Kathleen “Kathy” (Hamel) Morrissey – Burlington

Kathleen H. Morrissey died in a calm and peaceful moment after a long, private battle with cancer on June 14, 2013, in the presence of family in a room filled with love. Born in Swanton on Jan. 24, 1934, she was the daughter of the late George and Ruth (Sullivan) Hamel. She attended school in Springfield and eventually moved to Burlington, graduating from Cathedral High School with honors. In 1952, she married Eugene F. Morrissey at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Burlington and together they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in September of last year. Kathy chose a family with Gene over a collegiate scholarship and dedicated herself to that choice raising six children with utter devotion, loyalty, and love which could only be rivaled by the depth of her Catholic faith. In the midst of her journey, she enjoyed many trips around the world and wintering in Naples, Fla., with Gene, many dear friends around town, extended family across the northeast, and all the simple things that gave her great pleasure. She served on the Board of Baird Center, was a volunteer teacher of religion at Christ the King School, and was a licensed real estate broker with O’Brien Realty. In addition to her great love of family, her faith, her independence, her friends and her community, Kathy loved nature. She enjoyed skiing and golf, but mostly the outdoors filled with the smell and sight of flowers, the sounds and joy of birds, the glorious views of Vermont’s mountains and lakes, and animals of all kinds. Among her survivors are two sons Dan Morrissey and wife, Sheila, and Jim Morrissey and wife, Christine, all of Shelburne; and 15 grandchildren, Kaitlyn Morrissey, Ryan Morrissey, Shayne Morrissey, Danielle Morrissey, Terry Morrissey, Michael Morrissey, Kai Morrissey Reinsborough, Keenan Morrissey Reinsborough, Giffin Clark, Niles Clark, Jack Clark, Sullivan Clark, Lexi Morrissey, Sheamus Morrissey, and Demetri Morrissey. She was predeceased by her mother; father; sister, Betty Hamel Warden; brother, Wallace Hamel; brother, James Hamel; and grandson, Peter Clark. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to The Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495.


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