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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Mary Rose McGlinn
February 10, 1928 - June 12, 2022

Public Events and Locations

Viewing - Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Presentation B. V. M. Church, Cheltenham
Funeral Mass - Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 10:00 AM at Presentation B. V. M. Church, Cheltenham
Graveside Service - Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 11:30 AM at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046 - 215-663-8550 - Map
Clergy - Presentation B. V. M. Church - 100 Old Soldiers Road, Cheltenham, PA 19012 - 215-379-1364 - Map
Cemetery - Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - 3301 West Cheltenham Avenue, Cheltenham, PA 19038 - 215-247-0691 - Map
Family Florist - Blake Florist - 5 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046 - 215-379-8787 - Map
Donation - Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia - 88 Pennsylvania Avenue, Oreland, PA 19075 - 215-885-8150 - Map
Donation - Marion Bolger Program, Attn: Shirley Meyer - 314 North Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-518-5352 - Map

The following obituary was composed by Mary’s family:

Mary R. McGlinn (nee Brogan), age 94, entered eternal life on June 12, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Manor, Meadowbrook, PA. Mary was the beloved wife of the late Gerald J. McGlinn, with whom she shared 57 years of marriage. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph L. and Rose A. (nee McClay) Brogan, and her brother, Joseph L. Brogan, Jr.

Mary was born in the Olney section of Philadelphia on February 10, 1928 and baptized in St. Helena’s Parish. After the death of her father, when Mary was 4 years old, the family moved to Mary’s beloved St. Anne’s Parish, on Lehigh Avenue. Mary went on to attend John W. Hallahan Girls High School (’46), where she played the cello and was a Blue Ribbon Girl.

On Palm Sunday, 1950, Mary met Gerry McGlinn at a St. Boniface parish dance. They married the following year on June 2, 1951 and initially settled in Germantown. In 1954, with a growing family, they moved to the Lawndale section of Northeast Philadelphia, becoming parishioners of Presentation B.V.M. Catholic Church in Cheltenham, PA. Mary and Gerry raised five children and were actively involved in many Presentation parish and Cardinal Dougherty High School functions.

After being a devoted homemaker throughout the 1950s and 60s, Mary returned to the workforce in 1973 and retired from the United States Customs Service in 1994. Most importantly, Mary’s Catholic faith was central to her being and she considered her true life’s vocation to be that of nurturing a strong faith in her children and grandchildren. Mary was also an avid reader, particularly of history, which made her a formidable opponent in a trivia game!

Surviving are Mary’s five children: Mary R. of California, MD; Gerald J. (Joan) of Lansdale, PA; Francis X. (Denise) of Warrington, PA; Eileen M. of Arlington, VA; and Regina A. McGregor of Fredericksburg, VA; 12 grandchildren: Gerald J. (Angela), Maria C., Christine A. (Scott Radzinski), Francis X. (Alyssa), Regina D. (Brian Post), Elizabeth M. (Christopher Connor), Ryan M., Andrew P. McGregor, Marissa A., Colan P. (Millennia), Bridget A. McGregor, and Mary Grace McGregor.

Mary is also survived by eight great-grandchildren: Brogan Scott Radzinski, Kinsley Rose McGlinn, Mackenzie Shea McGlinn, Ezra James Hinojos, Kailynn Grace Post, Finn Joseph Radzinski, Jameson Gerald McGlinn, and Brayden Francis McGlinn.

Visitation from 9 – 10 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM, thanking God for Mary in our lives, was held at Presentation B.V.M. Church, 100 Old Soldiers Rd, Cheltenham, PA 19012 on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to:
Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia, 88 Pennsylvania Avenue, Oreland, PA 19075 or
Marion Bolger Program, Attn: Shirley Meyer, 314 N. Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090.
This program provides recreational and social activities to young adults with severe cognitive and physical impairments.

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