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Kathleen L. McDermott (Cunningham)

August 11, 1925 - April 4, 2018

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Kathleen L. McDermott, 92 of the Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Wednesday afternoon, April 4, 2018 at her home with her family by her side.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Andrew & Anna (Garvin) Cunningham.

Kathleen was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School, Plains, and Mercy Hospital School of Nursing,

Wilkes-Barre.  She was employed as a Registered Nurse at Luzerne County Juvenile Detention Center, Wilkes-Barre, until her retirement.

Kathleen, along with her late husband of 59 years, Bill, were very proud of their Irish Heritage. They enjoyed traveling together, Notre Dame Football, listening to Irish music, and spending time with family and friends at parties.  Kathleen was Past Grand Marshall of the Wilkes-Barre St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  She enjoyed spreading Irish Cheer with her quick wit and stories with family and friends long after the parade had concluded. She also enjoyed her casino trips and her Friday Lunch Crew with her friends.

She was a member of St. Benedict’s Parish, Parsons and was a lifelong member of Blessed Sacrament Church, Miners Mills, and its Altar and Rosary Society.  Kathleen, along with the late Marie McHugh had the distinct honor of locking the front door of Blessed Sacrament Church the final time, signifying its closure and the establishment of St. Benedict’s Parish.  She was a member of the Donegal Society of Greater Wilkes-Barre, The Red Hats Society (Tequila Rose Chapter), and the Plains Senior Citizens Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband William E. McDermott on March 17, 2008, son William P. McDermott and daughter-in-law Cheryl (Plis) McDermott, brothers John and Edward Cunningham, sisters Mildred McGraw, Anna Martin, Mary Hassard, and Helen “Nellie” McDermott.

Surviving are her daughters Regina Modrovsky and her husband Tony, and Mary McDermott, all of Wilkes-Barre, son Andrew McDermott and his wife Margaret (Boylan), Fairport, NY, grandchildren Tony and Mark Modrovsky, Mollie Nealon, William McDermott III, Kristin Hoats, Shamus, Kerry, and Kelly McDermott, and Meghan Gibbons,  19 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Joan Cunningham, Parsons, and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, April 9, 2018 at 9:30 am at St. Benedict’s Parish, St. Dominic’s Church, 155 Austin Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, PA  18705, with Monsignor Thomas M. Muldowney, Vicar General of the Diocese, officiating.  Those attending the funeral mass are invited to go directly to church Monday morning.  Interment will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Twp.  Family and friends may call Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street, Plains, PA  18705.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive #7, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.