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Catherine Coen

September 11, 1923 ~ March 21, 2017 (age 93)

Mrs. Catherine “Kay” A. Coen, 93, of Tilton, died peacefully at her home on March 21, 2017. Born in Dorchester, MA, she was the second child of the late John Coffey and Agnes (Regan) Coffey.

She was a beloved daughter , sister and cherished mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Kay graduated from Franklin High School in 1941 and soon after married Harry G. Coen. During the War she worked at a munitions factory in Hartford, CT. After the War they started the Tilton Laundry and Dry Cleaners in the barn of their house. Kay operated this business for many years and when her children were older, she also worked evenings as a cocktail waitress at the NH Highway Hotel in Concord, NH.

After Kay gave up the laundry business, she continued working at the hotel at night and attended beauty school during the day. She opened Kay’s Beauty Shoppe in her home and eventually worked in her shoppe full time.

In her later years, Kay also worked weekends as evening receptionist for the Merrimack County Home. She also became interested in local politics and often wrote letters to the editor.

She loved her family and animals, especially her many cats. She lived in her home for 69 years and enjoyed decorating it. She also enjoyed sewing, ceramics, watching the Boston Red Sox and CNN. She was a long time member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church Parish in Tilton, NH and enjoyed helping others.

Besides her parents, Kay was predeceased by her sister and brother –in-law, Marie and Bob Davidson, brother John and sister-in-law Arlene Coffey, sister and brother-in-law Anna and Mickey Buchalski and her beloved son Thomas Coen.

She is survived by her brother Thomas (Lynn) Coffey, sister-in-law Dorothy Ackerman , son John (Kathryn Harvey) Coen, daughter and caregiver Patty Benoit, daughter Cindie (Paul) Shibata, daughter-in-law Bernadette Coen Hunter, 4 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Her daughter, Patty, lovingly cared for her for more than 20 years. Kay’s family extends their deepest gratitude to Patty and the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice Care.

Donations may be made to the Franklin VNA and Hospice, 75 Chestnut St., Franklin, NH 03235 or the Tilton-Northfield Fire Dept and EMS at 12 Center St., Tilton, NH 03276.

Visiting hours will be held Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 3-5 pm at Paquette-Neun Funeral Home, 104 Park St., Northfield. A Mass celebrating Kay’s life will be Monday, March 27, 2017 at 10 am at St. Mary of The Assumption Church, Tilton. Spring burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Franklin.

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