Kathleen Anne (Carney) Cadorette

GREENFIELD – Kathleen Anne (Carney) Cadorette, 62, died Saturday, Oct. 18, at Catholic Memorial Medical Center in Manchester, following a lengthy illness. She was married to Louis J. Cadorette Jr. for 45 years.

Born in the village of Balintore, in the northern Highlands of Scotland, Kathy emigrated to Milford at age 5, along with her parents, the late Daniel and Jeanne Carney. She was educated in Milford schools, leaving early for marriage to Lou Cadorette, who had also grown up in Milford. In her mid-40s, having raised two sons and a granddaughter, she returned to school for her GED, motivated by a desire to enter nursing.

Married in 1969, the couple lived in Milford in the early years, before making a permanent move to Greenfield, where they ran a horse farm, breeding and raising draft horses for use in a horse logging business. Her early work career included a stint at Hitchener Manufacturing in Milford, then Kollsman Instruments of Merrimack. Later, she worked as a nursing assistant at Crestwood in Milford.

Most of her time over the years was involved in raising her family and supporting her husband in the logging business, helping to care for 14 Belgian draft horses at one point.

At the farm, she took up many traditional farm practices, such as preserving meats and vegetables and became an accomplished quilter. In addition to participating in the actual running of the farm, the couple enjoyed attending agricultural fairs in New England and New York. She was also a country music enthusiast, with Tex Ritter’s “Just Beyond The Moon” topping her list of favorites.

She also shared a love of hunting and fishing with her husband. “On our first date we went fishing for hornpout,” Cadorette recalled. “Over many years, we never argued, but we would agree to disagree.”

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Louis J, Cadorette III and his wife Sandi of Greenfield, Daniel J. Cadorette and his wife Jody of Hancock, as well as his former wife Sherry Cook of Dublin; one brother, David Carney of Balintore, Scotland; granddaughter Ariel Cadorette of Newport, who grew up in the Cadorette home; nine other grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She will be missed by all who knew her.

For many years, Kathy and Lou gave hayrides for the High Hopes Balloon Festival, an organization that grants wishes for chronically and seriously ill children in New Hampshire. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations for the High Hopes Foundation, c/o Everett Executive Suites, 12 Murphy Drive, Suite 106, Nashua NH 03062.

Arrangements will be private and are being handled by the Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory in Manchester.