In Memoriam


In Memory of

Cheralynn Thiel Gilligan

February 8, 2016


Cheralynn Thiel Gilligan, 52, of South Amboy died Monday February 8, 2016 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick.

Born in Jersey City, she lived in Woodbridge before moving to South Amboy 25 years ago. She was employed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as Tour Manager at the Staten Island bridges for the past 30 years.

A 1991 graduate of Kean University, she enjoyed her family and friends, walking her dogs at the Raritan Bay waterfront and boating.

Daughter of the late Rosemarie Piserchia Thiel who died in 2012, she was also predeceased by her sister, Emmalynn "Emmy" Burke in 2010. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, John Gilligan; her father Richard C. Thiel of Woodbridge; her sister and brother-in-law Carolynn and Eugene Getz of Edison; her brother and sister-in-law Richard and Pamela Thiel of Woodbridge; her brother-in-law Edward "Timmy" Burke of Woodbridge; her adored nieces and nephews Anton Getz, Andrew Getz and his fiancee Margaret Schreiver, Tommy Burke, Colby and Alyson Thiel; her great niece Cali Lynn Burke and she also loved her dogs Dallas One, Dallas Two, Dallas Three and Dallas Four.

Funeral services will be held on Friday February 12, 2016 at 10am at The Gundrum Service "Home For Funerals" 237 Bordentown Avenue, South Amboy followed by private cremation. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5 to 9pm.

Memorial donations may be made to the or the Woodbridge Animal Shelter

From:      HR Broadcast
Sent:       Tuesday, February 09, 2016 11:27 AM

Her friends at the Port Authority were saddened to learn of the passing of Cheralynn Thiel Gilligan on Monday, February 8, 2016. Ms. Gilligan is survived by her husband, John.

Ms. Gilligan joined the Port Authority on March 4, 1985. At the time of her death, she held the position of General Patron Services Supervisor in the Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals Department at the Staten Island Bridges.

Friends and relatives will be received at The Gundrum Service, 237 Bordentown Avenue, South Amboy, NJ on Thursday, February 11, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Friday, February 12 at 10 a.m. at The Gundrum Service, followed by private cremation.

Patrick J. Foye
Executive Director


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