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Catherine T. (O’Leary) Walsh

Catherine T. (O’Leary) Walsh, 102, of Bunker Hill Road, Ipswich, and wife of the late Martin J. Walsh, died Saturday, February 7, 2015 in the Masconomet Healthcare Center, Topsfield following her brief illness.

Born in Malden August 2, 1912, she was the daughter of the late James and Mary (Burke) O’Leary.  She was raised in Malden and graduated from Cheverus High School at Sacred Heart Parish in Malden.  She attended Carney Hospital Nursing School earning an RN degree.  She worked as a registered nurse at Carney Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.  She married Martin Walsh in 1935, had three children and lived in Boston until moving to Ipswich in 1965.

She is survived by a son, Martin J. Walsh, Jr. and his wife Nancy of Middleton, sixteen grandchildren, twenty-one great-grandchildren, one great-great grandson, a sister Emma Burns of Marblehead, and many nephews and nieces. She was the mother of the late Marion Sturdevant formerly of Brockton, Claire Piche of Littleton and sister of the late James O’Leary of Malden, Marion McMahon of Winchester, Anna Balboni of Somerville and Helen Hall of Malden.

Her funeral will be held 8 am Saturday, February 14 from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by the celebration of a Funeral Mass at 9 am in Our Lady of Hope Church, Pineswamp Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be Friday 4 to 8 pm. Interment will be in the Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Care Dimensions, a Hospice agency, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

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