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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Dolores McDade
May 9, 1936 - December 16, 2021

Public Events and Locations

Funeral Mass - Tuesday, December 21, 2021, 10:30 AM at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Moorestown


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Clergy - Our Lady of Good Counsel Church - 42 West Main Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057 - 856-235-0181 - Map
Family Florist - Beth’s Flower Boutique - 369 Easton Road, Horsham, PA 19044 - 215-672-8901 - Map
Donation - Dementia Society of America - PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901 - 800-336-3684 - Map

The following obituary was composed by Dolores’ family:

Dolores McDade (nee Byrne), 85, formerly of North Cape May, passed peacefully on Thursday, December 16, 2021 while residing at Cambridge Nursing Care in Moorestown, NJ.

Dolores was born in Philadelphia on May 9, 1936 to Edward and Marie Byrne. She was welcomed to the family by her older sisters, Mary and Evelyn. When the family relocated to the Brewerytown section of the city, Dolores attended Saint Francis Xavier grammar school, followed by John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School, the country's first all-girls diocesan Catholic high school. Upon her graduation from high school, Dolores went on to study at St Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and began her career as a Registered Nurse.

Dolores spent the majority of her career working for St Joseph’s Hospital and The American Red Cross. It was at the former, that she met and fell in love with Robert McDade, the man who would become her husband for almost 60 years. Dolores and Robert soon expanded their family with the birth of their children, Colleen and Robert Jr. A few years after having children, the McDade family left Philadelphia and relocated to North Cape May, NJ.

Dolores was deeply involved in her community, taking leadership roles in the local Brownie troop, the Lower Township Democrats, teaching catechism for several years to the children of St. John of God parish (now St. John Neumann) and serving as the substitute nurse for the Lower Township Elementary schools. Most importantly, she devoted herself to raising her children and ensuring her family had a loving home.

Dolores also developed a love for crafting. If it was a popular craft during the 70s and 80s, Dolores tried her hand at it- from latch-hook rugs to painting, from puffy paint sweatshirts to bedazzling, she enjoyed them all. She also spent every summer helping Bob with his garden and preserving her various relishes, pickles, jams and jellies. She was a wizard in the kitchen, and those blessed to sample her Eggplant Parmigiana (her most requested dish) understand the level of her genius. Dolores also loved to collect kitchen gadgets. If it was “Seen on TV”, it was seen in her kitchen. Dolores and Bob also spent those years traveling throughout the United States, visiting most major American cities.

In later years, Dolores and Bob remained an inseparable team. They stayed together through many health challenges, eventually sharing a life in nursing facilities. Their marriage is a lesson in self sacrifice, devotion, and everlasting love.

Dolores is predeceased by her husband, Robert McDade (2-22-21). She is survived by her children Colleen (Michael), Robert (Kathleen), and her grandchildren Jason, Ian, Ryan, and Delia. She is also predeceased by her sister Mary, and survived by her sister Evelyn. Dolores leaves behind many nieces and nephews who she dearly loved.

Relatives and friends were invited to her Funeral Mass on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 10:30 A.M. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 42 West Main Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057.

Religious services were conducted by Fr. Christopher Picollo, pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

Donations may be made in her memory to Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901.

Family flowers arranged by Beth’s Flower Boutique 215-672-8901.

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