Monday 11 December 2017

Fun-loving Kathleen (92) was a stylish woman who loved fashion


The late Kathleen Caulfield
The late Kathleen Caulfield

Kathleen Caulfield (née Walsh), passed away peacefully in her home at 11 Wexford Street, New Ross, on January 20, aged 92.

Born in Ballycullane in 1924, Kathleen moved to New Ross, when a child, where she was to spend the majority of her life.

She told many stories of her simple but happy childhood, which she shared with her step-brothers Wattie and Thomas and step-sister Birdie. All were to predecease her.

Her life was to change when she met the love of her life, Tom Caulfield.

Tom, originally from Cavan, was stationed with the army in Bawn James, New Ross, during the Emergency. They married and lived in the Curragh until 1957 when they moved to New Ross and set up home.

Kathleen often spoke of her shock at the house Tom bought in Wexford Street, but of her pride in his hard work in renovating it and turning it into the family home she would spend the rest of her life in.

Kathleen loved fashion, but also loved her fun and games.

She enjoyed playing the slot machines in Tramore or Bray, or a boisterous game of cards. Both Tom and herself were also regular visitors to the bingo halls of the south east. Above all, Kathleen loved family and children.

There was a constant stream of grandchildren and in later years, great-grandchildren through the house. A chance to stay over and play cards or catch a horror film was a prize keenly sought.

Kathleen was a determined woman and fought and beat cancer twice. However, her biggest battle was getting over the loss of her beloved Tom, who passed away in 2013 at the age of 95. She was heartbroken and also had to fight dementia.

Her family would like to thank all those who attended and cared for Kathleen in her final months. She is sadly missed by her children; Thomas, Margaret, Rose and Gerald; son-in-law Willie; daughters-in-law Margaret and Breda, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

Kathleen's Month's Mind Mass will be celebrated on February 26 at 12 p.m. in St Mary's and Michael's Church.

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