Pauline “Polly” Claire (Delohery) Blum
Polly Blum passed away quietly in her home, surrounded by her family, on June 5, 2020. Her cancer was swift and took her home at the age of 70.
Polly was born on Nov. 26, 1949, in Danbury, CT to Dr. C. Leo Delohery and Claire (Theiss) Delohery. She graduated from Danbury High School in 1967 and Albertus Magnus College in 1971. She married Edward Blum the day after Christmas in 1970 and started a career as a Navy wife, taking her to Mississippi, Bermuda, California, Florida, Virginia and finally to Mechanicsburg, PA. Polly spent 20 years working at Highmark Blue Shield, retiring in 2014.
An ever-devoted wife and mother, Polly was always happy to pack everything up and move on to the next adventure. Polly liked to remind people that she packed up the house 14 times due to Navy orders!! She leaves her husband of 49 years, Edward Blum, her sons Geoffrey and his wife Lana of Leesburg, VA, (grandchildren Evan, Stella and Vivian) and Matthew and his wife Nisha of Ashburn, VA. She also leaves a half-sister, Nancy Lorne of Boynton Beach, FL, her late brother’s wife Pudgie Delohery and niece Caitlin Delohery of Danbury, CT. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, C. Leo Delohery, Jr.
Her most cherished times were being with her family at their cabin at Deep Creek Lake, MD. Big bonfires, frequent dinners with her friends, her cat Max, and her flowers made her happiest. She never missed sending a card on a birthday or anniversary. She cherished her volunteer visits every Wednesday to Manor Care in Camp Hill. Polly was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Mechanicsburg since moving to PA in 1986.
All are welcome to join Polly’s family for her gathering and greeting of family and friends in person at First United Methodist Church, 135 West Simpson Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; or via video chat or telephone on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. and for her service beginning at 1:00 p.m., with Reverend Dr. Dennis Keller officiating. Following the service, family and friends are invited to gather for a time of food and fellowship in person at Buhrig’s Gathering Place, 25 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, (717) 766-3421 (next to Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory), or via video chat or telephone from 1:45 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Over 100 parking spaces are available; just look for the “Buhrig” parking signs in all of the parking lots. Burial in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, PA will be private.
Polly’s family has entrusted her care to Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421. Read Polly’s full obituary, view her memorial video and portrait, offer condolences and sympathy, share stories and memories, upload photographs and videos, light a candle and sign Polly’s official guest book by visiting Buhrig.com.
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Gathering and Funeral Service
Family and friends are welcome to join Polly’s family via video chat or telephone on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
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Food and Fellowship
Family and friends are welcome to join Polly’s family via video chat or telephone on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, beginning at approximately 1:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
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Join by telephone: 415-762-9988 or 646-568-7788 and enter meeting number 853 6072 9331
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