Catherine Keane Handel, who spent the final year of her life living in Mashpee, died June 22. She was 100.
Born in Braintree, in her youth her family moved to Denver, Colorado, where she completed high school with high honors.
She met Francis J. Handel in Denver when he was stationed there with the US Army at the beginning of World War II. They were married and would live in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey, Middleborough, Chicago, Illinois, and Thousand Oaks, California, prior to settling in Chatham in 1966.
Ms. Handel and her family operated The Chatham Tides waterfront motel, which they owned for 50 years.
Active throughout her life, she spent much of her leisure time riding her bike and walking all around South Chatham. She loved watching movies and swimming.
Ms. Handel enjoyed spending the winter months in Florida and in Lake Havasu, Arizona. For the last year she lived at Laurentide at Mashpee Commons to be close to family.
In addition to her son John F. Handel and his wife, Stephanie L. Taber, of Mashpee, she leaves sons Thomas Handel of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, and Edward Handel of San Antonio, Texas; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.