Kathryn Doherty

Obituary for Kathryn Doherty

October 2, 1922 - January 25, 2017
Worcester, Massachusetts | Age 94


Kathryn "Kate" Doherty grew up in the Bowne Park neighborhood in Flushing, New York. Born on October 2, 1922 she was the daughter of the late Ross and Julia (Condon) Rickert. She and her family experienced life during the Great Depression along with millions of Americans. It wasn't uncommon for her family to invite strangers in need to join their dinner table simply because helping others was a part of their lives. It was a time that shaped Kate's life.

Kate graduated from Flushing High School where she was a member of the swim team. She loved ice skating on the pond in Bowne Park during the winter and in summer playing softball and swimming at Rocky Point in Port Jefferson, Long Island. And while she had aspirations to become a nurse, she graduated from Grace Institute in Manhasset where she learned stenography and bookkeeping. She met Joseph 'Joe' Warren Doherty during World War II. Joe served in the Army-Air Force in Italy. When he returned home, they married in 1947 and started their family. In 1963, life took them to Delmar, New York where they lived for over 20 years. When it was time for college, Kate began working for Dr. Turk, a local orthodontist and she continued just long enough to fund tuition for all three of her very appreciative children.

In 1964, a spur of the moment decision to bid on land at Sekon Lodge on Upper Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks opened a new chapter in their lives. Four years later a cabin was built in the woods and Kate called it home every summer until the age of 90. A lifetime of friendships and a deep love for the peace and beauty of the Adirondacks was born. Kate proved her independence, fearlessness and self-reliance through many memorable wildlife experiences (large and small) at "the Camp".

Kate and Joe travelled extensively throughout the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland . After Joe's death, Kate continued her travels throughout the world with her dear friend, Gloria to China, Russia and many places beyond. Kate loved a good game of bridge, attending the Naples Symphony, hearing the Boston Pops and collecting shells along her walks on the beach.

Her faith was central throughout her life and after Joe's death she spent countless hours volunteering at her church, preparing taxes for seniors, teaching English to migrant workers, working at the Bonita Springs Historical Association and at the Chamber of Commerce. And in her later years, she volunteered at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York. Kate was an active member of the parishes of St. Thomas in Delmar, NY, St. Leo's in Bonita Springs, FL and St. Alphonsus in Tupper Lake, NY.

Kate and Joe were married for 40 years until his death on January 3, 1988. Kate was reunited with Joe on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. She died peacefully with her family by her side at the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center in Worcester. She was 94.

She was predeceased by her parents, Julia Condon Rickert and Roswell Drake Rickert, as well as her brothers John and Douglas.

Kate is survived by her son, David and his wife, Patricia Doyle Doherty, her daughter, Ellen and her husband, Paul Barnett, her daughter, Marianne Doherty and her spouse, David Hubbell, as well as her grandchildren Daniel (and Chelsie) Doherty, Jacqueline Doherty (Matthew Garron), Colleen Doherty (Joel Lopez), Jessica Barnett and Caroline Hubbell. And her brand new great-granddaughter, Ebba born on December 16th.

Family and friends will honor and remember Kathryn's life by gathering for calling hours at Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center on Sunday, January 29th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. and again on Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to The Chapel at Notre Dame du lac Assisted Living Facility, 555 Plantation Street, Worcester where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. by Fr. James Caldarella. Burial is Saturday, February 4th at 11:00 am in Naples Memorial Gardens, Naples, Florida.

Memorials in her name may be made to The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake, NY 12986 or Notre Dame Long Term Care Center, Patient Activity Fund, 555 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01655.

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