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Catherine Ann Kirkman
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Gilford, NH----Catherine Ann Kirkman 58 of 2600 Lakeshore Road # 126 died at her home on Saturday July 26, 2008.

Catherine was born December 15, 1949 in Stoneham, Mass the daughter of John J. and Stella (Kusch) O’Leary. She had lived in Salem, NH for 13 years and graduated from Salem High School in 1968.

Catherine lived for 20 years in Dracut, Mass and was employed by the Dracut School System when the children were young so that she would be home with the kids after school. She had summered at Lake Shore Park in Gilford since 1963 and had been a resident of Gilford for the past 12 years.

Catherine loved to travel with her husband and enjoyed gardening, cooking and interior/exterior decorating. She was well know for her decorating abilities and was sought out by friends and family for decorating tips. She was involved in designing and planting many of Lake Shore Park’s flower arrangements/gardens. Cathy was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years Alan C. Kirkman of Gilford; a daughter Bridgette Braley and her husband Charles of Dracut; son Rodney Kirkman and his companion Heather Dumais of Nashua; 2 grandchildren Molly Braley and Maximilian Kirkman; 4 brothers Jack O’Leary of Boston, James O’Leary of Danville, NH, Steve O’Leary of Oviedo, Fla. and Dennis O’Leary of Derry, NH; several nephews and nieces.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday July 29, 2008 from 5-8 PM at the Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia NH.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia Wednesday, July 30 at 10:00 AM. The Rev. Gary Kosmowski, pastor of the church will be the celebrant. Burial will follow in the Raymond C. Wixson Memorial Garden, Gilford.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Mass General Hospital Gillette Center for Women’s Cancers 32 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114.

The Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services 164 Pleasant Street Laconia, NH is in charge of the arrangements.


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