ATTLEBORO – Pauline M. DeWitt, 93, of Garfield Avenue passed away Monday evening, October 10, 2016 at Madonna Manor Nursing Home.
She was the beloved wife of over 50 years to the late Dr. James DeWitt, veterinarian and owner of DeWitt Animal Hospital now in Plainville.
Born August 16, 1923 in Weymouth, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Mary J. (Campbell) Denbroeder.
Pauline was a 1941 graduate of Abington High School and attended Fisher College in Boston.
After college she worked for the Justice Department in Boston for three years and then worked as office manager and bookkeeper for the Dewitt Animal Hospital when it was in North Attleboro for 37 years.
Pauline was a talented artist and during World War II she sketched the profiles of over 3000 servicemen at the Young Men’s Christian Union in Boston for their families.
She was very active in the North Attleboro community where she served as president of the Junior Kalmia Club, was a member of the Attleboro Museum. Pauline was the financial secretary for 11 years at the MVMA (Mass. Veterinary Medical Association) where she provided assistance to needy veterinary students. The MVMA established the Dr. James and Pauline DeWitt Scholarship Fund in 1996 in honor of her and Dr. DeWitt’s service to the organization. She also volunteered at the Roosevelt School in North Attleboro and the library at Canterberry Woods in Attleboro.
She was a devoted communicant of St. Mark’s Parish in Attleboro Falls, serving the St. Vincent DePaul Society and St. Mark’s Guild. She was awarded the Diocese of Fall River’s Marian Medal in 1971, the first award for the newly established St. Mark’s Church and given an Honorary Alumni Award by Bishop Feehan High School in 2003.
Pauline loved spending time with her family and enjoyed quilting, oil painting, playing the organ and traveling.
She is survived by six children and their spouses: William H. DeWitt and husband Bob of Kingston, Judy Aubin and husband, Ray of North Attleboro, Nancy Dorrance and husband Carl of Attleboro, Paula Conway and husband Dana of Shirley, James A. DeWitt and wife Janna of Mont Vernon, NH
and Daniel DeWitt of Campton, NH;
15 grandchildren: Michael, Suzanne, Caryn, Greg, Joe, Lyndsey, Jaci, Nicole, Tara, Tiffany, Nick, Cierra, Christian, Jessica and Sara; and 21 great-grandchildren.
She was sister of the late Lillian Warner, Adrian Denbroeder and Malcolm Denbroeder.
Visiting hours will be held Friday, October 14 from 4-8 p.m. in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Church, 105 Stanley Street, Attleboro Falls followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Attleboro Falls.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hockomock YMCA, 300 Elmwood Street, North Attleboro, MA 02760.