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Katherine T. Donoghue
  • Memorial donations may be made to Saint Jude Parish, 147 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02453.

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“Hello Gina my deepest condolences go out to you n your family very sorry for your loss sending a prayer your way ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Mo Cormier - Waltham, MA - Friend

“joseph and rita leblanc want to offer our condolences to tom and family and will remember terry in our prayers ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: joseph leblanc - waltham, MA

“Dearest Gina and your family, May it make your sorrow Easier to bear knowing there are others who understand and care. So very sorry for your loss...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Debbie Hartley - Middleton, MA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I enjoyed when Katherine would come to Waltham Crossing to visit Mary. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Clare Welch - Waltham, MA

“So Sorry for your loss Tom.I will remember the good times working with Kay, We became good friends.Cindy Kelly ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: CYNTHIA KELLY - WALTHAM, MA


Waltham – Mrs. Katherine T. (Donovan) (Ditmar) Donoghue, of Waltham, died Sunday, October 29, 2017 in her home. She was 89.

Known affectionately by family and friends as 'Terry' she was born in Boston on June 25, 1928, a daughter of the late Michael and Hannah (Hanley) Donovan. She was raised in Brookline and was a graduate of Saint Mary's High School in Brookline.

After that Terry attended Burdett College of Business and Shorthand in Boston and when she wasn't busy raising her children she worked locally as a secretary. Widowed at a young age she met and later married Thomas L. Donoghue, also widowed, in Saint Jude Church in Waltham on August 10, 1968. Terry and Tom were lifelong and active parishioners.

Terry had been a member of Saint Jude Ladies Sodality and she and Tom belonged to Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord where they enjoyed rounds of golf and the company of many friends made there.

In addition to her husband of forty-nine years, Tom, she leaves her children, Paul M. Ditmar and his wife, Donna, of Palm Bay, Florida and Regina M. Donoghue of Waltham; her grandson, Ryan Ditmar and his wife, Blaire, and many nieces and nephews.

Terry was also the wife of the late Glendon "Bill" Ditmar and a sister of the late William Donovan, Mary Bernadette Oates, and Margaret Corcoran.

Family and friends will honor and remember Terry's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Wednesday, November 1st from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Jude Church, 147 Main Street, Waltham where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Saint Patrick's Cemetery, Watertown.

Memorial donations may be made to Saint Jude Parish, 147 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02453.