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Katherine Shanley Rolston

Katherine Shanley Rolston, born Katherine Marie Shanley and known to her friends as "Kay" and "Kate" was the child of Frank T. and Catherine Shanley, of New Haven, Connecticut. Kay was born on April 25, 1919, and throughout her long life the city of New Haven remained emblazoned on her heart.

It is worth noting that Kay was born while President Woodrow Wilson was in France negotiating the Versailles Treaty ending World War One. Having lived nearly until her 97th birthday, she witnessed and remarked most of the great and terrible events of the 20th Century.

Kay graduated from the University of Connecticut, and after a fling working for the railroad, she settled into the career of a an elementary school teacher.. During World War Two she spent her evenings and weekends working in the New Haven U.S.O.

When the war ended, Kay married Samuel Laird Rolston, recently discharged from the Army Air Corps, and they moved to Bristol, PA, where she, and eventually he became members of Saint Mark Parish. Sam built her a fine house in which she lived happily until the moment of her death on April 9th. Kay and Sam had eight children, and after she was suddenly widowed in 1965 at the age of 46, her crowning achievement was to dust off her degree, go back to teaching, and successfully raise those children.

As a teacher as Clara Barton and James Buchanan Elementary Schools, Kay was a positive and formative influence in the lives of hundreds of her students over the space of a generation.. After her retirement she often met former students, who invariably declared that she had made a strong and positive impact upon their lives.

Kay was known, above all, for her strength of character and her sense of humor, which was penetrating and frequently uproarious. In her great age she was given to saying that she was a lucky woman to have lived such along, good, and satisfying life. So say we all.

Predeceased by her son, Mark Rolston, she is survived by 3 daughters; Roberta Plunto and her husband, Ken of Columbus, NJ, Mary Kate Urick of Perkasie, Pa., and Martha Rolston of Lancaster, Pa, 4 sons; Scott Rolston of Thailand, Kevin Rolston and his wife, Cindy of Coatesville, Pa., Jeffrey Rolston and his wife, Danielle of Bristol, Pa., and James Rolston and his wife, Madiline of Malvern, Pa. Also survived by 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Rolston was also predeceased by 1 brother, Frank T. Shanley of Connecticut and 1 sister, Helen Ford of Florida.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass on Monday, April 18, 2016, 11:00am at St. Mark Church, Bristol Borough. Interment, Our Lady of Grace Cemetery, Langhorne. Friends may call 9-10:45am at the Wade Funeral Home, 1002 Radcliffe Street, Bristol Borough.

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