Catherine B. Fennelly
Thursday 3rd of January 1929 - Monday 26th of July 2021
Catherine B. Fennelly 92, passed away peacefully in her home, on July 26, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. Catherine was born in Cork, Ireland to Daniel and Lucy (Dillon) O’Sullivan on January 3, 1929. She called Lexington home for the past 33 years. She was married to her loving husband Patrick, for 57 years until his death in 2014.
She is survived by her children, Greg (Verona) Fennelly, David Fennelly (Carlos Sanchez), Veronica (Upen) Malani and Barbara (John) Miller; her grandchildren, Eric and Ryan Malani, Jacob, Sophie and Zoe Miller and Joscelyn Fennelly; her brother, Tom (Catherine) O’Sullivan; her sister, Lucy (Gerry)Fleming; sister-in-law, Helen O’Sullivan, as well as many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Michael O’Sullivan; her sister, Celine Harding-Lane; her brothers-in-law, Owen Harding-Lane, Gerard Fennelly and Tom Maloney and her sister-in-law, Maisie Maloney.
She had a long career as a highly respected and much loved Montessori teacher. She was passionate about early childhood education and encouraged every child to reach their full potential. She was a trailblazer in the early education field, owning and operating her own successful pre-K learning center. She also offered speech and drama classes where she shared her deep love of poetry and acting with hundreds of young students. In her free time, she could often be found tending to her garden.
She led and exemplary life in everything she did, but the role she cherished most, was that of devoted wife, mother and grandma.
Milward Funeral Directors are entrusted with Mrs. Fennelly’s service arrangements. Visitation will be held Friday, July 30th at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church located at 1730 Summerhill Dr., Lexington from 10 AM to 11 AM, with mass to begin at 11 AM. Private interment to follow in Lexington Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Catherine’s family suggests a donation to New Heights Therapy, Folsom LA or Bluegrass Care Navigators Lexington KY.
To share a remembrance of Catherine or to offer condolences to her family, please visit milwardfuneral.com.
Anna Maria O’Sheasays
Sincere condolences to Veronica and the extended Fennelly family on the passing of your dear mum Kay. May she rest in peace. Anna Maria O’Shea Dublin (old school friend from St. Als)
Gregory, Veronica, Barbara and David and all the extended families. You are all in my thoughts at this time of Aunty Kay's sad passing. May she rest in Peace. David xxx
Amanda McCrady & Lowe's Home Improvementsays
John and Barbara Miller and Family, Our deepest condolences to you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
Frank and Ginny Mortonsays
Our deepest sympathies on the passing of Ms. Kay. I know how devoted you all were to her and how proud she was of all her children and grandchildren. May the peace of God be with all of you. She and you are in our thoughts and prayers.
janet and martin edwardessays
Dear Greg, Veronica , Barbara and David and families. We are thinking of you all at this sad time . I have lovely memories of Kay and Paddy and family get togethers. all the good times will sustain you all in the months ahead. best love Janet , Martin, and family
William and Helen Bowlessays
Our love and deepest sympathy to you and the family.