Kathleen Hogan

Kathleen M. "Kathy" Hogan (Whitney)

Friday, June 25th, 1948 - Friday, February 14th, 2020
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Kathleen M. "Kathy" (Whitney) Hogan of Arlington passed away peacefully on February 14th. Kathy is survived by her loving husband John and was the devoted mother of Jay Hogan and his wife Andrea of Reading and Michael Hogan and his wife Taryn of Arlington. Devoted Nanny to her cherished grandchildren; Reese, Lane, Cole, Eve, Brooke and Adam. Dear sister of John and Anne Whitney, Susan and Donald Doherty, Phil Whitney, Melissa and Charlie Goddard, Jeanie Hackley and her late husband Rick and the late Peter Whitney and his surviving wife Anne.
Also survived by her in-laws Richard and Barbara Hogan. Kathy will be lovingly remembered by her adored nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Relatives and Friends are invited to gather on Sunday February 23rd at the DeVito Funeral Home 1145 Mass. Ave., Arlington from 2-6 pm and to her Mass of Christian Burial on Monday February 24th 11am at St. Eulalia Church, Winchester. In lieu of flowers it would make Kathy smile to have memorial donations directed to FRAXA 10 Prince Place #203, Newburyport, MA 01950.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington
    1145 Massachusetts Ave.
    Arlington, MA 02476
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  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, February 24th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, February 24th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Eulalia Parish
    50 Ridge St
    Winchester, MA 01890
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    Please meet at church


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Jim Beggan

Posted at 10:25pm
Kathy was truly one of a kind and a cherished friend. Her goodness, light and laughter will live on in all who knew her. I will miss her.
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Shirley Smith

Posted at 04:57pm
My deepest sympathy.
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Mary Kay & Jim Lally

Posted at 05:54pm
With love for our precious Kathy....
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Patricia Sinclair

Posted at 01:24pm
I came to know Kathy through working with John. John and I would attend meetings, the real purpose of which was for my husband Paul and I to have dinner with the Hogans. This did not happen frequently but those dinners were always memorable.
Such a vivacious, funny, caring, wonderful woman. Always interesting, always full of stories of grandchildren, adventures, and life. It was our privilege to know her. Although we shared only a small part of Kathy's life, we considered her our friend.

John Hogan

Posted at 04:40pm
Kathy's Eulogy - presented by her son Michael

We're here to celebrate my Mom.

To some of you she was Mrs. Hogan:
Her pop warner cheerleaders, her young coworkers throughout the years, our teammates (one of my youth baseball teammates actually became her neighbor, Arthur, he talked to her and dad about how she used to cheer the loudest at our games) and most of all our many friends who she loved dearly, especially Stizz who she considered a third son.

To some of you she was Kathy:
Brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, cousins, in-laws, long time friends, new friends, the crews at Franie’s and Brigham’s, her many customers who became like friends and of course the cashier at Filenes that would hide the good clearance items in the back for her.

To some she was Aunty Kathy:
Not just her many loving nieces and nephews but it also became a term of endearment from many of their friends.

She was Nanny or "The Money Girl" to her grandchildren. Mom to my brother and me. And to the love of her life she was Lovie.

I made a friend today, I can't count the number of times I heard my mom say that. Between the number of people that have reached out to us and the crowd here today it's a perfect testament to how many hearts she touched and the bonds she developed.

Old friends like Jean, Ann, Laura, Cathy and Patty who she has known since grammar school. Newer friends like Wendy who she had become very close to over the last few years. That Filenes cashier, that customer sitting alone at the counter, the woman in line at the paper store she shared a coupon with, the person digging next to her through a pile of irregular shirts at Building 19 (as long as they weren’t looking for the same size, they were friends). In the dressing room at the department store she would tell people they looked nice and they would start asking her opinion on all their outfits. My daughter Lane said "She was everyone’s Nana in the dressing room". And ultimately the nurses and aids at Mount Auburn and All Care who took such wonderful care of her when she became sick. She wanted a sign at her wake, "Make a Friend while you're in line" hopefully some of you made a new friend, mom would have liked that.

She loved being surrounded by people and never wanted to miss out on a party. Our grandmother Eunice told us that when mom was a kid and they had company over, when she was sent off to bed, mom would sit at the top of the stairs eaves dropping in on the conversations. She would stay up there so long that she would fall asleep (or pretend to fall asleep) and Grandpa would have to carry her off to bed. On the last day she could still get up and around some family where over for a visit. After visiting for a while she got tired and needed to go lay down. As she walked up the stairs she turned and said "no one leave, I'll be right back, everyone stay". She didn't want the party to stop.

Over the last couple months we've had lots of visitors who came to see mom. They had many conversations sitting around her bed so she could listen in. We thought it would be nice to share some of those words and stories.

- Life of the party, Fun: there was lots of talk about Christmas Eve at mom and dad’s house, the Piñata, the old Yankee Swaps with the Paradis kids, the ornament swap and the scavenger hunt. She loved Music: She would blare Abba, Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow and Elton John when she was cleaning the house. Around Christmas it was The Beach Boys and Elvis Christmas albums, she would dance around the house snapping her fingers and singing. Lots of laughs, funny: Aunty Susan talked about multiple incidents where mom got her laughing so hard that she wet her pants. If there was a group of kids at a family gathering mom would herd them all together and get a kickball game or a volleyball game started. I remember when we were camping and playing a game of "telephone" around the campfire. Mom and uncle Phil got laughing so hard they were crying. Only they knew what was whispered between them but they had us all laughing so hard that we had to halt the game for 20 minutes.

- Shopping, coupons, she loved a bargain: when she came home with overflowing bags she was a big fan of playing the "guess how much I paid for this" game, our guesses were never low enough. Sales: Her friend Jean told us about a time they went to a sale, one of those everyone runs through the store to get the limited items type sales. Jean was so overwhelmed by the crowd and mom stacking things in her arms that she had a panic attack and had step away. Her friend Laura told us a story about a trip they took to the Cape. After a long drive they pulled up to the beach and got out of the car to look at the beautiful beach and horizon. Mom took a quick look and said "looks great now lets go to the shops". Our cousin Carole called her the perfect shopping partner, thank you Carole for being such a loving niece and a great friend to mom over the years.

- Chatty Kathy, Someone to talk to, the Switchboard, The Kathy Hogan QT (that was when she told you something that you weren't supposed to tell anyone else, ultimately so she could just tell them herself). She was a great communicator - Auntie Lissa told us a story about how when mom was a baby she could whistle before she could talk. If she wanted to get out of her crib to let her parents know, she would whistle. Her gift for communication started early.

- Kind, giving, she was always there if you needed her, generous with her time: In addition to all the family parties she helped organize. She enjoyed her time coaching cheerleaders, planning class reunions, helping at Patrick's Pals basketball tournaments and silent auctions. And helping her granddaughters Reese and Lane rejuvenate the Best Buddies Club at Arlington High School.

- The center of the family, the Glue, She was my rock, loving, supportive, welcoming: Johnny's Ann said that she wasn't a sister-in-law she was a sister (and mom felt the same way about her). Accepting: If you messed up or made a mistake mom had your back. If you were new to the family and hadn't made the greatest first impression, Mom would take the time to get to know you. She could always see past a rough exterior and find the goodness in people.

If you talked to mom in the past 19+ years you know that she loved telling stories about her Grand Children. And our kids have done a great job keeping her story bank chock-full of good stories. We asked them all for some thoughts about Nanny and they came up with the following:

Adam and Brooke were both thankful that Nanny introduced them to Frappes

Eve and Adam mentioned how much they loved sleepovers at Nanny and P's house. They always went out to dinner at Friendly’s and Nanny always had their favorite snacks.

Brooke remembered how much fun it was pushing Nanny in her wheelchair through the shops in North Conway when they went up north for their Slay Ride Trip.

Cole talked about the McDonalds song. Nanny used to take the kids to McDonalds sometimes when she picked them up from school. They made up a song together that they would sing on the car rides there.

When Lane was little she loved “tweet tweet" stuffed animals. She eventually had so many that it was tough to find ones that she didn’t already have. On her many shopping trips Nanny could always find her a new one for her collection.

Reese and Lane remembered breakfasts at Brigham’s and Franny’s. When Reese was little Nanny would fill up creamers with coffee and let Reese sip them, which ultimately resulted in her coffee obsession.

Eve was thankful that Nanny was always accepting of her funky style and hair color choices.

Cole remembered how Nanny would help him with his homework. If his handwriting was too messy she would erase it and make him start all over again.

When Reese was working in the after school program at Stratton school when she was done she would walk to Nanny and P’s for dinner. Nanny always delivered with a grilled cheese, tomato soup and a side of family gossip.
They all remembered how Nanny never missed a game, a match, a show, a recital, a ceremony etc. and she still cheered the loudest!

To close this out Dad wrote down a few things he wanted me to say. Before I do that I want to read a note we found that mom wrote to him on her high school graduation picture back in 1966. These are her words:

John, to the most wonderful boyfriend a girl could have. Always remember all the fun we shared together both in and out of school. I’ll never be able to thank you enough for your kindness, patience and understanding toward me. I’m sure if it wasn’t for those three we would never have made it this far. So with those three and a little bit of luck I’m hoping we will stay together always. John, you’re one in a million and here’s wishing you the best always.
- With All My Love Kathy

Kindness, patience and Understanding, all qualities dad continued to display throughout their years together, especially over these last couple months. Thank You dad for taking such great care of her.

And now some words from Dad:

Good morning. Most people know me as Kathy Hogan’s husband, Kathy Whitney’s husband, or Kathy Hogan’s Personal Assistant. We’ve known each other since the first grade. I fell in love with Kathy and her amazing family in the seventh grade. It took until the ninth grade to convince her that she was in love with me. Last November we celebrated our fifty second wedding anniversary.

Fondly known as “the switchboard” Kathy was the glue that held the family together. The go to person for advice, support, yummy baked goods and access to a vast inventory of bargains procured “just in case” a need arose for something in her treasure trove of acquisitions. When she payed less for something it was worth more to her. Here’s an example, in the midst of a shopping spree she couldn’t resist a deeply discounted poodle skirt. Fast forward several years. Our granddaughter Brooke was invited to a 50’s costume party. And of course, Brooke received oodles of compliments on her dazzling poodle skirt at the party. Priceless!

Kathy truly loved helping others: family members, friends and strangers too. No one I know touched so many lives in a good sense. Many of you have felt the light of her generous spirit and positive attitude: motivating those around her with positive words, showing enthusiasm, affection, kindness, and using the power of a smile to reverse the tone of a situation.

The support of our family, dear friends and the All Care Hospice team were a tremendous help during Kathy’s final days. And, when her time came she stepped into the hands of time at home surrounded by family, on her own terms with dignity. Our hope is that your memories of her will bring you warmth and smiles.

On behalf of our family we thank you for joining us in celebrating the life of a very special lady Kathleen Margaret Hogan.

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