Merici McDermott Ullrich, a lifelong area resident, entered into rest on Sunday, April 12, 2020 at the Valley View Center, Goshen, NY. She was 90 years of age.
The daughter of the late James and Bridget Flynn McDermott, she was born on February 15, 1930 in Cornwall Bridge, CT. Merici was the namesake of her aunt, Sister Angela Merici of the Dominican Order.
Merici retired as a Microbiologist for the NYCDOH Anti-Toxin Lab in Otisville. She was a member of the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Otisville and a member of their Altar Rosary Society. Merici was also a member of the Mt. Hope Seniors and the S.E.I.U. Local 1199.
Survivors include her children, James G. Ullrich and his wife Denise of Middletown, NY, Brigette A. Ullrich and her husband Daniel Williams of Truxton, NY, and Maire R. Ullrich and her husband Kevin Demarest of Slate Hill, NY; her 7 grandchildren, Johanna O’Keeffe, Pound Ridge, NY, Brita Vitello, Natick, MA, Anna Williams, Truxton, NY, Rose Williams, Yuba City, CA, Nora Williams, Washington D.C., Dermott Demarest, Slate Hill, NY and Onoria Demarest, Slate Hill, NY; her 5 great grandchildren, Veronica, Owain, Teresa, Finn and James; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Merici was predeceased by her husband Joseph F. Ullrich, her son, Joseph James Ullrich, her sisters Rose (Charles) Thomas and Mary Grace (Frank Paul) Killian and brothers Patrick (Joe) Joseph (Claire) McDermott and John Francis McDermott.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, private graveside services will take place at the Holy Name Cemetery in Otisville, NY with Reverend Michael Palazzo officiating. A Memorial Mass will scheduled and announced at a later date.
Memorial contributions in Merici’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Funeral Home, Middletown, NY.
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