Much-loved Kitty lived life to the full

The late Kitty O'Sullivan

1927-2012 KEVIN BARRY'S Villas, Tralee, lost one of its much loved and cherished residents with the death of Catherine (Kitty) O'Sullivan (nee McNamara) on Thursday, December 13.

Aged 85, Kitty - as she was known to everyone - passed away at Kerry General Hospital, having been ill for a period of time.

Kitty hailed from Ballybunion and was born in 1927 to parents Laurence and Catherine McNamara and had four brothers and two sisters.

Educated at the local national school after which she came to work in Oakpark, Tralee, as a housekeeper and domestic.

Her move to Tralee proved fortuitous as she found love and married her husband Johnny O'Sullivan, in November, 1949.

They were to spend the next 49 years together until Johnny's passing in June, 1998 and their union was blessed with five children - sons Denny, Johnny, Vincent, Laurence (RIP) and one daughter, Geraldine.

Kitty was part and parcel of the lives of the Kevin Barry's Villas community and the little shop she opened with Johnny was known as Kitty's or The Corner Shop.

It was there the children came to buy their sweets and the adults stopped off to collect their groceries and have a chat in what was a focal point in the area.

Kitty's home baking was often in demand, especially her flat breads which went down a treat with everyone. Running the shop and caring for her husband and children was taken in her stride as she never minded the hard work or long hours.

When Kitty wasn't working in the shop or looking after her family, she enjoyed a game of bingo, always in search of the elusive number for the jackpot.

On a night out with family and friends she would start up a good old fashioned sing-song at the Munster Bar as she was a great woman for the craic.

Kitty's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the Palliative Care Unit and Muckross Ward of Kerry General Hospital for the great care given during her illness.

The removal of Kitty's remains took place from Hogan's Funeral Home on Friday, December 14, to St John's Church. Requiem Mass was celebrated on Saturday morning followed by burial in New Rath Cemetery.

Kitty was pre-deceased by her husband Johnny and son Laurence.

She will be greatly missed by her sons Denny, Johnny, Vincent and daughter Geraldine, grandchildren Malcolm, Jason, Colin, Alan, Charlene, Stacey, Jamie, John, Stephen, Maurice and Amanda, son-in-law Maurice, daughter-in-law Moira, friends and great neighbours.

Month's Mind Mass will be celebrated on Monday, January 14 in the Chapel of the Ressurection, St John's Church at 7.30pm.

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