Lindsay O’Rourke Doherty died Sunday at Geisinger Community Medical Center. She is survived by her husband of 10 years, James A. Doherty, III, and their three children, James IV, Kathryn, and Paige.
Born in Washington, DC on September 21, 1980, she was the daughter of Vincent and Bonny O’Rourke of Holden, MA. She graduated from Wachusett Regional High School in 1998 and the College of the Holy Cross in 2002, where she was the recipient of the Presidential Service Award. She was employed by the Diocese of Scranton raising money for Catholic education. Previously, she held sales and marketing positions at the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Bloomingdale’s, and Pearson Education.
She was an active community volunteer, contributing her time and talent to St. Clare/St. Paul School, the Sant’ Andrea Society, and the St. Joseph’s Center. She was fiercely devoted to her family, particularly her husband and three children, who were the light of her life. Unfailingly kind, generous, and committed to her faith, she brought out the best in the wide circle of family and friends who adored her. Those who loved her will remember her radiant smile and enthusiasm, her abiding care and compassion, her sense of humor, and the deep joy she brought to all the lives she touched.
Also surviving are a brother Robert O’Rourke of Groton, MA; brothers and sisters-in-law Mimi Doherty of Scranton, Judy Riff and her husband James of Clarks Summit, Grace Hillebrand and her husband Thomas of Clarks Summit, Patrick Doherty of Scranton, and Jack Doherty of New York City; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10:00am in St. Paul’s Church, 1510 Penn Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.
The family invites all attending the Mass to go directly to the church.
Friends may call Thursday from 4:00PM – 8:00PM at the Church.
Internment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow.
Memorial contributions made be made to the Lindsay O’Rourke Doherty Memorial Fund, PNC Bank, PO Box 937 Scranton, PA 18504-9951.
Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of the Vanston & James Funeral Home, Scranton.
To share a memory or to leave your condolences please visit www.vanstonandjames.com.
My heart breaks for Lindsay and her family. I didn’t know Lindsay, but I am a runner who enters these types of events often. I imagine that she had a positive and motivating personality based on the wonderful people I meet at these events. All of us form a running community who truly care about each other, and we share a special connection in the joy that comes with running. God bless you, Lindsay, for living your life to the fullest.
Your family is in the hearts and prayers of all of us who attended HDS with Rob. We love Rob dearly. Your family carries such a light and warmth and we know Lindsay embodied the best of faith and love in this world. Please accept our deepest condolences and do not hesitate to let us know if there is anything we can do to be of support during this difficult time.
So very sorry for the loss of your wife and mother. At these times we draw on our faith in God and his promises. He promises to comfort us during our trials this is at 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 .
The posting of Lindsay’s passing in today’s Worcester Telegram brought tears to my eyes. I knew Lindsay as a middle school student in Holden, Massachusetts. As her teacher, I recognized Lindsay’s lovely spirit, intelligence, and goodness. She always had a smile on her face, was a friend to everyone, and loved life. I admired her very supportive family and now recognize the wonderful adult she became. My sincere sympathy to Lindsay’s husband, children, and family. There is now a very special angel watching over you.
Mary A. Hazzouri
Such a loving, beautiful person inside and out.
Vinny and Bonnie and all of Lindsay’s family I am so very deeply sorry for your loss. I will keep all of you in my prayers.
College of the Holy Cross
I have fond memories of Lindsay while she was a student at WRHS. She was a wonderful young lady, always happy and upbeat. My deepest Sympathy Vinny and Bonny and family. My heart aches for all of you.
Mike McNulty, Holy Cross '69
Vin, Bonny, and Family: I am so very sorry for your loss.
Sincere condolences to Lindsay’s husband, Jim, her three children, and all of the members of the O’Rourke and Doherty families for this tragic, heartbreaking loss. We send our sympathy, thoughts, and prayers from all of the Carlesimo family. May Lindsay rest in perpetual peace, and may God be with all of you in this time.
David Farinella '69
Vinny, Bonney, and your entire family; I can not imagine the grief and sorry you are experiencing. My family can only send you and Lindsay are prayers and hope she rest eternally close to God.
All my love to the entire Doherty and O’Rourke families. My heart is broken for you; words simply cannot do justice.
We send our heartfelt condolences. Lindsay was selfless and touched many lives. We hope God comforts you with His word of promise and you find solace in your precious memories of Lindsay. John 5:28,29; 6:44.
While I didn’t know Lindsay personally, I am very aware of her good work — her dedication to serving God — her love for her family and friends — her tireless efforts to support and promote Catholic education! We, as a community in which Lindsay lived and worked and laughed and loved and prayed, will miss her. God gave Lindsay a wide variety of gifts which she shared generously, graciously and lovingly. May God bless and comfort all of Lindsay’s family members and friends.
Our family sends our condolences to Jim, their three children, and all of the members of the Doherty and O’Rourke families. You will be in our family’s prayers during this difficult time.
Bill and Jeanne Hays
We have fond memories of Vinny, Bonnie, Lindsay and Robby when they first moved to the Worcester area. Our sincere prayers and condolences for your great loss. We will be praying for all of you and for Linday’s husband, Jim, and her children during this difficult time. May God’s peace and grace in abundance pour down upon all of you.
Dear Bonnie and Vinnie, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family for the tragic loss of Lindsay. Our prayers to you both and family.
“Marathon” – a poem by Judith Hughes
Running recalls primordial eons, when predator and prey, chasing and escaping, meant to outrun death.
A fall was loss or win – a meal of exhausted meat to fuel another run.
Man’s naked soles run fastest: so remove your shoes! Bare your feet for the sacred path.
Exorcise those predators within, reptilian, carnivorous, nocturnal, pushing you forward, tearing at your gut.
Exertion is a deadly stalker. Rest and stop struggling. Ignore cravings, hunger and hope. Why run?…a predatory thought. Some choose to walk. All finish. Behold the prize of purpose, the goal of glory.
Dehydrated, delirious, doubting, souls hunger, gasp and stumble. Why fear? Be fit. Only the unfit watch the race and cheer: Go! Go! Be faster than the slower thousands. Be master of your heart and breath. Bear the pain: it passes. Receive the offered orange and drink the living water. Throwout your arms to love, your chest to break the golden ribbon. Fall prostrate on the finish line. Hear the words: “Well done!”.
Don and Mary McLaughlin
Dear Jim, Bonnie and Vinnie, Please know how sad we are to hear of your loss!! Lindsay was always so friendly to all and certainly touched so so many lives!! Truly an inspiration for your children and grandchildren!! Praying for you all during this most difficult season of your lives. Most sincerely, Don and Mary McLaughlin
Kevin Murphy and the HSCP Team
Dearest Doherty family,
We are deeply saddened by your loss and are sending our sincerest condolences to the entire family. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and we are always here for you at this difficult time.
Kevin Murphy, Melvin Yellin, Devin Binford, Chris Tolford, Andrew Kraszewski, and Anita Ganesan
Jimmy, Stay strong, you are in my prayers. ..j
Ellen (Hedlund) Strout
I am deeply saddened by the loss of Lindsay. Lindsay and I were close friends in high school and teammates on the Track team. Lindsay was one of those friends that was always there for you whether it be for a laugh or cry. She made my high school years a cherished time. You will for always be missed and loved by so many. I send my condolences to her family & friends. I will always keep you in my thoughts.
Keep running Lindsay!
Many happy memories of Lindsay! My thoughts and prayers go out to your family , such a great loss. May love and memories give you some comfort.
Cristina (Sanchez) Cooper
This is such sad news. Lindsay was one of my closest friends as a child and we grew up only a few streets away. I have such cherished memories of playing at each other’s houses, birthday party’s, and playing together in school. I am so sorry to Bonny, Vincent and Robbie. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and also to your extended families on both sides.