OSTERVILLE. 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. Columbkille’s 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. Columbkille’s 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:
Children and their spouses: Elizabeth and Edmund Dawes of Marblehead, Sally and Ronald Crusan of Port Clyde, Maine, Margaret and Kevin Keras of Yarmouth Port, William Byrne and Patricia Keenan-Byrne of Milton, Kathleen and Scott Murphy of Dedham, Maura and Michael O’Sullivan of Charlotte, NC, and John and Claire Byrne of West Medford.
Grandchildren: Eamon Dawes; Garret and Hannah Crusan; Julia and Jack Keras; Emma, Andrew and Keenan Byrne; Teagan, Ruari and Catherine O’Sullivan; and Cillian Byrne.
In-laws: Joseph Byrne, Ann Byrne and Joan Krouzek, Janice Byrne.
Cousins: Sr. Margaret Chisholm, SC, Sylvia Jones, Kenneth Sullivan, Alice Schmitz, Constance Churchill, Dorothy Macdonald, and Mary McHale.
Many cherished nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be Sunday, August 6 from 4-8 pm at John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Rd (Rte 28) in Marstons Mills. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, August 7 at Noon at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Osterville. Burial will take place Tuesday, August 8 at Noon at St. Patrick Cemetery in Watertown.
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.