The death occurred on Saturday, March 10, at Acorn Lodge Nursing Home of Kitty Storman (née Overum), Nodstown. She was relict of the late Michael Storman who died on December 29, 1986 and was predeceased by her children Seamus, Eddie, Joe, Lily and Margaret.
She had reached the advanced age of 96 years and was active and in reasonable good health until illness struck about four months ago.
Born on the Lower Nodstown Road, she was daughter of Elizabeth and Patrick Overum and hailed from a family of six, which included Mickey, Christy, Paddy and Neddy and a sister Margaret.
In 1942, she married Michael Storman, Nodstown, whose wife Josephine had died at the young age of 24 years, the previous year, leaving a baby boy Eddie.
Her life was devoted to rearing a large family during hard economic times and working on the family farm. Kitty was a very gentle, caring and compassionate person. Above all, she was a great woman of faith, the heart of the home, and was an anchor for all the family in their joys and sorrows throughout her life.
One of her favourite quotations to them was “Look up above beyond the clouds where faith and hope are to be found”.
She regularly journeyed to England to visit family members, now unable to travel home. In Ireland, she enjoyed holiday breaks with family who were devoted to her and in Nodstown she was lovingly cared for by her son Denis. She had a keen interest in horse and greyhound racing and at one time had a greyhound running called Maggie’s Chestnut.
Kitty was a great conversationalist, could vividly recall past events, people and places right back to her early years growing up in Nodstown.
Her remains were removed from Devitts Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 13, to the Church of St John the Baptist, Ardmayle, and after Requiem Mass celebrated by Fr. Joe Egan PP and assisted by Fr. Tom Dunne CC, interment took place in the adjoining cemetery.
This was a historical occasion since it was the first Catholic Funeral Mass in over 200 years, held in that church.
Kitty is survived by her six sons, Michael (Portugal), Pakie, John, Tom and Liam (London) and Denis (Nodstown) and by four daughters Joan, Mary, Nora (Dublin) and Kathleen (London), grandchildren, great grandchildren, relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. Peace to her soul.