Word has been received that Kathryn J. Browne, who moved to Falmouth from Marco Island, Florida, in 2016 to be closer to family, died at home on October 31. She was 95.
She was born in Monticello, Maine, and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine in 1947. After college, she worked in Fort Kent and Boston for several years before joining the Washington, DC, office of then-newly elected US Senator Margaret Chase Smith of Maine.
She married Joseph Browne in 1953. After several years the couple moved to the greater Chicago area and lived there for the next 20 years, until 1976. Next they lived in Wellesley for 10 years before retiring from their family business and, after a brief stay in West Barnstable, settled in Florida. Mr. Browne died in 1996. After living on Marco Island for 33 years, Ms. Browne moved to Falmouth.
Ms. Browne, who was known as Kay, led her children’s scout troops and partnered with her husband in business. Later, in Florida, she had a prominent leadership role in her condo association that became a full time job lasting 30 years.
Ms. Browne also built a long-term relationship with St. Matthew’s House, a family homeless shelter in Naples. Each December, she delivered carloads of clothes, children’s toys and cash donations gathered during an annual charity drive she organized within her condo community.
She leaves her children and their spouses, Theresa Browne Kutzen and Tom Kutzen, Joseph A. Browne Jr. and Laura Browne, Mary Kay Browne and Jim Rest, and Barbara Browne Gulovsen and Carl Gulovsen; and three grandsons, Peter Kutzen, Jesse Browne and Harrison Browne.
A funeral Mass will be said on Friday, January 14, at 11 AM at St. Anthony’s Church, 167 East Falmouth Highway, with burial service to follow at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.