Obituary for Catherine M. Houlihan

Catherine M. Houlihan, known to her friends and family as Kay, died January 27,2023 at the age of 94. Kay was born May 29, 1928 in Woodhaven, New York, the daughter of Harry M. and Dorothy (Mulkin) Wessling.

Kay grew up in Floral Park, NY. After graduating from high school Kay attended the NYS University of New Paltz where she earned a degree in Elementary Education. Upon graduation Kay returned to the Floral Park area to teach where she met her husband of 51 years John (Jack) Houlihan.

After retiring from a long career in teaching Kay & Jack moved to Seven Lakes, NC in 1982. With the many friends they made at Seven Lakes Kay & Jack enjoyed golf, square dancing, and traveling. Kay enjoyed sewing and crafts. She made many beautiful quilts, along with wall hangings and other items for the home.

In addition to her parents and brother, Harry, Jr., Kay was predeceased by her husband Jack, her son John Jr., and her son-in-law Ronald Luettger. Kay is survived by her daughter Dorothy (Doree) Luettger, her daughter-in-law Carol Houlihan, her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Kay is also survived by her nieces and nephews

A Vigil for the Deceased will be from 2 to 4PM on Sunday, February 5, 2023 at the Boles Funeral Home in Seven Lakes. Burial will be private in the Seven Lakes Cemetery at a later time.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in memory of Catherine Houlihan to FirstHealth Hospice and Palliative Care at 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

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Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Seven Lakes.

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