Mrs. Katherine Ann (Killam) O'Brien
  • In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Kathy's memory to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio St., Suite 304, Chicago, Illinois, 60611-3201 or

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“Thank you Kathy for bringing such a beautiful kind daughter into this word who takes after her sweet mom. Thank you for welcoming Evan into your home...Read More »
1 of 40 | Posted by: Chloe - South Deerfield, MA

Kathy and Everett a very long time ago “Kathy, Your sweet kindness has left a trail of broken hearts, whenever your name is spoken it will always be about your warmth, love and how...Read More »
2 of 40 | Posted by: Doreen Perley - Kingston, NH

“Hi Kat, i know your watching over all of us! I had lunch today with Ally and we talked and shared memories of you. It made me feel good and i...Read More »
3 of 40 | Posted by: Bobby J - Marblehead, MA

“I didn't know when I met Katherine that I was in for the ride of my life. I got on the train and never got off! The tortoise and the hare, Oscar and...Read More »
4 of 40 | Posted by: Pam Knight - Beverly, MA - Friend

“Dear Allison, My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Your mom was a wonderful lady. Her smile always lite up a room. May you hold on tight to all of...Read More »
5 of 40 | Posted by: Pamela Ames - Danvers, MA

“Alyson, please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your Mom. She was a caring and devoted mother to you. Your Highlands School...Read More »
6 of 40 | Posted by: Judy Forrest - Topsfield, MA

“Sorry to read of your passing. childhood friends from the Highlands. Rest in peace...your where too young... ”
7 of 40 | Posted by: Roberta (Osgood) McElwain

“Katherine, so gleeful and radiant who posessed something more than most I`ve known. She could capture your attention and your heart. She would...Read More »
8 of 40 | Posted by: Deb Silva - Peabody, MA

“Kathy was an old friend, back in the days when she was working at my uncles restaurant in Danvers. She always had a smile and a kind word to say to...Read More »
9 of 40 | Posted by: Chris Mangos - Gloucester, MA

“To all Kathy's family, friends and my cousin Bob, I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Kathy in November when I was in...Read More »
10 of 40 | Posted by: Margaret - Palm Springs, FL

“I am beyond saddened by your families loss. Kathy was such a beautiful woman, inside and out. ”
11 of 40 | Posted by: Kristen Brown - Danvers, MA

“To all of Katherine's family and friends,especially Alyson-My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. There's another angel star in...Read More »
12 of 40 | Posted by: Patti Peterson - Wilmington, MA

“Oh dear Kathy, always putting others first, I wish I had more time with you. I respect your wishes of not telling many people of you illnes, but me...Read More »
13 of 40 | Posted by: Pam Correnti - Saalem, MA

“I am so sorry for your loss. I grew up with Kathy. We all lived down the street from eachother We were inseprable. The three muskuteers me, Donna...Read More »
14 of 40 | Posted by: Kathy Eramo (Harrison) - Rowley, MA

“K, you left us way to early, you will be missed by all....we will miss your big brown eyes looking in our kitchen window, we will miss you leaving...Read More »
15 of 40 | Posted by: Steve and Peg - Danvers, MA

“Kathy was my childhood friend, my first friend in first grade! She was my friend until I moved from Danvers in the 10th grade. So many years ago and...Read More »
16 of 40 | Posted by: Kathy Lovett - Danvers, MA

“Another Angel has left us. She was a friend that if you didn't see her for a decade or so it seemed like it was just last week that you bumped into...Read More »
17 of 40 | Posted by: Shirley Barrowclough-Durkee - MA

“o god... where do i begin. i love my mom with all my heart, i still cant believe it. shes always been my back bone and my best friend, she always...Read More »
18 of 40 | Posted by: Aly - Danvers, MA - duaghter

“Kat was my soul mate and best thing that ever happened to me. I will miss u baby!!! Love always- Bob. ”
19 of 40 | Posted by: bob jalbert - danvers, MA

“Although I haven't seen Kathy in many years she was a beautiful person who enjoyed life who really deserved many more decades. Her siblings, most of...Read More »
20 of 40 | Posted by: John Scarpa - Ipswich, MA

“Smiling face,twinkling eyes Always happy, you are gone, we ask why Silent tears, sweet memories we think of you and will for all times suffering...Read More »
21 of 40 | Posted by: lori galante - Beverly, MA

Kathy, John, Patty and Patrick  Cape Cod about 1981 “We were wonderful friends, us all, and we had a lot a fun when we were young! Kathy was always such a ray of sunshine and a good friend.!She will...Read More »
22 of 40 | Posted by: Patricia Walkama - Salem, MA

“I didn't know Katherine long, but she touched me and pretty much anyone who had the pleasure to know her. The most warm, kind-hearted, upbeat person...Read More »
23 of 40 | Posted by: Lisa - Amesbury, MA - co-worker

“I had the privilege of working with Katherine for the past 4 1/2 years, She didn't have an easy job; over the years she spoke with thousands of...Read More »
24 of 40 | Posted by: Renee Wolf Foster - Danvers, MA

“My sweet cousin; and friend, you will be missed dearly I treasure each and every wonderful memory, God Bless you and keep you until we meet again. ”
25 of 40 | Posted by: Debbie Ricker Prieur - Hamilton, MA

“Kathy was a dear friend to me for over 19 years, we shared many memories and good times together...I will never forget her...Irma Kline..Royal Park ”
26 of 40 | Posted by: Irma - DANVERS, MA - FREIND

“I was very saddened to hear of Kathy's passing she always had a beautiful smile. My deepest condolences to her family and friends ”
27 of 40 | Posted by: Tim Ryan - Merrimac, MA

“To the family and friends of Katherine, She was a wonderful, whole hearted person, always full of life and kindness in her heart. She always had...Read More »
28 of 40 | Posted by: Kimberly Almon - Danvers, MA

“Katherine, as I knew her at Essex County OB/GYN. We worked in different offices, so my contact mostly was by phone. I could "hear' her smile over the...Read More »
29 of 40 | Posted by: Cathy Babineau - Beverly, MA

“Always smiling, Always willing to help someone else, Always bringing laughter wherever she went, Never, ever judging others. I will miss our...Read More »
30 of 40 | Posted by: Susan Jeannotte - Ipswich, MA

“Kathy and I have been friends for along time. I have so many memories of all the things we would do together. We would have long walks in Endicott...Read More »
31 of 40 | Posted by: amy courtney - Nashua, NH

“Aly I love you so much and I'm so sorry! I loved your mom! She was an amazing person and so generous. She will be missed! I love you, stay strong!...Read More »
32 of 40 | Posted by: Ashley Nabozny

“I met kat at work and immediately I like her. when I was feeling low her sunny personality and warm spirit always had a way of lifting my heart and...Read More »
33 of 40 | Posted by: Johnnie - salem, MA

“Kathy I have know her for 37yrs she was so full of life and a wonderful person. It sadden me so much to learn of her passing today. She will be...Read More »
34 of 40 | Posted by: Dorinda Hardwick McHugh - Danvers, MA

“Kathy and my mother have been close friends for most of my life and I know she was an amazing friend to my mom and anyone that she ever came in...Read More »
35 of 40 | Posted by: Briana Courtney - Salem, MA

“We knew her as Katherine at Essex County OB/GYN. She was kind to everyone she came in contact with. May the precious memory of Katherine help to...Read More »
36 of 40 | Posted by: Jeanne Simmons - Beverly, MA

“Kathy was always had a positive view of life, caring, outgoing and fun to be with. I will always remember and cherish the friendship we had. So sorry...Read More »
37 of 40 | Posted by: Heidi Hayes - Danvers, MA

“I have wonderful memories of working with Katherine. Always an upbeat day with her. She was a very loving and caring person. She was loved by all. ...Read More »
38 of 40 | Posted by: Maureen Bennett - Beverly, MA

“Bob, Tom and I are so very sorry for your loss. We hope you find comfort in your great memories of Kathy. Please know that we are here if you need...Read More »
39 of 40 | Posted by: Pam Remon - Salem, MA

“I will always cherish the friendship we had when working for the Town of Danvers. Never to forget. ”
40 of 40 | Posted by: JOHN J STORY - LYNN, MA

DANVERS- Mrs. Katherine "Kathy" Ann (Killam) O'Brien 52, of Danvers, died Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 at Beverly Hospital following a brief illness, surrounded by her family members and her very close friends.

Born in Danvers, she was the daughter of Floyd L. Killam of Bradenton, Fl and the late Pola (Chung) Killam. She was raised and educated in Danvers and was a graduate of Danvers High School, Class of 1977 and continued her education graduating from North Shore Community College.

Kathy had been employed at Essex County OB/GYN Associates. She loved her work and her colleagues were very supportive of her.

Kathy was a loving mother, sister, daughter and friend.

Kathy is survived by her beautiful daughter, Alyson O'Brien of Danvers, her father, Floyd Killam and his wife Ruby of Bradenton, Fl, her siblings, Dana Killam and his wife Julia, Shirley Littlewood, Leslie Killam and his wife Pamela, Steven Killam and his wife Margaret and Everett Killam, her many nieces and nephews and her dear friend Bob Jalbert. Kathy was the sister of the late Bradley Killam.

Kathy was a fun loving person with a beautiful spirit and will be missed by all who knew her.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to her memorial service, which will be held in the First Church of Danvers, Congregational, 41 Centre St., Danvers, Saturday, March 9th at 10 a.m. Following the memorial service all are invited to celebrate and remember Kathy's life at the Polish Club, 12 Cheever St., Danvers, from 11:30 to 4 p.m. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (rte. 62) Danvers. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Kathy's memory to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio St., Suite 304, Chicago, Illinois, 60611-3201 or