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Catherine H. (Dunlea) Hughes

Catherine H. (Dunlea) Hughes
  • October 7, 1942 - September 17, 2017
  • Waltham, Massachusetts

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“I am deeply sorry for the loss of Catherine. May God's loving kindness bring peace and comfort during this sad and difficult time. ...Read More »
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“Dear Suzanne and Family,We send our deepest condolences to you upon the passing of your beloved Mom. You have been a wonderful daughter and were...Read More »
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“Ralph,I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.Steve ”
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“Aunty Cathy was a very special person, she will be dearly missed. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. ”
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“MAY GOD WELCOME HER HOME AND MAY HER HUSBAND COME TO GREET HER.REST IN PEACE AND GOD'S LOVE ”
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Waltham – Mrs. Catherine H. (Dunlea) Hughes, of Waltham died at home surrounded by her family on Sunday, September 17, 2017. She was 74.

Catherine was born in Boston on October 7, 1942, the daughter of the late William and Helen (Bishop) Dunlea. She was raised in Malden and graduated from Malden High School. She and her husband owned and operated Hughes Enterprises, a company that built self-service car washes. She was a boating enthusiast and had belonged to the Watertown Yacht Club for many years. She was also very devoted to her faith and was an active member at Christ Episcopal Church in Waltham. In later years she enjoyed volunteering at the Waltham Public Library.

Her husband of forty years, Robert J. Hughes, died in March of 2006 and she is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth J. Moseley and her husband, David, of Billerica and Suzanne M. Hughes of Waltham; her siblings, William H. Dunlea Jr. of Medfield, Ralph W. Dunlea of Marlborough, Aubrey A. Dunlea of Melrose and Margaret Schumaker of Stoneham; one grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

She was also the mother of the late Robert J. Hughes, Jr.

Family and friends will honor and remember Catherine's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Thursday, September 21st, from 4 to 8 p.m. Her Funeral Service will be held on Friday morning at 10 a.m. in Christ Episcopal Church, 750 Main Street, Waltham and burial will follow in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Watertown.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis TN, 38148. Please mention memorial ID # 11071356 in memo.