Catherine C. Dolan (Barrett) was born August 9, 1921 in Co. Galway, reared on Mweenish Island, Carna, in Connemara and graced this earth for nearly a century. Her worldly journey took her from Ireland to Boston in 1948, where she lived and worked until she met her one true love, Jack Dolan. They married in 1956, and provided a loving home for their two children, John (Jay) and Carol, first in Norwood and Hanson, then settling in Abington in 1962.
She and Jack were active members in the Abington VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary, faithful parishioners of St. Bridget’s Church and supporters of parent groups at St. Bridget School and Cardinal Spellman High School.
Catherine was a hard worker, ran a tight and tidy ship at home, hosted the neighborhood kids with cookies and a watchful eye, and would happily kick up her heels a bit with Jack on a Saturday night.
Despite the miles, she stayed connected to her homeland and her sister’s family in Ireland, and made two journeys home in 1968 and in 1988. Among her many roles, Catherine was a loyal friend, a helpful neighbor, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, a caring aunt, a supportive sister and a dedicated wife.
Catherine was predeceased by her loving husband Jack, and her six siblings (brothers Peter, Sean and Thomas, sisters Mary, Bridget and Ann). She is survived by her son John Dolan, his wife Joanne, their 3 children and spouses Caitlin & Charles Chilson, Nathanael & Nicole Dolan, and Rebecca & Matthew Swanson, her daughter Carol and her husband Trevor Sloan, her grand-dog Ziggy, and numerous nieces and nephews in the US and in Ireland. And, how she loved visits with her great-grandson Chase Chilson!
Due to the current pandemic, a very small service will be held with immediate family. The family will have a memorial service for extended family and friends at some time in the future.
Catherine supported many charities, so in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local Food Bank or homeless shelter. Catherine would want to help families who are struggling during this crisis.