ORANGE -- A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013, at Saint Mary's Church in Orange, for Kaitlyn Sue-Ann Dunphe, 5, of Eagleville Road, who died on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at Children's Hospital in Boston.
Fr. Brian McGrath, former pastor of Saint Mary's, officiated along with Deacon Joe Bucci.
Janet Paoletti was the organist and Theresa Bergquist was the cantor.
The Old and New Testament readings were offered by Kyla Dunphe, Rebecca Anderholm and Elizabeth Buccaroni.
The pall was placed on the casket by the bearers Eric Dunphe, Stephen Cronin, Billy Cronin, Patrick Cronin, Steve DelForno, Roger Donais and Kevin Donais.
Interment followed in South Cemetery, Orange.
Following the committal service, a reception was held in St. Mary's Parish Hall.
Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, was honored with directing the arrangements.
ORANGE-- Kaitlyn Sue-Ann Dunphe, 5, of Eagleville Road, passed away this past Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 at Children's Hospital in Boston while surrounded by her loving family.
Kaitlyn was born on March 7, 2007 in Leominster. She is a beloved daughter of Michael R. and Melissa E. (Cronin) Dunphe of Orange.
Those who had the privilege to know Kaitlyn could see that she was someone special. Kaitlyn was a shining star where ever she went. You could often find her dancing to her favorite song and convincing everyone around her to do the same. She loved her special trips to the mall as shopping and pedicures were some of her favorite things to do. Kaitlyn was always known for her beautiful nails, and if you didn't notice them, she was sure to tell you to look.
Kaitlyn attended Fisher Hill School where she was a fulltime kindergarten student. She made many friends while attending school and looked forward to going every day. She loved being able to tell mom and dad all about her day when she returned home. One of Kaitlyn's favorite things to do at school was reading the Jack and Annie book series. Kaitlyn often found her imagination taking her to faraway places through the books. One of her favorite adventures was a trip to the Caribbean Islands.
At home Kaitlyn loved her trips to the beach and sitting at the water's edge with loved ones. She often requested trips to the beach even in the middle of winter.
Kaitlyn loved taking long walks in the warmer months. She enjoyed throwing rocks into the local pond and watching the splashes. She often returned home from her walks with flowers of every color from along the way. She loved her swing, and blowing bubbles, watching her loved ones jump up and down popping them while she giggled and asked for again! again!
Kaitlyn was always very in-tune with her surroundings, as well as her caregivers. She would often know who was in the house or coming down the stairs before they spoke a word or showed their face. She could tell each of her loved ones simply by the sound of their footsteps.
Though she was only 5, she had an amazing memory and love for life. She was simply an angel who taught everyone to live life to its fullest, and never take anything for granted. She knew that the sky was the limit, and she went for it. She has touched the lives of many friends and family who will greatly miss her and her beautiful smile.
So fly high baby girl, we will miss you...
Kaitlyn is survived by her beloved parents, Michael and Melissa Dunphe of Orange; and her cherished sisters, Kyla and Jenna; grandparents April and John Washiek of Orange, Paula and Brian Bailey of Winchester, N.H., Michel Dunphe of Southbridge and Bill Cronin of Burlington; aunts Jessica Cronin of Boston, Vemary Cordova of Arkansas, Andrea Washiek of Orange, and Chesney Cronin of Burlington; uncles Stephen, Billy and Patrick Cronin, all of Orange, Steven Delforno of Beverly, Eric Dunphe of Vermont, Roger Donais of New Hampshire and Kevin Donais of Webster; great grandfather George Cronin of Florida; many loving cousins; and her Godparents Rebecca Anderholm, Elizabeth Buccaroni and Joshua Behrens, all of Orange.
Calling hours will be Wednesday evening, Feb. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday morning, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 19 Congress St., Orange, with Fr. Brian McGrath officiating.
Interment will follow in South Cemetery, Orange.
In Lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Children's Hospital Boston through Kaitlyn's Team Page, http://howtohelp.childrenshospital.org/walk/page/DJ0271.htm, Jenna's walk page, or http://howtohelp.childrenshospital.org/walk/page/DK0174.htm, Kyla's walk page
Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.
You may offer your sympathy or find directions online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com.