In Loving Memory of Kathleen Wrabel Kennedy

September 03, 1944
Bridgeport, CT
April 25, 2020
Stratford, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


A celebration of Kathleen's life will be held at a later date.


Family Gathering


Wrabel Family Fund or the Andrew and Mary Babey Family Fund of The Kennedy Center.

2440 Reservoir Ave.,
CT 06611

Kathleen Wrabel Kennedy

On April 25, 2020, Kathleen Dorothe Kennedy passed away at home with family at her side. Kathleen was pre-deceased by her husband, John (Jack) M. Kennedy and her parents, John E. and Dorothe L. Wrabel of Fairfield, CT. Kathleen is survived by her children, Andrew E. Kennedy and Sarah Kennedy of Fairfield County; her brother, John (Jack) E. Wrabel IV of Southbury, and her sister, Mary-Lynn M. Wrabel of Washington, DC. She is also survived by her step-children, Debbie Kennedy and James Franco of Shelton; Patrick Kennedy and Susan Kennedy of Rockville, MD; and Michael Kennedy and Velma Kennedy of Stratford; aunts Evelyn Wales and Marie Peck; Step-Uncle Sidney Albertsen; and cousins Dona Lyn and Donald Wales, Robert Morris, Debbie Shorb, Tom Wrabel, David and Gregory Peck, and Cheri Dunn.

Kathleen was raised in Fairfield, CT. She attended George Washington University in Washington, DC and while there, served as an intern for the late Senator Thomas Dodd. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BA, majoring in Sociology and with a minor in Psychology. She continued her education in sociology thru graduate studies at Fairfield University. Following her undergraduate work, Kathleen joined VISTA and served as a teacher on an Indian Reservation in the State of Oregon. Her passion for social work, led her to assignments as an Administrator at Odyssey House in New York City to combat drug and alcohol addiction followed by a variety of positions in the State of Connecticut, including serving as a teacher of low-income children and general social work to support low-income families.

A celebration of Kathleen’s life will be held at a later date. For those who wish to honor her life, donations can be made to the Kennedy Center of Trumbull, CT, a rehabilitation organization for the handicapped, which was founded by Kathleen’s in-laws, John and Evelyn Kennedy. The family requests that donations be made to either the Wrabel Family Fund or the Andrew and Mary Babey Family Fund of the Kennedy Center, which Kathleen established in honor of her parents and maternal and paternal grandparents. To offer an online condolence please visit

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4 Guestbook Entries for Kathleen Wrabel Kennedy

  1. Andrew and family…our deepest sympathies on the loss of your mom…she was a lovely women who will be missed…she accomplished much in her life…our prayers and thoughts go out to you all..
    Dan and Chris Milewski

  2. My sincerest condolences to Sarah, Andrew and all of Kathy’s family. I will always remember Kathy for her never ending generosity shown to so many people, especially those who she felt had greater need than herself. Kathy was always there with gifts for those she loved, many of which were made with her own hands, for that was her talent – her creativity.
    Rest In Peace Kathy as you find your way back home to Jack.
    With love,
    Kathie Morey and family

  3. To Kathy’s children: I knew your mother when we were both students at Andrew Warde High School in Fairfield. Although she was officially my sister’s friend, she was in fact, a friend to all. I remember her soft spoken, yet humorous personality. It does not surprise me to read she spent her life in service to others. She truly was a lovely person. My condolences to you and your extended family. Rosemary (Borona) Martin Hayduk

    • Rosemary – on behalf of my family Sarah and Andrew Kennedy, Kathy’s children, and my brother Jack and myself, thank you so much for your kinds words about Kathy. I think your remarks about her kindness to others is a characteristic that she continued throughout her life.

      I hope that you and your family are safe and healthy during this difficult time. Thank you again for your houghtful remembrance.