Pauline McGarrigle

(June 13, 1925 – September 12, 2014)

To know Pauline was to know that strength does not come from physical capacity, it comes from an indomitable will. Regardless of what came her way, her tenacity was beyond challenge. Life dealt her a few hands that would have stopped the average person, a near fatal car crash while seven months pregnant, a very large tumor, a burst appendix and even an aortic aneurysm in her 80s, yet she muscled through them all. Even if things were at their worst, you were less likely to hear Pauline complain, she’d rather pay a compliment. It was this type of resolve that saw her rise from a newsreader to Head of Customer Service for McMillan Publishing. Even when she put in for retirement, at age 70, they asked her to move to NY to take on a higher position with the company. But that job was always secondary to her real career, being a mother. There was no place she’d rather be than in her home, filled with family. While raising her children she had the uncanny ability to show the fortitude of a drill sergeant, coupled with an unending supply of care, sensitivity and love. She instilled in them not just everything they would need for life, but she left them with a song in their hearts.
As a young woman, Pauline loved singing in the choir at St. Peter’s Church. It’s there that she was introduced to a young soldier who had just returned from WWII named Bernard. It was a mere 6 months before they began their 64 years of marriage. Before his passing in 2010, they were blessed by their children: Bernard (Karen) of MN, Geoffrey (Rita) of VA, Kevin (Suzie) of DE, Shaun (Michele) of Pennsauken and Tammy Fey (Keith) of Pennsauken, and again by their 16 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. Pauline is also survived by her brother, Herman Mosteller (Caroline) of Edgewater Park.
Come celebrate Pauline’s 89 wonderful years (June 13, 1925 – September 12, 2014) Tuesday from 7-9 PM and Wednesday from 9-10 AM at the Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside. Mass of Christian Burial to follow will be celebrated at 10:30 AM Wednesday, at Jesus the Good Sheppard (St. Peter’s Site), Riverside. Interment to follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 101 Middleton St. Riverside, NJ 08075.

9 thoughts on “Pauline McGarrigle

  1. Susie Lessard

    My heart aches with you at the loss of your mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. The Bible speaks of the Proverbs 31 woman: “Her children arise and call her blessed” Proverbs 31:28 I’m not surprised to read of her tenacity or warmth, and love — her service to others. If a picture is worth a thousand words, the one chosen tells it all — a legacy of virtues for all to follow. Both my husband, Vance, and I, send our deepest condolences, prayers, and love.

    Deepest Sympathies,
    Susie and Vance Lessard ~

  2. Williams Family

    I read the obituary about the loss of your loved one and I
    extend my sincere condolences.
    Death is truly an enemy but there is comfort in the Bible
    that “God will actually swallow up death forever and
    certainly wipe the tears from all faces.” Isaiah 25:8
    Hold onto the beautiful memories of Pauline and continue
    to have the love and support from family and friends.

  3. Gail Hitchcock

    Mrs. McGarrigle was one of the best supervisors I have ever worked for. One of the smartest and most kind people I will ever know is how I will remember her. I am sorry for your loss, you sure lost a good one. Please remember all of the wonderful times you had with Pauline as I am sure there are plenty. Pauline was a GEM.

  4. Kathy and Hermie Mosteller, Jr.

    Aunt Sis:
    Thank you for all of the love and wonderful memories that you provided. I will always cherish the times you welcomed me into your home when I was a child and the kindness and caring that you have shown to my entire family. Please give Uncle Bern a big Kiss and Hug from us ALL!

    Love – Kathy and Hermie Joe

  5. Barbara & Richard Brown, Jr.

    Our deepest condolences to your entire family. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time and your wonderful memories help you celebrate her life. Prayers for your family. Barbara & Rick

  6. Stephen Backof

    Though I never met Pauline, I always heard great stories from Meg. Nothing can ever replace Pauline, though her memory will live on in your hearts and minds, one of which will be a treasure to share and remember, to laugh and cry. Death has a way of leaving a heartache no one can heal; I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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