Rosemary  Lynch

Rosemary E. "Rory" Lynch

Friday, August 31st, 1962 - Friday, June 19th, 2020
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Rosemary Eileen Lynch, loving sister, daughter, niece, aunt, cousin, and friend, passed away unexpectedly of heart disease at the age of 57 at her home in Jersey City on Friday, June 19th, 2020

Rosemary was born on August 31st 1962 to Thomas and Rosemary G. (Gotsch) Lynch in Neptune, New Jersey. A native of the Jersey Shore, she grew up in Allenhurst and Spring Lake. Rosemary graduated from Manasquan High School in 1980, The Catholic University of America in 1984, and the Western New England College School of Law in 1987. Rosemary practiced law for several years in New Jersey and New York before embarking on a career in Human Resources at several blue chip companies.

Rosemary was a talented musician, with a beautiful soprano voice as well as player of the flute, piccolo, and piano. She participated in musical theater throughout school with featured roles in numerous musicals. As a member of the competitive choir at Catholic University, she sang a solo under conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, and performed regularly at Mary’s Shrine and Grill (aka the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC).

She was also a member of many local musical societies, as a founding member of Mary’s Canaries community choir in Sea Girt in the 1980’s and also in the Atlantic Wind Ensemble in Ocean Grove. She loved playing under Harry Eichhorn‘s direction, especially her piccolo solo in Sousa’s rousing Stars & Stripes Forever in the Ocean Grove Auditorium. Her rendition of “Ja, Vi Elsker” to her many Norwegian friends will be remembered fondly, as will her performance of ‘Ave Maria ‘ at so many weddings of her extended family.

Rosemary had a passion for social justice and feminist causes in addition to politics generally. Always keen to support her girls, she backed many workplace initiatives including ‘Take Your Daughter to Work’. While at Catholic University, she interned for Congressman James J. Howard which she enjoyed immensely.

In her later years, she added to her circle of families with her beloved bus posse. She loved living with her girls on their side of the street, with the boys from their dorm across the road, adding singing and laughter to their lives.

Rosemary found the most joy in her family and friends, putting them first throughout her life. She never missed a family occasion and made lifelong friendships everywhere she went. She opened her heart to everyone around her and drew them in with her infectious sense of humor and good spirit. Whether a family member or a co-worker, Rosemary always went out of her way to make you feel like the most important person in her world.

’Rory’ was preceded by her adored mother, Rosemary. She is survived by her father, Thomas, and step-mother, Bernadette Becker, and five siblings - Elizabeth King, Michele Lynch (Chris Wiley), Thomas (Mollie) Lynch, Erin (Chris) Tomasi, and Matt Becker, as well as many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, godchildren, aunts, and uncles.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date more conducive to a safe and joyous celebration of Rosemary’s life. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation in Rosemary’s memory.
O’Brien Funeral Home, Wall Township is handling arrangements on behalf of the Lynch family.
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Diana Molloy

Posted at 08:46pm
Rosemary was wonderful friend . We worked together through some very trying times and I will always remember how supportive she was not to mention her wicked sense of humor. Rest in peace.


Posted at 07:46am
May you rest in peace, Rosemary. A beautiful tribute to your short life on earth. Your many friends at NASDAQ were saddened to hear the news. God had a bigger plan for you and needed your help. May the love you had for your family & friends be of solace to all at this time.

Darlane Hoffman

Posted at 11:00am
I know that Rosemary with be greatly missed by everyone. I had the good fortune to work with Rosemary for a few years. She supported my staff and I with expert human resource advice and assistance. She pulled no punches and called things fairly and quickly for what they were. The best type of HR professional there is! May she rest in peace. Sent by Darlane Hoffman, retired Bank of New York Mellon.

Regina Dowd

Posted at 04:17pm
I recently had the privilege of getting to know Rosemary and found her to be a very intelligent, conscientious and motivated professional with a wonderful knack for sharing stories about her family, friends and colleagues whom she loved dearly. One story she shared in great detail last week stood apart from the rest illustrates how compassionate she was and will stay with me forever. On September 11th, 2001 Rosemary was working at BNY Mellon in lower Manhattan. After the planes hit, senior managers fled along with most employees, but she instinctively stayed put until all employees left the building and were safely on their way home. However, the welfare of one young woman was of great concern to Rosemary since she suffered from asthma and needed to get out of lower Manhattan as soon as possible. So, Rosemary hurriedly escorted her 20 blocks north, stopped a cab filled with passengers in the middle of the street and insisted they make room for the young lady. Rosemary’s quick thinking helped this woman narrowly escape the huge plume of dust that soon followed….

May you rest in peace, Rosemary. My condolences to all your friends and family.



Posted at 10:26am
While I only had the pleasure of working with Rosemary for the last 9 months, I feel like I've known her for much longer. She was always telling stories about her childhood down the shore, her love for her family and her passion for her career. She unapologetically spoke her mind but would drop anything to lend a helping hand. She will surely be missed by all.

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