Kathryn M. (Moylan)Noonan of Newton and Shadow Farm, Rhode Island departed this life on January 12, 2019 at the age of 74. Kathryn was born in Springfield, the beloved daughter of Edmund Moylan and Bertha Nacewicz. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Arthur “Butch” Noonan, and her two sons, Timothy D. Noonan and his wife Ellen of New Albany, Ohio, and Terence Noonan and his wife Jennifer of Needham, along with five grandchildren, Benjamin, Bryce, Emily, and Charlotte Noonan of New Albany, Ohio, and Patricia Kathryn Noonan of Needham, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews. She is also survived by her three brothers, Thomas Moylan of Raynham, and Timothy and Michael Moylan of East Longmeadow. The supportive friendships of Nancy Loderick, Mary Lou Cooney, Pat Kay, and Sandy Wixted, sustained her throughout her life.
Kathryn was raised on a small farm in the town of Agawam. Both studious and athletic she won scholarships to attend Marquette University to study journalism. After completing her BA she focused on obtaining a law degree at Boston University. She specialized in labor law. She worked for the State Labor Relations Commission and then moved into private practice representing diverse labor unions, as well as individual employees. During her career she partnered with her son, Terence, and they represented unions for teachers and Teamsters, police and fire, cafeteria workers and college professors. She argued cases at all state and federal levels, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Kathryn was an active participant in many sports, but particularly soccer. She developed a passion for the game and was one of the founders of the Newton Youth Soccer League. Kathryn and Arthur travelled frequently to Europe to follow the World Cup and European Championship. In 1995 they travelled with the U.S. Women’s team to the World Cup in Sweden. In 1998 they dodged the water cannons at the World Cup in France. Kathryn played soccer into her 60’s with local women’s teams- the Model Cafe Steamers and the Net Results.
Visiting hours will be held in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave, Needham, on Tuesday January 15th from 4-7 PM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Joseph Church, 1362 Highland Ave, Needham, on Wednesday at 10AM. Interment is private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Tippet House, 920 South Street, Needham, Ma02492, a hospice care facility, or to TJIF, which does local assistance work and international medical and dental work, at TJIF, 280 Hillside Avenue, Needham, Ma. 02494.