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KATHERINE HALL FLATHER (KITSEY) BREEN


1929 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
KATHERINE HALL FLATHER (KITSEY) BREEN Obituary
Breen, Katherine (Kitsey) Hall Flather Kitsey was a wonderful human being, an exceptional wife, mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother, and a much loved sister, aunt, and friend. She died at age 84, surrounded by loved ones at her summer home in Gloucester, MA, where she had spent every summer of her life. She leaves behind sixty happy years of marriage, three children and their spouses, and five grandchildren, all of whom delighted in and absolutely adored her. The eldest of five, Kitsey was born on December 19, 1929, to Elizabeth Newell Flather and John Rogers Flather of Lowell, MA. She was the beloved granddaughter of Katherine (Kitty) Hall Newell, who played an enduring and formative role in her life, as Kitsey did in turn for her own grandchildren, who were everything to her. Kitsey was a very loving, affectionate, giving, and generous person who took great interest in the lives of others, befriended many, and enriched the lives of those she knew. A sweet, kind, and thoughtful person, she had the gift of appreciation and saw herself as fortunate in her relationships and in her life surroundings. She believed in being true to herself and to others, paid attention to the little things about people's lives that were big to them, and often took on the causes and interests of those she loved. "Everybody loved Kitsey," explained one cousin. "Kitsey!", "Mrs. Breeeeen", "mum", "Motherbreen...." and "Grammy!" were all terms of endearment said with a smile in the voice. Kitsey loved her years at Concord Academy, graduated in 1948, and was her class secretary for over sixty-five years until she died. In 1950, she graduated from Garland Junior College. She went on to teach kindergarten at Park School in Brookline, MA. and was fond of telling the story of how the two male bunnies in her classroom suddenly had babies. Kitsey volunteered for numerous causes, many of them educational (such as tutoring reading to disadvantaged children). She was quick to contribute her time and never missed an event important to her children. She loved Gloucester, and enjoyed many happy memories there, especially at her Gran's house near Bass Rocks, Good Harbor Beach, and, later, her own house on Gloucester Harbor. She loved coffee ice cream, playing cards, show tunes, the color Portuguese blue, ocean treasures discovered "down below", plants, Breakfast at Wimbledon, the Patriots, and the Red Sox. She had a special way with animals, treating pets and grand-pets as special members of the family, and was bestowed constant companionship and trust in return. She lived a happy and full life and will be dearly, dearly missed by her husband, Donald J. Breen of Westwood, MA, and her three children and their families: Don Breen, Jr., Adina Galan, and Philip Galan Breen (age 10); John Breen, Patricia McManus, Ben Breen (age 22), and Casey Breen (age 20); and Katherine (Kitty) Hall Breen, Tod Cowen, Charlie Cowen-Breen (age 14), and Yuli Katherine Cowen-Breen (age 6). She was preceded in death by her brother, Roger Flather, and will also be greatly missed by her sister Alice Blodgett, her brother Newell Flather, her sister Betsy Haddad, her large extended family, and her many friends. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 pm. on September 20, 2014, at First Church and Parish, 70 High Street, Dedham, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Concord Academy, 166 Main Street, Concord, MA 01742.
Published in The Boston Globe on June 22, 2014
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