MERIDEN - Kathleen Bilger Braheney of Windham, died peacefully Friday, July 27, 2012, at St. Joseph's Living Center.
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A lifelong resident of Meriden, she was born Oct. 27, 1929, the daughter of Charles W. and Abigail (O'Brien) Bilger. Kathy graduated from Meriden High School in 1947 and St. Joseph College in 1951 with her bachelor's degree in nursing. She married Thomas J. Braheney, also of Meriden, in 1953, and together they raised three children. While Kathy worked for many years as a nurse at both the Bradley Home and Miller Memorial, the love and passion of her life was her family: her husband, her children, her parents and mother-in-law, Mary, and in later years, her beloved granddaughters. Kathy enjoyed gardening, cooking, traveling and spending time with her family and friends, whether it was by the shore, in the Vermont countryside or her own backyard. Her smile would light up the room and whoever she spent time with came to know her kindness, her grace and dignity, and her gentle ways.
Surviving are two daughters, Kathleen A. Braheney, of Saddle River, N.J., and Eileen M. Braheney and her husband, Jon Grant, of Manchester, Vt. and their daughter, Abbey; one son, Thomas J. Braheney and his wife, Christina, of North Windham and their daughter, Erin; one sister, Gail Jones and her husband, Robert, of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and her four nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas in 1991; by her brothers, William and Charles; and by her parents.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church on Tuesday, July 31, at 10 a.m. Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 30, at John J. Ferry and Sons 88 East Main St., Meriden. Burial will follow at St. Patrick's Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Kathleen's memory to St. Joseph Living Center's "End of Life" program, where she received loving and attentive care. St. Joseph Living Center, 14 Club Road, Windham, CT 06280. For online condolences please visit www.jferryfh.com
Published in The Record-Journal on July 28, 2012