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Kathryn Hendrickson

November 10, 1959July 9, 2020

Kathy Parnell Hendrickson, age 60, passed away peacefully at home on the afternoon of July 9, 2020 after a short battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. She was born and raised in Belmont and summered in Scituate, where she spent most of her adult life. It was in Sand Hills of Scituate that she met her future “husber”, Eric Hendrickson. The two of them enjoyed 33 years of marriage, constantly building on their love of boating, family vacations and passed down traditions. Together, they raised two children; “Trisky”, daughter Shannon and “Bud”, son Johnny. She was an amazing mother who was fiercely protective of her “kiddles” and loved spending time with them by the pool in the backyard, visiting Cape Cod, vacations to Disney World or watching their favorite shows in the fam room. She always put her family first and she had a wonderful way of taking care of others. Her knowledge acquired at St. Thomas Aquinas and Curry College prepared her for a life of care giving and she was devoted to the well-being for her parents, her husband and children, her nieces and nephews. Kathy even cared for her great nephews, further passing down her amazing motherly instincts and her ever expanding list of “kiddles” she loved. Kathy had a wonderful sense of humor and always told you exactly how it was. She always did things “her way,” right up to the end. She will be sorely missed but her legacy and humor will live on in those that she loved. Kathy was the daughter of the late John and Josephine Parnell of Scituate/Belmont and is survived by Nancy Parnell Reardon of Scituate, Charles and Ellen Parnell of Marshfield, John and Sue Parnell of Hingham, Robert and Maureen Parnell of Eastern PA, Maureen Callis-Banks and Carl Banks of Quincy, and Susan and Bill Hodgkins of North East Harbor, ME. In addition to her siblings, she is survived by countless nieces, nephews and great- nieces and nephews. Information regarding a visitation and private burial will be posted at a later date on this site. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Kathy’s memory may be made to the MS Society and/or VCA charities.


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Connie Marcotte

July 19, 2020

Kathy will be sorely missed by all who knew her. I met Kathy when John and my son Chris were in either K, or 1st grade. Frequent visits to each other’s pools, and general “hang out” time, cemented a friended ship that has lasted many years. Kathy indeed became a second Mom to Chris, and we will forever cherish her kindness. ❤️ Rest in piece Kathy.

Mary Clare and Rob Casey-Hendrickson

July 18, 2020

Hard to imagine that Kathy won’t be part of the Hendrickson gang adventures anymore. Her hearty laugh always punctuated many a conversation. Fond memories of our Fall weekends away when the “out-laws” had their own stories to share. Kathy loved her family—always enjoyed caring for kiddos—and she loved her new shoes. All of them! No doubt she will always be present in her family who loved her dearly. I for one will miss sharing a laugh with Kathy. We love you and will miss you.

Karen Hendrickson

July 16, 2020

Kathy was a thoughtful wife and mother who cherished her children. We loved her sarcastic wit and humor that kept us entertained during many memorable times at the Beach House. She loved getting kissed by the clown in the Labor Day parade and wore his face paint proudly throughout the day. My kids could count on her for endless pool time in her backyard with the cousins to get through the hot summers. They still tell the story of meeting up with a rabid fox there who escaped from her bordering woods and tried to attack them in the pool until Kathy saved the day! She was too full of life to leave this Earth so early. We will miss her terribly...
Much love,
Karen Hendrickson and her family

Maureen & Joe Long

July 15, 2020

Missing Kathy already. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hendrickson and Parnell families.

Ed Milano

July 13, 2020

Eric and Johnny,
I am very sorry for your loss, I hope and pray you find solace with family and friends.
My thoughts are with you both, Ed Milano


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