Katherine M. “Kathy” McCarthy, 97, passed away peacefully at home in Plainsboro on Sunday, December 16, 2018.
Born in Binghamton, NY on December 24, 1920, Kathy and her family moved to Plainsboro when she was a child, and she lived the rest of her life in the Princeton area. Her mother, Veronica (Hickey) Holohan, was a schoolteacher, and her father, John K. Holohan, immigrated to this country from Ireland and went on to serve as a lay magistrate in Plainsboro. She lost her younger brother, John E. Holohan, in World War II, and she remained close to her sister Mary “Holly” Waldron until Holly’s death in 2015.
Kathy attended Princeton High School, where she met the love of her life and future husband, Jack McCarthy,Jr. She graduated from high school in 1938 and Connecticut College in 1942. After college, she taught at the Ashley Hall School in Charleston, SC. She waited for Jack while he left for wartime service with the Army in Europe, and they married after his return at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton in December 1945. They were happily married until his death in 2012.
Kathy devoted her life to her husband and family. After her two sons passed childhood, she took up tennis and became an accomplished player. She played golf infrequently, but well enough to sink a hole-in-one at the Bedens Brook Club. Kathy carried herself with an understated grace and beauty; her college yearbook appropriately described her as “demure.” She had a fine sense of humor and a steadfast devotion to close friends. Her five grandchildren loved their time with Nana, and late last year she was able to welcome her great grandchild into the world.
Predeceased by her parents, husband, brother, and sister, Kathy is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, John “Jack” F. McCarthy, III and Susan G. Anable, and Kevin E. and Patricia M. McCarthy; her five grandchildren, Megan K. McCarthy, John F. McCarthy IV, Kaitlin M. McNamara, Caroline A. McCarthy, and Michael J. McCarthy; and her great grandchild Olivia G. McNamara.
Visitation will be on Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 9:30-10:30am at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30am. Burial will follow in St. Paul's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests consideration of a contribution in Kathy’s memory to Catholic Charities of Trenton.