Kathleen M. Dabagian

  • Born: January 13, 1942
  • Died: January 25, 2018
  • Location: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

Donohue Funeral Homes, Inc.

8401 W Chester Pike
Upper Darby, PA 19082

Tel. (610) 449-0300

Tribute & Message From The Family

Beloved Wife, Loving Mother and Grandmother

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Kathleen by adding your memories and photos.

Kathleen M. Dabagian (nee McGovern), 76, of Upper Darby, PA, passed away on January 25, 2018.

Born in Bryn Mawr, PA, she is the daughter of the late Alexander and Marie (nee Hansell) McGovern.

Kathy is the beloved wife of the late John J. Dabagian; loving mother of Gregory Dabagian (Nancy), Neil Dabagian (Janet), Ellen O'Connell (Tim), and Martha Driscoll (Brendan), and dear sister of the late Alexander McGovern, Jr. She is also survived by her grandchildren, John, Caitlyn, Lauren, Colin, Brendan, Liam, Devin, Daniel, and Molly Kathleen.

Kathy's joy for life was infectious! She worked as a Librarian and an Instructional Assistant at Welsh Valley Middle and Penn Valley Elementary Schools. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening and volunteered at the St. Raphaela Center, Haverford, PA. Her passion was playing piano and enjoying live music. She delighted in riding her bike, reading, and spending time with family in Ocean City, New Jersey.

Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation Sunday, January 28, 2018 4:00-6:00 PM and Monday, January 29, 2018 8:00-8:45 AM at The Donohue Funeral Home, 8401 West Chester Pike (cor. Lynn Blvd.), Upper Darby, PA (610) 449-0300 and to her Funeral Mass 9:30 AM at the St. Raphaela Center, 616 Coopertown Road, Haverford, PA. Interment at St. Denis Cemetery, Havertown, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to St. Laurence School, 8245 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, PA 19082 would be appreciated.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I know it's playing her favorite oldies music where she is. Sincerely have no words to heal the loss of this wonderful lady but praying for your grief to be lightened by the memory of her over time.

Posted by Chani Churchill - NY - Family Friend   February 01, 2018

Was great to see you again at our St Colmans reunion. I remember walking to school with you. I enjoyed your friendship. We will all miss you.
You were lively and fun.

Posted by Mary Brockson - Ocean View, DE - Classmate   January 31, 2018

Kathy always brought such profound joy and love wherever she went. We feel so blessed to have known her.

Kathy gave my son Timothy his first crucifix that still hangs over his bed to this day. She has been and always will be such a special part of all of our lives.

We have fond memories of her playing the piano at our Craig pollyanna and singing Christmas carols!

We loved her so dearly. We find peace knowing that she is with her husband and with our mother, her cousin, Patricia smiling down on us in heaven. Xo
To her children, grandchildren, and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. May our Lord hold you in the palm of His hand during this time.

The mass this morning was such a beautiful tribute to Kathy and to her wonderful spirit. God Bless you all.

Posted by Patricia and Timothy Rench - West Norriton, PA - family   January 29, 2018

Neil and Greg,very sorry to hear about your mom. She was always great to b around. I am sick and unable to make services but wanted to send my condolences to the family.

Posted by Jack Daniel - Upper darby, PA - Friend   January 29, 2018

So sorry for your loss! Praying for your family.

Posted by John Walsh - Warminster, PA - Friend   January 28, 2018

What a beautfiul woman your mom was. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Nancy Abel MacKrell - West Chester, PA   January 28, 2018

Wishing you all peace and strength in this time of sorrow - Dan & Lisa

Posted by Dan Griffin - Villanova, PA - Family Friend   January 28, 2018

I am profoundly saddened by the loss of Kathleen. She truly was a gift to this planet and to the lives of all who had the pleasure to know her. I will never forget her sense of humor, our discussions about teaching the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, nor her encouraging and inspiring words to me during a troubling period in my career. She was warm, kind, generous, and funny, and thoughtful. You, as a family and each individually honor and have those same gifts and talents. She loved you and was proud of each of you. Although she belongs to God now, and we will miss her very much, my prayer is that you each will be comforted in the knowing that God sent us an angel, who blessed and touched our lives. I for one am the better for it. I am praying hard for your entire family.

Posted by Karen Teel - Philadelphia, PA - Family Friend   January 26, 2018


Greg and Nancy, Jack, Cait and Lauren, Lian and I send our prayer, thoughts and warm condolences on the loss in this life of your wonderful Mom, Mother-in-law, Grandmom and friend. Kathy had a joy and an enthusiasm for life and loved you all to the moon and back! May LOVE fill the hole in your hearts Peace

Posted by Lian and Tom Lenihan Lenihan Jr - Ambler, PA - Family   January 26, 2018

I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of Kathy. I worked with her for years at Welsh Valley and she often "volunteered" me to be a part of her amazing end of year skits, with props and all! Her presence would just light up the room and her smile and laughter were infectious. My thoughts and prayers to all her family. I know that she will be greatly missed..
Becky DuVernois

Posted by Becky DuVernois - Collegeville, PA - Friend   January 26, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Kathleen. From Martha, I know what an amazing person and mother she was. My deepest condolences. My prayers are with her and your entire family.

Posted by Nimmi Roche - Family Friend   January 26, 2018

The sudden loss of this lovely, funny, warm, intuitive, involved and loving woman has left a hole in the universe. May her sweet family bear this burden by holding and supporting each other, and may time allow them to recall only the wonderful memories of their lives together. You have our deepest sympathies.

Posted by Georgianna & William Dickson - Moorestown, NJ - Family Friend   January 26, 2018

Kathleen's warmth, generosity and smile lit up the room. She leaves a great legacy with her wonderful children and grandchildren. I am without words to properly express my deepest sympathy. You will be missed. Sending love and sympathy to all who knew her.

Posted by Kaia Peterka Heitmeyer - New York, NY - Family Friend   January 25, 2018

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