Kathryn Marie (Orient) Cruise, 94, of Brockton, died peacefully Saturday, May 11, 2013, after a period of failing health at the Sherrill House in Jamaica Plain. She was the loving wife of the late James Patrick Cruise Sr. for 62 years. Kathryn was born in Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 1, 1918. She was the daughter of the late Catherine M. (Scheurger) Orient and Adolph J. Orient of Austria. Born and raised in Cleveland and Chardon, Ohio, she was a graduate of Harvey High School, Painesville, Ohio, Class of 1937, and Wilcox College of Commerce, Cleveland, Ohio, and was a Brockton resident since 1947. During World War II, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served with distinction and honor as a Yeoman 1st Class. Kathryn worked in the Brockton City Clerks Office for several years and as an election official for many years at South Junior High School. She also worked as the head bookkeeper at Besse Bakers in Brockton, the federal government as an administrative aid at the infectious disease laboratory at the Taunton State Hospital and retired from the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission in Brockton in 1987. She was a past member of the Massachusetts Womens Out of State Club and was a communicant of St. Margarets Church in Brockton. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, baking and was well known throughout Brockton as always helping others. She lived for her family and was loved by all who knew her. Kathryn is survived by her loving children, James P. Cruise Jr. of Brockton, Thomas Cruise and his wife Kathleen of Canton and the late Patricia DiPasqua and her husband Leonard of Mattappoisett; her nine grandchildren, Patrick, Colleen, Katie, Holly, Jessie, Annie and Carly Cruise and Albert and James DiPasqua. Also, her seven great-grandchildren, Aiden and Manal Cruise, Halle and Dylan DiPasqua, Cameron and Shane Dwyer and Peter Phaneuf. She is also survived by her two sisters, Elinor Kinkelaar and June Reynolds. She was also sister to the late Helen Hammond and Edward, Albert, Ralph and Richard Orient all of Ohio. Funeral from the Russell & Pica Funeral Home, 165 Belmont St. (Rte. 123), Brockton, Friday at 8 a.m., thence to Christ the King Parish (formerly St. Colmans Church), 42 Wendell Ave., Brockton, where a funeral Mass will be celebrated for the repose of her soul at 9 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow in the Calvary Cemetery, Brockton. Calling hours Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Donations in Kathryns memory may be made to the Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology, c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02347. For directions and obituary, please visit www.Russellpicafuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Enterprise on May 14, 2013