Catherine “Kitty” Falvey, 86, a fifty year resident of Fairfield and three year resident of Bethel prior to residing at Hancock Hall, Danbury for the past two years, died on Saturday evening, September 20, 2008 at Danbury Hospital.

She was the wife of the late Jeremiah Falvey and mother of Catherine Richard of Bethel and Thomas P. Falvey of Randolph, NJ.

Mrs. Falvey was born Catherine Mary O’Leary in County Kerry, Ireland to Thomas and Nora (Murphy) O’Leary on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1922.  She was raised in Ireland where she attended local schools and married her spouse, Jeremiah in 1946.  She resided in England for three years, immigrated to the United States aboard the Queen Mary in 1949 and settled in Fairfield.

After establishing a family, Mrs. Falvey was employed at the Notre Dame Girls High School, Fairfield.  She later was employed at the Jewish Home for the Elderly, Fairfield and while being employed there completed course requirements for certification as a nurse’s aide.  A position she held at the Jewish Home for the Elderly for thirty years prior to her retirement and achieving recognition as “employee of the year.”  She later did private duty home health care.
A resident of Bethel since 2003 at Bishop Curtis Home, she moved to Hancock Hall, Danbury in 2006.

Kitty was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Fairfield, and also attended St. Mary’s Church, Bethel.

An independent woman with much savvy, she enjoyed music, reading, cooking and baking.  In later years, it was discovered that Kitty had a hidden artistic flare and had the ability to paint using primarily water colors.  Many of her works were often displayed at the Resident’s Art Exhibit at Hancock Hall.
Proud of her Irish heritage, she attended many a St. Patrick Day parade in New York City and enjoyed the honor and privilege of marching in the parade.
Her legacy will be one of ultimate caring and compassion to her family, friends and anyone that she could provide a gentle touch, kind smile and warm heart to as well as being a good listener.  She will be sorely missed by all that knew her.

In addition to her daughter, Catherine Richard and her husband Walter of Bethel, and son, Thomas P. Falvey and his wife Ruth Ann of Randolph, NJ, five grandchildren, Jennifer Donegan, Patrick Falvey, Brian Falvey, Caitlin Richard and Michael Richard, a great granddaughter Keira Donegan as well as many nieces and nephews of the United States, Ireland and England survive.

Mrs. Falvey was predeceased by six brothers and sisters.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff of Hancock Hall and to the physicians, nurses and aides of 9 West at the Danbury Hospital for the quality of care and respect given to our mother and grandmother and kindness, concern and care given to us.  May God grant you many years of peace, health and happiness.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 9:30AM in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield.

Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery, Fairfield.

The family will receive friends in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury on Tuesday from 4PM to 8PM.

Memorial contributions to the Danbury Hospital Development Fund for Nursing Services, 24 Hospital Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810 would be appreciated. 

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