Althea J. Gahan
Family treasure, proud of her Irish Heritage
WATERBURY- Althea J. Gahan, 66, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, after a long illness, with loving family by her side.
Born in Waterbury on June 18, 1954, she was the sixth child of the late George F. Gahan and Muriel Joyce Gahan.
Althea was raised in Waterbury, attended local schools and was a graduate of Waterbury Catholic H.S. She attended numerous institutes of higher learning including State University of New York, Columbia University, Manhattan College, The Kabbalah Centre, New York and McGill University of Montreal, Canada. She received a Master’s Degree in Theology, a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Counseling and a Doctorate in Metaphysical Science.
She was a competitive Irish step dancer with the Clifford School of Dance of Waterbury. She enjoyed horseback riding, played volleyball and softball and was an avid painter, sculptor and sketch artist. She had a passion for cooking, baking and crochet needlework.
Althea was a huge New York Yankee fan often attending games at Yankee Stadium. She traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada and enjoyed her overseas trips to Ireland, England and South Africa. Prior to her illness she lived in New York City and was an avid Broadway theatergoer.
Althea began her working career at the Waterbury Recreation Department. She worked at Catholic Charities in New York and Saint Mary’s Convent in Peekskill, New York.
Left to cherish her life is her brother Tommy Gahan, with whom she resided for 20 years following her illness, her beloved nieces Jodi Joy O’Keefe and husband Matt of Franklin, MA, Krista Joy DiFiore and husband Sal of Waterbury, CT, Kimberley Joy Borgida and husband Steven of Norton, MA, her grand-nephews Dominic DiFiore, Tim O’Keefe and Calvin Borgida and her grand-nieces Chloe Borgida and Katie O’Keefe and local cousins. She also leaves in Florida, former sisters-in-law Marsha, Patricia and Sharon and other Florida relatives. Althea’s family would like to extend a special thank you to family friends, Greg and Jenny Thompson who assisted with many of her daily needs.
Besides her parents she was predeceased by her brothers George, Billy and Leo Gahan and sister Sheila Jegela.
Due the pandemic the funeral Mass at S.S. Peter & Paul Church and burial in All Saints Cemetery will be private. The Murphy Funeral Home, 115 Willow St. Waterbury is assisting the family.
Memorial contributions in Althea’s memory may be made to The Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer in care of: The Tommy Fund, PO Box 8295, New Haven, CT 06530.
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