Entered This Life: August 4, 1939
Entered Eternal Life: September 14, 2021
We, Linda M. McDonough, Esq., Joseph J. McDonough and Donna Lynne McDonough stand in gratitude and pride to be the children of Rose Mary McDonough. It is our honor to tell you about the exceptional woman we are lucky to call our “Mom”. We are everything we are “Because She Loved Us”.
Rose Mary McDonough (nee Gindhart) was born unto Francis J. Gindhart and Mary Rose Groves Gindhart on August 4, 1939, both of whom have predeceased her, her mom when she was young and her dad later in life. She grew up in Philadelphia, PA and attended Little Flower High School for Girls.
In her teens, Mom wrote a beautiful song called “Little Star” which turned into a record contract with Music of America. Being the tremendous beauty she was, she was also approached to do television commercials for Ralph La Patin Productions.
She thereafter worked at the Philadelphia Gas Company where she met Charles Beine (Buddy) with whom she got engaged when she was 19 years old. Heartbreakingly, young Buddy passed away with cancer shortly before the wedding but always remained in our Mother’s heart.
A few years later, she married our father, Robert F. McDonough. First and foremost, she was our dedicated mother, and adoring grandmother of six grandchildren, Tiffani McDonough Solomon, Esq. (Jared), Brittni Jones (CJ), Richard Seeberger, Joseph McDonough, Nicole McDonough and Megan Kontz, and great grandmother of seven great grandchildren and a grand doggy, Jaxx who adored her. With a blessed, humble heart beaming with pride of the successes of her children and grandchildren who are eternally grateful, she, and her unconditional love, were “The Wind Beneath their Wings”, always supportive, nurturing, encouraging and inspirational and a fine example that true success begins with a loving, serving heart. She shared 46 years of marriage with our father until he predeceased her in March, 2007.
She was a devout Catholic and prayed the daily rosary and the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. She loved the St. Frances poem and lived her life accordingly as a channel of the Lord’s peace, loving, forgiving, faithful, hopeful, consoling, understanding and most especially selflessly giving of herself to others.
For many years, Mom worked at both the Chandler Hall Assisted Living facility in Newtown and Briarleaf Nursing Home in Doylestown, enriching the lives of the elderly. These positions were well suited for her servant heart.
A noble woman, she is well respected in her community of Buckingham, PA where she resided for many years. She had many family and friends whom she treasured and enjoyed daily walks and conversations, sharing pearls of wisdom, her kind countenance, warm personality, sage advice, loyalty and compassion. She truly listened and made each person feel truly special.
She kept an open mind and an open heart and was solid, strong, steady and dependable, even during a long three year battle with Cancer and loss of her vision, which she handled with the same courage, grace, dignity, poise, and “steady-as you-go” groundedness with which she handled all things in life. Until cancer entered her world, she was vibrant and youthful as if she turned back the hands of time.
Our Mom peacefully entered Eternal Life on September 14, 2021, surrounded by the love of her children and grandchildren. She told us “She will always be with us”.
Our Mom is the “place where we came from, our map to follow every step of the way, our first love, our first and forever friend…Nothing will ever separate us; we carry her heart in our grateful hearts.”
A private Requiem Mass and funeral service was held on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Buckingham, PA and attended by her immediate family, thereafter followed by a private Interment at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society in our mother’s memory.