1920 – 2014
FARMINGTON — Katherine Clara (Hodsdon) Sirois, 94, died peacefully on Monday, Oct. 27, at Franklin Memorial Hospital, with her family by her side. After living for many years on Knowlton Corner Road and with her daughter, she resided at Sandy River Health and Rehabilitation Center in Farmington for the past six years.
She was born in Byron on June 18, 1920, the daughter of Arthur and Grace (Thompson) Hodsdon, and attended schools in Rumford, graduating in 1938 from Stephens High School. She studied in the nursing program at St. Mary’s Hospital, before marrying Theodore Sirois in Old Orchard Beach in 1941. They lived in Bath until 1947, then in Rumford and moved to Farmington in 1964.
Katherine (“Kitty” to her friends and “Nanny” to her grandchildren) was a caring homemaker all her life and served faithfully at St. John Catholic Church in Rumford and St. Joseph’s Parish in Farmington. She was a member of the Altar Guild and worked alongside Ted at St. Joseph’s food booth at the Farmington Fair for several years.
While she was able, she enjoyed playing beano at the fair and the Elk’s Lodge, and joining her friends for tea, card games and dominoes. Ted and Kitty’s generous spirit made their home a refuge and special gathering place for all, and will be missed greatly.
Katherine is survived by her children: son, Len and his wife, Judy, of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; son, Larry and his wife, Nancy, of Turner; son, Ted Jr. and his wife, Mary, of Wilton; son, Robert, of Farmington; and daughter, Susan Mitchell and her husband, David, of Farmington; as well as a sister-in-law, Connie Palleschi, of Rumford. She also leaves 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a special, faithful friend, Helen Lambert.
She was predeceased by her husband, Ted, in 1993.
The family would also like to express their gratitude for the loving care and friendship provided by the staff and residents at Sandy River, especially those in the Porter Lake section, and to Lynn Lee for keeping Kitty’s hair pretty.
Tributes and condolences may be shared by visiting her memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.