Jean Monaghan and her parents and siblings during a visit at Stony Wold, 1940s.
Historic Saranac Lake Collection, 2022.25.1, Gift of the Estate of Jean Monaghan, 1923-2011.
Born: May 13, 1923

Died: February 19, 2011

Mary Jean Monaghan cured at Stony Wold. She went by Jean, and was an accomplished artist. She worked as a fashion designer at Katz Inc. for many decades.

Her nephew, Philip, recognized her in a photo used for the American Experience Documentary, the Forgotten Plague. The photo was taken in 1949 at Stony Wold.

Philip Monaghan visited the Saranac Laboratory Museum in September of 2018. In 2021, he facilitated a donation to the Historic Saranac Lake Collection of a group of paintings completed by Jean while curing at Stony Wold.


Scranton [Pa.] Times, February 22, 2011

Mary Jean Monaghan

Miss Jean Monaghan passed away Feb. 19, 2011, in Honesdale.

Born on May 13, 1923, in Carbondale, she lived in the Lake Wallenpaupack area for over 50 years.

The daughter of Philip R. Monaghan II and Florence Voigt Monaghan, she was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Robert E. Monaghan, and her sister, Emily Elizabeth Young. She is survived by her brother, Philip R. Monaghan III, of Mount Pleasant Twp., Pa., as well as 11 nieces and nephews.

A graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School of Carbondale, Miss Monaghan received her Bachelor's Degree from Pratt Institute of Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1943. She was employed by Katz Inc. of Honesdale, where she held the role of fashion designer. She retired in the 1980s.

A Roman Catholic Mass will be said for her at St. Mary Magdalen Church, Honesdale, on Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer a donation be made to the SPCA or another charity in Miss Jean Monaghan's name.

Arrangements by Hessling Funeral Home, 428 Main St., Honesdale.