CATHERINE "KITTY", 92, of Chestnut Hill, died of old age on September 22, 2012. Kitty was born in Germantown, Phila., in 1920 to Frank and Maggie Maguire. Her father was one of the first Republican magi-strates in Philadelphia. Kitty had 7 brothers and 3 sisters all of whom predeceased her.
Kitty was married to James "Shay" Broderick for sixty years until his death in 2001. Together, they raised 6 children in the Olney section of Philadelphia. Her daughter Kathlyn, remembers Kitty as the only working mom among her friend's mothers. From the mid 1950's until the mid 1990's, Kitty worked in the banking, advertising, telecommuni-cation, real estate, retail and construction industries. Her children had a saying that "there was not a job that Kitty couldn't handle". Up until the last few years, Kitty also volunteered at Monkey Business in Chestnut Hill.
Kitty spent many Summers with her family in Surf City NJ, living there year-round during the early 1970's. Family members fondly recall Kitty's love of the ocean and their time together 'Down the Shore'. Another hallmark of Kitty was that she was always ready for a new adventure and willing to try new things. Kitty enjoyed traveling with Shay and, after his death, she traveled often with her children and grand-children. Just a few years ago, at age 90, Kitty could be found enjoying the Eiffel Tower in Paris, climbing the hills of Costa Rica or swimming the beaches of Jamaica.
But Kitty's greatest joy was time spent with her grand-children and great grand-daughter, Imogen.
Kitty will forever be remem-bered for her warmth, kind-ness, intelligence, tolerance, and most importantly her wonder-ful sense of humor.
She is survived by her 6 children, Kathlyn (John Egan), Jim Broderick (Mary-Louise), Robert Broderick (Mary Jeanne), Timothy Broderick (Joan), Sharon (Edward Zale), Barbara (Kevin Lutz); 14 grand-children, and one great grand-child. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 A.M., Thursday, Sept. 27, with family Visitation at 11 A.M., Our Mother of Consolation Church, 9 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., Philadel-phia PA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Keystone Hospice, 8765 Stenton Ave., Wyndmoor PA 19118, www.keystonecare.com
(JACOB F. RUTH)
Published in Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Daily News on September 26, 2012