Catherine M. McMullen
Catherine McMullen, 95, of Plattsburgh, N.Y., died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, at home with her loving family by her side.
Catherine was born on Nov. 2, 1924, in Avoca, Pa., and was the daughter of the late Rose Connell and James O'Malley. She graduated from Pittston Area High School and entered the workforce, as an agent for the Lehigh Valley Railroad, where she worked for 30 years. She first resided in Harding, Pa., with her first husband, Joseph McGarry, and daughter, Colleen, until Joseph's death in 1970. She then remarried Robert McMullen and moved to Avoca, Pa., where she was President of the Altar and Rosary Society, an active member of St. Mary's church and choir, and enjoyed playing the organ. Lastly, she moved to Plattsburgh, N.Y., to live closer to daughter Colleen Lutinski, son-in-law Richard Lutinski, and grandchildren Jeanine and Jonathan, where she was beloved by her friends and neighbors on West Court Street.
Catherine was predeceased by her parents; siblings (five sisters and four brothers); first husband (Joseph McGarry); second husband (Robert McMullen); and stepson (Thomas McMullen).
She is survived by a large and loving family who will forever cherish her memory, including daughter Colleen Lutinski and son-in-law Richard; granddaughter Jeanine Belsky, husband Jared, and two great-grandchildren Avner and Alex of Atlanta, Ga.; grandson Jonathan Lutinski of Brooklyn, N.Y.; stepdaughter Patricia Quinn and family of Moosic, Pa.; stepsister-in-law Anne McMullen and family of Avoca, Pa.; and favorite canine companion Carrie. A special thanks to niece Cathy Eckenrode; nephew Brian McCarthy; Pat Quinn; Michael Quinn Jr.; and Kevin McMullen, who always had Catherine on their minds and in their hearts. The family also thanks Catherine's home health care aides Jane Cannon, Elaine Bruso, Kendra Allen, and Cheryl Monty, and Laura Ann Facteau of North Country Home Services and Hospice caretakers Becky Dominy, Becky Eppler and Sister Mary Ann Gour of Hospice of the North Country for their exceptional care.
Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 1, at Kniffen O'Malley Leffler Funeral & Cremation Services, 728 Main Street, Avoca, Pa.
The funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, December 2, at Kniffen O'Malley Leffler Funeral & Cremation Services, 728 Main Street, Avoca with Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Apostles Church, 715 Hawthorne Street, Avoca, with Father Phillip Sladicka officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Donations in Catherine's memory may be made to Queen of the Apostles Church, Avoca, PA or Elmore SPCA, Peru, N.Y.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055. To offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture, or share a photo in memory of Catherine McMullen please visit
Published on November 29, 2019


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Anna and Anthony Liem
Dec 03, 2019
Dear Colleen, Dr. Lutinski, Jeanine & family, Jonathan, and "Miss Carrie":

Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss. She will be missed.

Most respectfully,
Anna and Anthony Liem
Helen and Tina, Staff at Dr. Richard Lutinski Office
Nov 29, 2019
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Kissy and Mike Lapham
Nov 28, 2019
Catherine was an incredible woman. I will never forget her kindness , strength and how lucid she remained for a woman in her 90's. When I met her for the first time, another neighbor asked if I would like to do some yard work for her . That was the beginning of too short a friendship.She will be missed dearly. Colleen ,Dr. Richard, and Family, please accept our sincere condolences for your loss of Catherine.