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Catherine (nee Breslin) Pickford

Obituary for Catherine (nee Breslin) Pickford

November 14, 2019


Catherine Pickford (nee Breslin), of Philadelphia, on November 14th, at the age of 83. Catherine is survived by her five loving children; Robert Pickford, MaryKate D'Emidio (Dave), Matthew Pickford, Joseph Pickford, and Elizabeth Collins (Jared). Catherine is also survived by her sister, Joan Griffin, as well as her six grandchildren; Matthew D'Emidio, Jennifer D'Emidio, Olivia D'Emidio, Torin Pickford, Garitt Pickford, and Patrick Pickford.

Catherine was a graduate of St. Basil Academy. While at St. Basil, Catherine developed a strong devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus which she cherished for over 60 years. Catherine was a long time parishioner of St. Cecilia Catholic Church, and worked locally at the Fox Chase Cancer Center, in the Payroll and Human Resources Dept. for 35 years.

Catherine had an adventurous side, and enjoyed flying, skiing, the Maine coast, and the Pacific North West. Catherine enjoyed vacationing at the Jersey shore, especially in Wildwood with her kids and her mom. She was a collector and reader of mystery novels, and an avid Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies fan, and noted for her special Irish Potatoes. Catherine also enjoyed going to her grandchildren's activities; including soccer, football, baseball, softball, wrestling, and hockey.

Relatives and friends are invited to Catherine's Life Celebration Visitation on Sunday November 17th from 6-8PM at the Dean-Geitner-Givnish Life Celebration Home (7900 Oxford Ave. Philadelphia 19111) and on Monday November 18th from 9:30-10:30AM at St. Cecilia Catholic Church (535 Rhawn Street, Phila. 19111) with a mass to follow at 10:30AM; interment private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Catherine's memory to the Fox Chase Cancer Center would be greatly appreciated. (

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Philadelphia, PA 19111
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