Katherine M. Kilroy
January 22, 1937 – December 15, 2018
Katherine M. “Kate” (Sullivan) Kilroy, 81, of Tiverton, and formerly of Fall River, passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018 after a long illness. She was the beloved wife of William H. Kilroy with whom she shared 57 years of marriage.
Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Cornelius J. and Mildred E. (Leary) Sullivan, she lived most of her life in Fall River. A woman of great faith, she was a communicant of the former SS. Peter & Paul Church and St. Theresa’s Church. Her greatest joy was being with her family and friends.
Mrs. Kilroy graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School in 1955 and Truesdale Hospital School of Nursing in 1958. Kate was a registered nurse for the Fall River Public Schools for 23 years until her retirement in 2002. While she enjoyed all the students, she felt a special connection to the special needs students and could frequently be found with them during her free time. Prior to her time in the Fall River school system, Mrs. Kilroy worked at Truesdale Hospital and Union Hospital for 20 years collectively and was a member of the Truesdale Hospital Alumni Association.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, Dr. Kevin P. Kilroy and his wife Kimberly of Berkley; two daughters, Susan E. Raymondo and her husband Michael of Fall River and Karen Kilroy of Portsmouth; a brother, Cornelius J. Sullivan, Jr. and his wife Maureen of Concord, MA; a sister, Judith E. Reis of Tiverton, RI; four grandchildren, Patrick, Kelsey, and Broghan Kilroy and Michael Raymondo; and several nieces and nephews. The family would also like to acknowledge Karen Harrison, a close family friend, for her kindness and compassion.
Her funeral will be Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 9:00 am from the Waring-Sullivan Home at Cherry Place, 178 Winter St., Fall River, MA followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Theresa’s Church, 265 Stafford Rd., Tiverton, RI. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Fall River. Visitation will be Wednesday 4-7 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org. For online tribute/directions www.waring-sullivan.com.
- William H. Kilroy, Husband
- The late Cornelius J. and Mildred E. (Leary) Sullivan, Parents
- Dr. Kevin P. Kilroy and his wife Kimberly, Son
- Susan E. Raymondo and her husband Michael, Daughter
- Karen Kilroy, Daughter
- Cornelius J. Sullivan, Jr. and his wife Maureen, Brother
- Judith E. Reis, Sister
- Four grandchildren, Patrick, Kelsey and Broghan Kilroy and Michael Raymondo; and several nieces and nephews.
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
- Visitation Wednesday, December 19, 2018
- Funeral Service Thursday, December 20, 2018
- Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, December 20, 2018
- Burial Thursday, December 20, 2018
Katherine M. Kilroy
December 18, 2018
I will never forget the childhood memories of times spent at the Kilroy’s.
Aunt Kate always had a knack to offer a kind word and hug at times when they were needed.
She will be missed by many and was loved by all.
December 18, 2018
My mom was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, mother-in-law and friend. She was a loving and caring person who always put others before herself. She was still close to wonderful friends who she attended high school and nursing school with. Mom would do anything for the people who she cared about. Born to be a nurse my mom had the compassion and skill to provide comfort to those in need. She was a true professional who treated patients with the kindness and respect they deserved. I recall being a young child and mom asking me to include a patient in my prayers. This man had no one left to pray for him. I never forgot that request and still pray for this man many years later. My mom was a woman of great faith which carried her through some difficult times throughout her life. She instilled this faith in her children. I have never seen her faith waver. It was an honor and privilege to walk this life journey with my mom. I will love and miss her every day and will always be proud to be one of Kate’s kids.