Catherine A. Willard

ATHOL — A Mass of Christian Burial for Catherine A. Willard was held Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Our Lady Immaculate Church, Athol. 

Rev. Edwin Montana, pastor of Our Lady, officiated. The mass was concelebrated by Rev. Richard Jakubauskas of Worcester. The funeral pall was placed on the casket by her granddaughters Claire McKinnon, Tatum and Tess Hosman and Erin Willard. The readings were shared by her sister Joy Taintor and her grandson Luke McKinnon. The homily and committal prayers were given by Deacon Bryan Lagimoniere. The Offertory Gifts were brought forth by her friends Dennis and Patty Killay. The eulogy was given by her son Andrew Willard.

Burial followed in Gethsemane Cemetery, Athol. The organist was Terry Parker and the soloist was Liz Hume. Bearers were Russell Taintor, John Willard, Robert Willard, Luke McKinnon, George Reid Jr. and Devon Willard. Fellowship followed in St. Francis of Assisi Church Hall.

Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange, directed arrangements.

ATHOL — Catherine A. (Reid) Willard, 80, of Athol passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at Quabbin Valley Healthcare, Athol.

Kay was born on May 18, 1936, in Montague to the late George and Josephine (Glasheen) Reid Sr.

She was a lifelong resident of Athol, graduating from Athol High School in 1954.

Kay was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, Arlan D. Willard, and her sister, Roberta Swan. 

Kay leaves her companion Charles Morrow of Athol; sons, Matthew of Boston, Andrew and his wife Susan of Cohasset, and Robert of Athol; daughters, Elizabeth McKinnon and her husband Michael of Boston, and Mary Hosman and her husband Eric of Hamilton; sister, Joy Taintor and her husband Russell of East Templeton; and brother George Reid Jr. and his wife Joan of Orange. Kay was the beloved grandmother to Luke and Claire McKinnon, Tatum and Tess Hosman, and Devin and Erin Willard. She also leaves behind many treasured nieces and nephews.

She worked as a secretary for Judge C. Edward Rowe and for Our Lady Immaculate Church, retiring in 1997. A communicant of Our Lady, she was a Eucharistic Minister and was involved in all aspects of Parish life. Kay was a founding member of the Our Lady’s Church Fair, serving as chairperson for many years. Kay was also a member of the Athol Women’s Club, and volunteered at the Athol Memorial Hospital. She spent her retirement years quilting, gardening and being a devoted grandmother.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday morning May 13, at 10 a.m., in Our Lady Immaculate Church, 192 School St., Athol. Burial following in Gethsemane Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held Friday, May 12, between the hours of 5 to 8 p.m., in the Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her memory to Quabbin Valley Health Care, 821 Daniel Shays Hwy., Athol, MA 01331, or to a charity of one’s choice.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the Athol Memorial Hospital, Gardner VNA, Brookhaven Hospice and Quabbin Valley Health Care for the gracious and compassionate care provided to Kay.

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Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange, is directing arrangements.


So sad to learn of Kay's passing.  We had a great friendship growing up, time spent at Camp Wiyaka and visits with Kay and Arlan in Athol when we visited my parents.  She was such a warm and lovely person.  Thoughts and prayers to Joy and the rest of the family and to Charlie, an Athol High School class mate. 

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