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Eustis & Cornell Funeral Home

142 Elm Street, Marblehead, MA

OBITUARY

Diane Putnam Kenny

July 28, 1933September 9, 2019
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MARBLEHEAD - Long-time Marblehead resident Diane Putnam Kenny passed away on September 9 at the age of 86. Dede, as she was called by her many friends, was a proud Marbleheader whose ancestors first came to the town in the 1600s. Growing up in The Great Depression and losing her father at age 8, Dede learned the value of hard work. She lived her life accordingly, and passed her Yankee work ethic along to her descendants. Dede was a graduate of Marblehead High School (Class of 1951) and the Katherine Gibbs secretarial school, and she worked in a variety of administrative positions throughout her long career. One of her favorite things was the town's sea air, especially when it would provide relief on hot summer afternoons. Dede, known for her kind and friendly nature, had many friends and close relatives with whom she enjoyed spending time. Later in life, she took great joy in playing with her grandchildren on their many weekend visits. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Dede is survived by her son, Thomas Kenny of Bedford, Mass., his wife Kathleen Kenny, her two beloved grandchildren, Daniel and Annabelle, as well as many nieces and nephews, friends, and countless cousins. She was the widow of Edward J. Kenny, who passed away in 2009, and the sister of S. Jane Bridgeo, who passed away in 2007. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, September 16, at 11 a.m. in the Eustis & Cornell Funeral Home, 142 Elm Street, Marblehead. Burial will follow in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project. To share a memory or leave online condolences please visit eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • THOMAS KENNY, Son
  • Dede is survived by her son, Thomas Kenny of Bedford, Mass., his wife Kathleen Kenny, her two beloved grandchildren, Daniel and Annabelle, as well as many nieces and nephews, friends, and countless cousins. She was the widow of Edward J. Kenny, who passed away in 2009, and the sister of S. Jane Bridgeo, who passed away in 2007.

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, September 16, 2019

Memories

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Betty Gatchell

September 18, 2019

Dear Tom , Kathleen and family, Ben and I are so sorry for the loss of your wonderful mother. Ben often dropped by to visit , and will miss those fun and interesting conversations they had . I also found Dede fun to be around, so honest and quite a sense of humor. She would have been so happy with the beautiful service that was held for her. Bless you all, love , Ben and Betty.

Biography

MARBLEHEAD - Long-time Marblehead resident Diane Putnam Kenny passed away on September 9 at the age of 86. Dede, as she was called by her many friends, was a proud Marbleheader whose ancestors first came to the town in the 1600s. Growing up in The Great Depression and losing her father at age 8, Dede learned the value of hard work. She lived her life accordingly, and passed her Yankee work ethic along to her descendants. Dede was a graduate of Marblehead High School (Class of 1951) and the Katherine Gibbs secretarial school, and she worked in a variety of administrative positions throughout her long career.
One of her favorite things was the town's sea air, especially when it would provide relief on hot summer afternoons. Dede, known for her kind and friendly nature, had many friends and close relatives with whom she enjoyed spending time. Later in life, she took great joy in playing with her grandchildren on their many weekend visits. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Dede is survived by her son, Thomas Kenny of Bedford, Mass., his wife Kathleen Kenny, her two beloved grandchildren, Daniel and Annabelle, as well as many nieces and nephews, friends, and countless cousins. She was the widow of Edward J. Kenny, who passed away in 2009, and the sister of S. Jane Bridgeo, who passed away in 2007.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, September 16, at 11 a.m. in the Eustis & Cornell Funeral Home, 142 Elm Street, Marblehead. Burial will follow in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project. To share a memory or leave online condolences please visit eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com