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Mary Katherine (Kate) O'Connor

Boston and Westport
Mary Katherine ‘Kate’ (Friel) O’Connor of Turkey Hill Road, Belchford, Boston, beloved wife of John J O’Connor for 51 years, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 13 at Baystate Medical Centre after a brief illness. Born in Drummin, Westport, on September 3, 1935, Kate was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Navin) Friel.
She and John lived in Worcester and Eastham for many years before settling in Belchertown. Kate retired from the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 1998; she previously worked for the National Park Service. Kate’s lively spirit, generous heart, and quick sense of humour were appreciated by all who knew her. She loved animals, birding, gardening, quilting, travelling and spending time with her family.
Besides her husband, Kate is survived by her daughter, Mary O’Connor and her son-in-law, Tom Nelson of Belchertown; her sister, Nora Friel of Brookline; her brother Mick and his wife Mary of Westport; several nieces and nephews; and many treasured friends. She was pre-deceased by her brother, Austin Friel of London.
Kate’s family would like to thank the staff of the ER and the ICU at Baystate Mary Lane and the staff of the ICU at Baystate Medical Centre for their kindness, dedication and support. Memorials in Kate’s name may be made to the animal shelter or rescue group of your choice. May she rest in peace.
Month’s Mind Mass on Thursday, March 28, at 7.30pm in Drummin Church.