, the daughter of Margaret Brady Walsh and Edward Patrick Walsh, who were immigrants from County Cavan and County Waterford in Ireland. She grew up in Morristown, NJ, attended Bayley-Ellard High School, and in 1952 graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from St. Elizabeth’s College in Convent Station, NJ. After graduation, she was a laboratory technician. in Ciba-Geigy.
A lifelong lover and performer of dance, music and song, she founded her own piano and dance school in Morristown while in college.
In 1955, she married Dr. Eugene Bradley while he was completing his internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital in Jersey City, NJ After their marriage, they moved to Tacoma, Washington, where Eugene served two years in the United States Army as Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Madigan Army General Hospital.
The couple later moved to Bellaire, Ohio and Wyckoff and Pompton Lakes, NJ, where Eileen raised five children while Eugene began his private practice. She was deeply involved with St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and Pompton Lakes Secondary School and taught Irish jig, tap and ballet, and organized dance performances for the school. She sponsored concerts, piano master classes, and guitar lessons for families in the Pompton Lakes neighborhood.
Her entrepreneurial spirit continued in the early 1970s when she became a Certified Childbirth Educator through ASPO, the teaching arm of the Lamaze Method of Childbirth Education. She has run her own childbirth education classes for the community and has helped hundreds of parents over the years with Lamaze childbirth techniques, staying close to many of her students.
Eileen discovered Martha’s Vineyard as a child when her maternal aunt, Kathleen Brady, married the islander Gordon Shurtleff in the 1920s. She spent many childhood summers in Edgartown and developed a great love for the island and of its history. Later, she instilled a similar sentiment in her own children and their families. After retirement, she served as a guide for the Dukes County Historical Society and Martha’s Vineyard Museum. It brought her great joy to spend time with her grandchildren in Martha’s Vineyard and in New Jersey.
She spent her later years involved with the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Community Parish and Choir in Skillman.
She is survived by five children and eleven grandchildren: her son Brian, his wife Jan Bradley and their children Kayla and Elena; his daughter Eileen; his son Patrick, his wife Andrea Bradley and their children Nicholas, Connor and Nora; his son Dr. Sean Bradley, his wife Dr. Karen DeSimone and their children Kyra, Ryan, Jason and Evan; and his son Brendan, his wife Bridget Poole and their children Fiona and Anna. She was predeceased by her husband, who died in 2015.
His funeral was held July 19 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Community in Skillman, NJ
Memorial donations may be made to Martha’s Vineyard Museum, 151 Lagoon Pond Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568, c/o Executive Director Heather Seger.