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If the mortgage lender was not properly notified about the sale, then their lien is not extinguished because they did not get their procedural due process rights to notice so they could appear and defend their interests. So their lien still survives the sale.
In order to extinguish a lien, the lienholder must be notified of any action that seeks to extinguish their interest. If they don't get notified, then they have a legal right to have their lien continue against the property that is the collateral for the loan.
The transfer by quitclaim deed wouldn't affect their rights because the mortgage company's lien is against the underlying property, regardless of whose name it it in.