Kathryn Theresa's Story
Kathryn T. Freeman of South Hamilton died in her home after a long illness on Tuesday evening, February 28, 2017, at 7:40 p.m. with her sons, William and Charles, by her side.
She was the loving wife of the late Roland T. Freeman, sharing 55 years together.
Born in Danvers on a small farm on Summer Street, she was the ninth of ten children of the late Barney and Anne (Katovich) Jankoski. Kay grew up poor, but very rich in the warmth, love and support of her large family. Abandoned by their father early on, Kathryn and her siblings thrived in the care of their wonderful mother, Annie, who produced most of their food on the farm; growing fruit trees, vegetables, and keeping chickens and a cow. As a small child, Kay helped with many chores on the farm.
After losing the farm around 1933, the family moved to a rented house in Danversport. Kay often spoke of the good times she had as a pre-teen and young teenager swimming at Sandy Beach and playing around the port. Meanwhile, she continued her education in Danvers public schools, leaving school at age 16 in 1941 to work at Ideal Baby Shoe Factory on Locust Street for two years. This job brought some much needed cash to the family.
About early 1944, Kathryn went to work at the G.E. plant in Lynn as a lathe operator for the duration of World War II. During the war she exchanged letters with Roland while he served in the U.S. Navy. After the war ended and peace was declared, they continued their courtship, marrying on September 20, 1947.
Roly and Kay were living in a small trailer in North Beverly when their first son, William, was born on July 24, 1948. After their second son, Phillip, was born on May 21, 1951, the family moved to their new house in South Hamilton where Kathryn continued to love and care for her husband and their two boys. A wonderful homemaker, Kay was a good cook who prepared nice meals for her family, always served at the same time every day. Kathryn took great pride in keeping her modest home neat and clean. She was an excellent baker. Her cookies, pies and cakes were magical. For birthdays and other special occasions, everyone got a scratch-made cake produced by her own loving hands.
Kathryn’s third son, Charles, was born on August 3, 1965, when she was 40 years old. Kay always said “Chuckie” helped to keep her young. Charles and his then wife, Jemma, presented Kay with her two granddaughters, Katrena on March 29, 1999, and then Daphne on May 3, 2001. She loved them both very much and they loved her and gave her great happiness.
Kathryn always remained very close to her sisters and brothers and their spouses, as well as her many nieces and nephews who all loved “Aunt Kay.” Many happy times were shared over the years.
Kay liked being outdoors camping and swimming at Sebago Lake State Park in Maine. She also enjoyed gardening (especially flowers), and skating and sledding on local ponds and hills. Kay liked candlepin bowling, winning championships as a team player.
Kathryn’s long life was completely devoted to her family. She gave everything she could to keep her family safe, happy and healthy. Kay loved her family and her little house in South Hamilton. She lived there for nearly 67 years, making and sharing many happy memories and being who she was—a beautiful and generous soul. Kathryn always loved and will always be loved as long as those who knew her live. Rest in peace, Mom.
Kathryn leaves her two living sons, William T. Freeman of South Hamilton, and Charles R. Freeman of Topsfield; her two beloved granddaughters, Katrena A. Freeman and Daphne K. Freeman, and their mother, Jemma Pasmore, all of South Hamilton; and her many nieces and nephews, as well as her friends and neighbors.
Kathryn was predeceased by her loving husband, Roland T. Freeman; her son, Phillip R. Freeman; sisters, Ann, Mary, Estelle, Sophie and Irene; and her brothers, Barney, Frankie, Tony and Robert.
Services will be private. In Kathryn’s memory, please be thoughtful and be kind to each other.