Kathleen Marie (Sullivan) McLoughlin April 10, 1940 - March 7, 2021

Kathleen Marie (Sullivan) McLoughlin, 80, of Wellesley Hills, MA passed away Sunday March 7, 2021 at Newton Wellesley Hospital surrounded by her family after a brief illness.

Kathy was born in Boston, MA to John Sullivan and Eleanor (Foster) Sullivan on her father’s birthday, April 10th.  She completed her undergraduate degree in Nursing at Boston College and her Masters degree at Salem State College. For 24 years, Kathy taught nursing at St. Elizabeth’s School of Nursing in Brighton, MA.  She was an active parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Wellesley for 70 years.  In addition to spending time with family and friends, Kathy enjoyed music, community theatre and spending summers in Wells, Maine.

Kathy was the beloved wife of the late Frank McLoughlin of New York City, NY.  Kathy is survived by her five children; Francis A McLoughlin, Jr. of Wellesley, Mary Keefe and her husband Edward, Jr. of Carver, Deirdre Dreslough and her husband Clayton of California, Eileen Christiansen and her husband Charles, Jr. of Melrose and John McLoughlin of Maine.  She was grandmother to Eleanor Dreslough and grandmother-in-law to Matthew Keefe and his wife Isabella.  Kathy was great grandmother to Joshua, Mackenzie and Michael Keefe.  Kathy is also survived by her sister, Elaine (Sullivan) Quinan and brother in law, Robert Quinan and her sister in law Patricia McLoughlin as well as many nieces and nephews.

There will be a private family service now with a memorial gathering of family and friends at a later date.

If desired, contributions in Kathy’s name may be sent to St. John School, 9 Ledyard St., Wellesley, MA  02481.


There will be a private family service now with a memorial gathering of family and friends at a later date.


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    Maggie Sheets says

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I send you and your family much love.

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    Debbie and Don deCastro says

    We are saddened to hear that a wonderful, warm hearted, caring and funny member of the family is no longer with us. How lucky for Frank and all in heaven – that they are now blessed with her presence.
    Our family is thinking of all of you at this very difficult time.

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    Lynne Gallagher Brennan says

    To the family of Kathy,
    I am so sorry to read of your mother’s death. Kathy and I were classmates at Holy Cross Academy, and both went on to become nurses. We enjoyed comparing notes at HCA reunions, until we lost touch when I moved away.
    We were good friends and I wish we had stayed in contact. She was the smartest girl in our class, and lots of fun. I didn’t know she taught at St. E’s…and can imagine what a great teacher she was. Again, please accept my sympathy.

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    Laura Panella says

    I am so sorry for your loss. Kathy was an amazing and wonderful woman and was such a good friend to our mom. I will miss Kathy’s stories about my Grammie and Bampie and all of the fun her and my mom had growing up. Rest in Piece Kathy we will miss you.

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    Meg Hartnett says

    To all the McLoughlin family, Kathy, will leave a great void in the St.
    John’s family. From countless volunteer projects at St. John’s School, to plays and choir, our paths would cross often, and Kathy was always so cheerful and willing to give of herself. We will miss her!

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    Jayne Neal says

    So sad to hear of Cousin Kathys passing. We didn’t see her often but it was always memorable when we did. She brought joy where ever she went.

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    Mariko Yasuda says

    Dear McLoughlins,
    We were deeply saddened to hear of Kathy’s passing. We think fondly of our St. John days together in the school yard. She, Frank and the lovely family they made were always so generous to all of the Yasudas. Thinking of you all and sending our love, Hiro and Cyndi Yasuda, Mariko and Jeff Saperstone, and Jonathan and Mary Yasuda.

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If desired, contributions in Kathy's name may be sent to:

St. John School
9 Ledyard Street
Wellesley, MA 02481