Kathleen Theresa Duffy Flaherty died on Monday, September 28 after a prolonged illness. She was born on February 13, 1927 in Queens Village, New York. Kathleen received her bachelor’s degree from the College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale, NY. Once out of college, she worked for the New York Telephone company in New York City. On January 21, 1956, she married William Francis Flaherty, Jr. They lived in Great Barrington, MA and had six children; their youngest daughter, Roseanne, died in infancy. In 1965, they moved to Old Lyme, CT, when William took a position with the Electric Boat Division of the General Dynamics Company. Once her children were in school, she began teaching fourth grade in the Mile Creek School in Old Lyme, where she taught for several years.
While working and raising her family, she earned a master’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University. When her son left for college, she went back to work for the Southern Bell telephone company in New Haven, CT. She retired from the telephone company in 1994. She and William moved from Connecticut to Bryan, TX in 2010.
Kathleen is survived by her husband William; her five children and their spouses: Theresa and Walter A. Haenn, III (Ardmore, PA); Kate and John P. Ebbott (Dallas, TX and Mansfield, VT); Mary and Jay Violette (Waterville, ME); Jane Flaherty (College Station, TX); and John and Nancy Flaherty (Johnson City, TN); sixteen grandchildren and one great grandson; and her sister, Dorothy Duffy Murphy (Trumbull CT). Kathleen was deeply loved and admired by her husband and children, her large extended family, and many friends both in Texas and New England.
A memorial service will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in College Station, TX on Saturday, October 10 at 8:00 am. Her ashes will be laid to rest in Great Barrington, MA at a later date.
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Dear Bill and family,
Please accept our most sincere condolences for the loss of your wife and the mother of your family.
Barbara and I feel very blessed to have known Kathleen during our time at Watercrest and your continued hospitality and kindness given to us.
We will always remember her beautiful smile, Christian commitment and inner strength.
We will keep her and your family in our prayers .
Jim & Barbara Riley
Much love sent your way. We all are so sad to have to say goodbye to your Mother. She was a special person.
Tom & Anne
Kathleen was the first resident of Watercrest to welcome me as a new neighbor and invited me to come meet other neighbors one afternoon. Her friendliness and quick smile was refreshing! She was proud of her family and loved having them come visit.
She was so brave and a wonderful blessing to us all during her illness. I am so grateful I was privileged to be a neighbor to the Flahertys while I lived at Watercrest.
My sympathy and prayers are with you,
I have fond, loving memories of Aunt Kathleen. My condolences to Uncle Bill, Theresa, Kate, Mary, Jane and John, and your extended family.
Jane, I’m so sorry for your loss. She sounds like an amazing woman.
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To the Flaherty family,
Please accept my most sincere condolences for the your loss. I first met Kathleen and Bill when I moved in down the hall from them in Building 5 at Watercrest. Kathleen was so friendly and welcoming! She was always happy for a quick visit and chat. I remember how she enjoyed telling me the stories behind the beautiful antiques she and Bill owned. It was always evident when she chatted just how much she loved Bill and her children. She would put a smile on both our faces when she talked about them! I will miss this special lady.
Kathleen was a lovely lovely lady and we so enjoyed her company when I lived in GtB
She wrote such friendly letters after attending our girls weddings in Stowe. God be good to her. Love Gerry and Theresa Griffin
We are very saddened to hear of Kathleen’s passing. She and William were so good to us when we moved to Old Saybrook from Mass. She was a very caring and gracious lady and wonderful mother and wife. Our condolences to William and the family.
Dear Flaherty family,
Kathleen was a vibrant member of our book club for many years before I recently joined last year. She contributed insightful comments with her ready wit and great intelligence, but also with her friendly smile. Although I had little time to know her, I still think of her fondly.
Kitty W. Gardner