SOUTHBRIDGE — Catherine “Trixie” (Andrea) Canney, 90, passed away on Monday, April 23, in the UMass Memorial Medical Center, Memorial Campus, Worcester, after a long illness.
Her husband, Bernard C. “Bud” Canney, died in 1970. She leaves her son, Michael P. Canney and his wife Lisa of Charlton; her daughter, Kara Smith and her husband Andrew of Charlton; her three sisters, Mary Lumi, Jenny DiPietro and Angelina Andrea, all of Southbridge; her brother, Thomas Andrea of Thompson, Conn.; her five grandchildren, Samantha Catherine Canney, Elizabeth Canney, Patrick Canney, Adeline Smith and Sawyer Smith; her step granddaughter, Alison Smith; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Christo Andrea. She was born in Southbridge the daughter of George and Anastasia (Mihal) Andrea.
Catherine worked in transport for the Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge retiring in 2008. She previously worked at the American Optical Co. and later Schott Fiber Optics in Southbridge for over 20 years until 1987. Trixie was an avid golfer and was a member of Cohasse Country Club in Southbridge for over 50 years. It was at Cohasse that her husband and love of her life proposed to her between the 7th and 8th holes. At a young age, prior getting married, she was an avid traveler and traveled all over the United States. In recent years she enjoyed going to exercise classes at the Southbridge Senior Center with her sisters.
Catherine was a strong independent woman with a warmth and kindness that touched everyone. Her generous spirit and positive outlook was an inspiration. She had a beautiful soul that shined through all circumstances and illnesses. Her smile never faltered. Myia dedicated her life to her children and grandchildren and cherished her time spent with them. She was loved by all those who knew her, but especially loved and adored by her children and grandchildren.
Her family would like to thank the staff of the Oncology Department and of the Critical Care Unit at the UMass Memorial Medical Center and the staff of Brookside Rehab in Webster for the care they gave to Catherine.
Special thanks from the family goes out to her niece, Judy Remillard, for all the compassion and care she gave to her in recent years.
Her funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m. in the Daniel T. Morrill Funeral home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Southbridge. Calling hours in the funeral home will be held on Friday, April 27, from 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation, PO Box 50008, Studio City, CA 91614-5001 which benefits current and former members of the U.S. military.