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Marykate (nee-Quinlisk) Schweiger

November 4, 1953 - January 25, 2021

Inspiring Author


Service Date: January 30, 2021

In Lieu of Flowers: None

Obituaries » Marykate (nee-Quinlisk) Schweiger

Marykate Schweiger (nee-Marykate Quinlisk) “MK”, M. Kate Quinn, 67. Resident of Marlboro, NJ lost her battle to cancer on Monday, January 25, 2021. She passed peacefully at home surrounded by her family.

MK was born November 4, 1953 in Morristown, New Jersey. Daughter of Robert and Margaret Quinlisk (nee-Dancico). Sister to John Quinlisk and Elizabeth (Bethy) Gnardellis. MK was raised in Cedar Knolls, and resided there for 52 years of her life. Her father Robert was very active in the community as was his father and his father’s father therefore making the family a staple in the community. MK graduated Whippany Park High School in 1972 and married her high school sweetheart, Michele Grassi from Italy by way of Madison,NJ. They had three kids together and were married for 25 years. MK always longed to be an author but never put herself first to take the time to actually do it. She loved being a mom and put her children at the top of her list. She enjoyed volunteering at school events, carpooling to extracurricular activities, hosting family events, creating adventures in her mini van and so much more. She held several jobs in her life and collected friends every step of the way. Her personality was infectious and she was the life of the party. Her attention to detail and superior organizational skills was highly sought out. She held various administrative positions before entering the Morris School District. She worked 16 years here before retiring to pursue her life long dream of becoming an author. This luxury was afforded to her by her second husband, Harvey Schweiger.

Harvey and MK both resided in Cedar Knolls but never ran into eachother. In October 2002, they met online via a dating website and on the first date both “knew” they were meant for eachother. They married a year later in November and combined their children to make their very own Brady Bunch with all 6 kids (3 from MK and 3 from Harvey). In the 17 years of their marriage, they both felt they were the “luckiest person on the planet”. They enjoyed traveling together, spending time with their various circles of friends, hosting family events and just sitting on the couch talking. MK supported Harvey in his business endeavors and Harvey supported MK with her writing.

MK always loved to write. As a young girl she would write stories and hide them in a Macy’s box under her bed. Her first paid writing gig was writing greeting cards for a card company. MK published her first book through The Wild Rose Press as M.Kate Quinn called Summer Iris in 2010. It was a finalist of the Golden Quill Awards 2010. Her second book, Moonlight & Violet won the Golden Leaf award for Best Long Contemporary Romance. Her third book, Brookside Daisy was a finalist for the Golden Leaf award 2012 and her 6th book Victoria at Sea won the 2017 Heart of excellence Reader’s Choice award. M. Kate Quinn has 9 books on the shelf and her 10th book will be out later this year. MK’s humor wasn’t spared only for her books. She enjoyed blogging for her active adult community and engaging on social media.

Survivors include her loving husband, Harvey; her mother, Margaret Quinlisk; her daughter, Melanie Hemsey-Vanis and her husband, John; her sons: Joseph Grassi, Robert Grassi, Steven Schweiger, Michael Schweiger and Keith Schweiger; her sister, Elizabeth “Bethy” Gnardellis and her husband, James; her two nephews & niece; and her three grandchildren: Cecilia Grassi, Quinn Grassi and Ean Hemsey.

Visitation will be on Friday, January 29th from 5:00pm-8:00pm at the Par-Troy Funeral Home. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at the Par-Troy Funeral Home. Interment: Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.

Par-Troy Funeral Home will be following current COVID-19 guidelines, masks and social distancing are required at the visitation and funeral service at all times. Funeral home is located at 95 Parsippany Road, Parsippany, NJ. Call (973) 887-3235 or visit us at

Prayer service will be streamed live on Melanie Hemsey’s Facebook page. Please send friend request in order to view service.