THE recent death of Kathleen Reapy, Tuam Road, Ballindine, was received with great sadness in Ballindine and surrounding areas. Formerly Kathleen Griffin from Branraduff, she was predeceased by her husband, Johnny, in 1999. Together they raised a family of eight – five sons and three daughters.
Kathleen was a lady of quiet, serene and gentle disposition and you always left her company richer for being in it. She was truly blessed with wonderful neighbours and friends who visited her on a regular basis. And they were assured of a warm welcome and cup of tea...or something stronger!
Kathleen loved quiz shows and never missed Countdown on television. She also watched Eggheads and The Chase. Her other pastimes were Bingo and the Game of 25, which she hosted in her home on a regular basis for many years.
A lady of great faith and deep religious nature, Kathleen attended Mass in Ballindine Church each weekend and was a regular visitor to Knock Shrine. She also made trips to Fatima and Lourdes.
Kathleen loved her family and was proud of their achievements and she looked forward to the regular visits from her grandchildren and great grandchildren, all of whom she doted on.
A wake was held in the family home with removal from Carey’s Funeral Home to Ballindine Church and burial in the local cemetery followed her Funeral Mass. The large crowds on both days reflected the special regard in which Kathleen was held by all who knew her.
Kathleen was also predeceased by her sisters, Peg, Patricia and May and is survived by her sons - Richie (London), Jimmy (Luton), Mike (Birmingham), Tom (Clifden), Joe (Claremorris), daughters - Mary Monaghan (Dublin), Nellie Maloney (Crossboyne), Kate Griffin (Dublin), sisters - Phil O’Connor (Irishtown), Anne Hickey (Tuam), sixteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and in-laws.
May her gentle soul rest in peace.