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Constance McCormick

Constance Sullivan "Connie" McCormick

Saturday, December 18th, 1926 - Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
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Obituary

Constance “Connie” Sullivan McCormick
December 18, 1926 - December 10, 2019

Connie was small in stature and huge in heart and soul. She loved her late husband, John G. McCormick, who predeceased her on February 23, 2019. Connie and John forged a partnership that endured for nearly 70 years, making a family with six children, meaningful careers in public health and community service that benefited people in western New York, Boston and the Pittsburgh area.

Connie was proud of, and loyal to her birthplace, Bolivar, New York. She was as comfortable in her grandparents home as her own home with her parents Neil and Mary Sullivan and siblings Pat and Bob. Hogan and Sullivan relatives and childhood adventures were endless in western New York, Canada and Boston. Connie always met a relative wherever her travels took her in the world.

Connie’s curiosity, intelligence and iron will compelled her to try a few colleges before graduating in the first class to earn Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees at Niagra University in Niagra, New York. In her mid-60s with kids in grade school, high school and college, Connie earned a Masters in Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Her passion was community health nursing and her motto was “once a nurse, always a nurse!”

Connie’s career took her from traditional hospital bedside care to school nurse posts, to the Guild for the Blind, to the homes of ill and indigent people all across the Pittsburgh community. Her commitment to social justice was reflected in her unwavering willingness to go anywhere and provide care to anyone in need.

As her children grew, Connie took her experiences and knowledge of nursing to the classroom. Together with her sidekick Ginny Caretto, they team taught community health at Duquesne University, La Roche College, and the University of Pittsburgh. She loved running into former students and to providing advice to those nurses who might not have had the good fortune to be in one of her classes.

John and her surviving children, Catherine Ann, Neil Francis, Margaret McCormick Barron, William Patrick, Timothy Shaun and Patricia Ann Ackerman, were the direct beneficiaries of Connie’s nursing care, along with neighbors, grandchildren and fellow St. Pius parishioners. The nursing satchel was always at the ready.

When not dispensing bandages or more, Connie could be found daily cooking mountains of food, washing mountains of clothes and driving her kids and countless friends to and from school, football practice, band practice, jobs, Dormont Pool, just about anywhere. Somehow, Connie made sure to give each of us as much one-on-one time as she could squeeze into a day. Her love was dispensed liberally and continually through actions, small and large.

When they could get out for a date, Connie and John enjoyed dinner and dancing. Connie enjoyed her evenings with the St. Pius ladies, formally known as the Christian Mothers. She claimed she was not a betting woman but she loved the sulky races at the Meadows. She reminded us regularly that she and her Grandpa Hogan had a running bet on horse races and that she picked a trifecta winner as a small girl. Swimming was a lifelong passion from the cold waters of Cuba Lake to the even colder New England coast to the temperate Dormont Pool.

Despite adamantly proclaiming that she did not like chocolate, her Irish eyes lit up with the offer of a Hershey bar or ice cream with “just little bit of chocolate sauce.” Coffee was a staple but none of the fancy barista brews for Connie, only the basics.

Connie knew and practiced the basics of a good life - love, faith and loyalty. She will be missed by her family and all who had the good fortune to know and love her.

Arrangements by BEINHAUER. Family and friends welcome Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at 2828 Washington Rd., McMurray (724-941-3211). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Louise de Marillac Church, Saturday at 10:30am. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, December 13th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Friday, December 13th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Beinhauer - Peters Township
    Address
    2828 Washington Road
    McMurray, PA 15317
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    Notes
    Vigil Prayer Service to be held at the funeral home on Friday at 3 p.m.
  • Second Visitation

    Friday, December 13th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, December 13th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Beinhauer - Peters Township
    Address
    2828 Washington Road
    McMurray, PA 15317
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Vigil Prayer Service to be held at the funeral home on Friday at 3 p.m.
  • Service

    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    St. Louise de Marillac Parish
    Address
    320 McMurray Road
    PITTSBURGH, PA 15241
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday in St. Louise de Marillac Church.
    Officiant
    Fr. Joseph Sioli

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  • Roman Catholic Church

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Adelaide Eperthener

Posted at 02:41pm
To Connie’s beautiful family - Her obituary is lovely and captured her essence as a woman and a nurse. I was fortunate to work with your mom when her Duquesne students went on home health visits with nurses whom I supervised. She was a special nurse, instructor, and colleague to me. She certainly was a devoted mother and spoke so lovingly of her husband & children. I am grateful that I had a chance to visit with her 3 times with Debbie Lattner over these past months. I am so sorry for your loss of exceptional parents. But it looks like they were wise stewards & built a loving family to last & to be there for one another. To her sons and Peggy whom I had met - thank you for caring for her & welcoming our visit. My prayers will continue for your mom & dad and all of you. Sincerely- Addy Eperthener
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Your in our thoughts and prayers and are so sad to hear of the passing of our dear neighbor Connie. Our deepest sympathy, Glenn Buse & Family.
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Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Love, Susan, Bill, Katherine and John Steyn

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Heartfelt condolences to the McCormick, Sullivan, Barron, & Ackerman families on the loss of your beloved Connie.
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