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Kathleen Mary Kavanaugh

May 15, 1962 - September 03, 2023


Obituary For Kathleen Mary Kavanaugh

Kathleen ‘Kate’ Mary Kavanaugh, 61, of Salem, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 3, 2023 at the Pilgrim Rehabilitation Center in Peabody. She was the beloved wife of the late Ross Schubarth whom she spent 20 years of marriage with until his passing in October of 2017.

She was born in Beverly on May 15, 1962 and was the dearly loved daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (McCormack) Kavanaugh.

Kate never met a stranger. Her great sense of humor and empathetic nature served her well in the service industry for many years. She enjoyed simple pleasures like reading with a good cup of tea and spending time with loved ones. Kate loved her family fiercely.

Kate is survived by her daughter, Meghan Kavanaugh and her husband Christopher Johansson of Saxtorp, Sweden; her two sons, Jared and Kevin Riviera, both of Rochester, NH; her sisters, Maureen Hilfinger and her husband Robert of Beverly, Anne Marie Coggins and her husband Mark of Reedville, VA and Mary Ellen Percival and her husband Steven of Georgetown; her brothers, Thomas Kavanaugh of Peabody and Kevin Kavanaugh of Alexandria, VA; her granddaughter, Esme Kavanaugh of Saxtorp, Sweden; her aunt, Carol Nash of Dover, NH; her loving companion of many years, Kenneth Wilson of Lynn; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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  • 09/15/2023

    Although we didn't know Kathleen, we do know her son, Jared who we think is such a caring and all-around awesome guy. We are so sorry for your loss, Jared, and family. Sincerely, Yankee Thermal Imaging's co-workers

  • 09/13/2023

    I will always treasure the times we cousins spent together as young children. Gone way too soon. Praying for family.

  • 09/10/2023

    Meghan, Jarod and Kevin. I am so sorry to hear this. Kate was a wonderful and loving person. She loved people so easily. Ross was very lucky to have been her husband. I am so thankful that we got to know her. Please keep in touch.

  • 09/10/2023

    I remember waiting tables with Katie and going out afterwards. She was always so fun to be around. We had a blast driving to Boston together when she decided to leave Auburn and go home. She will be missed terribly by all who knew her.

  • 09/10/2023

    Meghan, Jared and Kevin, I am so sorry to hear this. Kate was so warm and welcoming to everyone. She will be missed. Please keep in touch.

  • 09/10/2023

    I am very sad to see this. I worked with Kate at the Wine Cellar many years ago. My mom used to babysit her and MaryEllen's daughters when they were little. My thoughts are with her family and all who love her. Diane Sciola


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