Kathleen Marie (Reilly) CarrollJanuary 9, 1938 ~ November 20, 2017 (age 79)
Kathleen M. Carroll, 79, longtime resident of Scituate and Cohasset, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, November 20, 2017 at her home in Scituate surrounded by loved ones. “Kathy” was the daughter of the late Dr. Joseph A Reilly of Boston and Ernestine Cox of Missouri and was also raised by Cheryl Campbell and Cay True of El Cerrito California. She is the sister of Billy Berg, and the late Bobby Berg, both of Kansas. Kathy is survived by her six children, Jacqui Scott of Cohasset, Jennifer Farwell of Scituate, James ‘Ted’ Carroll, Jr. of Cohasset, Joe Carroll of Palm Desert, California, Stephen Carroll of Hanover, Kate Lazarus of Scituate, and was the former wife of the late James Carroll of Scituate, MA. She was the cherished mother-in-law of John Scott, Michael Farwell, Elaine Carroll and Paul Lazarus. She was the revered and adored “Gramma” to her 14 grandchildren, Allison, Sheelah, Brian, Lauren, Patrick, Kali, Kevin, Alyssa, Travis, Preston, Grant, Madison, Brodie, and baby Liam, and great grandmother to Henry and Halle. She was the long time and dear friend of Betty Ripley, Maureen Bates and the late Mildred Woomer, and countless former co-workers at Anderson Fuel. Kathy’s place at the kitchen table will be forever missed by her ever-present, ill-mannered dinner companion Geordie the golden retriever.
Kathy was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and spent her early years in the San Francisco Bay area. Kathy was an accomplished equestrian in her younger days. She graduated from the University of California-Berkley in 1959 with a major in History. Kathy married in 1960 and settled in Cohasset to raise her six children. She was an active tennis player at the Cohasset Tennis Club and loved taking her kids to Sandy Beach. Kathy worked in customer service positions at Flemings in Cohasset, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and spent her last 23 years of employment at Anderson Fuel in North Scituate, where she was the friendly face and voice of the company, loved by colleagues and customers alike. Kathy truly loved working at Anderson Fuel and the treasured the friendships she made there over the years. Special thanks to Gary, Scott and the late Arthur Anderson for their valued friendship and loyalty. Always the intrepid adventurer, Kathy’s fondness for travel that started in her youth, continued into later life, with frequent travels to Ireland, France, Scotland, and England.
Despite her grim diagnosis of brain cancer in the fall of 2013, Kathy’s selfless human nature would not let this dampen her spirit and zest for life. Kathy remained committed to attend her grandchildren’s soccer, gymnastics, cheerleading, hockey, musical/theatrical performances and college graduations. Special thanks to all of the staff at Norwell VNA and Hospice, her Oncology team and doctors at Mass General (namely, Dr. Pineda, Dr. Clarke, Dr. Brastianos and Dr. Oh), and private care givers Maria Barros, Patty Murray and Kathy’s loving daughter Kate, for their invaluable devotion, care and support, allowing the mother we loved to move peacefully onto eternal life with dignity.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St Anthony Church, 10 Summer Street, Cohasset MA on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 10 AM. Visiting hours at McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home, 160 So. Main Street (across from St. Anthony Church), Cohasset on Friday, November 24, 2017 from 4 - 8 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Norwell VNA and Hospice and the Mass General Cancer Center.