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Catherine E. Byrne

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Catherine E. Byrne Obituary
On August 2, 2017, Catherine E. Byrne went to her home in heaven. She is the wife of Vincent R. Byrne. They have seven children and twelve grandchildren. Born and raised in Brighton Center, Catherine, known as Kitty, is the daughter of the late William and Margaret Sullivan. Catherine attended St. Columbkilles schools and graduated first in the high school business course in 1955. After high school, she was employed by John Hancock Insurance. In August 1958, Catherine and Vincent married at St. Columbkilles where their wedding was officiated by her uncle Monsignor John A. Sullivan of Prince Edward Island. Catherine resided in East Watertown for over 40 years where she and Vincent raised their family. During that time, she was an active parishioner at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church and a founding member of the Couples Club. Through her volunteer work, Catherine supported the parochial and public schools her children attended. She also worked part time as a bookkeeper. In retirement, Catherine was a daily communicant at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Osterville. She shared her time, treasure and talent with the Ladies Guild, the Prayer Shawl knitting group, and other parish needs. Her home-baked pies and cookies for the bake sales were legendary. In addition to her beloved husband Vincent, Catherine is survived by her children and their spouses, Elizabeth and Edmu nd Dawes of Marblehead, Sally and Ronald Crusan of Port Clyde, Maine, Margaret and Kevin Kerasof Yarmouth Port, William Byrne and Patricia Keenan-Byrne of Milton, Kathleen and Scott Murphy of Dedham, Maura and Michael OSullivan of Charlotte, NC, and John and Claire Byrne of West Medford and her grandchildren, Eamon Dawes; Garret and Hannah Crusan; Julia and Jack Keras; Emma, Andrew and Keenan Byrne; Teagan, Ruari and Catherine OSullivan; and Cillian Byrne. Catherine is also survived by her in-laws, Joseph Byrne, Ann Byrne and Joan Krouzek, Janice Byrne and cousins, Sr. Margaret Chisholm, SC, Sylvia Jones, Kenneth Sullivan, Alice Schmitz, Constance Churchill, Dorothy Macdonald, and Mary McHale as well as many cherished nieces and nephews. Services were held on Monday. Memorial donations may be sent to the need-based grant program at St. Columbkille Partnership School, 25 Arlington St., Brighton, MA 02135, www.stcps.org. For online guestbook and directions, please visit www.johnlawrencefuneral home.com.
Published in The Watertown Tab & Press from Aug. 5 to Aug. 18, 2017
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