Obituaries

Catherine F. Cray

      AMHERST – Catherine F. Cray, 61, longtime resident of Amherst, NH, passed away on July 15, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving husband, three sons, and sister.      Cathy was born on February 26, 1960, in Newton, MA, the daughter of the late Paul Leo Flynn, Sr. and Mary (Kenney) Fitzsimmons. Cathy was raised and educated in Newton, later receiving her Associate’s degree at Colby-Sawyer College, Bachelor’s degree at Merrimack College, and Master’s degree at Rivier University as a Licensed Clinical

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Catherine E. Cray

Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC). Cathy started her life’s work of helping adolescents at the Webster House in Manchester, NH had worked as a clinical therapist for Hollis-Brookline High School, Hollis, NH and more recently at St. Anselm College, Goffstown, NH. 

      Cathy was married to her best friend and loving husband, Jerry Cray, for 33 years and they made their home in Amherst, NH. Their greatest passion and joy in life was raising their three boys, Ryan, Colin, and Brendan. Cathy was an avid runner, health enthusiast, and a loved member of the community. 

Sylvester F. Kostrzynski

      AMHERST – Sylvester Francis Kostrzynski, Jr. died at his home on June 19th, 2021.  

      Sylvester, (Ski) was born on November 9th, 1942, in Chicago, IL, son of the late Sylvester Frances Kostrzynski, Sr. and Lottie (Zabinsky) Kostrzynski. Ski was raised and educated in Chicago and married Mary (Daley).  They had 3 children, Michael (Mary), of Charlotte, NC, Helen of Portsmouth, NH and John of Hillsboro, NH.  Ski had five grandchildren; Hannah, James, Chloe, Ashley and Annie.  

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Sylvester F. Kostrzyński

      She was predeceased by her paternal grandmother, Catherine Flynn; sister, Lisa Flynn, and her parents Paul Leo Flynn, Sr. and Mary (Kenney) Fitzsimmons.

      Family members include her husband of 33 years, Gerald E. “Jerry” Cray of Amherst, NH; three sons and daughters-in-law, Ryan and Audrey Cray of Scituate, MA, Colin and Caroline Cray of Boston, MA and Brendan Cray of Amherst, NH; a granddaughter, Heidi Catherine Cray of Scituate, MA; two brothers, Paul Flynn Jr. of Boston, MA, Ned Flynn of Wenham, MA; a sister, Deirdre Flynn-Hewett of Boston, MA; five nieces, Haley Hewett, Kelsey Hewett, Courtney Stenstrom, Catherine Solinger, and Elizabeth Flynn; and a nephew, Andrew Flynn; step-mother, Susan Flynn.

      Memorial visiting hours are on Wednesday, July 21st from 4:00-7:00pm in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford, NH. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 11:00am in St. Patrick’s Church, 34 Amherst Street, Milford, NH. In lieu of flowers, donations in Cathy’s memory may be made to either the Webster House at 135 Webster Street, Manchester, NH 03104 or https://www.websterhousenh.org/  the Community Action for Safe Teens (CAST) of the Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley/ www.svbgc.org/progams/c-a-s-t/ ___      

      Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford, NH. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.smith-heald.com.

      Ski worked at Merrill Lynch for 30 years and spent his time there in operations, traveling the country, opening locations in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.  Later, Ski worked for The Nashua Telegraph Newspaper. Ski was a resident of Amherst, NH for 35 years and loved watching the news.                 He was proud to talk about politics, always enjoying a good debate. Ski loved music, especially Jazz and he was always up for a game of chess with his grandchildren.  

      Services will be private for the family.  Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford. To share a memory or to offer a condolence, please go to http://www.smith-heald.com.

AUGUST 2021