Kathleen Betty DeCantillon
February 17, 1924 – October 1, 2020
Kathleen “Katie” B. DeCantillon (formerly Bundy) was born February 17, 1924 in the town of St. Neots, England. Kathleen passed away peacefully on October 1, 2020 after losing her battle with Cancer. She was preceded in death by her husband William F. DeCantillon, mother Nellie Bundy, father Albert E. Bundy, brother William, brother Len, sister Brenda, granddaughter Jennifer and son-in-law Peter Shampney. On January 15, 1944, Kathleen married William F. DeCantillon, Technician 4th Grade Medical Department, 2nd Evacuation Hospital, U.S. Army and of Meriden, Connecticut. Her husband left for the Battle of the Bulge shortly after their wedding.
Their first son, John William was born in St. Neots, England, on October 30, 1944. Daughter Linda was born in June 1947 and son Roger in September 1951. In April of 1946, she and her son were granted passage to the United States to rejoin her husband “Bill” who had been honorably discharged in June of 1945. After spending three years in Connecticut, Kathleen and her husband bought a restaurant and home in the Lakes Region town of Wilmot Flat, New Hampshire. Unfortunately, the restaurant closed two years later after her husband contracted tuberculosis and later, polio.
Kathleen was in the restaurant, catering and retail industry throughout her life until her retirement to Florida. She was well respected and in demand throughout her career. Her passion was in antiques and she opened a shop in Wilmot Flat, New Hampshire until her move to Florida. In 1989 Kathleen moved to California to be with her son Roger and her daughter-in-law Donna until her passing. Kathleen is survived by son John and his wife Helen of Brandon, MS; daughter Linda of Barefoot Bay, FL; and son Roger and his wife Donna of Camino, CA. Grandchildren include Cathie, Julie, William, Denise, Justine, and Krystle. Great-grandchildren include Amber, Brendan, Jeffery, Christina, Jamie, Sarah, Christian, Nathan, Conner, Acheron, and Persephone. Memorial contributions may be made to: Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital.