Kathleen Cronin, beloved children’s librarian at New Rochelle Public Library, died February 17th, 2019. She was 70.
Kathleen was born on April 3, 1948 to Bernard and Lillian (Moore) Flynn, the first of eight children. She was in one of the first classes of Holy Name grammar school in New Rochelle. She then graduated from St.Gabriel’s high school and The College of Mount Saint Vincent. She received her Master’s Degree in Library Science from Pratt Institute.
Kathy started her over four decades of librarian service with New York Public Library in the Bronx before moving to New Rochelle Public Library in 1980. She entertained generations of children with her “Storytime” readings. She took great pride in fostering a love for reading in children. By the end of her career, she also took great joy in meeting people who she read to in the past who then brought in their own children to Storytime. In 1996, she was named the Head of Children’s Services at New Rochelle Public Library. She served in that role until her retirement at the end of 2017. Upon her retirement, due to her years of outstanding service, the Library dedicated a study room in the Children’s Section in her honor.
She served her community and her church, as well. She was a longtime member of Holy Name Parish’s Sodality and she served in the New Rochelle Rotary for many years.
In 2017, she was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.’ She dealt with the illness with the same strong spirit that she brought to all her other endeavors throughout her life.
She is predeceased by her parents and her youngest sister, Mary Ellen Flynn.
She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Gene, and her four children and their families; Matthew (Kristie and Kayla), James (Jenn), Brian (Meredith) and Jean (Jesse). She is also survived by her six siblings and their spouses; Bernie (Gail), Richard (Sue), Billy (Mary), James (Laura), Theresa (Bob) and Joanne (Tom); her brother-in-law, Michael and his wife, Linda and Kathy’s many loving nieces and nephews. She was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend and will be greatly missed by all who she has touched.
Visiting hours will be Tuesday 4-8pm at George T. Davis Funeral Home, 16 Shea Pl., New Rochelle, NY 10803. Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Wednesday 10am at Holy Name Church. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers , donations may be made in her memory to The Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library or Mac Angels Foundation.