Catherine F. Duffy (nee McGowan), 97, of Asbury, N.J., passed away at home surrounded by her family.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at St. Catherine of Sienna Church, 2 White Bridge Road, Pittstown, N.J., on Thursday, June 13 at 10 a.m. Interment is at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Annandale, N.J. Visitation will be held at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, N.J., on Wednesday, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Catherine was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Jan. 15, 1922, and lived in Newark, Maplewood, Locust, Monmouth Beach, and Pompton Plains, N.J., before moving to Asbury five years ago. She graduated cum laude in 1943 from College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale, N.Y. "Kay," as she was known, was a regent for 8 years of the NJ Chapter of Mount St. Vincent Alumnae Association, served on the editorial board of The Advocate, Newark diocesan paper, was a charter founding member of the Woman's Guild of Seton Hall College of Medicine and Dentistry in 1953, President of the Woman's Guild of Seton Hall University from 1961-62 and 1975-77 and chaired many fundraisers and helped raise $2,800,000 for grants to pre-medical and pre-dental students at the university, charter founding member and Secretary of the Society of St. Michael the Archangel 1989-2001. Kay was installed in 1995 by John Cardinal O'Connor in St. Patrick's Cathedral as a Lady of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, and was elevated in rank to Lady Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem by his Excellency Henry J. Mansell, KCHS Archbishop of Hartford, Conn., in St. Patrick's Cathedral in September 2006.
Kay was predeceased by her husband, William J. Duffy M.D. and her brother, Thomas McGowan M.D. She is survived by her children, Bill Duffy, Cathleen DeLorenzo, Eileen Schultz and Christine Michelle Duffy, grandchildren, Siobain, Katie, Christine, Laura, A.J., and Colleen and great-grandchildren Sophia and Saoirse, sister-in-law, Cherie and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822 would be appreciated.