Katherine Marie (Shea) Casey, of Suffield, formerly of Windsor Locks and Northampton and Southampton, Mass., passed peacefully into eternal rest and back into the loving arms of her late husband of 55 years, Bernard J. (Jack) Casey who predeceased her, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, surrounded by her family.
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Born in Rockville on Nov. 30, 1925, to the late Thomas and Catherine (Kitty) Shea, she lived a rich, full life as a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and dear friend to many.
She is survived by her four children, Kathleen Wilson, and her husband, Douglas, of Nova Scotia, Canada, her son, John (Jack), and his wife, Annemarie, of Simsbury, her son, Kevin, and his wife, Sharon, of Suffield, and her son, Christopher, and his wife, Kristin, of Longmeadow, Mass. In addition, she leaves her beloved grandchildren, who were truly the lights of her life. They are John, Daniel, Thomas, Hannah, Margaret (Meg), Maire, and Jimmy. She leaves her sister, Rita Otto; and her two nephews, Thomas and William Otto.
She attended St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing and became a registered nurse in the early years of her marriage to Jack. Upon the birth of her children she dedicated her time, energy, and talents to a wide variety of civic and charitable pursuits in both Windsor Locks and later in Massachusetts. She was the first president of the St. Mary Parish Council upon its formation in the early 1960s, and the president of the Windsor Locks Womens Club. She was a longtime member of the Windsor Locks Democratic Town Committee, and a delegate to the Democratic State Convention. Upon moving to Northampton in 1978, she quickly became involved in her new community, eventually becoming president of the Parish Council of Annunciation Parish in Florence, president of the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Auxiliary, and in that capacity a member of the board of trustees of the hospital. In 2004, she was awarded the prestigious William Dwyer Award for her lifetime contributions to the hospital. She was a member of the Century Club of Northampton, and remained an avid bridge player throughout her entire life. She returned to Connecticut in 2001, and spent her last years attending her grandchildren's baseball and basketball games, swim meets, and musical performances, all of which gave her the greatest joys of her life. She will always be remembered fondly by those who knew her well, and those with whom she interacted with daily in restaurants, local stores, and businesses, for the easy grace she willingly shared with everyone, and the long trail of smiles and laughter which followed her everywhere.
Kathy's family is deeply grateful, but no more than she herself was, for the loving care she received in the last year of her life, first from the staff at the Suffield House and finally from the wonderful staff of the Visiting Nurse Association Healthcare Hope team.
Visiting hours will be on Sunday, March 3, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring St., Windsor Locks.
A funeral procession will gather at Windsor Locks Funeral Home on Monday, March 4, at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 42 Spring St., Windsor Locks. Burial will be held in St. Mary Cemetery.
Memorial donations in memory of Kathy may be made to the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Auxiliary, Locust Street, Northampton, Mass., or Visiting Nurse Association Healthcare Hope Team, Woodland Street, Hartford.
To leave an online condolence or for directions please visit our website at
Windsor Locks Funeral Home
441 Spring Street
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
Published in Journal Inquirer from Feb. 28 to Mar. 4, 2013