Kathleen Theresa Duffy Flaherty died on Monday, September 28 after a prolonged illness. She was born on February 13, 1927 in Queens Village, New York. Kathleen received her bachelor’s degree from the College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale, NY. Once out of college, she worked for the New York Telephone company in New York City. On January 21, 1956, she married William Francis Flaherty, Jr. They lived in Great Barrington, MA and had six children; their youngest daughter, Roseanne, died in infancy. In 1965, they moved to Old Lyme, CT, when William took a position with the Electric Boat Division of the General Dynamics Company. Once her children were in school, she began teaching fourth grade in the Mile Creek School in Old Lyme, where she taught for several years.
While working and raising her family, she earned a master’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University. When her son left for college, she went back to work for the Southern Bell telephone company in New Haven, CT. She retired from the telephone company in 1994. She and William moved from Connecticut to Bryan, TX in 2010.
Kathleen is survived by her husband William; her five children and their spouses: Theresa and Walter A. Haenn, III (Ardmore, PA); Kate and John P. Ebbott (Dallas, TX and Mansfield, VT); Mary and Jay Violette (Waterville, ME); Jane Flaherty (College Station, TX); and John and Nancy Flaherty (Johnson City, TN); sixteen grandchildren and one great grandson; and her sister, Dorothy Duffy Murphy (Trumbull CT). Kathleen was deeply loved and admired by her husband and children, her large extended family, and many friends both in Texas and New England.
A memorial service will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in College Station, TX on Saturday, October 10 at 8:00 am. Her ashes will be laid to rest in Great Barrington, MA at a later date.
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