Dolores Carcelli McCartney


Dolores Carcelli McCartney, attorney, a 1948 graduate of Sharon High School, died Thursday (Jan. 3, 2019). She was 88.
She was the beloved daughter of Joseph Carcelli and Cecilia Bronzo Carcelli, both of whom preceded her in death.
She was also preceded in death by her former husband, Sharon High School graduate, Gerald L. McCartney, son of Myron L. and Eva McCartney.
Mrs. McCartney was a long-time resident of Washington, D.C. After graduating from The University of Dayton in 1952, Mrs. McCartney was hired by the federal government as an analyst in national security.
Beginning in 1959, Mrs. McCartney worked as a legislative assistant for U.S. Senator John Sherman Cooper of Kentucky, focusing on water, land and mining legislation. Fluent in Spanish, French and Italian, it was not uncommon for her to attend meetings and events in the Senate where she served as an interpreter. With Sen. Cooper's encouragement, she enrolled in American University's Washington School of Law, graduating in January 1965. She was then admitted to the D.C. Bar.
Upon graduation she was hired at the Washington D.C. law office of Nixon, Mudge, Rose, Gunther and Alexander. As a new hire, she worked on the team that represented Listerine in their (unsuccessful) fight to claim the mouthwash killed the germs that caused colds.
From the early 1970s until 11 years ago Mrs. McCartney served as a criminal defense attorney - public defender in Washington, D.C.
Mrs. McCartney is survived by: two daughters, Cecilia McCartney Hofmann, York, Pa.; and Grace McCartney Naji, Boardman, Ohio; a son-in-law, Douglas J. Hofmann, M.D.; York; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life Mass for Mrs. McCartney will be 10 a.m. Saturday (2-2-19) at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church (St. Mary's), 309 S. George St., York, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations in her memory be made to St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 10103 Georgia Ave., Silver Springs, Md. 20902. The clergy and members of this church greatly enhanced the quality of her life for the last 10 years, during which time she was unable to walk.
The family is also grateful to the caring staff of The Oakview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Silver Springs, who cared for their mother and her family with dedication and love.
Published on January 12, 2019
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