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Helen Patricia (nee McGovern) Reighn

Obituary for Helen Patricia (nee McGovern) Reighn

January 9, 1954 - December 3, 2017
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania | Age 63


Helen Patricia Reighn (nee McGovern) of Blue Bell, passed away peacefully on Sunday December 3, 2017 at home with her family by her side. Born January 9, 1954, in Bryn Mawr, she was the daughter of Helen P. (nee Harkins) McGovern and the late George P. McGovern, Jr. She was the beloved wife of Charles D. Reighn with whom she shared 42
years of marriage.

Patty was a Medical Technologist in the Microbiology Department at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia, PA for over 45 years, earning the respect and admiration of everyone she met, and was considered the "go-to" person on many things.

She was an avid gardener and loved growing orchids in her greenhouse. She was an animal lover, especially her five cats; Autumn, Artemis, Aloysius, Abby and Ziva.

In addition to her husband, Chuck, Patty is survived by her four sisters; Rose O'Brien (Kevin McNally), Mary Elizabeth McGovern, Megan McGovern-Pacifico (Butch) and Tara Tomeo (Lou), three nephews; Aidan, Daniel, Kevin, three nieces; Moira, Lauren, and Meaghan, and one great niece; Philippa, her father-in-law Charles W. Reighn and her brother-in-law Gary M. Reighn (Roberta).

All services will be private.

In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in Patty's memory to one of the following Charities: Kitty Cottage, 317 W. Johnson Highway, Norristown, PA 19401; Lustgarten Foundation (Pancreatic Cancer Research), 415 Crossways Park Drive, Suite D, Woodbury, NJ 11797 and ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929.

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Kitty Cottage
    317 W. Johnson Hwy
    Norristown, PA 19401
  • Lustgarten Foundation (Pancreatic Cancer Research)
    415 Crossways Park Drive
    Suite D
    Woodbury, NJ 11797
    PO Box 96929
    DC 20090-6929

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Boyd-Horrox-Givnish Funeral Home, Inc.

200 West Germantown Pike
Norristown, PA 19401
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