Catherine S. (Barbara) Walleston, 66, of Whitman died Sunday, Sept. 21, after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. She was the beloved wife of 46 years to John Walleston, Sr.
She was born to Camilla (Friscia) and Anthony Barbara in Gloucester, on Feb. 8, 1948.
Catherine was a graduate of Gloucester High School, Class of 1965.
In addition to raising her family, Mrs. Walleston worked for the Whitman Public School system in the late ’80s and early ’90s. She was also employed by Fabric Place in Randolph from 1997-2006.
Catherine enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing, crafting and traveling.
In addition to her husband John, she leaves her loving children John Walleston, Jr. of Brockton, Daniel and Lilly (Stewart) Walleston and Anthony and Mary (Stewart) Walleston, all of Whitman, and Erin Walleston of Rockland. She also leaves her grandchildren; Carrissa, Anthony, Patrick, Jack, Dan, Shawn and Nick Walleston, all of Whitman, and Layla Walleston of Rockland. She was sister to Jack Barbara of Pittsfield, and the late Rosalind (Demetri) Hopkins and Anthony Barbara both of Gloucester. She also leaves her nieces and nephew Denise (Demetri) Alves and Michael Demetri of Gloucester, and Donna Demetri-Friedman of New York City, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Her funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 in the Blanchard Funeral Chapel, Plymouth Street (Route 58 at the rotary) Whitman. Visiting hours will be held prior to the service from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Catherine, to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via dana-farber.org/gift.