Carolyn McGovern, darling Wife, loving Mother, and adoring Grandmother, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. Her beauty, grace and love will always be remembered.
Carolyn is survived by Matt, her High School Sweetheart and loving husband of 51 years as well as three children and twelve grandchildren- Daughter Melissa, a Registered Nurse and mother of Aiden, Kieran, Shannon, Erin and Finnian, residing in Palos Verdes Estates, CA; her son, Matthew, an engineer and consultant, lives in Congers with his wife Kathleen and children Meaghan, Matthew and Kyle, and her youngest son, Scott, an Orthopedic Surgeon lives in Salisbury, MD with his wife Lauren and children Dylan, Benjamin, Justin and Zachary. Also surviving are Carolyns three sisters, Dorothy, Sally, and Patsy, and many nieces and nephews.
Carolyn was born to the late Martha and Frank Collins on Oct. 17 at Nyack Hospital. She attended Nyack High and was an excellent student. She was a cheerleader and musician. She quickly met Matt, Captain of the soccer team and they had many wonderful memories of those High School Days including "The Good Ole 47" Ford and, Matt, the Senior Class President, and his girl, Carolyn, at the Prom.
Following graduation, Carolyn worked for the Nyack School District while Matt commuted to Manhattan College to pursue a career in engineering and the USAF. After graduation, Matt was offered a position with General Electric that continued their journey outside of New York. Their ?rst stop Dekalb, IL was short, just 3 weeks before the newly commissioned 2nd Lieutenant received his orders to report for duty, but Matt recalls that it was a long time after it was revealed that his devoted wife, Carolyn sat in the car outside the GE Plant each of day and watched over her husband and waited to take him home.
Their ?rst stop with the Air Force was Minot, North Dakota, where they welcomed their newborn daughter, Melissa. Before returning to Rockland County, they had a second child Matthew. Later, Carolyns baby, the youngest of the three, Scott, was born at the same hospital as his Mom and Dad, and they set roots in Congers, NY to raise their family.
Carolyn worked for the Clarkstown School District for many years before retiring and tirelessly supported her three children spiritually, academically, and in athletics. Carolyn was known to be an active member of the PTA at Congers Elementary School, Class Mom, Team Mother, and Cheerleader.
Carolyn and Matt were active members at St. Pauls parish for over 45 years and served as Eucaristitic Minsters together. Carolyn was a member of the Parish prayer group. Carolyn and Matt taught Religious Education in their home to students of the Parish for many years. Carolyn and Matt also have many fond memories and friends from their involvement with Marriage Encounter.
Carolyn enjoyed extensive travel with her husband Matt and are thankful for the companionship and compassion of the their friends in the K.I.T. Club and West Nyack Seniors II. Carolyn was also very fond of all the wonderful neighbors, friends, and community that touched our lives.
Visiting Hours for beloved Carolyn McGovern are at Higgins Funeral Home, 321 South Main Street, New City, NY on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 from 2 - 4pm and 7 to 9pm.
A Mass of The Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at St. Pauls Catholic Church on Lake Road, Congers, NY at 11am followed by a burial at Gethsemane Cemetery Rockland Lake.
Our Family is deeply grateful for the care she received from Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Nyack Hospital and Hospice Care of Rockland County.
Donations may be made to Dr. Mears Research for Lymphoma, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 161 Fort Washington Ave. Room 23 NY, NY 10032 in memory of Carolyn McGovern.
Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service Inc.
321 S. Main Street
New City, NY 10956