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Kathleen B. Canning

February 22, 1947 ~ November 27, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Kathleen Canning Obituary

Kathleen B. Canning of West Chester, PA passed away on November 27, 2023 after living a joyous and wonderful life. She was born in West Islip, NY and would have been 77 on February 22.  Her final moments were spent peacefully surrounded by her family while listening to her favorite Catholic hymns and Andrew Lloyd Weber.

Kathleen married the love of her life, Joseph.  They celebrated 56 years of marriage in March. Together they created a beautiful family, traveled to many amazing places with their friends, and stood by each other always.

Kathleen devoted her life to selflessly caring for others. She graduated from Pilgrim State Hospital Nursing School in Long Island, NY and was very proud of her forty-year nursing career. She leaves behind a legacy of compassion and dedication to those fortunate enough to have been touched by her, as a testament to a life lived in service of others.  

Kathleen’s “Burke sense of humor”, quick wit, and generous spirit touched the lives of everyone she met.  She lit up a room with her beautiful smile and infectious laugh. She radiated warmth and joy to all those who interacted with her. Her favorite moments were spent with her family gathered together. Whether around a spaghetti and meatball dinner, enjoying time at the beach in Pawley’s Island, SC, or making holidays magical for her family, Kathleen simply loved being together.  Her absolute greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.  

Kathleen is survived by her husband, Joseph, daughter, Barbara Popendieker (Keith), her son, Brian Canning (Meredith), her daughter, Elizabeth Masiello (Michael): her seven grandchildren Sam (Derrick) and Joseph Popendieker, Grace, Matthew, and Katherine Canning, and Reese and Colin Masiello, her sister Mary Clark (Robert) and brother Edward Burke (Meya) and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. Kathleen will join her beloved parents, Edward and Katherine Burke, and younger brother, Thomas, in peace and Heaven.

Relatives and friends are invited to her Visitation on Thursday, November 30, 2023 from 5-8pm at DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home; 410 N. Church St. West Chester, PA (610) 696-1181.  A funeral Mass will follow on Friday, December 1, 2023 at 11am at SS. Peter & Paul Church 1325 E. Boot Rd. West Chester PA. 

Interment will be immediately following at Agnes Cemetery, West Chester, PA. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Kathleen’s memory to Alzheimer’s Research.

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November 30, 2023

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc.
410 N. Church St
West Chester, PA 19380

Funeral Mass
December 1, 2023

11:00 AM
SS. Peter & Paul Church
1325 Boot Rd.
West Chester, PA 19380

Interment will be in

St. Agnes Cemetery
1050 Pottstown Pike
West Chester, PA 19380


Alzheimer's Association
225 North Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago IL 60601


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