Catherine R. Thomas

August 7, 1933September 10, 2018

Catherine R. Thomas, nee Ray, a life-long resident of Yonkers, NY, died on September 10th, 2018 at St. John’s Riverside Hospital. She was 85 years old.

She was born on August 7th, 1933 in Yonkers; the devoted daughter of the late Sylvester and Eleanor (Cunningham) Ray. Catherine married the Hon Daniel P. Thomas, Jr. also of Yonkers on August 22, 1959 at St. Denis Church and was married for 36 years before losing the love of her life when he passed in 1995. Her husband represented the City of Yonkers as a Yonkers City Councilman and as a Westchester County Legislator. Catherine is the adored mother of her four children: Ellen McGlynn and her husband Terence of Sleepy Hollow, NY, Daniel P. Thomas, III of Roslindale, MA., Paul J. Thomas and his wife Bobbie Lee of Yonkers, NY, and Matthew P. Thomas of Yonkers, NY. She was the proud grandmother of her 7 grandchildren – Molly, Colleen, Brendan, Devin, Erin, Cady and Maura. She is survived by her loving sister Patricia Hyland of Stony Brook, NY and brother William McCarthy of Rye, NH. She was a beloved aunt to her nieces and nephews. Catherine was predeceased by her brothers Walter Ray and John Ray and two infant sons. She is the dear friend to many whether they be from her school days, work life, politics, St. Anthony Parish and her cherished time in Windham NY. She was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School and the Cochran School of Nursing and enjoyed a 30-year career as a registered nurse at St. John’s Riverside Hospital. She will be waked at Whalen and Ball Funeral Home on Friday, September 14th. Visiting hours will be 2-5 pm and 7-9 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Church of St. Anthony, Nepera Park at 10am. Interment will immediately follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Yonkers, NY. In lieu of flowers the family has requested a donation be made to Fred’s Team via Colleen McGlynn's donation page for cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Whalen & Ball Funeral Home 168 Park Ave. Yonkers, N.Y. 10703 (914)965-5488



  • Visitation Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Interment Saturday, September 15, 2018


  • Chapel "A"

Catherine R. Thomas

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Leah De Soto Timmons

September 13, 2018

Dear Catherine, It's been so many years 70 plus since we shared our childhood friendship on Radford St. May you rest with the angels and may God comfort your family with precious memories and love, Leah