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Catherine J. Hart

July 04, 1928 - August 28, 2022


Catherine J. Hart

July 04, 1928 - August 28, 2022


Obituary For Catherine J. Hart

Catherine “Kay” (Sullivan) Hart, 94, of Farmington, Arkansas, former longtime resident of Arlington, MA died peacefully on August 28. Kay was preceded in death by her beloved children, Franklin J. Hart and Donna E. Hart, and late husband Franklin R. Hart. She is survived by her children Richard Hart and wife Ying Hart of Stoneham, MA; Darlene Hart and husband George Allen of Farmington, AR; Deirdre Butts of Marlborough, MA; George Hart of Marysville, CA; grandchildren Jennifer, Megan, Samantha, Nicole, Franklin, Brendan, Tara; five great-grandchildren; and many relatives, cousins, and friends.

Kay was born on the 4th of July, a badge she wore proudly. She was raised in Malden before settling down in Arlington, where she raised her 6 children and lived over 60 years.

Kay was a staple of the Cambridge Marriott family for over 25 years, working proudly from her perch at the Giftshop. Her loving, spirited disposition led to many lasting friendships with coworkers and guests, whom she referred to as “loves”.

She was known for her quick wit, her bold and fun-loving attitude for life, and her genuine care for others.

Kay’s compassion extended to her civic duties. She was a founding member and volunteer at CASPAR (Cambridge And Somerville Programs for Addiction Recovery). She adored animals and donated to wildlife conservation efforts.

Kay was the “hart” and soul of her family and will be missed tremendously.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit in the DeVito Funeral Home, 1145 Mass. Ave., Arlington on Friday September 9th from 4:00pm-8:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the St. Camillus Church on Saturday September 10th at 10:00am. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers donations in Catherine's name may be made to a charity of your choice.


9 Sep


04:00 PM - 08:00 PM

DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington 1145 Mass. Ave. Arlington, MA 02476 Get Directions »
10 Sep

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

St. Camillus Church 1185 Concord Turnpike Arlington, MA 02476 Get Directions »
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  • 09/09/2022

    Condolences to the Family. You will be missed by many, I enjoyed my visit to Arlington and hope I made a difference. Marsha Nason (Consuela)

  • 09/09/2022

    Kay was a kind and caring person that had touched many peoples lives including mine. May she Rest In Peace. Irv Rounds

  • 09/09/2022

    It was nearly 50 years ago when I first had the honor of meeting the Hart family through my sister Eileen. The meeting came about because of Eileen's friendship with Deirdre, her sisters and her father. Catherine was the matriarch of the family business known as the "Ellen Ward Nursing Home". From the very beginning I knew that I and everyone else who had the good fortune of meeting Catherine were blessed with a friend who was more like a family member since she was always there to listen, comfort and share advice. Over the years, even though time and distance may have separated us, when we spoke it was always as if we had just left off and the time had never passed. She comforted many with her caring and positive attitude and was always pushing forward in life no matter how hard her life trials may have been. Catherine left the world and everyone she touched better for having known her and she will always live on in my heart. Until we all meet again Catherine, Tony Rounds

  • 09/09/2022

    Thinking of all the Hart's and and sending love your way. Your mom was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. Her flare for life sparkled. I feel very blessed to know her. Sorry I will miss the services in the next couple of days. But I will be praying for you all.

  • 09/07/2022

    Sincere sympathy to the Hart family from your Sullivan and Spencer family, may the wonderful person Kay was in life live on through you all, may the many treasured memories you hold bring you comfort as you celebrate her life, say fair well and continue on with your lives as she would expect you to. She was a person who oozed love and laughter. Personally, I am so pleased I got the opportunity and privilege to meet with her along with her sister Mary, cousins Connie, Joanne, my parents, sister Gretta and brother Pat at our visit to Boston 2008, Her beautiful personality quickly and easily left a lasting impression. Maureen

  • 09/05/2022

    Please accept our deepest sympathy on your Mother Kay's passing! It has been years since taking my Mother as Kay would say "Cousin Mary Louise (Cairns) Noonan" to Boston to visit all the "Irish Relatives" and my sister Ferne worked in the summer for Kay at the nursing home. Kay and some of you visited PEI for my sister Audrey's wedding also. Kay was so much fun and full of life, lifting everyone's spirits. May she rest in peace! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time! Ivan & Patsy Noonan (PEI) [email protected] 902-888-7757

  • 09/03/2022

    To all of Kay's Family, May all of your happy memories help to ease your pain at this difficult time. With sincere sympathy! Love, Vinny and Cathy Miola

  • 09/02/2022

    Thinking of the Hart Family - my heart felt sympathy on the loss of your very dear mother. May God comfort, provide love & healing in this sad time of loss. She was an extraordinary woman filled with compassion, wisdom, friendship and the gift of humor. I often thought of her as a "Rock Star" as she had a large group that delighted when she arrived at places like the Marriot where she used to work or Mt Auburn Hsp where she volunteered . These times we visited Marriot or Mt Auburn word got out Catherine was in the building & soon there was a group delighted to talk with her! She imparted much wisdom to me about the importance of listening to one another. In times when I faced personal challenges she'd tell me how much saying the serenity prayer helped her & I could say it several times as need be. Her gentle reminders of that powerful prayer -often strengthened me & gave me courage. I loved when we ended a phone call and she affectionately called me "girl friend" because she was a truly beautiful friend inside & out. She knew how to make me laugh & smile. Her hugs were amazing -heart felt & comforting. Sometimes I called her "other mother" when going through tough times in my teens & adult life. I thought she was truly fearless because at age 80 & then 85 she sky dived. She was thrilled by the experience! She made such a difference in this world with interacting with all of us or giving of her time as volunteer. She was my first real boss @ the family nursing home "The Ellen Ward Nursing Home" An incredible place where it was a real home to an small group of cherished residents. She was a fantastic nursing home administrator. God Blessed me -giving me opportunity to know & love Catherine with a "C". I am blessed that her family shared their beloved mother with me. Prayers for her family & friends to get through the times ahead without Catherine. I know she is somewhere over the rainbow & she's waiting for all of us.

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