Kathleen “Kaye” (Maloney) SpeerNovember 24, 2017
Kathleen Ann Maloney Speer, age 95, of Bridgeport, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away Friday, November 24, 2017, at St. Vincent's Medical Center, with her family by her side.
She was born on August 1, 1922, in Bridgeport, a daughter of the late James and Catherine Maloney. She grew up in the South End of Bridgeport and graduated from Central High School. She worked for the telephone company and for her sister Irene's retail store before her marriage to her devoted husband, Thomas F. Speer, with whom she went on to have 13 children.
She was a huge fan of the New York Mets and UCONN basketball.
She will always be remembered as the loving matriarch of the Speer family. She was known for her amazing cooking, including her legendary homemade bread, her neverending patience, her pride in her Irish heritage, her beautiful singing voice, her wit and humor, her friendly and talkative nature, her endless devotion to family, and her astounding strength and courage in the face of multiple losses of her loved ones.
Survivors include three sons, Gregory Speer of Bridgeport, Christopher Speer of Wilton, and James Speer of Trumbull; three daughters, Mary Speer of Trumbull, Sharon Speer of Forest Hills, NY, and Kathleen Tyler and husband Chris of Fairfield; her treasured grandchildren, Laura Kealey, Jeff Seganos, Susan Kurkoski, Jason Speer, Michael Farrell, William Farrell, David Farrell, Katie D'Amura, Meghan Speer, Brian Speer, Thomas Imre, Kara Piorkowski, Alyssa Peters, Jenna Peters, Riley Speer, Michaela Speer, Donovan Speer, Maisie Speer, Alex Tyler, Shea Tyler, and Erin Tyler; and her adored great-grandchildren, Ben, Sam, Rose, Jeffrey, Lina, Nate, Greta, Mariah, Pippa, Jasper, Maggie, Grace, Olivia, Jocelyn, Ellen, Tommy, and Patrick. She also leaves many nieces and nephews, including her special niece and goddaughter, Davia Lehn.
She was predeceased by her parents, her loving husband of 52 years, Thomas Speer; three brothers, Harry Maloney, John Maloney and William Maloney; two sisters, Irene Maloney Lehn and Alice Maloney; her sons, Thomas Speer, Kevin Speer, and William Speer; her daughters, Susan Speer Seganos, Diane Speer Farrell, Lila Speer Peters, and an infant daughter, Sharon Irene; and her two granddaughters, Molly and Ellen Seganos.
The family finds great comfort in believing a joyful reunion is taking place with all of her beloved family members who have passed on before her.
Kathleen Maloney Speer was an extraordinarily kind and selfless woman who was loved by all. She will be greatly missed and her memory will be cherished forever. Her radiant light and her unique spirit will live on.
Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 10:00am. Please meet directly at St. Peter Church, 695 Colorado Avenue, Bridgeport, with burial immediately following at Mountain Grove Cemetery, 2675 North Avenue, Bridgeport. Friends and relatives may greet her family Monday, November 27, from 4-8pm at Larson Funeral Home, 2496 North Avenue, Bridgeport. For more information or to send an online condolence please visit www.larsonfh.com.