The Life of Mrs. Marie H. McLaughlin

Marie Helen (Dennis) McLaughlin, 97, of Greenwich Township, PA, formerly of Chestnut Hill, PA, entered into her eternal life on Sunday, April 23, 2023. She was the widow of Robert E. McLaughlin, whom she married on May 16, 1953 and who died on June 13, 2003.


Born in the Claremont Neighborhood of Jersey City, NJ, Marie was a daughter of the late Ralph A. and Maria H. (Fisher) Dennis, and was a 1943 graduate of Camden Catholic High School, Camden, NJ. Marie worked as a Teacher's Aide for several years at Norwood Academy, Chestnut Hill and the Philadelphia School for the Deaf.


Marie was a devout Catholic and was a long-time member of Our Mother of Consolation Parish, Chestnut Hill, and most recently, St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Kutztown. In her recent years, Marie enjoyed jig-saw puzzles, watching Downton Abbey, and living on her son's farm with the horses, chickens and dogs.


Marie is survived by her three sons, Brendan J., husband of Linda (Ward) McLaughlin, Hudson, FL, Dennis R., husband of Kristen (Cordero) McLaughlin, Greenwich Township, PA, and Kevin J., husband of Tina (Maier) McLaughlin, Collegeville, PA; three grandchildren, Brendan, Karen and Elizabeth Ann; and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Doris Shaner, Palmyra, NJ, Hazel Thomason, Cherry Hill, NJ, Patricia DiLeonardo, Palmyra, NJ, and Kathleen Urwiler, Maple Shade, NJ; and was predeceased by her two brothers, Ralph Dennis and James Dennis.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 14833 Kutztown Road, Kutztown, with The Reverend John C. Maria as Celebrant. A viewing will be held from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. in the church. Burial in Calvary Cemetery, 235 Matsonford Road, Conshohocken, will take place on Friday, April 28th at 11:00 a.m.


Ludwick Funeral Homes and Cremation Care, Inc., Kutztown, PA is in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at

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Young Marie

Posted by Ludwick F on 04/25/2023

An Angel I Never Met

Mrs. McLaughlin was a pen pal of my sister, Domenica Vinci. They corresponded when I was trying to get pregnant and when I eventually adopted. I'm not privy to their exact "conversations" but I do not my sister told her about my struggles. 

When we finally adopted our son in March 2006, my sister shared the news with Mrs. McLaughlin.  I became aware of her prayers for me when my sister gave me an angel ornament that Mrs. McLaughlin gifted to us. 

She certainly was a special lady. 

With Fondness,

 Joanne Straub

Posted by Joanne S on 03/05/2024

A Unique and Cherished Bond

Another lifetime ago, I worked with your Father at Dechert.  We became fast friends and, even after he retired, he would come into the office from time to time to visit.  When he got sick and could no longer make his visits, he would ask your Mother to call me so that we could catch up.  When he passed, I was out of town and couldn’t make the services.  I sent a sympathy card to your Mother and she, in turn, sent an acknowledgement to me.  That was the beginning of a wonderful “pen pal” relationship, which lasted for decades.  We never met, nor did we ever speak, yet it is one of my most treasured friendships, truly amazing and unique.  She would tell me all about the “Make It So” farm, the animals there, her jigsaw puzzles, and her Sudokus.  I especially loved how she signed her letters, either “Lovingly” or “Lovingly yours”.  I told her I was going to steal that, which I did, and I will “lovingly” think of her when I do so in the future.


I remember how hard it was for her to move out of the home she shared with your Father, BUT I also know that she felt welcomed, loved, and well taken care of by Dennis and Kris (her words). 


Your Mother was incredibly special to me, and I am certain to all who knew her.  She leaves behind a beautiful legacy in all of you.  You gave your Mother a wonderful life, and I truly hope you find comfort in knowing that.


Lovingly yours,

Domenica Vinci

Posted by Domenica V on 04/23/2024