Chesmore Funeral Home


Search Obituaries
Enter the persons first, last, or full name in the box below to search all obituaries.
Bookmark and Share
Kathryn M. (Murphy) Phelan
Born: 08-27-1947
Died: 07-28-2013
Birthplace: Framingham, MA
Resided In: Holliston, MA
Services to be held on: Thursday, August 1, 2013
Cemetery: St. Mary's Cemetery, Holliston


Kathryn M. (Murphy) Phelan, 65, of Holliston, passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Newton Wellesley Hospital. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Kathryn (Casey) and John “Jack” Murphy and was also predeceased by two aunts, Mary and Helen Casey, all of whom resided in the “Mudville” section of Holliston.

Kathy was a member of the National Honor Society with the Holliston High School graduating class of 1965. She was a resident of California for over 30 years before moving back to Massachusetts in 2013. Kathy was a strong advocate for any and all animals in need; providing a home to countless rescue strays.

She is survived by her godchild, Nathan Fletcher and his wife Megan and great-godchildren, Bridgett and Kathryn Fletcher all of Millis; as well as many other friends who will greatly miss her.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, August 1st at 10:30a.m. at St. Mary’s Church of Holliston with burial to follow in the Parish Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to MSPCA,


Posted by David & Anita McLaughlin on August 20th, 2013, 1:55 pm
Kathy, Kathy I am so sorry that you had to leave us. We have the fondest memories of you. What a joy it was to visit, dine, see a show, do and event or just to have each other over and chat. You were so bright and full of life. I am beside myself for not being more proactive and looking you up while you were here. Our lives drifted apart. It seems that life gets in the way of what is so important. Know that we love you and pray for you. David and Anita ----your California Buddies.(
Posted by Roger Marston on July 31st, 2013, 11:29 am
Many years have passed since I have spent time with Kathy but the wonderful memories have not faded. Kathy was a beautiful and very smart girl with strong convictions and lots of good friends. I am certain she carried those wonderful qualities with her through out her life. She will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Norma Kittredge on July 31st, 2013, 10:47 am
Kathy Murphy will always be a big part of my fondest memories growing up in Holliston. We had so much fun back then, and I can honestly say, those were the best years of my life. We will remember you with love Kathy. Rest in peace until we meet again.
Posted by Bonnie A Rafuse on July 31st, 2013, 10:40 am
Deepest sympathy to family and friends. May Kathy rest in peace.
Posted by Mary Anne Amico on July 31st, 2013, 10:01 am
I am so sorry to hear that Kathy has passed. As Tom Laronga mentioned, Kathy,Donna and I spent our childhood days together, playing outdoors, skating and swimming on Lake Winthrop, creating play areas in the pine trees, sliding on slippery rock and climbing on broken rock ! As Donna mentioned, especially the neighborhood Moms...:)...Kathy's family and many friends met Kathy as they opened the heavenly gate to greet her. Thoughts and prayers to all. Rest in Peace my friend.
Posted by Carol Loughman Webster on July 31st, 2013, 9:40 am
You were a big part of my happy memories and carefree days. I am sorry I will not be at St. Mary's on Thursday, but Gail will represent "The Loughman's" and I will be there in spirt. You will be missed old friend.
Posted by Tom Laronga on July 31st, 2013, 9:06 am
I remember Kathy from the time she was a baby on Arch Street. Then hanging with Donna and Marriane Amico. The three of them were quite funny together. I knew her entire family from her Grandfather "Big John Casey" her aunts Mary and Helen and her mother Kay and father Jack. She will be missed.
Posted by tom lyons on July 31st, 2013, 9:05 am
fond memories of a lot of great days and nights together growing up...
Posted by Rick Higgins on July 31st, 2013, 7:56 am
May God bless Kathy and give her ever lasting peace. Goodbye old friend.
Posted by Maryann Pattin on July 30th, 2013, 7:25 pm
Although Kathy will be dearly missed by her loved ones, there is some comfort in knowing that she is at peace. I offer my condolences to all those who cherished Kathy, especially to Donna who shared a lifetime of friendship with her.
Posted by Roberta Leith Guaciariello on July 30th, 2013, 6:22 pm
Kathy was a good friend for so many years. I cherish all the special times that we shared together. You will be missed.6
Posted by Donna Laronga on July 30th, 2013, 11:33 am
The cherished memories I have of Kathy will forever live within my heart. I am sure she is happy to see all the neighborhood moms who welcomed her to heaven....Kathy's mother,Kay, Ann Laronga, Ann Amico, and Bertha Elliott. What a great place to spend a wonderful childhood. My lifelong Arch Street friend, may you now find peace. I love you.
Posted by Paul McMahon on July 30th, 2013, 8:58 am
My thoughts and prayers are with Kathy whose great heart will be missed
Posted by Paul McMahon on July 30th, 2013, 8:57 am
My thoughts and Prayers are with Kathy and her family. She will be missed by all.
Posted by Kathleen Schofield on July 29th, 2013, 11:03 am
My condolences to Kathy's Godchildren and friends. A brighter star is in the heavens tonight. Rest in peace Kathy
Please leave your condolences

This validation code helps prevent automated web
programs from abusing our condolences form.

Please type the code you see above.



Print This Obituary | Select Another Obituary


Chesmore Funeral Home
Click here to Contact Chesmore Funeral Home
Proud Member of NFDA Handicap Accessible
Handicap Accessible
Find us on FaceBook
Find us on facebook