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Upper St. Clair social worker nurtured loyal followers

Madasyn Czebiniak
| Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, 10:33 p.m.

Jacquelyn Naughton was articulate, but her singing voice left much to be desired.

“She can't sing,” her husband George Naughton said. “It's a joke in the family. She calls everybody up and sings Happy Birthday to them ... If you heard her sing, you would laugh ... Flat. Oh my God, she's terrible.”

Mrs. Naughton, a licensed social worker who practiced counseling and psychotherapy for more than 40 years, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, from complications related to muscular dystrophy. She was 67 and lived in Upper St. Clair.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Mrs. Naughton worked with the South Hills Health System, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC and at St. Clair Hospital before going into private practice in Mt. Lebanon, her family said.

Naughton said social work, for his wife, was a “calling” that might have been influenced by her late mother, who was a social worker in her own right.

“My mother-in-law was bedridden for a long time, but a lot of people came and visited her,” he said. “I would say my mother-in-law was doing social work ... She was a good listener.”

Mrs. Naughton was also a good listener who empathized with her patients, her husband said.

“It was just in her,” he said. “It was her. That's what she is.”

Mrs. Naughton's sister Kimberly M. Harris said her sister's clients wanted to continue working with her even after she retired.

“So many people just loved her,” Harris said. “People wanted her to continue to be their therapist by using the phone.”

Harris said her sister was a particular and honest person who remembered everyone's anniversaries and birthdays. She sent cards and spent hundreds of dollars at Hallmark.“Hallmark was her favorite place,” Harris said. “Sometimes, we would actually get her Hallmark gift (cards) for her birthday.”

She was a music aficionado who loved to dance.

“If you played a song, she could tell you who the artist was and what year the song came out,” Harris said.

Mrs. Naughton was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Yolanda Massella. In addition to her husband and sister, she is survived by brothers Thomas Massella Jr. and John. D. Massella, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitations were held Monday and Tuesday at the Laughlin Memorial Chapel in Mt. Lebanon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Bernard Church, 311 Washington Rd., Mt. Lebanon.

Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-320-7822 or mczebiniak@tribweb.com.

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