Katherine M. Verrill

Sep 12, 2019
Katherine Verrill

Rockland — Katherine Myra (Kay) Verrill, 91, passed away Sept. 8, 2019, at Sussman House in Rockport following a stroke.

Although not a Canadian citizen, she was born Nov. 10, 1927, at St. Stephen Hospital in New Brunswick, across the river from her parents’ home in Calais. She was the fouth of five children born to Wilfred and Katherine Mullen. They moved to Rockland and lived there until her senior year of high school, when the family moved to Oswego, N.Y., where she graduated from high school. The family later moved back to Rockland, where her father owned and operated the Self-Service Shoe Store on Main Street.

She met her future husband, Fred Verrill, when showing him an apartment in her aunt's house on Talbot Avenue. They were married June 12, 1954. Together they had two children, Teresa and Philip. They bought a house at 50 Masonic St. in Rockland in 1961, where they lived out the rest of their lives.

Kay was a housewife until the children were in junior high, and then became the secretary for St. Bernard's Parish in Rockland. Apart from family, Kay devoted much of her life to the church, where she was involved in many activities, including the annual Christmas Bazaar, and was a member of the Daughters of St. Bernard. She also served several years as a Brownie troop leader.

She also greatly enjoyed babysitting for dear family friends Sam Clement, Matt Clement, Sophia Buckley-Clement, Lilianna Clement and Joon Clement, all of whom thought of her as Nana.

Kay was predeceased by her husband, Fred, in 2017; brother John in 1991; brother Jimmy in 2001; sister Geraldine in 2003; and sister Jane in 2013. She is survived by daughter Teresa; son Philip and his wife, Margaret, all of Rockland; grandson Ryan and his wife, Torry, of Warren; grandson Mike and his partner, Nicole, of Westbrook; great-grandchildren Colby, Wyeth, Sada-Lynn and Baines; nephew John Chester, nephew Mike Chester and his wife, Kara, and their children, Zachary and Meghan; niece Jeannette Fusaro, her husband, John, and their children, Jacob, Joseph and Julia; niece Susan Chester and partner Javier Campos; nephew Bill Strachan and niece Cathy Strachan.

A funeral service will be held at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, 150 Broadway, Rockland, Saturday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Robert Vaillancourt will officiate. There will be a reception to follow in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Bernard Catholic Church, c/o St. Brendan the Navigator Parish, 7 Union St., Camden, ME 04843.

To share a memory or condolence with Kay’s family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.

Arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.

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