Ann E. (nee McMahon) McHugh of Havertown, PA, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 4th, 2024, at the age of 89. Ann was the beloved daughter of the late Edward and Ellen (nee McBride) McMahon. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Gerald F. McHugh and dear brother, John McMahon. Ann is survived by her children, Patricia Ann Gilheany (Jim), Ann Marie Lawson (Mead), Ellen McHugh Oei (Paul), John Edward McHugh and seven grandchildren.
She was born in Philadelphia on March 30th, 1934. She was a graduate of West Catholic High School, where she often drove the sisters to get ice cream. She listened to the weekly Irish hour on the radio and could always be found on a dance floor. It was only fitting then, that she met her husband, Jerry, on a night out dancing in Philadelphia. She even went on her honeymoon with a black eye, since she jitterbugged too enthusiastically at their wedding. In the summer, her favorite places down the shore were Nun’s Beach or Uncle Bill’s Pancake House in Stone Harbor. She always needed a little something sweet after a meal. Sticky buns and chocolate covered caramels were among her favorites. Known to have a bit of a lead foot, she loved to drive and could charm her way out of a speeding ticket. Her apple pie was the stuff of legends and she always had to know if the fish was fresh at restaurants. A lady of impeccable taste, she loved both stylish coats and well-loved cardigans. Ann brought children and grandchildren home to the Emerald Isle and kept up a close cross-Atlantic friendship with her dear friend Bridie. A kind and caring person, her closest friends were like brothers and sisters to her. She made new friends wherever she went with an uncanny ability to connect no matter the circumstances. You could always count on her for a laugh in times of joy or support in times of grief. Ann could light up a room with her sharp sense of humor and twinkling blue eyes. Even during chemo treatments, battling two bouts with cancer, she made all the nurses laugh. Her life was not untouched by sorrows, but her fortitude in the face of hardship and constant compassion inspired those around her. A devoted Catholic, she passed her faith on to her children and grandchildren. This included both a devotion to the Blessed Mother and to St. Anthony, who was often called upon to find anything that had mysteriously gotten lost. Her loving presence will be deeply missed by friends and family alike as we follow her encouragement to “Keep the Faith” until we see her again.
Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing Friday January 12th, from 9:30AM to 10:30AM followed by her funeral mass at Sacred Heart Church, 105 Wilson Ave., Havertown, PA 19083. Interment at SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, 1600 Sproul Rd. Springfield, PA 19064.