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January 20, 2024
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Kathleen Ann (LaPointe) Brown, 73, passed away peacefully at home on January 20, 2024 in Winthrop, with her family by her side. Kathy was born in Montague on October 11, 1950, the daughter of the late Francena (Matthews) LaPointe. She was predeceased by her first husband, James Parent, Sr.; brothers Henry, Harold and William LaPointe; and sisters Jean Bousquet and Barbara Young.
Kathy grew up in the Montague/Gill area and resided there most of her life. She was a 1969 graduate of Turners Falls High School and the owner of Equi’s Candy Store for 25 years. A talented confectioner, Kathy was well known for her peanut brittle, fudge and caramel apples, and her chocolate assortments which were a fixture for many years at the State House in Boston. While her homemade chocolates were acclaimed, her handmade candy canes were legendary. Every holiday season, Kathy and her family would gather in the kitchen in the back of the store to churn out more than 3,000 hand-pulled candy canes in dozens of different flavors, all of which would invariably sell out by Christmas. While making candy in such volume was exhausting, Kathy treasured those times working and laughing alongside her family.
Kathy retired and eventually relocated to Winthrop near her children, where she spent her final years. Kathy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was excited to spend more time with family and friends, who were so important to her. She loved family poker games and get-togethers with her large extended family, many vacations with her husband and sisters, and trips to the casino with friends. Kathy was fun-loving and adventurous but also kind and generous. She had an affinity for the underdog and quietly supported many who were struggling, several times even opening her home to those needing a place to stay until they could get back on their feet.
Kathy loved being a Grammy and often said it was her greatest joy. She delighted in hearing about all her grandchildren’s accomplishments, cheering them on at their school, sporting and theatrical events. She always said her grand kids were her pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Kathy loved spoiling them, and a favorite expression that she shared with her grandkids was “What happens at Grammy’s, stays at Grammy’s!” Kathy also loved animals and was something of an animal whisperer. Her grand dogs and cat Charlie adored her and followed her everywhere - perhaps due to her habit of carrying treats in her purse at all times.
Besides her beloved husband of 33 years, Donald Brown, Kathy leaves behind a son, James Parent, Jr. and his wife Patti of Lakeville; a daughter, Jennifer Warren and her husband Aric of Winthrop; two stepsons, Craig Brown and his wife Jennifer of Longmeadow; and Mark Brown and his wife Katie of Venice, Florida. She also leaves a sister, Virginia Hubbard of Erving; her sister-in-law Kathy LaPointe of Montague who was more like a sister to her; her sister-in-law Ann LaPointe of Las Vegas, NV; her brother-in-law Leo Bousquet of Norwich, CT; her many nieces and nephews and their children; and her cherished life-long friends from Turners Falls.
Finally, Kathy lovingly leaves her six grandchildren whom she adored and of whom she was so proud: Alex and Peyton Parent of Lakeville, Olivia and Carson Brown of Longmeadow, and Connor and Shea Brown of Venice, FL.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday 1/23 at 11am at the Kostanski Funeral Home, 1 Kostanski Square, Turners Falls. Burial will be private.
A calling hour will be held Tuesday morning from 10am until the time of the service at the funeral home.
For condolences, please visit www.kostanskifuneralhome.com.