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Kathleen "Katie" (Flaherty) Mooney

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Mooney, Kathleen Flaherty ("Katie")

Pittsford: Born July 6, 1944 in Buffalo to Edward and Dolores Flaherty, Katie Mooney passed away peacefully in the presence of her loving family on July 25th. She attended Holy Angels Academy in Buffalo for high school and graduated from D'Youville College. She met John, her husband of 47 years, in Buffalo, and the couple married in 1967. After living in Toronto, Chicago and the New York City area, Katie and John moved to Rochester in 1979 and focused on raising their three girls.

With a wonderful ability to connect with children, she was a beloved teacher at Winton Road Nursery School for almost a decade. Katie also had a love of the outdoors and was frequently seen throughout Pittsford on her daily walks, often with her favorite dog Casey. She was an avid bridge player and worked hard to keep John following traditional bidding patterns when they played as partners. She developed deep friendships throughout Rochester and was a member of the Chatterbox Club for many years. Her love of music came from her mother Dolores, a concert pianist. By listening to her favorite standards, show tunes and other music, Katie instilled that same interest in her daughters. As a loving wife, mother, grandmother, relative and friend, she enriched the lives of everyone around her.

In addition to her parents, Katie is predeceased by her sister, Sheila Penn; brothers-in-law James I. Mooney and Dr. Edwin "Skip" Rague; and sisters-in-law Joyce Mooney Considine and Kathleen Mooney. She is survived by her husband, John; their three daughters, Karen E. Gilbert, Sarah M. (Stan) Holland and Elizabeth J. Mooney; their four grandchildren, Allison, Larry, John and Charlie; brothers-in-law Thomas T. Mooney and John J. Considine; and sisters-in-law Ellen Marie Rague and Norma Mooney; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

The family would also like to thank the dedicated staff at the Lipson Cancer Center, as well as her various aides, for the wonderful care they provided to Katie.

Friends may call Monday, July 28, 4-7 PM at the funeral chapel (2305 Monroe Ave.). Friends are invited to bring a written memory or photo for the family's Memory Book. A Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, July 29, 11 AM at Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14607 with a reception to immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Katie with gifts are asked to make donations to the Lipson Cancer Center at Rochester General (, or Daystar for Medically Fragile Children ( To share a memory of Katie or send a condolence to the family, visit


Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from July 27 to July 28, 2014
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