Shrewsbury – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved matriarch, Kathleen Patricia (Roberts) Mulcahy, 78, longtime Shrewsbury resident, on Monday, January 17, 2022.
Kathleen Patricia (Roberts) Mulcahy was born in Worcester, MA to Irish Immigrants Mary Ellen (Doyle) and Patrick Joseph Roberts. She grew up in the Bell Hill section of Worcester. Kathy moved to Shrewsbury, into the home built by her Dad, when she was 13 years old and lived there until her recent passing.
She was a member of the Shrewsbury High School Class of 1961 and since graduation 59 years ago, was proud to be called a Shrewsbury Colonial.
Over the years, she continued to be close to many of her high school friends, regularly meeting for lunch to share stories and laughs. It was also around 59 years ago when she and some of those same girlfriends were out cruising and she met the love of her life, Jim. When the car stopped at a red light. She looked over and a terrifically handsome man caught her eye. It was love at first sight. Jim and Kathy were married in 1964 and for the next 58 years were never far from each other. They were best friends and partners in every aspect of their lives, especially raising their three children.
In the early years, Kathy was a stay-at-home Mom. When her children were school age, she went to work in the Shrewsbury Public Schools in the Cafeteria at the then Junior High School. Her mothering role was expanded to caring for her students, making sure everyone was well- fed and happy.
Kathy later worked at St Vincent Hospital as Secretary in the Post-Partum Unit where, for 20 years, she ran a tight ship. There she loved her nurses and caught up with her former students when they came to the hospital to have their babies.
When Kathy retired from St. V’s, her job became that of doting over Jim, her family, and her home. Hobbies included bowling, reading, and traveling. She enjoyed Westerns, The Hallmark Channel and any movie starring Barry Fitzgerald who was a doppelganger to her Father, Paddy. Kathy’s home was a place where neighborhood kids gathered and laughter was plentiful. Everyone has a fond story about “Mrs M.”
She loved to cook. She was a fantastic baker. In fact, she made the best blueberry pie in the world. Every holiday, and often through the year, there was a blueberry pie on the table because it was her son Kevin’s favorite. When making the dessert list, blueberry pie was the first thought. We all razzed her for treating Kevin special and she played along. Always a great sense of humor, always so much fun.
Alec and Shane, her Grandsons, were the light of her life. Taking them shopping was her favorite way of spending time with each of them. They kept her up to speed on current fashion as well as happenings in their lives. She treasured every moment spent with them.
Kathy loved flowers. Their beautiful color and scent brought joy to her life. For years, every week, Son Jimmy brought fresh flowers for Mom’s kitchen table. In the spring, when Dad went for his daily walk up the street, he picked a stem of Lilacs from Uncle Vin’s bush to bring them home to his bride. We ask, in the spring when the earth awakens, please plant a special flower in your garden to honor our loving Mother. Think of her with a smile when it blooms.
Kathy, with Jim at her side, raised her family well. Together, they showed us how to live and to love. They taught us every day is special. We will forever hold her love and lessons in our hearts.
She will be dearly missed by her loving husband, James Mulcahy, Daughter Maureen, Son Jim and his wife Erin, all of Shrewsbury. As well as Son Kevin of Holden and Grandsons Alec and Shane also of Holden. She also leaves her Sister, Mary Ann Keaney of Vero Beach, FL and Brother John Roberts and his wife Nancy of Grafton, Sisters in Law Dianne Roberts of Hingham and Linda Roberts of Uxbridge. Many Nieces and Nephews.
In addition to her Parents, Kathy was predeceased by Brothers Daniel and David Roberts.
Calling hours will be held from 2 – 5 PM on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at the BRITTON-SHREWSBURY FUNERAL HOME, 648 Main St., Shrewsbury. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM on Monday, January 24, 2022 at St. Anne’s Church, 130 Boston Tpk, Shrewsbury – kindly proceed directly to church and maintain social distancing. Masks will be required at the funeral home and church, per the town’s current mandate. Burial will be held privately.