Kathryn K. Cantillon White – of Woburn, October 31, suddenly at age thirty. Adored daughter of Jean Cantillon Olander of Woburn. Treasured Wife of Daniel J. White also of Woburn. Proud Mother of Molly Kathryn White. Lovingly adored by her brother Douglas W. Doug Olander and his long time girlfriend Sara Toland of Woburn. Cherished niece of Edward J. Eddie Cantillon and his wife Denise Cantillon of New Hampshire and Kate’s most cherished cousins Julie and Meghan Cantillon of California and Kelli DeSimone of Woburn, and her late Aunts Marcia and Carol Cantillon. Loving daughter in-law of John and Patricia White of Maynard. Sister in-law of Dan’s twin brother Brian and Fiancée Meg of Boston, Sean and his companion Ashley of Maynard. Also many countless friends, colleagues, and very special people who have been a significant part of Kate’s life and for whom she cared for ever so deeply. A Celebration of Kate’s life will be held on Friday, November 6, at St Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 11 a.m. Interment is private. Friends and relatives are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m. At the family’s request PLEASE NO FLOWERS. Rather in memory of our Kate, remembrances may be made to: Wide Horizon For Children, 375 Totten Pond, Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451.
Kathryn Kate Kim Cantillon White passed away unexpectedly early Saturday morning, October 31st at her home. The treasured wife of Daniel J. Dan White, Kate was just thirty years young.
Kate was born in Daegu, South Korea, on December 25th, 1984 and on April 19th, just four months later; Kate brought a blessed joy as she was placed into the arms of her parents, Curt and Jean. Kate captured the hearts of the entire Cantillon family and their close family friends with her chubby cheeks and her enchanting smile. This was only the beginning of what was to be an incredible journey.
Raised in the Central Square section of Woburn, Kate was always inquisitive about and receptive to the new world around her. Even in her earliest years, her eyes lit up with each new discovery. Gymnastics came easily to her, but she chose to stop when her grandfather, Beam, was concerned that she might get hurt.
When Kate was three years of age, Curt and Jean gifted the family with a beautiful baby boy, Douglas William. Kate immediately loved her new role as the older sister and was quite determined to protect him.
In the early years that followed, there were innumerable family gatherings and activities. Summers at Wingaersheek with Beam, Nana, and cousins, Friday night ski adventures at Nashoba Valley, trips to Disney World, P.E.I., Washington D.C., and Florida for visits with her Nana and Beam.
Despite her shyness, Kate was extremely excited to start her first day of school. She loved to learn new things and seemed to absorb everything presented. She particularly loved art classes, especially cultural day, when she proudly identified her heritage as Irish and proceeded to draw a Celtic cross on the assigned school mural.
Kate received her secondary education at Woburn High School where she excelled in academics and participated in a number of extracurricular activities. She was a National Honor Student and a Latin Scholar, a member of the French Club, Latin Club, Best Buddies, and was chosen to participate in the weeklong leadership program, RYLA, sponsored by Rotary International. Kate tried her hand at basketball but decided her skill set was best suited for field hockey and was a Woburn High School team member playing for three years. In addition to her academic endeavors, Kate nurtured many close friendships during her four years of high school — friendships that still remain.
The summer following her graduation in 2003, Kate traveled to Australia for six weeks, with an environmental study group. They explored the Barrier Reefs and helped to restore threatened indigenous plants. That September she left home to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder where she majored in International Studies and Linguistics.
In September she began the University of Colorado, Boulder and spent one year studying at the Sorbonne in Paris. She was exceptionally gifted with languages, speaking French, Italian, Spanish, and Latin. She attended the Winter Olympics in Italy in 2006. After graduating with a degree in Linguistics, she began working with her mother and uncle in the sixth generation family business. In her daily life, but especially at work, Kate was a great multi-tasker. She had unbelievable determination in getting things done. She loved challenges and solving problems. When everyone else was trying to figure it out, Kate just did it! She seamlessly moved from her office tasks to her adeptness in providing kindness and empathy to the families they served.
Kate attended FINE Mortuary College where she received an Associates Degree in Applied Mortuary Science. While there, she met her husband, Dan in August of 2009. It was the beginning of an amazing journey that brought them all over the world. They married on August 25, 2013 in St. Charles Church followed by a reception in Kates beloved Gloucester. The honeymoon that followed brought them throughout Italy, Greece and France. Their love for each other was boundless. Furthermore, their shared profession made Dan and Kate truly understanding of one other. Their time together will be forever treasured.
The most exciting time of her journey was on March 25th of this year when she and Dan gave her mom a beautifully wrapped present saying, This is the greatest gift, Mom! The present was the book, Goodnight Moon.
With her childlike excitement when starting a new adventure and her enormous capacity for loving, Kate was now able to joyfully celebrate her new mommy to be life with her adoring family and friends.
Kate had an endearing way of adding love you after saying goodbye, a family tradition going back to her adored Nana and Beam. Love you, Kate.
Kate was sadly predeceased by her Nana and Beam as well as her aunts Marcia and Carol Cantillon.
She is lovingly survived by her husband Daniel J. White and their daughter Molly Kathryn White; her mother Jean Cantillon Olander of Woburn; her brother Douglas W. Doug Olander and his long time girlfriend Sara Toland of Woburn; her uncle Edward J. Eddie Cantillon and his wife Denise Cantillon of New Hampshire and Kate’s most cherished cousins Julie and Meghan Cantillon of California and Kelli DeSimone of Woburn. She was the loving daughter in-law of John and Patricia White of Maynard, sister in-law of Dans twin brother Brian White and Fiancée Meg of Boston, and Sean White and his companion Ashley of Maynard. Kate also leaves countless friends, colleagues, and very special people who have been a significant part of Kates life and for whom she cared for ever so deeply.
A Celebration of Kate’s life will be held on Friday, November 6, at St Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 11 a.m. Interment is private. Friends and relatives are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m. At the familys request PLEASE NO FLOWERS. Rather in memory of our Kate, remembrances may be made to: Wide Horizon For Children, 375 Totten Pond, Suite 400, Waltham, MA 01801.