Kathleen C. McCue (O’Rourke) of Hoboken, passed peacefully on May 12, 2021. Beloved wife of the late Eugene Francis. Cherished mother of James (Michele), Brian (Jennine), Kara (Derek) Lee. Adored grandma of Giavanna, Siena, Mia, Connor, Matt, Kate, Declan and Aidan. Sister of Noreen, Marguerite (Ben), Eileen(Ed) and the late Joanne and Eugene (Jackie).
Born on July 11, 1945, Kathy was the fourth of six children. Her parents, James and Margaret O’Rourke raised the family in the Parkchester section of the Bronx. While attending school at the College of Mt. St Vincent, a job at the World’s Fair led her to meet her husband, Gene. The couple spent the early days of their marriage in Germany while Gene served in the US Army. During this time they met lifelong friends and fell in love with travel.
After returning to the U.S., Kathy and Gene shared a wonderful life, raising three children in Rockville Centre, New York. A dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother, she enjoyed watching the family grow with each marriage and each new grandchild.
Kathy loved the outdoors. Whether it was taking family camping trips, working as a naturalist, running a community garden or building an enviable landscape around her home, she was made for being outside. When she wasn’t outside, she enjoyed watching episodes of her favorite television show, Law & Order.
Above all else, the beach was her happy place. In recent years, Kathy traded the sands of Jones Beach for those of the Jersey Shore. She enjoyed her summers there, sitting by the ocean, swimming in the pool, and spending time with family and friends at her second home in Spring Lake, NJ. She had all her visitors sign the chalkboard by the back door, which was always filled by the end of every summer.
Kathy was warm and friendly, and loved to engage people in conversation – family, friends and strangers alike. She will be dearly missed by all who were blessed to know her.
Visitation for Kathleen will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Lawton-Turso Funeral Home in Hoboken (633 Washington Street, Corner of Seventh & Washington Streets, Parking on Seventh). A Funeral Mass will be offered on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 9:30 AM at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Hoboken (Corner of Fourth and Hudson Streets). Social distancing and masks will be required. For those wishing to attend the Mass virtually, a livestream will be available at 9:30 AM on Wednesday. Visit www.spphoboken.com and choose the Ministries Tab. Scroll down to Funerals, then choose the Livestream button located at the bottom of the page.
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- All people attending must wear a mask while inside and around the outside of the funeral home.
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- All attendees must practice social distancing while paying their respects.
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