Mendham Township Educator Passes

Margaret 'DiDi' Sharkey died at home on Tuesday.

Margaret "Didi" Sharkey, passed away peacefully at home in Mendham on Nov. 20, 2012. She was 59.

Born in Ardmore, PA to Joseph and Marion Muldoon, Didi lived in Downingtown, PA before moving to Mendham 22 years ago. DiDi received her BS from Mount St. Mary's College in 1977.

Didi was an educator at the Mendham Township Elementary School for the last 15 years. Didi was an avid tennis player and was active in Mendham with the National Junior Tennis League. She also co-founded a summer youth tennis program and taught tennis in Mendham for many years.

Her family will remember her as a loving wife and mother who was dedicated to her family and many friends. Anyone who met her loved her immediately.

Survivors include her husband David Sharkey, three sons David, Jr, and his wife Tara of Burlington, VT, John and his wife Rebecca of Ithaca, NY and Graham and his fiancée Megan Messmann of Long Beach, NY; her mother Marion Muldoon; two brothers Joseph and William Muldoon; three sisters Marion Franklin, Michell Muldoon and Madeline Muldoon-Brook. She is also survived by her grandson Jack.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at The Bailey Funeral Home, 8 Hilltop Rd., Mendham.

A Mass will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. with interment to follow at Hilltop Cemetery.

Michell Muldoon November 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Didi was an extraordinary sister and one of the kindest, most caring people in the world. She had a gift for humor and the ability to warm your heart within a moment. Those of us who were blessed by Didi in our lives, could tell endless stories of her generosity of love and gently caring, deeply concerned ways of being present when you were with her. She loved the adventure of exploring the Squam Lake, playing Tennis and encouraging anyone to join in no matter what level of play they were comfortable with. She could find beautiful, hidden splendor while cruising through the Mountains or sailing on the bay. She loved serving up food for the multitudes in total elegance. She remembered birthdays, little victories and suffered deeply with you through losses. She made us laugh when we had nothing to hold on to. When I think of Didi-I have lost my best friend from Babyhood and will never ever, ever recover from this one.
Irene Tuffner November 24, 2012 at 12:26 PM
IreneTuffner / friend and neighbor from Downingtown Didi was a special and beautiful woman ... smart, funny, kind, caring, and energetic. Our family have many fond memories of her. She certainly enriched my kids' lives and those she came in contact with over the years. My family and I are better for having shared her laughter, joy of life, and for her being in our lives. Didi remains strong in our mind and our hearts.
Josie Sommer November 25, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Dear Michell and all my cousins- Wish I could have been with you today. I've been thinking about all of you and what happy memories I have of each and every one. Remembering all the laughter in the Muldoon kitchen around that big round table. Didi and Dave's advice to Bill and I during our teen years, Didi's funny, fun and very serious sides. She was a great cousin/sister and I will never forget the blessing she has been to me in my life. God be with you all-Peace and Love from cousin Jos


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