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Patricia Ann Dotterweich McDonough

1929 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Patricia Ann Dotterweich McDonough Obituary
Patricia Ann Dotterweich McDonough

Verona - Patricia Ann Dotterweich McDonough was born into eternal life on September 3, 2018, in a final act of dignified grace. Her life will be celebrated in a Memorial Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Verona, NJ, on Sunday, Sept 16 at 4 pm.

Pat grew up in St Nicholas Parish in Jersey City and attended Holy Family High School. She and her father were members of the cast of Veronica's Veil, the Passion Play in Union City, and Pat was proud to have played the part of Veronica. Her outgoing personality and enthusiasm for life created many loving lifelong relationships, which she nurtured faithfully by calling and visiting friends and family.

She met her husband, Vincent Thomas McDonough, while on vacation in the Berkshires, and charmed the reserved Irishman in a marriage that lasted 59 beautiful years, expanding to include two children, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Although they were the center of her life, she created an extended family that she loved as much as her own. "Grandma Pat" was the light at the center of a very large network of family and friends and will be missed by all.

Pat worked at Cameco in Verona for many years and kept in close touch with those good friends. Following her retirement, she forged many new friendships with her fellow volunteers at Willing Hearts in Caldwell. She enjoyed her home in Dorset, VT, and skiing with her husband, her children and her grandchildren.

Pat had an inspired and eclectic fashion sense that brought joy to everyone who knew her, and along with being an unabashed cheerleader at family and friends' events, she occasionally embarrassed her less free-spirited children. Of course, that is what made her so awesome.

Daughter of Herbert John and Anna Gildersleeve Dotterweich, loving wife of Vincent Thomas McDonough, Patricia is survived by her daughter Nancy Canavan and her husband, David, of Charlottesville, VA; her son Dr. Thomas J. McDonough and his wife, Alena, of North Conway, NH; grandchildren Kathleen Canavan Smithson and her husband, Matthew, and their daughter, Nora; Dr. Lauren McDonough and her husband, Dr. Andrew De La Rosa; Brian D. Canavan; Patrick T. Canavan; Jamie A. McDonough and her fiancé, Christopher Getchell.

Patricia was predeceased by her husband, Vincent, and her siblings John A. Dotterweich, SJ, Virginia Schick and Herbert J. Dotterweich.

Pat and Vince will be interred together at Madonna Cemetery in Fort Lee, NJ.
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