Pauline McGann, nee Katchuk, of Moorestown, passed away on September 7, 2021 at the age of 73 after battling an acute episode of illness complicating her chronic medical condition. Our family is devastated over her unforeseen death.
She is predeceased by her late husband Joseph Patrick James McGann, of Moorestown, who passed away in January 2021. The two were married for 53 years and spent their entire life together in Moorestown. She is also predeceased by her younger brother Stephen of Philadelphia.
She is survived by her beloved son Patrick (Joe) of Moorestown. She also leaves behind her bereaved daughter Pauline, son-in-law Robert and her brokenhearted grandson Josef, all of Denver, Colorado.
She is also survived by loving sisters Mary Anne Killian and Jean Custer, both of Philadelphia, as well as many cherished nieces and nephews.
The daughter of Genevieve McGarrigle and Stephen Katchuk, she was born on June 10, 1948 and raised in South Philly. As a child she was known to be very social and involved in the neighborhood, often found at the park playing volleyball. She also was known to be very protective of younger kids on the block. She was outgoing and extremely involved in the community, one of the true “2Streeters”. She enjoyed the Mummers Parades and always prioritized spending quality time with friends and family.
She attended Sacred Heart elementary and graduated from St. Marie Goretti High School in 1965. She went on to attend advanced college courses at Burlington County College where she excelled in her academic pursuits. She always had an interest in hospital administration. Always a hard worker, she took pride in all that she did. An excellent swimmer, she trained to take part in the Olympics in her youth at Boat House Row in Pennsylvania.
While working at Philadelphia Insulated Wire she met her future husband Joe, to whom she was married soon after in Philadelphia at the Sacred Heart Church in 1967. She also later enjoyed working at the bakery at ShopRite where she was passionate about providing personalized and superior services to her clients. She also was an integral part of the bank during her time there. While a successful and respected hard worker, her top priority always remained taking care of her family.
Renowned for the biggest heart, warmest soul, best smile and a fantastic sense of humor, she touched the lives of every individual with whom she came into contact. Famous for her cooking, she made the best homemade fried chicken and German potato salad. She had a unique love of soda and Chinese food, and was an entertaining and creative charade player. She was also notorious for falling asleep during family movie night and even mid-board game with her grandson Josef.
Mom was a very devout Catholic who attended mass regularly at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Moorestown and St. Charles Borromeo Church in Cinnaminson up until years before her passing. Strong in her Christian faith that she passed along to her family, she was also known to live her life in accordance with the Serenity Prayer. One of her most consistent messages about life was to “take it one day at a time”.
Mom was a devoted wife, loyal mother, dedicated grand mom, faithful daughter, caring sister, thoughtful sibling, sweet aunt, kindhearted mother-in-law and generous neighbor. She was a true confidante and friend. Gentle and loving, she was also one of the strongest people one could ever meet.
She will live on forever in our hearts and will never be forgotten. We will always love you Mom.