Kathleen Ann Fahey, 71, of 16 Bouker Street, Greenfield passed away Wednesday 11/17 /21, peacefully at home in the company of her loving family. Kathie was born in Greenfield on December 10, 1949, the daughter of John J. and Elizabeth (Touher) Falvey. She attended Holy Trinity School through grade 8, Greenfield Junior High and graduated from Greenfield High in the class of 1967.
Kathie attended Greenfield Community College and graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1971, with a degree in merchandising.
On June 17, 1972, Kathie married her high school sweetheart, Rich.
Throughout much of high school and college Kathie worked parttime at the former Howard Johnson's Restaurant in Greenfield.
After graduating from UMass, Kathie pursued her career at Wilson's Department Store as a buyer in the men's and young men's departments for several years until shortly after her son, Casey, took his first steps at his loving babysitter's home. She decided that evening to be a stay-at-home mom so as not to miss another childhood milestone. Within a year her daughter, Brady, was born.
When the kids were both in school, Kathie decided to go back to Ho Jo's parttime. After its closure, Kathie bartended at Applebee's until her retirement in 2012.
Kathie spent countless hours at the Greenfield skating rink and several others throughout the area for many winters and baseball, softball and field hockey fields during the summers.
In recent years Kathie enjoyed spending time with her two granddaughters, Brynna and Tilly. She especially enjoyed Wednesday cooking day with Brady.
What she loved most was playing golf. She was a longtime member of the Country Club of Greenfield and made many lifelong friends there.
Kathie was in her happy place spending the winters in Melbourne Beach, Florida during her and Rich's retirement.
Kathie never cared for pets, however, when Brady was in kindergarten, she persuaded her to let her bring home the class pet gerbil for the weekend. Well, someone left the back door open, the gerbil somehow got lose from its cage and ran out the door never to be seen again.
No problem, Kathie thought. We'll just go to the pet store and buy a replacement. Who's going to know. By the end of the weekend the replacement gerbil got free while Brady was playing with it and promptly found it's way down a heating grate. The rescue attempt failed, it died, and for days the little fella left us with a pungent reminder of himself. Except for an occasional goldfish, the family household remained a pet-free zone.
Besides her beloved husband of over 49 years, Rich Fahey, Kathie leaves her son, Casey Fahey of Greenfield; daughter Brady Holbrook and her husband Bill of West Springfield; granddaughters Brynna and Tilly Fahey; a nephew, Gary Walsh; three nieces, Beth Avery, Eileen Dowling and Heather Bordeaux; and a brother-in-law, Paul Fahey.
Kathie was predeceased by her parents Jack and Betty, her sister Ellen Laskey and her husband Michael , a sister-in-law Susan Stasney, and her mother and father-in-law, Peg and Bill Fahey.
Calling hours will be held Sunday, December 5 from 2-4pm at Kostanski Funeral Home, 220 Federal Street, Greenfield. A celebration of life will be held immediately after at Terrazza's Restaurant at the Country Club of Greenfield.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to The Pioneer Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 329 Conway Street, Greenfield, MA 01301, or a charity of your choice.
For condolences, please visit www.kostanskifuneralhome.com.