WATERBURY – Rosemary D. Culhane, 92, died on Jan. 31, 2010, surrounded by her family.
She was the mother of Michael C. Culhane of Middlebury, executive director of the Connecticut Catholic Conference; Edward Culhane of Waterbury; David Culhane of Milford; Peter Culhane of Pacific Palisades, Calif.; Rosemary Sinnott of Rye, N.Y.; Anne Postles of Williamsville, N.Y.; Maureen Morris of Ridgewood, N.J.; Maryjane Markey of New Canaan; and Carroll Kennedy of Rye, N.Y.
She also is survived by her sister, Maureen Gooding of Warwick, R.I.; 18 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Culhane was predeceased by her husband, Dr. M. Carroll Culhane; and her granddaughter, Catherine Carroll (“Corey”) Culhane.
A lifelong resident of Waterbury, she most recently resided at The Village at East Farms in Waterbury. Throughout her life, she also spent summers in Milford.
Mrs. Culhane was born on Aug. 30, 1917, in Waterbury, the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Larkin) Dowling. She was a graduate of Waterbury Catholic High School and Immaculata College in Immaculata, Pa. While in college, Mrs. Culhane, who was an accomplished harpist, played the harp under the direction of Leopold Stokowski, conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Mrs. Culhane also attended the Yale University Graduate School of Public Health. She was a bacteriologist for the city of Waterbury at St. Mary’s Hospital, where she met Dr. Culhane.
Mrs. Culhane was an active member of St. Margaret Parish. She also was a life member of St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary and was very active in the Waterbury Day Nursery Association and the Theresian, an organization that fostered vocations to the religious life. She was also a lifelong member of the Country Club of Waterbury and the Milford Yacht Club.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 4 at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury. Burial followed in New St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Waterbury.
Contributions may be made in Mrs. Culhane’s memory to St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, 56 Franklin St., Waterbury, CT 06706; or to Catholic Charities Inc., 13 Wolcott St., Waterbury, CT 06702.