Ahern, Pauline Doris (Gaucher)

Pauline Doris (Gaucher) Ahern passed away peacefully on February 25, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. Pauline was born on October 20, 1934 at St Francis Hospital in Hartford to the late Yvonne and Charles Gaucher. She was raised in Hartford and graduated from Weaver High School in 1952. Pauline always aspired to be a nurse. She proudly graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing, Class of 1955. Pauline soon met her husband, William Ahern. They married in 1959, and moved first to Rocky Hill. In 1970 they settled in Avon, where they raised their family. Pauline was a dedicated nurse at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford for 35 years.
Throughout her life Pauline enjoyed cooking, having a cup of tea with her friends, playing dominoes, entertaining for holidays and special occasions, vacationing in Cape Cod and Bermuda and spending time with family and friends, especially her four grandchildren. Pauline had a clever nickname for everyone, an infectious laugh and always a compliment to give. She was fun loving and always gave time of her heart. Pauline was always surrounded by love which she mirrored back to all each and every day.
Pauline was predeceased by her beloved husband, William Ahern and Robert Gaucher, a brother who she adored. She is survived by her loving and devoted children: Kevin Ahern of Avon, Maureen Costa and her husband Gary of Burlington, Sheila Butwill and her husband Christopher, also of Burlington, as well as by four cherished grandchildren: Erin and Natalie Costa, Katherine and Alex Butwill. In addition, she is survived by her sister-in-law Patricia Gaucher, brother-in-law Jack Ahern and sister-in-law Karen Ahern, her dear friend and classmate Anna Pallerberg, special nieces and nephews, thoughtful cousins, and countless friends.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (March 3) from 4:00-7:00. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (March 4) at 10:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy at the Church of St Ann’s, Avon at 11:00am. Burial will be in the family plot at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the St Francis School of Nursing Alumni Scholarship Fund, 95 Woodland Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06015.

Calling Hours

Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 4:00-7:00pm

Funeral Service

Monday, March 4, 2019 at 11:00am in the Church of St. Ann ~ Avon


Mount St. Benedict Cemetery ~ Bloomfield

Memorial Contribution

St Francis School of Nursing Alumni Scholarship Fund, 95 Woodland Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06015.

14 Responses to 'Ahern, Pauline Doris (Gaucher)'

  1. Carlene and Louis Grossi says:

    Dear Sheila, Maureen and Kevin, and Family,
    Our hearts are heavy with sadness. We share your grief. I really like how you said “an angel has gotten her wings.” That is so true about Pauline, “Hernie”, she loved everyone and would always take care of people. She always made you feel so good about yourself and so special. She was amazing in the kitchen, Hernie could take the plainest, dullest thing and make it seem so special. She left us all with so much love and so many wonderful memories. Our hearts are truly with you at this time, every time you think about her please know so many of the people in your lives are also thinking of your Mom too. With Love, Carlene and Lou

  2. Pat Kenefick says:

    We are so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. May the fond memorize of your mom bring each of you comfort during this very hard time in your life. Look back on all the good memories you have and smile that she is now your guardian angel. Our deepest condolences to each of you!
    The Kenefick’s
    Patty, Bob, and Jamie
    (Children of Marie Doris Kenefick)

  3. Vince Angelico says:

    Verbal and Vinny Angelico

    March 3, 2019

    Words are never adequate in times like these. Our heart goes out to you and we will remember the wonderful memories that we have of Pauline. Our condolences to all of you at this sad time.


  4. Cindy Mattioda says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. My husband and I had a “special” relationship with her for years, though only my husband met her (once). Your mother’s backyard and ours abut each other. Numerous times a year she would call to report in with a concern or complement. She enjoyed watching my young children and dog in the yard and would call to warn if a bear was near. She enjoyed the patio we installed and the fires in the outdoor fireplace. Most memorable was that we never felt the holiday season had really started until she called to tell us how nice the Christmas lights looked on the tree. We will miss her.

    Cindy & Rob Mattioda

  5. I was saddened to learn of your Mothers passing. I know you were there for her throughtout. My thoughts are with all of you in this tough time. I hope You all will find some comfort and peace in the next few days. Coach Trumbull

  6. Lee McGrath/Schweizer says:

    To all members of Pauline D. Ahern’s family, loved this woman from the day we met (her wedding day). There is some comfort knowing she, the Princess, is once again together wit the Prince of Wales. Love, deepest sympathy & peace to all, cousin Lee(Leola)

  7. Mike, Chris & Joe Scheidel says:

    Sheila, Maureen and the entire family, our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. My she rest in peace.

  8. Jennifer Roth says:

    Dear Shelia and Family,

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. She sounds like she was an amazing person. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Browns (Jennifer, Ryan, Matthew and Logan)

  9. Ed Dwyer says:

    We were so sorry to learn of Pauline’s passing. I have many fond memories of our ‘cousin’ get-togethers. Unfortunately, Pat and I are in Tucson for the winter and will not be able to attend the services to celebrate Pauline’s wonderful life. Our prayers are with her family during this sad time.

  10. Jen Cormier says:

    So very sorry to hear this news. My condolences to you and your family. My prayers are with you all.

  11. Kelly Mcqueeney says:

    Dear Sheila and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She sounded like an amazing lady. I am thinking of you.

  12. The Milewski's says:

    Coming from Mary, Carl & Bill Milewski in Naples, FL: “Hernie” was family to all of us from our youngest days. The Ahern & Milewski families have been blessed our relationship goes beyond simple friendship. Mary & Carl just asked to share about a party when our Uncle Mickey told your parents they were officially members of the Hourihan (our maternal) clan. “Hernie” laughed and rolled with. Bill joked to my uncle Mickey, “Is this a good thing?”

    Much, much love from our family to yours!

  13. Lenore Maysa says:

    Sheila I am so sorry for your loss. I know that you and your Mom were very close. You will mourn her loss forever. She is at peace and with your Dad again. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  14. Susan Ignatowski says:

    Sheila, Maureen and families, my heart goes out to you. I know how important your mother was to you and how much you loved her. I hope that you find comfort that your Mom is now in peace. Enjoy all the memories and hold your family a little tighter. I will think of you both in my prayers.

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