- On July 28, 2023
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Audrey Gail (Westwood) McMunn, 87, of Pittsburgh, PA, passed away on July 23, 2023. She was born March 7, 1936 to the late Albert and Anna (Patrick) Westwood and grew up in Manorville, PA.
She is survived by daughter and son-in-law Rosemarie and James (Jim) West of Chapel Hill, NC. She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren whom she helped raise after the death of their mother: Maria Chiodo Friedman (David), Matthew Chiodo, and Michael Chiodo (Christina), all of Pittsburgh. She continued her role of caring to the fourth generation as great-grandmother to Anna and Sarah Friedman, who were the lights of her life; Vincent Juanito McCauley (Dominique), and she was recently able to meet her newest great-grandchild Michael Chiodo.
Audrey was preceded in death by her parents, her husband James Edward McMunn and her siblings June Stennett, Carol Croyle, Delores Reddinger, and William Westwood. She also mourned the loss of three adult children, Linda Kay McCauley (Donald), Mary Ann Chiodo (Michael), and James Russell McMunn as well as grandson, Karl McCauley (Vina).
Even with tragic losses, Audrey remained resilient and was blessed to live multiple lives, reinventing herself at each phase. After raising her own family, she served others as a caretaker for many years, from infants and children to the elderly. She bravely relocated to Pittsburgh to be near her grandchildren and established a new independent life for herself there. Being close to the city helped her to remain vibrant and maintain a passion for life-long learning through many enrichment programs. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed many hobbies over the years; however, what gave her the most joy throughout her life was a simple evening of sitting on the front porch visiting with friendsor listening to the radio broadcast of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Audrey’s Christian faith was an important part of her life, and she had worshipped at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ford City, PA, where one of her favorite activities was teaching Vacation Bible School. After relocating to Pittsburgh she found a new community of many very special friends at the Whitehall Church of Christ. She touched the lives of many people through her volunteer food bank work.
Audrey will be remembered for her kind heart and ease of friendship, love for her family, and her zest for life. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. While her earthly light has now been diminished, we know her spirit will continue to shine for us through many precious memories. At her request, there will not be a visitation or formal service. In celebration of her life and legacy, the family asks that you share acts of kindness in her memory.