Kathleen Marie McCarthy

July 20, 1936March 18, 2021

Kathleen Marie Chipko McCarthy suddenly slipped through our fingers into God’s waiting hands on March 18, 2021. Kathleen was born in Rockaway, NJ on July 20, 1936, to Police Chief Andrew Chipko and his wife Meri. Kathleen was a proud member of the first graduating class of Morris Hills High School in 1954. She relocated to Florida in 1979 and was employed as an Executive Client Services Associate for a several well-known wealth management companies for over 35 years. Kathleen was a devoted parishioner and super active volunteer at Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. She served tirelessly at Lenten fish fries, the Thrift Shop, and many other fund-raising events. Kathleen also was a hard-working member of the Columbiettes Auxiliary and served as financial secretary.

Having a passion for adventure, Kathleen traveled the globe visiting unique locales such as Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union, Jerusalem, and Cuba. Her greatest joy was family and friends. For more than 50 years, Kathleen and her growing family spent summers at Seaside Park, NJ where she worked on her reading list, made lunches for the beach, and prepared delicious dinners before heading to the boardwalk with her crew. As anyone will testify, she was an amazing cook and took pure joy in feeding them all as often as she could.

Kathleen was predeceased by her parents, brother Peter Chipko, sisters Helen Wach, Anna Wilson, Mary Hubert, and Victoria Chipko as well as brother-in-laws Frank Wach, Chet Hubert, and Walter Adler. Kathleen leaves behind a lifetime of loving memories for her adored sons, Edward W. McCarthy (Nancy), Caldwell, NJ, John F. McCarthy, North Lauderdale, FL, and her cherished daughter Denise Marcel McCarthy (Ron Bruce), Etters, PA. She leaves six treasured grandchildren, Nicole Benner (Scott), Edward (Megan), Ryan (Brie), Michelle (Jeff), Alyson (Mike), and Melissa (Kurt), and four precious great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her beloved sister, Margarette C. Adler, Dover, NJ, and sister-in-law Lucy Chipko, Rockaway, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A devoted friend herself, Kathleen leaves behind many treasured friends. She also leaves behind her amazing rescue dog, Daisy (who rescued who?).

Although we are deeply saddened by her passing, we will cherish our memories forever and always keep her spirit alive.

Memorial gift may be made to Humane Society of Broward County ( or a gift of socks to your local homeless shelter will be greatly appreciated.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 25, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, March 26, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, March 26, 2021


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Alice Nagy

March 22, 2021

My condolences to Kathleen's family and friends. I had the privilege of working with her for many years. Not only was she a co-worker, Kathleen was a mentor and a friend. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and would tell many stories about her time with them. She was always on the go, we bowled every Tuesday night and we had many outings with friends, whether it was Disney on Ice or dancing at the club. I was surprised to meet her at the dog park, in Tamarac, with Daisy enjoying their time out and it gave is a chance to catch up. I have a lot of fond memories of Kathleen and will miss her.

Nan Gieg

March 22, 2021

Kathleen was my friend. She took me under her wing when I moved to Florida on my own 26 years ago. Many good times shared with her and our Big group of friends. Rest in peace Kathleen. Happy hours won’t be the same. Love you, Nan

Patricia Kimker

March 22, 2021

What a lady! She love and lived a fabulous life! You could see by all her family pictures how much she loved them ,and they her . well they have an Angel watching over them 🙏For. Her, REMEMBER THE GOOD TIMES. Rest In Pease.
Love Pat and Chris

Barbara Hart

March 22, 2021

Just wish the family to know, she will be missed by all. My greatest memories are ,the family picnics ,babysitting for her children,, (my cousins) fun at the beach. I will miss her laughter and kindness to all.
RIP Aunt Kathy. Love you.

Linda Chipko

March 22, 2021

I'm so glad that I was able to cruise with her and spend some Seaside time with her. She will be missed.

Dana Hreso-Price

March 22, 2021

May God welcome Kathleen with open arms, the way Kathleen welcomed me to the Columbiettes! She brought life to gatherings, and will continue to do so with the memories she left behind.

Jill Riegel

March 22, 2021

My condolences and prayers to her family and friends. She will be greatly missed

Diane neralic

March 22, 2021

Kathleen was a wonderful friend. Our paths crossed when we both worked at PaineWebber in Boca Raton. She was so generous and kind and loved our Lord.
She enjoyed telling us about all of her fun travels. Recently she emailed to us a photo of her great granddaughter. Her birth made Kathleen so happy. Cherish her memories. Blessings, Diane Neralic