Catherine A. “Cathy” (O’Neil) Ronan, age 78

of Quincy

Catherine A. “Cathy” (O’Neil) Ronan, age 78

Catherine A. “Cathy” (O’Neil) Ronan, also known as “Nancy”, age 78, of Quincy, formerly of Hull, died peacefully, Thursday, July 2, 2020, at her home, in the comfort of her loving family.

Catherine was born in Dorchester, to the late Thomas and Mary (Crowley) O’Neil. Raised and educated in Dorchester, she was a graduate of the former Saint Patrick’s High School in Roxbury. Later in life, she earned an Associate’s degree from Quincy College.

Cathy had lived in Quincy for the past two years, previously in Hull for over twenty years, and earlier in Quincy for most of her life. Along with her late husband, Bill, she was a longtime winter resident of Naples, Fla.

After raising her family, Cathy returned to the workforce and was employed as an office manager in the behavioral health industry for many years.

Cathy was a former parishioner of Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish in Hull. In her earlier years, she was a parishioner of Saint Mary’s Church in West Quincy where she sang in the choir.

Cathy stayed active, playing tennis, pickleball, and golf. She enjoyed ballroom dancing, yoga, and vacationing with family. Most of all, she was devoted to her children and grandchildren, actively supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved wife of the late William J. Ronan.

Devoted mother of Marie C. Leonard of Weymouth, Robert F. Leonard and his wife Diane of Pembroke, Patti-Ann Jaehnig and her husband James of Quincy, and Thomas J. Leonard and his wife Jennifer of Seekonk.

Loving grandmother of Kevin, David, and John Leonard, Samantha, Bobby, and Jillian Jaehnig, Benjamin, Jessica, and Jackson Leonard.

One of four siblings, she was the dear sister of Mary Raimo and her late husband Joseph of Leominster, and was predeceased by Janice O’Neil and Thomas O’Neil.

Cathy is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and was a special friend to many. She will be greatly missed.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Wednesday, July 8, from 5 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Mary’s Church, 95 Crescent Street, West Quincy, on Thursday, July 9, at 11 o’clock. Interment to follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Catherine’s memory may be made to the veterans’ charity of your choice.


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  • My condolences to the family

  • Sending my thoughts and prayers to Cathy’s family on her passing. Eileen, Jane, Cathy and myself would have weekly tennis matches in Naples over the years, along with several other girlfriends. We always had great discussions, and often enjoyed lunch together.
    Cathy was a lovely lady, always taking good care of Bill. She was a delightful and fun person. All of us were excited when she traveled with her son back to Naples this February. Four of us were excited to meet Cathy for lunch and see her again. She will be greatly missed.
    May she Rest in Peace.

  • My deepest sympathies on the passing of Cathy. She will be remembered fondly the times we had dinner together and our plays in Stoneham. I am so sorry for your loss.
    May your memories bring you comfort.

    Rest in peace, Cathy.
    Love Marsha

  • Missing MamaDuke… So many memories… Rest in peace, you will be truly missed.

  • Marie – my heart goes out to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers…..

    Love, Deb

  • To Cathy’s family, i met Cathy in 1982 when I started at the Seton Building. We had an instant connection and I was lucky to be in the 1st original ‘Lunch Bunch’! How lucky we all were to eat together and share our lives both many many laughs and yes tears too but always there for each other no matter what! all these years Your mom, myself and Lorraine have continued our tradition of meeting for our birthday lunches and holiday when we could and happy to say mostly we were able to and any special big celebrations a big deal was always made with others from Seton. I will miss your mother so much and always remember her for the stunning and beautiful classy lady she always was. my sympathy Gayle and family.

  • I remember Cathy(and Bill) from living at Ocean Place in Hull. Cathy was such a wonderful person. We had a lot in common because we were both taking care of our very ill husbands. When I would meet Cathy in the hall, she would always say”how can you have a smile on your face?”.. “.I have to take a page out of your book”. She was lovely and so warm. I was so sad when she moved. May she RIP.

  • So sorry for your loss. Always difficult to lose your Mother. Always loved Cathy. May she rest in peace.💗

    Deepest Condolences

    Christine xo

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. A mother’s love is so precious and can never be forgotten. Cathy was so sweet, young-spirited and vibrant when we had our dinners before attending the Stoneham Theater plays. I will miss her.

  • Wonderful memories of my special friend Cathy goes back 22 years when we met taking tennis lessons in Naples, Florida. We remained close friends all these years enjoying lunch regularly with other tennis friends. One special memory was attending the Miami Tennis Open along with another special friend Jane. We will all miss Cathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Dear Marie, Robert, Patti-Ann, Thomas, and all Cathy’s much-loved family,

    It’s a wonderful thing to have a large and loving family, and from what we learned from Cathy, that was so very true of yours. This means that losing Cathy leaves an empty space that will never be quite the same, even though memories are a blessing.

    What’s true for family is true for friends. Cathy will be sorely missed by her Florida friends, especially Eileen, Diane, and me, for we go way back to tennis lessons with Edgar in the nineties!

    “Somehow Heaven seems a little closer when those we love are there.”
    Warm thoughts and sympathy to all of you, Janey Thompson

  • “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”
    Helen Keller
    I’ll miss my dear, dear friend, but will always have her in my heart. We had such fun….she was a true and fun playmate through all the years. Jan Lundin