Patty Katula

(1952 - 2014)

She loved to get up early, enjoy a cup of coffee, do some crosswords and meditations. If her T.V. was on Patty would be checking out some Sci Fi, watching a little Ghost Hunters or listening in on Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa. She loved the holidays and decorated to excess: some thought her Christmas tree would fall over from the decorations. She also dressed in all kinds of holiday outfits: if she was wearing St. Patrick’s day socks, she’d wear them on top of her jeans: Patty never let it be a secret that she was festive. Her cooking can best be described as Freestyle. A little of this and a little of that but she never cooked the same way twice. Her friends were lucky to have a friend who worked at Canals. Patty would experiment with drinks for her and her friends, but she was always partial to Wild Turkey and Sailor Jerry. Always on the move, she had a knack for finding sales and bargains: Patty could go a few months without doing laundry. Her taste in music varied from Stevie Wonder to Pink Floyd to Stone Temple Pilots: she swayed like Axl Rose.
Her home was so big in Beverly that she figured she might as well fill it with some kids. She was blessed with 5: the late Daniel O’Connor, Jaime Katula, Thomas Katula and his wife, Cindy, Patrick Katula and his wife, Becky and Joseph Katula. With her 5 grandkids, Anthony, Lana, James, Alex and Nicholas, she did whatever it took to stay close: she painted nails, watched them play basketball, explored nature and blew bubbles. Of course she was always a built in babysitter. She is survived by her siblings, Joey Billingiere, Margaret Billingiere, Michael Billingiere and Joanna Billingiere. Pre-deceased by her brother, Thomas Billingiere.
Come celebrate 62 great years Saturday noon to 1 p.m. at Sweeney Funeral Home, 478 Cooper Street, Beverly where there will be a storytime service at 1 p.m. Donations to the American Cancer Society, ( will be appreciated.

11 thoughts on “Patty Katula

  1. loricunnane

    Our family sends our sympathy and love to the entire Katula Family. It has been a pleasure to watch your family grow up with my children over the years. I wish for strength for the family . Now her suffering is over. Hold on to the precious memories you have. Much love from the Cunnane Family.

  2. Jason and Alyssa Wright

    Although we did not know Patty well, we know her children to be kind, loving people and most of all great friends. What we do know is she was a hard working woman who relied on herself to get things done. She was a very kind woman who would always wave and say hello even if she didn’t know you. Patty alot of times has brightened up my day with either that wave or a nice conversation. The Katula Family and the world has lost another great Mother and Friend, But we have all gained our new Guardian Angel. The Wright Family sends our condolences.

  3. Carla Barbosa and family

    We are very sorry for your loss. The few times I met Patty, she always had a smile on her face. Keep the memories close to your hearts. Love the Barbosa family.

  4. Dawn,John and Emily Haremza

    We are so sorry to hear if your loss. We had the pleasure of meeting your mom a few times. Lease know we are praying for all and always here for you. Love abs miss you all.

  5. Paula Marter-Venetz

    Dear Katula Family, I have been with you since the day I was born, not 1 of my childhood memories have you missing in any of them. I have been there through all the good times as well as bad growing up and would not have wanted to be anywhere else. Growing up across the street from such a wonderful family is one of the best things that has ever happened to me and being able to share in your major life milestones as well as your family sharing in mine is one of the greatest blessings anyone could ever hope for. I am always thinking and praying for you all everyday. I love you all so much and will miss my 2nd mom dearly. I never called her Pat, Patty or even Ms. Katula she was, has and always will be MOM and it was and is an honor to call her that.

  6. Renee white

    Tom and family,
    We are so very sorry to hear about your moms passing. We didn’t know her very well, but our beautiful cousin Cindy married an amazing man and we can only have your mother to thank for that. I hope you talk about her often and keep her memory alive. Please know we are here if you need anything. Prayers to you and your family.
    Renee, Cj and family (scalpati’s too)

  7. Harriet Alkins

    I didn’t know Patti like a lot of people did,but the woman I had the privilege of knowing was amazing,as well as the children she raised. I will miss seeing Patti on the porch evertime I would go to moms. God Bless her and her family.

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