Kathleen F. (Ray) Reed

January 28, 2012

KATHLEEN F. (RAY) REED – in Woburn, January 28th. Beloved mother of Christopher and his wife Kate of Melrose, Jeff and his significant other, Susan Christie, of NYC, and Michael and his wife Jessica of Woburn. Dear sister of Ann Marie Barrett and her husband Robert of Lexington, David Ray and his wife Mary Ellen of Reading, and Mary Ray-Mazaka and her husband John of Malden. Loving grandmother of Lexi Ann Tallent and Amelia Bennett Reed. Also survived by several nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, FEBRUARY 13th at 9:15 a.m. Memorial Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours at the funeral home will be on Sunday, FEBRUARY 12th, from 3 to 7 p.m. Interment of her ashes will be private. Donations may be made in Kathleen’s memory to St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, MA 01801, or to the Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.

OBITUARY:

Kathleen F. Reed, a lifelong Woburn resident, passed away on Saturday, January 28th, at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was sixty-three years of age.

Born and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Francis C. and Anna (Flaherty) Ray. She was educated in St. Charles School, graduating with the Class of 1967. Following her graduation, she worked at the telephone company in Boston before leaving work to raise her family. Later she taught at the Julie Billiart’s Children’s House, a Montessori School in Burlington, for several years, where she was well-loved by the youngsters and always had a kind, cheerful demeanor. Kathy later went to work for Burlington Eye Associates and became certified as an ophthalmologic technician, with specialized training at Middlesex Community College.

For the past thirteen years she was employed at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in the ophthalmology department. She had a great rapport with her co-workers there and truly enjoyed her work. Although in declining health for the last eighteen months and sometimes barely able to walk, she continued to work until this past November and maintained an upbeat, positive attitude throughout her illness. She was well-loved by her colleagues, who visited her often in recent weeks and months. Always putting others ahead of herself, she took great joy in helping others and had a wonderfully positive effect on her three sons as well as their friends. Her home was always the “place to be,” and she was unfailingly good-natured and welcoming to all who entered.

Kathy loved the ocean, particularly Hampton Beach, where she spent many wonderful summers vacationing with her family. She also thoroughly enjoyed camping trips in the White Mountains with her sons, other family members and friends. She was a great animal lover who always had a dog in the house. She took great pride in being a “Grandma” to her two granddaughters, and cherished the time she spent with them. Kathy was active in St. Barbara’s Church, where she taught CCD for many years.

Surviving are three sons: Christopher and his wife Kate of Melrose, Jeff and his significant other, Susan Christie, of NYC, and Michael and his wife Jessica of Woburn. She was also the dear sister of Ann Marie Barrett and her husband Robert of Lexington, David Ray and his wife Mary Ellen of Reading, and Mary Ray-Mazaka and her husband John of Malden, and beloved grandmother of Lexi Ann Tallent and Amelia Bennett Reed. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, February 13th at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Memorial Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 10. Interment of her ashes will be private.

Calling hours at the funeral home will be on Sunday, February 12th, from 3 to 7 p.m.

Donations may be made in Kathleen’s memory to St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, MA 01801, or to the Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.

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  1. I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother–i also work at lahey in a diff. department and just found out today she passed away.
    How sad, she was auch a great person and always smiling and always thinking of her boys..
    i always looked forward to see the pretty flowers in her hair.. we commuted to work together 4 years ago for a short time period and thats when i got to know her, then i changed my hrs and her job moved over to another building.
    i did see her over the summer and thats when she told me of her illness and she was looking forward to her son;s wedding.
    bless you all–love karen

  2. Mrs. Reed was one of the kindest, sweetest, most loving people I’ve ever known. She literally always had a smile on her face and a kind word to say. I will always remember her and her infectious laugh.

    To Chris, Jeff, and Mike- hold your heads up high and stay strong. Thinking of you all in this tough time.

    RIP

    Ricky Gangi

  3. I’m going to miss my red hair friend Kathy, who always have a flower in her hair. I’m also going to miss the pics of her granddaughters. When she talks about them she just lights up. They were her world. Hot ticket was one of her favorate saying(laugh).

    My prayers goes out to you her family in this time of sadness. Rest easy knowing that she’s in a better place with no more pain.
    Love Marsha

  4. Rest easy and painfree wonderful Kathy, It was a pleasure knowing you and working with you at Lahey.
    I will always remember you as a caring upbeat great lady.
    Jennifer Anderson

  5. To All the family,

    Although you may not know me I have heard so much of your mom and I send my deepest condolences to the family and friends. Susie always spoke highly of Ms. Kathleen and from what I have heard she was a sweet, caring and wonderful woman in all her roles of life as a mother, wife, sister, grandmother, friend and mother-in-law. May her spirit live on with you all as she rest in peace. May God be with you all in your time of sorrow and give you strength, peace and comfort as you know she is in a better place.
    God Bless a friend/co-worker of Susie Christie’s.

  6. Day Circle will never be the same with out Kathy’s cheerful “Booga dah boo” greeting as she walked her dog. Her home was the activity hub (and the heart) of the neighborhood as her boys were growing up. Between street hockey, basketball and a tree fort, her house was always filled with kids and laughter and she loved every minute of it.
    I often think of Kathy when I make chili as it was her signature dish for the late night block parties in the neighborhood. From now on I will always think of Kathy when I make chili in the crock pot.

    Your neighbor and friend,
    Arlene

  7. Dear Godmother,
    Knowing you has taught me that there truly are angels amoung us,”both in heaven and on earth” because you are the true meaning of the word. I’ve never known anybody like you. You have touched so many lives. I know that you touched mine more than I was ever able to say and for that I’ll always be grateful.
    “Booga-da-boo”
    You’ll always be in my heart
    Eternal Love,
    Debbie Barrett

  8. To Kathy’s Family, my heart is so heavy hearing the news of Kathy’s passing. I am so truly sorry. I hadn’t seen “Kath” in many years but she has always been a big part of me. Rest in peace, dear Kath, the “trio” of Mary, Kath and Pat is now just a duo. Please know that you were so very, very loved and will be very, very missed. One of your many friends from SCH..justmepat

  9. Joannie Doherty
    Dear Kathy in Heaven,
    I’ll never forget all the fun and laughs at Lahey, especially our St Charles “horror” stories. Your courage has been an inspiration to all. God has called one of his best creations. We’ll miss you, pray for us. Love Ya, joannie

  10. Please accept my condolences on the lost of your beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Kathy was such a kind and loving person, it was a pleasure to know her. I aways looked forward to seeing pictures and hearing about her grandchildren, whom you knew she cherished. May the memories of Kathy, bring you peace during this sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Donna Marks

  11. Kathy you will be missed so very much! I will miss cooking for you and seeing your delightful face when I brought it in to you, and the best part was getting a hug from you, that I will always cherish, it was a pleasure knowing you for all these years, you taught me a lot, thank you for all your advise. I love you so much! POOF…. HUBBA HUBBA… HOT TICKET….GEE WILIKERS…..
    Rest easy lovely lady you will never be forgotten! Laura Morgan

  12. Chris & Kate, Mike, & Jeff,

    We are so sorry for the loss of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family in this very difficult time.

    Ryan & Danielle Prentis

  13. May you rest in paradise my friend. May you never feel one more ounce of pain. My heart goes out to your family, that I know meant the world to you. Much love.

    Kelly Ault

  14. Dear Ann Marie and family,

    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear sister Kathleen. May all your warm memories comfort you in these sad hours.
    Sincerely,
    (Mary) Denise Wall

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