Katherine (Irwin) Best, 83, of Southborough, died on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Beaumont Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center in Westborough.
She was the wife of the late Earl W. Best, who passed away in 1995.
Born in Pittsfield, she was the daughter of the late Reginald and Katherine (O’Connor) Irwin.
Kate earned her bachelor degree at North Adams State; her masters degree at Framingham State and her PhD at Boston College. She was a teacher, assistant principal, and coordinator of special education in Natick.
After earning her PhD, Kate became the assistant chairman of special education and rehabilitation for Boston College.
Kate was a very active member of St. Matthew Church in Southborough, where she taught CCD for many years. She loved to teach, whether it was 3rd grade, special education, college students or CCD at church.
She leaves her daughter Maryjane Giacalone and her husband Frank of Southborough; two grandchildren, Emily Giacalone and her husband Scott Sandler; Matthew Giacalone and his wife Katie; four great grandchildren, Olive, Talulah, Corrina and Benjamin.
Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 9 to 10:30 at the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St. Southborough.
A Funeral Mass will follow at 11 AM at St. Matthew Church, Highland St. Southborough. Burial will be private in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Pittsfield.
Memorial contributions may be sent in her memory to St. Matthew Church, 105 Southville Rd. Southborough, 01772