Pauline M. (Deschesnes) McCormick

Pauline Maire Deschesnes McCormick, 77, of Concord, North Carolina, passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at home surrounded by her family, after a brave 17-year battle with cancer.

Pauline was born April 6, 1940, in Cheshire, Connecticut to the late Oscar and Simone Deschesnes.

Pauline was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother, who selflessly expressed her love with her thoughtful words and actions. She faced her battle with cancer with a strong faith in God and with courage, offering up her suffering for those she dearly loved. As she showed her loved ones how to live, so she also showed them how to die.

Pauline graduated Waterbury Catholic High School in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1958, and earned her associate’s degree in business in 1983 from North Country College in Saranac Lake.

In between those years, she married Bernard “BJ” McCormick on May 28,1960 moved to Saranac Lake and raised five children: Susan (David) Massey of Statesville, North Carolina, Mark McCormick of Concord, North Carolina, Daniel McCormick of Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina, Karen(GT) Benton of Concord, North Carolina and Amy (Jeffery) Reynolds of Wexford, Pennsylvania.

In 1985, Pauline and Bernard “BJ” moved to Concord, North Carolina, where they started a family construction business with their sons. Pauline was the president and chief financial officer of the successful construction and Multifamily housing companies that she ran up until her retirement. Upon her and BJ’s retirement they traveled the United States and many counties together some of their travels included Ireland, Italy, Russia and Panama. Of all of their travels Rome and taking cruises were her favorites.

Pauline was an active member of Saint James the Greater Catholic Church in Concord, North Carolina. She was active in the RCIA program where she loved to share her Catholic Faith. She was also a volunteer with Mary’s visitors.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 57 years, children and grandchildren Jon Swinyer, Amber Kelley; William (Amber) Sutton, Emily Reynolds; Rebecca Reynolds; Alana Reynolds; Joseph Reynolds and Marie Reynolds; 4 great grandchildren Jon, Jasmine, Jane and Madelyn; sisters: Doris Bowery, Jeanne(Jim) O’Brian(Jim), Dolores (Mike) Walker; brother Robert (Frances) Deschesnes; sister-in-laws Glenda DeShane and Marcy O’Neil; brother-in-law William McCormick; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Roger DeShane.

The family will receive friends and family from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 at St. James The Greater Catholic Church, Concord North Carolina. A mass will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jerome Chavarria officiating. Burial will take place in St. James the Greater cemetery immediately after the mass.

Although we are saddened by her physical death, we are comforted by our hope for her eternal life with God.

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Wilkinson Funeral Home is handling arrangements for the McCormick family.