Obituary: Constance Lundberg Crowley
Constance Lundberg Crowley, of Montclair, died at her home on Feb. 3, 2023. She was 95.
Mrs. Crowley was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, in 1927, the daughter of Edward A. and Signe Ehnstrom Lundberg.
She was a Marine Corps wife, moving her family numerous times as duty called. Each of her five children was born in a different place. She often said that although they did not have a permanent home during her husband Richard’s multiple overseas deployments, they had a very exciting life.
They spent many years in Virginia and two years in London after her husband’s retirement.
In 2010, Mrs. Crowley moved to Montclair to live with daughter Connie Keys and her family. She loved the town and its proximity to New York City. She loved Egans, Watchung Booksellers, SLA Thai, Talbots, Eagle Rock, Presby Iris Gardens, Let’s Yo, The New York Times, the Montclair Film Festival and the annual Swedish Christmas fair.
She liked telling relatives that she was once in physical therapy with Yogi Berra. She was a member of the Montclair Women’s Club and the Friends of Barnet book club for more than 10 years.
Mrs. Crowley was a loyal FDR, JFK, Barack Obama Democrat and an avid political news follower. She was thrilled to meet Joe Biden, Cory Booker and Mikie Sherrill during her years in New Jersey.
She loved the theater and knew (and sang) the lyrics to most Broadway musicals. She loved all things Swedish and was proud to be the granddaughter of immigrants.
Most of all, she adored her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, reveled in their achievements and inspired them to be their best selves.
Mrs. Crowley is survived by her five children, Dr. Sheila Crowley (Kent Willis) of Port Haywood, Virginia, Margaret P. Crowley of Alexandria, Virginia, Todd R. Crowley of Corey, Pennsylvania, Dr. Anthony E. Crowley of Lovettesville, Virginia, and Constance C. Keys (David) of Montclair; 10 grandchildren, Emily Fagan (Patrick), Greta Gill (Dale), the Rev. Christopher Crowley (Kim), Erin Crowley (Timothy Gurski), Nathan Crowley, Dr. Julia Crowley, Dr. Michelle Crowley and Chelsea, Susannah and James Keys; 10 great-grandchildren; her sister, Patricia L. Mogensen of Concord, Massachusetts, and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Richard W. Crowley (USMC-Ret.), her parents and her brother, Richard E. Lundberg.
Mrs. Crowley will be buried on June 6, 2023, in Arlington National Cemetery with her husband.
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 4, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum, 201 South Washington St., Alexandria, Virginia. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Connections at Home NJ (cahnj.org) in Verona, a nonprofit founded by Dr. Thomas McCarrick, her primary care physician.
Arrangements were by Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home.
Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the burial information.