Maureen Diane Preciose

March 28, 1943 - December 2, 2019
Maureen Diane Preciose

Maureen Diane Preciose

March 28, 1943 – December 2, 2019

It is with the greatest sadness that the family of Maureen Diane Preciose announce her unexpected passing at the age of 76 years.

Maureen was born in New York City to Eileen and John Sweeny, and raised by her mother and maternal grandparents.

She was one of the lucky ones who knew her true calling early in life, and so attended the Saint Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Hoboken, New Jersey. After that, she attended City University of New York to complete her Bachelor’s Degree. Maureen worked her entire career as a Registered Nurse. She began at St. Mary’s Hospital, then went on to work in a number of hospitals in NJ including North Hudson Hospital, South Amboy Memorial Hospital, and East Orange General Hospital as well as working as a Public Health Nurse in Union City, and as a Nurse Expert Witness in legal cases. After moving to Wilmington, NC with her family, she worked at New Hanover Regional Medical Center until she retired in 2017.

Maureen fought for the things she believed in, and fiercely protected those she loved. She campaigned locally to protect the wetlands and water sheds in Ogden, and served as a volunteer in both of Barack Obama’s campaigns for the Presidency. She was a voracious reader, and enjoyed travel and crafting, and loved going to flea markets and antique auctions. For many years in NJ, she enjoyed bowling with her friends which was always followed by coffee at their favorite diner. Her greatest joy was in spending time with her grandson. She was an amazing woman, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Maureen was predeceased by her parents, her mother-in-law Jennie Di Martine, her cousin Patricia Yankow, her aunt Kathleen Tiernan, and her aunt and uncle Rosemary and Joe Irwin.

To mourn her loss are her husband Joseph Preciose, daughter Jeneen Preciose and grandson Jack Finn Morton, son Michael Preciose and fiancé Jenie Hampel, Dakota Irwin whom she always treated as her godson, goddaughter Rhiannon Bostic, uncle Jim Tiernan, many wonderful cousins including Virginia Donohue, close friends Linda Lanza, Millie Morrison, Karen Carver, Sylvia Troncoso, Grace Hamafey, Kathy Winkel, Callie Everhart, and many, many others.

Services will be held on December 11, 2019 at 11am at Wilmington Funeral Chapel officiated by Certified Life Celebrant Linda Register.

Flowers may be delivered to their chapel. Alternatively, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403  910-791-9099.

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  • December 06, 2019
    Kavitha Chenna says:
    Hello Jeneen, Someone so special can never be forgotten. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

  • August 22, 2020
    Charles Sheridan says:
    When Maureen was a Public Health Nurse in Union I was the City Health Officer. And that was many years ago. Our communication through the years was at Christmas but now I know why I never received a card in 2019. She was a fabulous nurse and her departure to NC was a loss to our Public Health Nursing Service. I can still recall her sitting at the nurses' lunch table with her kind smile. God Bless You Maureen and your family too.

  • December 11, 2019
    Bill Segur says:
    So sorry to hear of Maureen's passing. I worked with her for several years at NHRMC (CCU). I also ran into her at HarrisTeeter occassionally, and regret that will no longer be repeated. She was a bright light which infected everyone around her ... a joyous person, always upbeat. My sympathies are extended especially to her husband and children and siblings, as well as to the all the members of her extended family. May she rest in peace under the eyes of God.

  • December 10, 2019
    Thomas Clancy, MD says:
    Maureen was an energetic, dedicated, experienced , smart, bedside RN who made everyone near her feel better. Any day that I worked with her in the ICU became a brighter one. She earned her keep in heaven! God bless her forever.

  • December 10, 2019
    Laura Pickering says:
    Janeen, I’ve never met you or Fin but I’ve heard so much about you and your family. I worked for many years with Your Mom. She was a great Lady and I will never forget her. She loved you and your family so much. She was always there for me if I needed her. Never a dull moment. Prayers for you and your family. She will be greatly missed.