Catherine C. Dowd, 64, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Concord VNA Hospice, Concord, after a long illness.
She is survived by her husband of 16 years, James E. Knee; two sons, Conor P. McNally of Essex, Vt., and Hugh F. McNally of Bethlehem; her mother, Vivian (Tambolleo) Dowd, of Sterling, Mass.; three brothers, Thomas F. Dowd Jr., of Holden, Mass., Peter M. Dowd of Sterling, Mass. and James J. Dowd of Grifton, N.C.; a sister, Therese Vattes, of Bolton, Mass.; two step-sons, Michael Knee and Matthew Knee, both of Concord; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins; and her beloved animals, dog, Obo, and horses, Pumpkin and King.
Catherine was born in Worcester, Mass., and raised in Clinton, Mass., daughter of the late Thomas F. Dowd. She was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School, Worcester, Mass. and Atlantic Union College, South Lancaster, Mass., where she earned her degree in Nursing.
As a Registered Nurse, Catherine started her career at St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, Mass., prior to relocating to New Hampshire, where she began a 29 year career at Littleton Hospital, before working at Concord Hospital for more than 12 years before her retirement.
She was a former member of St. John the Guardian of Our Lady Parish, Clinton, Mass. An avid skier and mountain hiker, Catherine was a talented equestrian, who, along with Jim, kept horses on their former farm in Franconia. It was there that she cared for her most-loved mare, Heiress.
Catherine's funeral will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, from the McNally & Watson Funeral Home, 304 Church St., Clinton, Mass., with a Mass at 11 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 80 Union St., Clinton, Mass.
Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Lancaster, Mass.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours at the funeral home on Friday, Jan. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the
, 43 Nagog Park, Suite 110, Acton, MA 01720, cancer.org.
To share a memory of Catherine, or offer condolences to her family, please visit mcnallywatson.com.
McNally & Watson Funeral & Cremation Service
304 CHURCH ST
Clinton, MA 01510
Published in The Concord Monitor on Jan. 6, 2017