Lucille Merle McCarthy

Lucille Merle McCarthy

WATERTOWN — Lucille Merle McCarthy, 80, of Watertown, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 27, 2021, at Waterbury Hospital, surrounded by the love and comfort of her family after an extended illness. She was the wife of Gary McCarthy.

Lucille was born on September 13, 1941, in the Bronx, N.Y., where she was raised and educated. She received her nursing degree from the Bellevue Hospital Medical School and spent several years working at that prestigious facility. Lucille practiced as an R.N. in Long Island, Ohio and more recently at the Lutheran Home of Southbury for 31 years before her retirement in 2001.

Lucille loved to travel and has many fond memories of her trips to Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland, England and Israel.

She was a longtime parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church in Watertown and loved to spend summers in Ocean City, Md. 

She also enjoyed feeding her local birds that came to visit, but was always happiest when being able to spend time with her grandchildren.

Left to honor her legacy and cherish her memory, besides her husband Gary of 56 years, are her children, Christopher McCarthy and his wife, Laurie, of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Jennifer Nugai and her husband, Todd, of Watertown; her four grandchildren; her sister, Jackie Kearsing of Huntington Beach, Calif., and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. McCarthy will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 12, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 574 Main St., Watertown. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery Mausoleum, Watertown. There are no calling hours.

O’Neill Funeral Home, 742 Main St., Oakville, is in charge of arrangements. Leave a condolence, words of comfort or personal memory with the McCarthy family on Lucille’s tribute page at

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