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Kathryn M. Dempsey

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“After trying to locate a cousin of ours Joan Gilreath Dempsey,I came across this article. My heart goes out to this beautiful family. ”
1 of 33 | Posted by: Joanne Beck (Gilreath) - NH

“So sad thinking about Kathy's passing. My heart breaks for her amazing family and friends who love her so much and made her life so special, as...Read More »
2 of 33 | Posted by: Frances Silveira - Waltham, MA

“Kathy, you are in our thoughts and prayers....Rest in Peace. ”
3 of 33 | Posted by: Kenneth Wenckus - waltham, MA

“Sorr sorry to have learned about Cathys passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family. ”
4 of 33 | Posted by: Margaret Forbes - West Barnstable, MA

“I graduated with Kathy in the Class of 1983, she was a very friendly, funny and all around great person. I am so sorry for all of her family and...Read More »
5 of 33 | Posted by: Maria (Lombardo) Aucoin - FL

“Growing up in the old neighborhood, I kind of looked at Kathy as an older sister figure. She always had words to pick you up when you were down.And...Read More »
6 of 33 | Posted by: Sarah Nicol - MA

“I met Kathy 25 years ago thru Brenda (Chiasson) Lichter.She was a beam of light, full of mischief and such a beautiful Spirit.Every time I saw her,...Read More »
7 of 33 | Posted by: Lori DeLisle - Boxborough, MA

“My wife and I were very saddened to hear about the loss of Kathy. May peace and comfort find you all during this difficult time. ”
8 of 33 | Posted by: Scott Gilreath - Plainfield, IN

“I sat across from Kathy in homeroom in Junior High School - I think it was Mr. McClennan's homeroom. Kathy was always so well put together! I...Read More »
9 of 33 | Posted by: Charlene Donna Cloney - Waltham, MA

“I would like to take this time to tell a little story if I may. I use to go down the the Lakeview Ball Field and meet Kathy and her handsome son...Read More »
10 of 33 | Posted by: Johanna Blenkhorn - Waltham, MA

“God Bless everyone so sorry ”
11 of 33 | Posted by: Donna Santiago - LaCava - Waltham, MA

“So sorry for your loss may god comfort you and love you in your time of great need with great love from the keegan family may she Rest In Peace ”
12 of 33 | Posted by: Kathy Keegan - Waltham, MA

“Hi. I went to Our Lady's with Kathy and later to Waltham High. Coming from a strict home Kathy looked like a rock star to me. She teased me...Read More »
13 of 33 | Posted by: Michael Hollister - Boston

“I am so sorry to hear about Kathy's passing. I will forever remember all those great times in the neighborhood! You will never be forgotten. Rest in...Read More »
14 of 33 | Posted by: Joe Dinardi - NH - Friend

“Such a tragic loss to her family and all her wonderful friends ”
15 of 33 | Posted by: Linda and Bill Frazier - Waltham, MA

“Kathy, I know there is not enough time for your life in writing... You were a beautiful daughter, a great Mom, that her children could ask for....Read More »
16 of 33 | Posted by: leigh /aka bubbles miler - MA

“My heart is broken . Your beauty , strength , and courage will never be forgotten . I remember when I first started working with you ,we were...Read More »
17 of 33 | Posted by: Janice Jones - FOXBOROUGH, MA

“I've known Kathy and her sister for years. I was also very good friends with Steve. She is so beautiful both inside and outside. She will be truly...Read More »
18 of 33 | Posted by: David Scafidi - Pompano Bch, FL

“Very sorry to hear about her passing. Our thoughts and prayers to Kathy and her family. ”
19 of 33 | Posted by: Robert Kendall - Plymouth, MA

Pictures of Kathy “Kathy, I will never forget your infectious personality,Your beautiful smile, Your great hugs. You were always such a caring friend and a generous...Read More »
20 of 33 | Posted by: Lorraine Jackson - West Newbury, MA

“Kathy will truly be missed,as another friend said,she touched many lives and leaves behind many broken hearts. ”
21 of 33 | Posted by: Carl Carlson - West Yarmouth, MA

“I know she is gone, we all knew she will be, but still my heart aches, my eyes are rivers, endless flowing with the stream of hope, hope that she is...Read More »
22 of 33 | Posted by: Adriana Scholz - Waltham, MA

“Karen, Sending lots of love and prayers. This makes me so sad. My heart is with you through this INCREDIBLY SAD TIME. ♥♥ ”
23 of 33 | Posted by: Michelle Flanagan - Weymouth, MA

“I did not know Kathryn, but she was a friend of my sister Flo and neighbor to a family member Vickie. My sister shared the sad story with me this am....Read More »
24 of 33 | Posted by: Deborah Bolio - SAINT PETERSBURG, FL

“So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
25 of 33 | Posted by: Carolyn (Quinlan) Gargone - MA

“My condolences to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May she rest in peace. ”
26 of 33 | Posted by: Yvette Bonilla-Colon - Waltham, MA

“Kathy, you were so beautiful, kind, strong and courageous. They say only the good die young, and you are a perfect example of that saying. God must...Read More »
27 of 33 | Posted by: Jeannie Anoli - Waltham, MA

“❤ ”
28 of 33 | Posted by: Christine MacDonald - Natick, MA

“I am so sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. Sending thoughts and prayers to her family and friends. ”
29 of 33 | Posted by: Donna Cianci - Waltham, MA

30 of 33 | Posted by: Fran Conticelli - Waltham, MA

31 of 33 | Posted by: CHERYL CORBETT - HUDSON, NH

“Thank you for letting me be part of your family. I Love you all so very much and I am so sorry of Kathy's passing. Your the most beautiful Angel I...Read More »
32 of 33 | Posted by: Johanna Blenkhorn - Waltham, MA

“Sending love to all that Kathy surrounded her life with. My sincere condolences to all ❤ ”
33 of 33 | Posted by: Diane Taber - Charleston, SC

Waltham – ". . . how beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it . . ."

Kathy Dempsey knew both beauty and kindness in large doses throughout her life. Her delightful smile and warm personality belied her four year long struggle with colon cancer. On Friday, August 4, 2017 Kathy died of the disease at her sister, Karen's home in Milford . . . but in the end, love won and the cancer lost. She was 52.

She worked for years as a waitress at the Naked Fish restaurant in Waltham and devoted all of her time to being a great mother to her children, Amanda and Aidan. The past year brought unimaginable sadness to the family, first with the sudden loss of Karen's husband, Rob, and a month later Amanda and Aidan's dad, Steven Wenckus, died suddenly as well. The tragic events brought the family closer than ever with three generations of a family circling the wagons to help one another. Kathy never had to endure a hard chemo treatment without her sister Karen holding her hand . . . the kids grew beyond their years . . . and Dad and Mom, Jack and Joan, facing challenges of their own, always there to lend support where they could.

It also helped that Kathy had a wonderful and kind and generous group of friends, most dating back to childhood and her teen years, and who always let her know that she was never alone. She called them 'Kathy's Angels' . . . and that's what they are.

Kathryn M. Dempsey was born in Cambridge on February 14, 1965, a daughter of John J. "Jack" and Joan M. (Gilreath) Dempsey. She was a lifelong resident of Waltham and graduated from Waltham High School in 1983.

In addition to her parents, Jack and Joan, of Waltham she leaves her children, Amanda L. and Aidan A. Wenckus; her sister, Karen M. Harnett of Milford and her nephew and niece, Michael and Abigail Harnett.

Family and friends will honor and remember Kathy's life by gathering for calling hours in the Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Wednesday, August 9th, from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham, where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 am. Burial will be private.

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