Mary L. McGeehan

  • Born: June 22, 1932
  • Died: September 5, 2021
  • Location: Malvern, Pennsylvania

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Wife, Mother, and Grandmother


Mary McGeehan, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and longtime resident of Malvern, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on Sunday, September 5, 2021 surrounded by her family.

Mary was born on June 22, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated from West Catholic Girls High School in 1950 and four years later she married her high school sweetheart, Joe. In 1957, Joe and Mary bought their home on Carol Lane in Malvern and it was there, for the next 63 years, that they created many wonderful memories with their family and friends.

Over the years, Mary had a variety of part time jobs and volunteer positions. She especially loved the years she spent volunteering at Paoli Memorial Hospital. If you were to ask her, Mary would tell you that her greatest role in life was being a wife and mother. Mary and Joe loved the beauty of our country and camped in many National Parks throughout the years. In 1994, they spent their summer as volunteer campground hosts in Glacier National Park, Montana.

They fell in love with Glacier and Fish Creek Campground, in particular. They decided to make this an annual tradition and went on to spend 14 summers volunteering in Glacier, cherishing the beauty of the park and helping others to make their own special memories in Glacier.

Mary loved her friends and invested in each one of them deeply. It was the little things that she did with them: phone calls, writing letters, long walks, shopping trips and lunch dates that were actually the big things. She had a zest for life that was contagious. When you were with Mary, you couldn't help but smile and laugh. If Mary wasn't singing, she was laughing or smiling or giving someone a hug or a kiss. She exuded love and joy.

Family was everything to Mary. She was the best mother that anyone could ever hope for. She instilled a deep love for family in each of her daughters. Mary formed a special bond with each of her grandchildren. She showed up to every soccer game, recital, birthday party, grandparent's day and holiday. Mary also had a wonderful relationship with her great-grandchildren. She sang the same songs to them that she had sung to her grandchildren and her children when they were young. She became affectionately known to her great-grandchildren as Silly Grandmom. Every daughter, son-in-law, grandchild and great-grandchild received a singing telegram from Mary and Joe on their birthday, every year, without fail. She made everyone around her happy. She was fun. She was silly. She was joy. Before she was ever a wife, a mother, a grandmother, or a great-grandmother, she was a young woman of faith. She loved God with all of her heart and she knew that He loved her unconditionally. It was that knowledge and faith that allowed her to love others the way that God loves. Mary lived a life that was filled with faith, family, friends and fun. The hole that has been left in our hearts, has been more than filled by the memories of the smiles, laughs, hugs and kisses that she shared while she was with us.

Predeceased by her loving parents, Richard and Lillian Rorke and her brother, Richard Rorke.

Mary is survived by her husband of 67 years, Joseph E. McGeehan; her five daughters and their spouses, Donna (Paul) Carberry of West Chester, PA, Marybeth (David Lavelle) McGeehan of Venice, FL, Paula (Earl) Hoover of Fort Worth, TX, Christine (Nick) Ficca of Pottstown, PA and Joann (Andrew) George of West Chester, PA; 13 grandchildren and their spouses, Joseph (Jennifer) Carberry, Matthew (Katie) Carberry, Kate (Elijah) Ansart, Brian (Jessica) Carberry, Megan Bonifacino, Anthony Bonifacino, Anna (Eliot) Rosenfield, Earl Hoover III, Rachel Ficca, Amanda Ficca, Nicholas Ficca, Samantha George and Mary George; and eight great-grandchildren, Olivia Kate, Grayson Joseph, Daniel Liam, James Edward, Gabriel Pierce, Farrah Brooke, Ellie Jo and Evie June.

All are invited to St. Patrick's Church, 104 Channing Avenue, Malvern, PA 19355, on Saturday, October 2, 2021 for visitation from 10:30-11:15am. Funeral mass immediately following. Please join us after the funeral for a celebration of life luncheon at the Desmond Hotel Malvern, 1 Liberty Blvd, Malvern, PA 19355. Inurnment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Mary's honor to the Brandywine Valley SPCA at or to the Alzheimer's Association at


Condolence & Memory Journal


I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I wish you and your family peace and strength to get through this difficult loss. I have so many fond memories of your Mom growing up and am so grateful Dad and I visited your parents before she left this world. She was smiling her beautiful smile!

Posted by Rita Androwick Gamache - WEST GROVE, PA - Family Friend   October 01, 2021

My cousin Mary was always called Sissy when we were growing up in the forties ! It was an appropriate nickname for Mary because she always seemed like a big sister to us younger cousins. But Mary was more than a big sister could ever be. She was the kindest person that I ever had the pleasure to meet in my entire life. Mary always had a smile on her face that seemed to put at ease any situation that could otherwise be uncomfortable. I believe that Mary's great love of God propelled her love of nature and the joy she exhibited in her gentleness was divine. Heaven has gained a beautiful soul.

Posted by ALBERT RAYNER - CONSHOHOCKEN, PA - Family   September 20, 2021

I'll never forget you Aunt Mary, you were always so kind to me. We use to kid that you were my second Mother. I'll always have a special place in my heart for you. Marta always commented to me after seeing you and Uncle Joe around the Holidays that you were special because you had some much love to go around with 5 daughters and lot's of Grand Children.

Please accept our heartfelt condolences for your loss.

Steve and Marta Griffith

Posted by Steven Griffith - Hawley, PA - Friend   September 13, 2021

What a lovely story of a lovely lady. Thinking of all of you!

Posted by Amy Lignelli - Pottstown, PA - Family Friend   September 12, 2021

Beautifully written. It is a lovely tribute to a very special lady.

Posted by Judy Ferryman - Family Friend   September 12, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family. You will be missed by all who were blessed to know you. Marty, Ann Marie, Shane and Sarah Carberry.

Posted by Martin Carberry - Family Friend   September 11, 2021

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