Annette K. Kilroy, 89: Always young at heart

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Annette K. Kilroy, 89, died March 16 at the South Portland Nursing Home.

She was born in Somersworth, N.H., on March 16, 1923, a daughter of William E. Sr. and Hazel Kennedy. She graduated from Somersworth High School in 1941.

She was raised in a loving home by her maternal grandparents following her mother’s death. As a child she worked at her grandfather’s store, Kinsman Market, to help support her large extended family.

On June 21, 1947, she married William C. Kilroy in Dover, N.H.

She worked as a telephone operator and supervisor in Dover, N.H., and later in Brunswick. She lived in Rumford for 10 years due to her husband’s job and the family later moved to Portland.

Kilroy possessed a genuine interest and concern for people, often inquiring into others’ lives and well-being, sincerely listening to their response. She remained young at heart and enjoyed all types of music, especially Elvis and the Irish Tenors. She was active in parish life at Holy Cross Church and volunteered at Holy Cross School teaching first grade catechism and listening to first grade readers.

She was a former member of the Daughters of Isabella in Rumford, Women of Rotary in Portland and South Portland High School Band Boosters.

She was predeceased by brother, William E. Kennedy Jr., and sister, Marilyn Brackett.

Kilroy is survived by daughter Carol Ann Kilroy of South Portland; granddaughter Christina L. S. Kilroy of South Portland; grandson Sean J. Salisbury of Buxton; brother Frank M. Kennedy and his wife, Doris, of Rochester, N.H.; sisters Alice Dreinczyk of Bow, N.H., and Jacquelyn Michel and her husband, Leo Sr., of Rochester, N.H.; and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were held on March 19 at Conroy-Tully Corawford’s South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. A funeral service and Mass of Christian Burial took place on March 20 at Holy Cross Church in South Portland. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

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