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Geraldine McGarity

Geraldine McGarity (nee Gillick) passed away on July 5, 2024. She was a proud 97 years old.  Gerry was the beloved wife of the late John J. McGarity who proceeded her in death in 1985. 

Gerry was born and raised in Bronx, New York.  She was the only child of Lawrence and Elizabeth Gillick. Gerry graduated from Villa Maria Academy and Misericordia Nursing School in the Bronx, New York. John and Gerry married in 1948.  They shared a love of family during their 36 years together. John and Gerry made Doylestown their home when John was transferred to the Willow Grove NAS. Gerry became active with the Ladies of Mount Carmel group and functioned in several different capacities within the organization. During her time as president, she gathered donations and was able to present a check to “Quilts of Valor” for service men and women. She enjoyed decades of friendship and collaboration with State Street Players, various book clubs, the Bereavement Committee, and the VIA organization at Doylestown Hospital. Gerry was a registered nurse at Doylestown Hospital for 25 years.  She was instrumental in starting the hospice program there which is still seeing the benefits of her efforts today. 

Gerry will be missed tremendously by her daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Dostal (William, deceased), Joanne Billiter (Michael), Barbara Weise (Robert) and Gail Zanecosky (Gary). She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren, Kelly Murphy (Dale), Jennifer Aptacy (Kyle), Karen Homay (Ryan, deceased), Jacqueline Wagner (Robert), Shawn Doughty (Jessica), Thomas Doughty (Sarah), Kristina Milian (Mark), Kevin Weise (Jenna), Matthew Weise (Alison), Ashley McMenamin (Jeffrey), Michael Zanecosky and Jack Zanecosky and her great-grandchildren, Olivia, Finnegan, Vivian, Riley, Lillian, Thomas, Adalinn, Jacob, Grace, William, Jonathan, Benjamin, Carson, Lucas and Paige. She is preceded in death by her grandson, William Michael Dostal, III in 1998. Gerry will be missed by her cousin, Mary Ann Bonner (Danny), who always remembered her on special occasions. And to her many loyal friends, thank you for years of laughter, kind gestures, and love. Your support of Gerry during the joyous and difficult times was always a comfort to her.

Relatives and friends are invited to greet Gerry’s family on July 11 at 9:30 am until the start of her Funeral Mass at 10:30 am, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church at 235 East State Street in Doylestown, PA 18901. Her interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Doylestown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Ladies of Mt. Carmel – 235 East State Street, Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901 or Doylestown Hospital – Hospice Program or VIA (Attn: Treasurer) 595 East State Street, Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901 and the Fisherman’s Mark, Lambertville Social Services & Food Pantry at https://fishermansmark.org/donations.




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Service/Memorial Information
  • Morning Visitation

    Thursday, July 11th, 2024
    9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
    235 E. State Street
    Doylestown, PA 18901

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, July 11th, 2024
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
    235 E. State Street
    Doylestown, PA 18901

  • Interment

    Thursday, July 11th, 2024

    St. Mary Cemetery
    235 East State Street
    Doylestown, PA 18901

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