Glavas, Catherine Ann

Catherine Ann Glavas, 78, of West Hartford, passed away on Tuesday August 27th after a decades-long battle with breast cancer.
Born on July 26, 1941, she was the daughter of Charles and Valentina Blainey and raised in Queens, NY. Cathy was married to Alexander N. Glavas on April 30, 1961. She and her husband moved to Mineola, New York in 1967 to raise their children. After their children were grown, they moved to Germantown, TN where she worked as a legal secretary for many years.
In her retirement Cathy spent much of her time volunteering at St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Germantown Animal Shelter. After her husband’s passing, Cathy moved to West Hartford to be closer to her family. There her volunteering spirit continued, and she volunteered at the CT Humane Society and UConn Health Center. Cathy had a profound love for animals and brought home the dogs and cats no one else seemed to want; her latest a senior Jack Russel Terrier named Marco who was her loyal companion. Cathy always entered a room with a smile and laughter. She will be sorely missed.
Catherine was predeceased by her infant daughter Alexis Ann and her husband Alexander N. Glavas. She is survived by her mother Valentina Blainey of West Hartford, CT, son Steven and his wife Siobhan of Long Island, NY, daughter Christine Kruczek and husband Kurt of West Hartford, CT, her four adoring granddaughters Julia, Katherine, Emily and Samantha, and her sister Caroline Blainey of Brookline, MA.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Tuesday, September 3rd from 3:00-5:00pm immediately followed by a ceremony in the Funeral Home officiated by Fr. John Melnick. Special thanks to Dr. Susan Tannenbaum and the staff at UConn Health Center who were so kind and gracious in her final weeks, days and moments. In lieu of flowers please make a memorial donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital ( or The Connecticut Humane Society (

Calling Hours

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 from 3:00-5:00pm

Funeral Service

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 5:00pm in The Ahern Funeral Home


Memorial Contribution

St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital ( or The Connecticut Humane Society (

4 Responses to 'Glavas, Catherine Ann'

  1. Sharon Navin says:

    Sharon Navin says,
    When Cathy first came to West Hartford she moved into the two family rent directly across the street from me. I noticed that she owned two dogs and at that point I new we could be good friends. I walked over to introduce myself.
    I will never forget how happy she was that I came over. She a grateful smile.
    We saw so many movies and enjoyed many meal out. She leaves me very heart broken.
    Cathy, I miss you so much.
    Love, Sharon

  2. Melissa Zaluski says:

    I knew Cathy during her five years of service as a volunteer dog walker at the Connecticut Humane Society. She was a dedicated volunteer whose smile was as big as her heart. She always made sure each dog got a long walk and then a little extra snuggle time. She will be missed by our staff and her fellow volunteers.
    Melissa Zaluski
    Volunteer Manager
    CT Humane Society

  3. Caroline Blainey says:

    The first step is the challenge…This defined my sisters life.

    As a toddler she couldn’t make the step from the porch into the kitchen. She tried and tried day after day until
    one day, she was finally successful. She turned back to our mother and smiled knowing she met the first,
    but not the last, of many challenges she will face in life.

    Rest in Peace Kathy. My regret is that I didn’t get to UConn in time for us to have a few words.

    Your sister,

  4. Michael E Clark says:

    Kathy was a nice person, committed volunteer, having spent many an afternoon with her at UConn Health Center. She will be missed, dearly.

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