Pauline McDermott

Pauline McDermott

Sunday, February 13th, 1938 Saturday, January 9th, 2021

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Obituary for Pauline M. McDermott

Pauline M. McDermott, age 82, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at her home. Born in Pottsville, PA, on February 13, 1938, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Werez Gooley.
Surviving is her husband of 54 years, James F. McDermott, a sister, Regina Salem of Clio, MI; and numerous nieces and nephews, many of whom refer to her as their “second mother”. In addition to her parents, a brother, John Gooley and two sisters, Mary Ware and Dorothy Peltier, preceded her in death.
Pauline has been a major source of strength for her husband throughout their marriage and a singular force for good for friends, family, and those with whom she served in the workplace. Married to her husband James in the base chapel, Hunter AFB, Savannah, Georgia in 1966, they served a full military family career with over a dozen location changes throughout the world and numerous periods of extended separation. She worked full time while also completing her bachelor’s degree at night. After graduation, she taught school and held other responsible positions. For the last 20 years of her career she was a Human Resources Division Chief in the City of Alexandria, VA, where she retired in 2005. She had a special place in her heart for her police, fire, and sanitation workers in the City of Alexandria. Mrs. McDermott had an innate ability to read, understand and help people. She was a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church and participated in the church’s woman’s group until illness made it impossible. She enjoyed Mahjong, playing Bridge, good-natured gambling, and actively participating in many charities. Above all, she enjoyed being with people and doing the right thing.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, January 15, 2021, at 11 AM at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church, 1095 Church Rd., Orrtanna, PA 17353, where Rev. Dominic DiBiccaro will celebrate. The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 14, 2021, from 6 – 8 PM at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Rd., Chambersburg, PA, where a Vigil Service will be held at 7:30 PM. Interment will follow the Mass in the Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be expressed on her Book of Memories page at

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 14th, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home
    333 Falling Spring Rd.
    Thursday, January 14th, 2021
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Friday, January 15th, 2021 | 11:00am
    St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church
    1095 Church Rd.
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    Friday, January 15th, 2021
  • Interment

    St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church Cemetery
    Address not given

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John Vollmer

Sorry to hear of Pauline’s passing, I worked closely with her as the Union President of the Firefighters! She was a light of Joy at City Hall! Prayers to the family!
Comment | Posted at 05:07pm via Condolence

Jan Pasco

Jim: Bill and I are so sorry to hear of Pauline's passing. She was always so very nice to us. I will always remember the afternoon I visited both of you and we went to lunch. Pauline had a way of making people feel special. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jim. Jan and Bill
Comment | Posted at 03:19pm via Condolence

James Salem

Your little boy Jimmy Salem
Aunt Pauline
The loss of my aunt and second mother has saddened my heart greatly. As a young boy, she opens my eyes to the endless possibilities. When she taught me my colors as a young schoolboy and how to sing Do-Re-Mi lyrics she opens my eyes. When Uncle Jim and Aunt Pauline had my brother Bob and me come to Colorado as young teenagers. We experience camping through the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, along the Pacific Ocean northward. The experiences that a mother passes on are life long lessons. As the lord greets you with open arms, I send my love for the wonderful memories.
Comment | Posted at 09:18am via Condolence

Wendy Maris

Pauline was such a wonderful person! I know she was loved by many and her presence will be missed. Rest in peace Pauline!
Comment | Posted at 11:53pm via Condolence

Nancy Berkheimer

As a caregiver to Pauline for a year I got to know her fairly well. She was a strong willed individual who put her family above anything else. She loved her Daisy! She loved her husband (some days more than others)! She loved her sister and her multiple nieces and nephews! She loved Tom Selleck!!! I always knew how Pauline felt about different matters from politics to current events and yes even me. Pauline and I didn't always see eye to eye but I will always remember her as a classy, and truly generous individual!
Comment | Posted at 01:01pm via Condolence

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