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Catherine A. (Sullivan) Mulcahy

Catherine A. (Sullivan) Mulcahy
  • January 28, 1932 - December 13, 2016
  • Melrose, Massachusetts
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • Alzheimer's Association
    480 Pleasant St.
    Watertown, MA 02472

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“Joe and FamilySorry to hear of your mom's passing. May she Rest In Peace with the Lord. ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Liane Barrett - Wakefield, MA

“Pat, Joan, and all the Mulcahy Family, I'm so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Nancy and Tom Melanson ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Nancy Melanson - Peabody, MA

“Long time friend of Joan's and then also sister-in-law! I remember going to Joan's house on Bay State Road and Mrs. Mulcahy was always in the...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Nancy Malley - Friend

“I have know her since 3rd grade. Good friends went alot of places. Every time I went home I visited her and I will miss he At least ahe is ith the...Read More »
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“Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. ”
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Catherine A. Mulcahy, 84, passed peacefully on Tuesday December 13, 2016 at the Kaplan Hospice House in Danvers. She was born in Melrose on January 28, 1932 to the late Thomas and Helen Sullivan.

A life-long Melrose resident, Catherine, with her husband William, raised nine children. She is survived by her children Patricia and her husband Warren Russo of Newburyport, Joan and her husband Alan Hicks of Melrose, William, Jr. and his wife Laura Mulcahy of North Reading, Thomas and his wife Kimberly Mulcahy of Cheshire, Ginny and her husband Stephen Richard of Lynnfield, Paul and his wife Paula Mulcahy of Derry, NH, Joseph and his wife Kathleen Mulcahy of Wakefield, Karen and her husband Robert Paquette of Wilmington, and Edward and his wife Fiona Mulcahy of Bradford.

Catherine was a two-time cancer survivor. On December 13th, the good Lord reunited her with the love of her life, William J. Mulcahy, who died on September 10, 2014, after a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Catherine's pride and joy were her twenty-two grandchildren, about whom she could talk endlessly. She was grandmother to Allison and Diana Russo; Daniel, Jennifer and Laura Hicks; Kaitlyn and Matthew Mulcahy; Kevin and Colleen Mulcahy; Melanie and Erica Richard; Jacklyn Ward, Catherine and Andrew Mulcahy; Erin and Tommy Mulcahy; Devin and Connor Paquette; and Bryan, Sean, Colin and Keira Mulcahy.

She treasured her Bay State Road neighbors: Nancy and Herb Schurian, Louise and Bob Toomey, Louise and Jerry McGuinness. She loved passing an occasional summer's day at the beaches of Revere, Cape Cod and Maine with family and friends.

With husband Bill and their Italian-American Citizens Club friends, Catherine enjoyed multiple cruises to the Caribbean, two trips to Ireland, and twice-yearly bus trips to Atlantic City. Although Catherine loved the thrill of playing the slot machines and the Lottery, the biggest winnings of her life were the nine children she had borne and loved.

Catherine was predeceased by her brother, Franciscan Brother Thomas B Sullivan, Order of Friars Minor.

Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Saturday December 17th at 9AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St., Wakefield at 10 AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours at Gately Funeral Home on Friday from 4:00–8:00pm. Burial at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Stoneham.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.