Rose Ann and Joseph Daniel Haggerty Obituary
At their daughter’s home in Skillman, NJ, Rose Ann Haggerty, 96, died on January 26, 2021 and five days later on January 31, 2021, Joseph Daniel Haggerty, 96, also died. After a courageous fight, they both died of complications from COVID-19. They were married 62 years. Rose was predeceased by her sister and two brothers. Joe was predeceased by his two sisters and four brothers.
Rose (Mogeleski) was born in Throop, PA on August 28, 1924. She was a member of the Throop High School class of 1942. Rose graduated from the Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse in 1945 and was a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. World War II ended before her class was called to service. She continued her nursing career as a surgical nurse. In the early 1950’s, Rose moved to New Jersey where she was on staff at the Veterans Administration Hospital in East Orange. After meeting on a blind date, she married Joe in 1958 at Sacred Heart Church in Newark. Rose then turned her attention to raising a family in Maplewood and South Orange where they lived until 2008. In 2008 they moved to the Princeton area to be closer to their three grandchildren. She relished her role as wife, mother, and grandmother. Rose did have a second act in managing her husband’s law office and serving as his legal secretary. They worked together for over 20 years.
Joe was born in Newark, NJ on February 22, 1924. The family lived in Chicago, Omaha, and Scranton before
returning to Newark in 1937. A few months after graduating from Barringer High School in June of 1942, Joe enlisted
in the U.S. Army and served in the Pacific Theater as a radio operator. With the help of the G.I. Bill, Joe graduated
from Seton Hall University in 1948 and Georgetown Law School in 1951. He enjoyed a successful career in the law
that spanned 50 years. He began as an associate with Smith, James and Mathias in Jersey City and was house
counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company before establishing his own practice. An authority on Workers
Compensation Law, he represented clients in the compensation, trial, and appellate courts throughout New Jersey.
Joe also served as the municipal prosecutor for the City of Orange where he maintained an office. When not in the
courtroom, Joe was a championship handball player and played into his 80’s. In 2000, he played and won a prize at
the International Handball Tournament in Ireland. He enjoyed researching his family history in the United States and
Together, Rose and Joe enjoyed traveling, including visits to Ireland and Poland. However, their greatest joy was
spending time with and cheering on their three grandchildren. Rose and Joe were regulars at recitals, theatrical
performances, and sporting events.
They are survived by their daughter Rose Haggerty and son-in-law Daniel Haggerty of Skillman; grandchildren
Joseph Daniel II, Caroline Elizabeth, and Charlotte Rose. They are also survived by a daughter Mary Haggerty of
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on February 13, 2021 at 10 am at St Charles Borromeo Church in Skillman. Due
to COVID - 19 restrictions, burial and a celebration of their lives will be held in the summer.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation (garysinisefoundation.org.)
Extended condolences and shared remembrances at Franklin H. Rainear, Jr. Affordable Funeral Service and