Kathleen Marie McCann

January 18, 1939 - December 28, 2023


Obituary For Kathleen Marie McCann

Kathleen “Kathy” Marie McCann was a loving and adored wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, friend and true gift to the world. She passed away peacefully at her home on December 28, 2023 at the age of 84.

She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary McMullin. Born January 18, 1939 in Orange, NJ, she grew up in Bala Cynwyd, PA, where she lived until moving to Raleigh, NC, in 1982. She graduated from Mater Misericordiae Academy (now Merion Mercy Academy) in Merion, PA in 1956. She then attended Immaculata College in Malvern, PA, and earned a degree at the Pierce School of Business Administration in 1958.

She married Thomas J. McCann on April 15, 1961 and remained his loving bride until her death.

This union was blessed with six children, in whose lives she will be forever cherished: Thomas McCann (Lisa) of Glenmoore, PA; Margaret Kelly (Tim) of Centreville, VA; Michael McCann (Mary) of Holly Springs, NC; Kathleen Tawney (Jack) of Winterville, NC; Kristin Cuomo (Chris) of Raleigh, NC; and Mariryan Starr (Brandon) of Apex, NC. She was also blessed with 21 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She had three loving siblings: her brother Thomas R. McMullin, of Savannah, GA; the late Anne Barilla of Narberth, PA; and the late Rian McMullin of Kaneohe, Hawaii.

She loved, counseled and served her family and community faithfully – always offering wisdom and understanding to anyone in need. She walked with many on their faith journey as an RCIA sponsor for 14 candidates. She was a joyful member of the altar guild and served weekly as a eucharistic minister. She loved to swim and play tennis, be with her grandchildren, and dance with her husband of 62 years, whenever the perfect song was played.

She will be remembered for her kindness to all, neighbors and strangers alike, and her ability to find joy in everything that life had to offer. Kathleen danced and sang her way through a life well-lived and will be eternally loved.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Raleigh at 11:30a.m. on January 10, 2024, with a burial at Historic Oakwood Cemetery immediately following. The family will receive friends for a visitation in the church atrium one hour prior to the mass. Livestream of the Funeral Mass is available here: http://www.saintraphael.org/funeral-livestream

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dementia Alliance of NC.


10 Jan

Viewing and Visitation

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church 5801 Falls of Neuse Rd. Raleigh, NC 27609 Get Directions »
10 Jan

Mass of Christian Burial

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church 5801 Falls of Neuse Rd. Raleigh, NC 27609 Get Directions »
10 Jan


01:00 PM

Historic Oakwood Cemetery 701 Oakwood Avenue Raleigh, NC 27601 Get Directions »
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  • January 09, 2024

    Mrs. McCann was lovely, soft spoken and kind. I remember her beautiful smile when I think of her. May she rest in God's eternal peace. Our condolences to Mr. McCann and all the family. Sincerely, Angela and Brad Price

  • January 04, 2024

    Kathy in the short span I knew you you were a light in life. You are deeply missed by your family. To Thomas I offer my sincere condolences . Kim Long

  • January 03, 2024

    Kathleen, it was an honor to know you. I will always remember your smiling face and happy aura. May eternal light shine on you forever. Sincerely, Betsy

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