Kathleen “Kathy” (Tansey) Callahan of Lowell


Kathleen “Kathy”Callahan of Lowell Kathleen “Kathy” (Tansey) Callahan, 63, of Lowell, died unexpectedly on Friday December 30, 2016 at Lowell General Hospital.

She was the wife of Retired Lowell Police Sergeant Richard Callahan with whom she recently celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary on November 5, 2016.

Born in Waltham, she was the daughter of the late James and Joan(Montbleau) Tansey. She was a graduate from Chelmsford High School with the class of 1971, and UMASS Amherst with Bachelor’s in English with the class of 1975.

Kathy worked as a private home health aide in the greater Lowell area. She previously worked at Fairhaven Nursing Home in Lowell, MA as the head of medical records.

Kathy was an amazing woman who loved all her children’s friends as her own. She always opened her doors and her heart to those who entered. Her grandchildren were her life. She loved them beyond words.

She was a fighter who lived her life daily on seeking justice for her two children killed in August of 2014.

Kathy had an amazing fashion sense, having an outfit for every holiday and a sweater vest to match as well. She decorated the home with just as much love and laughter for each season and holiday. She even did the occasional dance routine to spread cheer.

Besides her beloved husband, she is survived by, a daughter, Christine E. Callahan; a brother, James Tansey and his wife, Janice of Ashby, MA; a sister, Karen Bush and her husband, Lawrence of Nashua, NH, her lifelong friend Peg Gay and her husband Tim from Londonderry, NH; five grandchildren, Erik (17), Rian (13), Kaleb (8), and Joseph Jr. (3) and Richard Callahan (2), she is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Kathy was predeceased by her two sons, Keith and Joseph Callahan who both were killed on August 10, 2014.

Visiting hours Thurs. 3 to 7 P.M. Funeral Fri. at 8 AM from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Mass at 9 AM at St. John the Evangelist Church in Chelmsford. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery, Lowell. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.



January 5, 2017
3 - 7 PM
Dolan Funeral Home


January 6, 2017
8 AM
Dolan Funeral Home
  1. Sandy B says:

    Words cannot express how stunned I am. Ricky and Christy we always had fun at your house because everyone especially your mom made us feel so welcom. I am sure she is in heaven running the show already. She will complete her mission from there. She will be sorely.missed.

  2. Joyce Ferreira says:

    My dearest Chrissy,
    My heart hurts knowing the pain you are feeling. You,your dad and the rest of your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Biggest hugs to you during this difficult time

  3. Chuck and Denise Brooks says:

    So sorry for the loss of your sister. We’re thinking of you and prayers are going out to you and your family. Love Chuck and Denise

  4. Bryan W. McMahon says:

    Rick & Christine:

    We are so sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Callahan and Tansey families.

    With Heartfelt Sympathy – Bryan & Carol McMahon

  5. Karen Iworsky says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We attended UMass with Kathy and were in the group at the Newman Center. She was a good person and we had a good time together.
    Our thoughts and prayers,
    Ski & Karen Iworsky

  6. Mary Eliason says:


    The memories of your family vacationing every summer at Sky Valley are the best. Your mom and I loved sitting by the pool, watching the kids swim, and discussing all the drama that came with the day. Mom is your Guardian Angel now.

    Mary Eliason

  7. the lewis says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Christine and your dad and family. Mom was way to young to leave you.And she will be sadly missed by all . she was a good Mom .Wife and Grandmother and Friend .

  8. Debi Demonico says:

    So sorry for your loss, my prayers to your family .

  9. Kelly (Bowe) Bryant says:

    Callahan family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I have many memories of your mom and my mom and all of the floozies.
    Kelly (Bowe)

  10. Carol Comins says:

    Dear Christine,
    My thoughts are with you and your family. Mom was personality plus. Remembering all the twirling trips and feeling blessed to having had Cathy in my life as I journey down the road.

  11. Barbara and Michael O'Callaghan says:

    To the Callahan family: We are shocked and saddened to hear of Kathy’s passing. She was, as they say here, “a mighty woman”, a brave, loving and loyal friend. Our thoughts are with you and we pray for consolation for you in this time of unbelievable loss. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis Barb and Mike (Cork)

  12. Mark LeMay says:

    Kathy was such a loving care giver to my mother in her time of need. She was always smiling and positive no matter what was going on in her own life. A wonderful woman.
    My condolences to the Callahan family.

  13. Karen Stairs says:

    I am so very sorry for your Family loss. My heart hurts for you. Prayers are being sent.

  14. Jbrill says:

    Dear Callahan family,
    Send you all prayers and heartfelt condolences !
    Kathy, may you Rest In Peace and know that you are among the angels!
    Chrissy and Rick, please know that you are in my prayers!
    XO Joyce Brill

  15. Joanna kulesza says:

    My dear Christine there are now words to describe how heartbroken Iam for you and your family Your mom was amazing and we shared many good times togetherPrayers for your family. and may your moms soul rest in peace and her memory be eternal

  16. Betty Patriquin says:

    I can not even begin to explain the loss of such a powerful, determined woman. I send our heartfelt condolences to your family. She was such a strong woman. God bless.

  17. Barbara gilmartin says:

    Jen, Rian, and the Callahan family.
    My heart breaks for you all. Sending big hugs and lots of love your way. May you find the strength to endure yet another tragedy.

  18. Lisa reyes says:

    I am so saddened by this. She was an incredible woman who would do anything for anyone. I will miss her tremendously.

  19. Jenn Collins says:

    I am so deeply sorry for the Callahan family. You all have endured way too much for such an amazing family. We all love you very much and are sorry we are not closer to help you through this.

    Jenn and Billy

  20. MARCIA A SIARA says:

    You were a wonderful, loving, caring woman who will be missed my myself and so many. Hugs your boys for me.

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