Kathleen L. (Jezard) Maher, age 65, of Brockton died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Tues. May 26th. after a lengthy illness. Kathy grew up in East Bridgewater and is the loving daughter of Phyllis (O’Connor) Jezard of East Bridgewater and the late Jack F. Jezard.
She was a graduate of East Bridgewater High School, Class of 1972 and married her high school sweetheart Stephen F. Maher on January 6th, 1973. They settled in Brockton where they raised their four children. Kathleen was the loving mother of Heather and her husband Daniel Martin of Abington, Shannon and her husband Jeff Whitehead of Assonet, Stephen and Bethannie Maher of SC, and Michael and Tiffany Maher of SC. Kathleen attended St Luke’s School of Nursing and was a longtime CNA for various nursing homes in and around Brockton.
Kathleen was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease at around age 20 which caused her to have a stroke when she was 40 years old. Five years later, her kidneys failed and her unwavering husband was a 98% donor match. Kathleen and Stephen were the first spousal kidney transplant at Mass General Hospital. Despite many obstacles that Kathy faced, she would put on a smile and say she was always “100%”.
Stephen and Kathy own a red and white 55 Chevy which was aka “Kathy’s car”. Kathy’s favorite pastimes included gardening, watching cooking shows, waiting at the finish line at local road races, attending car shows, and most importantly enjoyed 27 cruises.
Kathy was the proud “Grammy” of Courtney and Nicholas Celidonio, Kayleigh and Ashleigh Whitehead, Stephen Maher III, and Jenna, Ryan, and Jack Maher.
Kathleen was the loving sister of Jane Jezard of Centerville, Michael Jezard and his wife Mary of FL, Steven Jezard and his wife Debra of East Bridgewater, and Jackie Edwards and her husband Thomas of Hanson. Kathleen was also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are cordially invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, June 2 at 11:00am at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 103 Center St. Bridgewater. Burial will follow at St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery. Please respect social distancing, masks are required inside the church, and only 72 attendees permitted (including family).
In lieu of flowers, donations in Kathleen’s Memory may be sent to Polycystic Kidney Foundation by mail: PKD Foundation PO Box 871847, Kansas City, MO 64187 or click here.