Catherine Mary “Kay” (Robbins) Sherry of Althea Street in West Springfield, MA, passed from this lifetime on January 20 after a courageous battle with Mesothelioma. She was surrounded by her family and their love.
Kay was the daughter of the late William Robbins and Catherine (Clark) Robbins of Springfield. She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband, Emilio, “Emil” Sherry in July of 2013. Living without her husband of 65 years was the greatest struggle of Kay’s life.
Kay is survived by her four children (and their spouses/partners): Joseph and Patricia Sherry of Agawam; David Sherry and James Hogan of Worcester; Sandra Sherry of Buxton, ME; Daniel and Lynn Sherry of Southampton; Catherine “Cathy” Sherry, of Bernardston; and Ryan Eastman. She is also survived by seven grandchildren (and spouses), 2 great-grandchildren and another grandchild soon to be born; Shawn and Brett Cohen-Sherry; Daniel and Garnette Sherry and their children, Benjamin and Kingsley; Bret Sherry and Jayna Cummings; Pamela Sherry; Caitlyn (Sherry) and John Owen Goode; Taryn Sherry; and Griffin Sherry. Kay is also survived by three siblings: Thomas Robbins; Richard Robbins; and Elizabeth (Robbins) Svec. She is pre-deceased by her brothers Phillip Robbins and William Robbins. Additionally, she is survived by many brother and sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends, including her long time best-friend Marion Dauplaise. Kay grew up on Dana Street in Springfield and moved to West Springfield with her husband Emil, in 1960 where they raised their four children and filled their home with love, joy and respect. She was a dedicated volunteer at her children’s elementary school and at the Holy Family Church, which her family attended. She was a beloved Cub Scout and Brownie Leader for several years, touching the lives of many children. For many years, Kay was a “stay at home” Mom to care for her children. She waitressed part time only during the holiday season in order to join with her husband to create a generous and always magical Christmas for her children. Once her children were older, she worked in the kitchens of Our Lady of Elms College and Western Mass. Electric Company. She then moved on to work many years as a breakfast and lunch waitress at Friendly’s Restaurant on Riverdale Road in West Springfield. She insisted on working “Mother’s hours” and taking the summers off so she could care for her grandchildren. She took great pride in her children and grandchildren. Always attending games, performances and family celebrations. To say she was a dedicated and loving wife, mother and grandmother is a huge understatement. Kay spent many happy times at her cherished family camp (built by her parents and family in the mid-fifties) on the shores of Otis Reservoir. She found great joy in being with her family and enjoying swimming, boating, late-night card playing, singing by the camp fire, picnics and simple adventures. She and her family enjoyed the camp during all four seasons. Singing brought her joy throughout her life; whether it be with her children, her grandchildren, her family or in long car rides with her parents and children. She continued to find pleasure in swimming throughout her life. In the last few years she has swam in the ocean, in rivers and in lakes. She slid down a river rock slide in an Arizona River and did a tubing trip on the Saco River in Maine. Her love of life, her joy in being outdoors on or near the water with family and friends, was infectious. She also enjoyed many happy hours playing mini-golf with her husband, daughter and grandchildren. Kay lived her life based in love, kindness, compassion, joy and selflessness. Any who had the good fortune of being in her life or crossing paths with her will attest to this. She was always ready to give a helping hand, a hug or the support that was needed. Her legacy of love, compassion and kindness will live on through her family and everyone that knew her. A Memorial Service will be held SAT 10 AM at St. Thomas Church, 47 Pine St., W. Spfld. Burial will be private in the springtime. There are NO Calling Hours.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to one of Kay’s favorite charities: The Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675 Or firstname.lastname@example.org Donations should be made in the name of Catherine “Kay” Sherry of West Springfield MA.
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