Patricia McGurkin

March 17, 1949January 2, 2019

Patricia H. McGurkin, age 69, beloved wife of Jerry McGurkin passed away peacefully on January 2, 2019 from complications related to her courageous fight against Pancreatic Cancer. She maintained her positive attitude and determination to win that lifted up all of us during her challenging journey battling this disease. Pat was born on March 17, 1949 in Elizabeth, New Jersey and was the loving daughter of the late Daniel and Catherine Barry Higgins. Pat grew up in Roselle, NJ and excelled in academics and athletics at St. Joseph High School. She graduated from Central Connecticut State University. Pat is survived by her loving husband of 43 years Jerry McGurkin; her three loving daughters and their families; Kelly Ploszay and her husband AJ, Erin White and her husband Alexander and Meghan McGurkin. She is also survived by the loves of her life, her six grandchildren. Pat is also survived by her two brothers, Daniel Higgins and his wife Judy of Roselle, N.J. and Richard Higgins and his wife Helen of Sarasota, FL. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. in St. Margaret's Church, 24 Academy St., Madison, CT 06443. In lieu of flowers donations can be made online in Pat's name by visiting The National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation at


  • Funeral Mass Friday, January 11, 2019

Patricia McGurkin

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Anne Wischusen

January 6, 2019

Patty was a great classmate, teammate and friend at Girls Catholic HS in Roselle, NJ. She was fun, determined and liked by all! We had the wonderful opportunity to see Patty over the past few years while working on our 50th HS Reunion.
Her passing is a great loss and we extend our sincere sympathy to Jerry and Patty’s daughters, spouses and grandchildren as well as Danny and Judy and Richard and Helen.
May she Rest In Peace.
Anne and Bob Wischusen

Susan McGrath

January 4, 2019

Patty was a vey friendly and well liked classmate at Girls Catholic High School. I appreciate being able to reconnect with her on Facebook.
I send my prayers and sympathy to the McGurkin and Higgins Families.

Donna Herran

January 3, 2019

Patty was a great Classmate at St. Joseph’s Grammar School and Girls Catholic High School. I will always remember our trips “Down the Shore” in New Jersey. She was always warm and friendly. My prayers are with Jerry and her daughters. She will be missed.