OBITUARY

Catherine Flaherty-Franzosa

June 19, 1941October 9, 2020
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Catherine Flaherty-Franzosa (Honey) of Medford, NY, passed away on October 9, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.

Catherine was born on 06/19/1941 to Bertha Flaherty and Charles Flaherty in Queens, NY.

Catherine is the endearing wife, and love of his life, to Joseph Franzosa of 29 years. She is the dearest and loving Mother of April Arcand-Zotos, Caprice Schimdt (Glenn), Joseph Arcand, Joseph Franzosa (Robin), Johanna Ava Arcand, and Troy Franzosa (Julie). The best ever Nana to Taryn Schmidt-Rodriguez, Thomas Joseph Schmidt, Johnny Zotos, Jessica Franzosa, Matthew Zotos, Lyndsie Arcand, Luke Zotos, Aiden Franzosa, William Leggio, and first time Great Nana to Rylee Rodriguez. Loving Sister to John Flaherty, (Mary) Betty Ann Fanning (Jack) and Jim Flaherty (Elizabeth). Dearest and adoring love to many cousins, nieces, nephews, and sister in laws.

In lieu of flowers the family is humbly requesting that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Cathy came from a historic railroad family, and also made a proud career of her tenure for 20 years as a Secretary for the Long Island Railroad. She truly loved her job, and made many dear and lasting friendships that were like family to her. Cathy worked in several departments within the Long Island Railroad, including Engineering, Procurement, and Accounts Payable. Her last position before retiring was in Jamaica, Queens, in the department of Strategic Investments.

Cathy loved all things of nature. She was a deep believer and worshiper of Saint Francis of Assisi, who loves and protects all of the animals of God’s kingdom. She also loved the American Indian culture. She truly loved listening and watching her birds from her deck, her flowers/gardens, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, their boat, and the beach. She also had great love for traveling and road trips with her husband Joe. She loved Disney World, going to Manhattan and taking her children and grandchildren to Broadway to see the best productions. She treasured her line/country dancing group with her husband Joe, and also made many great friends that were like family to her from her country dancing group.

Joe and Cathy had a winter home in Davenport, Florida, which they enjoyed for many years. Cathy and Joe were members there of the Civic Patrol for Polk County for Sheriff Grady Judd. They would patrol on safety watch in their community, by golf cart, and the sheriffs car to insure that their neighborhood was safe.

Cathy was truly the definition of a free, unbound, loving spirit. She loved her family and her friends that were close to her heart unconditionally. She lived for her family and husband, and only wanted to make sure everyone was taken care of and happy together. Her most cherished times was when her family was all together with her, at their home, with good food, family connection, love and laughter.

We love you Cathy, Mom, Nana. “You will be forever in our hearts. You are irreplaceable.” Love, your dear husband, children, grandchildren, and everyone whose lives you have touched.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Interment

    Monday, October 19, 2020

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Brian, Cathy & Kyle Frasier

October 18, 2020

We extend our deepest condolences to Joe and families. Cathy will be missed by all who knew her. She is in our thoughts and prayers as is all of you.

Robin Franzosa

October 17, 2020

Robin Franzosa

October 17, 2020

Amy Cleary

October 17, 2020

I met Cathy just one year into working at the LIRR. We worked together in MofE Equipment Engineering Dept. We became fast friends and she and Joe invited me to her family’s Christmas Eve celebration each year. She treated me and my family like we were her own. She loved my girls and always referred to them as hers.
I will miss Cathy as she will always be my forever friend.

Ed Jomisko

October 17, 2020

My Aunt Cathy was a warm, kind, beautiful, spirited person. She truly sparkled. Always welcoming & encouraging. She touched all of our hearts. I am saddened by her passing.

Mary Flaherty

October 16, 2020

Cathy Flaherty-Franzosa was my sister-in-law known to me as “Honey”, but she always referred to me as her “sister”. Every birthday card I received from her brought a smile to my face and a warm feeling of a true family connection. Family meant everything to Honey and her home was always open to a welcome visit. In the past few years, we were geographically miles apart since her brother John and I moved to Florida, but we always managed to get together when she came to stay in her Florida home for several months. I will forever treasure our visits to each other’s homes, our trip to Disney, and special occasion celebrations. Her warm personality never passed judgement on anyone in our extended family. She will always be remembered for her kindness and loving acceptance of our whole family.

John Flaherty

October 16, 2020

My sister Honey’s passing has saddened me greatly. She has always been such a deeply caring person for others. Over the years, due to living in different states, we have always spent much time talking together on the phone. Regardless of her own ups and downs, she always asked about everyone else. She wanted to know how the rest of the family was doing because she truly cared. Even in our last conversation, despite her own situation, she asked “How is everyone” and “How are you doing, John?” Three times during that conversation she asked, “How are you doing, John?” So, now I hold those words dear to me like an echo in my mind. Some day, when we are all together again, I’ll be able to hug her and say, “How are you doing, Honey?”
I will always love and miss her dearly.

Joie Barbara Jones

October 15, 2020

My heart is still so heavy as I think of Cathy's crossing over. We both worked as Secretaries for the LIRR & my last year, I knew Joe first as he worked in my Shop. I went to her Accounts-Payable Dept & we sat across from each other & ended up becoming friends & laughing. We would meet up in FL as my resort was 10 minute ride to her & Joe's house. We all 3 would have a great time enjoying our 'Snow-Bird' time. She lived off same Rt 27 as my brother, also a LIRR retiree. Health issues stopped us from hooking up down there but we'd see each other at our monthly LIRR luncheons. Will miss her beautiful smile and laugh, her sweet personality and kindness.
Holding her & her family in the light. Sleep well my friend.
Joie

Doris Rosenberg Cole

October 15, 2020

Cathy and I became friends more than 50 years ago. We raised our children together, and spent a lot of time together. Then, unfortunately, life intervened and we went in different directions Though we didn't see each other, our love and friendship never faltered. We reconnected about 10 years ago and our friendship picked up right where we left off, and just kept growing l We had a genuine love for each other that will go on forever ! My heart is so sad for your wonderful family . I believe that when hearts are connected, love never dies. I believe we will find each other again. Till then, RIP sweet girl and know how much you are loved.

Jo Ann Alaimo-Weihs

October 15, 2020

Her passing saddens me a great deal. The mother of my best friend April, Cathy always welcomed me into her home day or night. She was a warm and loving person. I felt like she was my second mother through my adolescence years. Just a wonderful human being. I will forever remember her sparkling eyes and beautiful smile. She showed me what a strong independent woman was and how to be one. I admired her will, determination and class. I will miss her dearly.....

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