Catherine “Tootsie” (Flaherty) McManus

July 2, 2020

Catherine “Tootsie” (Flaherty) McManus

Catherine E. “Tootsie” (Flaherty) McManus – of Woburn, July 2nd at eighty-three years of age. Devoted mothers of Thomas McManus, his wife Deborah of Delaware and Kathy Otto, her husband Erik of Chelmsford. Dear sister Fr. Richard C. Flaherty O.F.M.  and the late Barbara Evans, Jackie Flaherty, Bob Flaherty, Donnie Flaherty, Pat Murray. Adored Nana of Maya McManus, Karlie and Katie Otto and her Four legged best friend , Bentley. Arrangements are private and under the direction of Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

Catherine “Tootsie” McManus – passed away on Thursday July 2nd  with her two children, Kathy (McManus) Otto and Tom McManus by her side during her final moments.  She was also surrounded by her loving nieces and nephews as well as many friends in her final days in her home and that brought her such joy, smiles and many laughs.  The outpouring of love and support was, and forever will be, greatly appreciated.

Tootsie was truly one of a kind and loved by so many. She loved life, family, friends and seldom met anyone she did not like.   She always had a kind word, warm welcoming smile and soft heart for everyone.  For her entire life, she exuded incredible strength and dealt with life’s ups and downs with such grace and her signature smile and positive attitude, right until the very end. 

Her granddaughters Karlie, Katie and Maya were what she lived for and she was such a huge part of each of their daily lives and missed so much by them but will forever be within all of our minds and our hearts and will carry on her legacy of showing love, kindness and compassion toward all.

Devoted mother of Thomas McManus, his wife Deborah of Delaware and Kathy Otto, her husband Erik of Chelmsford. Dear sister of Fr. Richard C. Flaherty O.F.M. and the late Barbara Evans, Jackie Flaherty, Bob Flaherty, Donnie Flaherty, Pat Murray. Adored Nana of Maya McManus, Karlie and Katie Otto and her four legged best friend Bentley.

A Memorial Mass will be held in the Fall at St. Charles Church in Woburn, MA and it will be officiated by her brother, Father Richard Flaherty O.F.M. , followed by a Celebration of Life. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801 and will be updated on our website www.lynch-cantillon.com

A Memorial Mass will be held in the Fall at St. Charles Church in Woburn, MA and it will be officiated by her brother, Father Richard Flaherty O.F.M. , followed by a Celebration of Life. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801 and will be updated on our website www.lynch-cantillon.com

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  1. I worked with Tootsie years ago. She was a sweet person and always pleasant with kind words about her friends and acquaintances. My sympathy to her family. God bless you Tootsie.
    Carol Gray

  2. Joseph oliveto

    To my dear friend @ adopted mom I’ll always have you in my heart Rest In Peace love you pookie ✝️✝️😇😇❤️❤️

  3. Maureen Lundin

    I met Toots when I was 15 years old. She wasn’t just Kathy’s mother, she was Mum! I feel so blessed to have had her in my life. She was one of a kind and will surely be missed. My heart goes out to you Kath (my sister) and your family. Love you♥️
    Maur

  4. So sorry for your loss your all in my thoughts & prayers at this time 🙏
    My deepest sympathy
    Patty Andersen

  5. My sincere sympathy to the whole family. I knew “Tootsie” quite well and she was a funny and beautiful person. The world was a better place for having her in it. Rest in peace dear friend. ~Marie~

  6. Loretta Lentz

    We first met Catherine (Tootsie) at 4 o’clock mass on Saturdays and she immediately became a friend. We are so sorry for your loss. She often spoke of her children and especially her grandchildren. She was a beautiful lovely lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Sincerely,
    Loretta & Ralph Lentz

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