Catherine Agnes Breslin

  • Born: March 16, 1930
  • Died: January 26, 2022
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

John F. Givnish Funeral Home

10975 Academy Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154

Tel. (215) 281-0100

Tribute & Message From The Family

Catherine Agnes Breslin (nee McHugh), passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. She was 91 years old.

Catherine was born on March 16, 1930, in Philadelphia to the late Patrick and Catherine McHugh. She grew up in Corpus Christi Parish and was a graduate of Hallahan High School for Girls and a star cheerleader! After graduating she began working as a bookkeeper for Rosenthalls. But it was back in the neighborhood that she would meet the love of her life, James, and eventually, marry. In 1952, they moved to Mayfair to start a family and it remained their loving home throughout the next 66 years.

Detail-oriented, motivated, selfless, and strong are all words that could describe Catherine. She loved the Jersey shore, overlooking the ocean from her porch. She enjoyed making ceramics, gardening, and listening to Irish music! But above all else, Catherine will be remembered as a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Family came above all else. Not a day went by that her home wasn't tended to and her family well-cared for and fed.

Catherine was predeceased by her husband, James F. Breslin in 2004 and daughter, Catherine Dougherty. She was the devoted mother to her children, James F. and his wife, Karen, John J. and his wife, Cindy, Brian E. Breslin, Marianne Makaila and her husband, Mark, and son-in-law, Dennis Dougherty. She was the beloved "Mom-Moms" to Dennis, Jim, Ryan, Jennifer, Katie, Michael, Matthew, Sean, Heather, Caitlyn, Mark, and Ryan; and great-grandmother to 14. She was the loving sister to Patricia Florkowski, Edward McHugh, Joseph McHugh, and the late Anna May Keen, Patrick McHugh, Teresa Dollard, Eileen McHugh, Bernard McHugh, and John McHugh; and she was the cherished and adored aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to greet the family on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the John F. Givnish Funeral Home, 10975 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154 followed immediately by Catherine's Life Celebration service at 11:00 am.

Interment at Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Catherine's memory be made to the Archbishop Damiano School, 1145 Delsea Drive, Westville, NJ 08093.