Pair of Widowed Parishioners at Broomall Church Find Love Again

Image of Gary Mooney and Carmela Patterson-Mooney via Tim Tai, Philadelphia Inquirer.

A pair of widowed St. Pius X parishioners found each other at the Broomall church and fell in love, writes Kellie Patrick Grates for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

At the end of Lent in 2017, Gary Mooney worked up the courage to ask Carmella Patterson to lunch.

Carmella hesitated, than said yes. That first date lasted two and a half hours.

“You could tell there was a chemistry,” Gary said.

“I guess I wanted more, because the next time he asked me out, I said yes right away,” said Carmela.

Carmela, now 79, grew up in West Philadelphia. She married her husband, Barry, at age 20. They had a wonderful marriage, five children, 13 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Barry passed away in the summer of 2012 from complications of diabetes.

Gary, 82, of West Philadelphia and Upper Darby, had married Joan at 22. They had a wonderful marriage, two children, and six grandchildren.

Joan died while being treated for brain cancer in 2014.

Gary and Carmella both built new lives. Then they met each other.

Their courtship culminated in a Valentine’s Day 2020 wedding in Morton.

Now, limited by COVID-19, they are just grateful they have more time to listen to each other’s stories.

Read more about the happy couple in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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