Kathleen Elizabeth “Kathy” Rousseau

November 19, 1942 - October 5, 2020


Celebrations of Kathy’s life will be planned at later dates in Illinois and in Massachusetts.


Memorial Contributions


In Kathy’s loving memory, contributions may be made to:

Plummer Youth Promise

37 Winter Island Rd.

Salem, MA, 01970



Kathleen Elizabeth “Kathy” Rousseau, nee O’Connor, age 77, of Skokie, IL, died on Monday, October 5, 2020. Born in Beverly, MA, on November 19, 1942, Kathy was the daughter of the late John J. and Theodora, nee Sylvester, O’Connor. She was the beloved mother of Karen L. (Clifford) Taylor of Salisbury, MA, Sharon M. (James)Continue Reading

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Jane Humphries left a message on October 13, 2020:
I want all of you to know what a wonderful colleague Kathy was to me at the McCormick Center. While I worked at a distance from my home office in Oklahoma, the person that I always heard from regularly was Kathy. This included during my darkest days last year when both of my parents passed away, 3 months apart, and in hospice care. One at the hospital and then one at my home. Then, I endured a personal health crisis earlier this year only to have Kathy send me a sitting angel which sits on my desk to this day. I will miss her dearly and will never forget the light that she brought me over this past year and throughout the time we worked together. Prayers to all of you. With deepest sympathy, Jane Humphries (McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership)
Jennifer Bennett left a message on October 12, 2020:
Dear Karen - I'm deeply sorry for the loss of your mom. I wish you and your family peace and comfort. I see you in this beautiful picture of your mom. She's always with you.With sympathy, Jen
Carol Peterson left a message on October 11, 2020:
I was so sorry to hear about Mrs. Rousseau's passing. I know how special she was to you. Your memories will always keep her close to you. May God comfort you during this difficult time. You have my deepest sympathy. Carol Peterson (Fairview South)
Mary Kay Bianchi left a message on October 10, 2020:
She was such a lovely person. My heart breaks for her family. She was the very best grandmother- always had time to sit and read with her grandkids and hear about their days. There is a special place in heaven for her.
Cara Murdoch left a message on October 10, 2020:
My condolences to Kathy's family. She was the smiling face that greeted everyone, the encouragement to those that needed it, and a prayer warrior. Her spirit was sweet and caring. She was more organized than any big name organizers. And, she helped satisfy the sweet tooth of everyone that entered her work building. She and I had an on-going joke about her "ring the bell" sign on her counter. I always threatened to ring ring it, even when she was right there, if she had not taken it down yet. I never did ring it, but I loved to threaten I would. I will miss her bright smling face greeting me at work. But, I believe I will see her again, and I will recognize her smiling face and sweet spirit!
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Nancy Vazquez Caban left a message on October 10, 2020:
Kathy was such a sweet person to know and work with...she will be greatly missed. What a beautiful difference one single life made. My sincerest condolences to her family and friends. May she rest in perfect peace. In sympathy, Nancy
Haben Funeral Home & Crematory left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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