It is with great sorrow and sadness that the passing of Catherine A. Letendre is announced. Catherine succumbed on Monday, June 7th following her courageous battle with cancer. From the age of seven, Catherine fought many health problems stemming from a very brittle case of Juvenile Onset Diabetes. As the years passed and her kidneys began to fail, Catherine required dialysis. In 2009, Catherine received a kidney/pancreas transplant at the University of Minnesota’s Fairfield Medical Center. Following the successful transplant surgery, her life changed for the better in many ways. During the next twelve years, she returned to school, became engaged, was married and living a life filled with happiness and joy until late 2020 when diagnosed with cancer.
Catherine attended the Montessori School, Tansey School, Morton Middle School and was graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School in 1996. She then graduated from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2000 earning a double major in Communications and Marketing. Following graduation, she moved to New York City where she had accepted employment in the fashion industry in Manhattan. Unfortunately, as time went on, her vision began to fail her and Catherine was forced to consider a career change. She first considered nutrition, but her inclination of helping people drove her to social work. Catherine was accepted at the New York University Silver School of Social Work where she earned her MSW. Following this, she took the LMSW exam and began her career as a clinical therapist. Catherine’s ability to be empathetic, perceptive, objective and driven were characteristics that endeared her to her patients, a number of whom attested that she was paramount in improving their lives.
Catherine will be remembered for many special things. She was a beach lover and enjoyed spending time at several New York beaches and Bakers beach in Westport. She was establishing herself as a gourmet cook creating delectable appetizers and meals along with some very unique and one of a kind sangrias. Always the fashionista, she was often sought out for her opinions on the latest trends. Nieces and nephews all agreed that Auntie Catherine always “gave the best presents”! Finally, and perhaps most importantly, she and her husband had the opportunities to visit many tropical paradises and this time together turned out to be very important.
Catherine leaves the “love of her life” Robert (Robby) McCormack to whom she was married to for four and a half years living in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to her husband, Catherine is survived by her Mom and Dad, Bev and Fern; her brother Michael and wife Ginny as well as nephew Michael, her niece and godchild Lucy and mother-in-law, Joan McCormack. In addition, she leaves two nephews, Liam and Logan and three nieces, Emily, Grace and Vivian and Stella another godchild. She leaves many other aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends who were all treasured. Catherine was the niece and godchild of her beloved late uncle Marc Letendre to whom her soul is being sent to for the heavenly version of TLC.
Calling hours will be held Monday, June 14, 2021, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Hathaway Home for Funerals, 1813 Robeson Street, Fall River. A Funeral Mass for Catherine will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Holy Name Church, 709 Hanover Street, Fall River. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Please go directly to the church on Tuesday. Burial will be private at the request of the family.
Flowers are omitted. Donations in Catherine’s memory can be made to People, Inc. care of the Diabetes Association, Inc., 4 South Main St., Fall River, Massachusetts, 02721. Catherine’s greatest wish is that we all become organ donors and that can be done at organdonor.gov.
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People, Inc. care of the Diabetes Association, Inc.,
4 South Main Street, Fall River MA 02721