Catherine M. (Pierson) Souza Of Hollis, NH, formerly of Westford, MA

Catherine M. (Pierson) Souza, 90, of Hollis, NH formerly of Westford, MA, died Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson, NH surrounded by her loving family.
She was married to Francis X. Souza with whom she would have celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary on May 16, 2021.
Born in Marblehead, MA, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Catherine Pierson. She graduated from Swampscott High School with the class of 1948.
Catherine previously worked for the Chelmsford Medical Associates of Chelmsford, MA.
She was a communicant of St. Joseph Church in Nashua, NH and a former communicant and member of the Parish Sodality of St. John the Evangelist Church in N. Chelmsford.
Catherine was a member of the Chelmsford Senior Center. She volunteered at many Cub Scout activities when her sons were involved in scouting. Catherine’s greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she is survived by three sons, Paul Souza of Idyllwild, CA, James and his wife, Florence Souza of Andover, MA and John and his wife, Christine Souza of Hollis, NH; three daughters, Patricia Souza of Clermont, FL, Janet and her husband, Robert Van Gelder of Truckee, CA and Carol Rock of Dunstable, MA; one sister, Elizabeth and her husband, Harold Waitt of Acton, ME; eleven grandchildren, Gregory Souza, Jessica Souza, Kathleen Souza, Kimberly Souza, Camille Souza, Collin Souza, Cameron Rock, Bethany Rock, Erica Van Gelder, Marc Van Gelder and Amy Van Gelder and many nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Arthur Pierson and James Pierson, both of Lynn, MA.
There will be no visiting hours. Due to Covid-19 regulations, please attend her Funeral Mass of Christian Burial virtually at; St. John the Evangelist Church Live View on Sat., Nov. 14th at 12:30PM. Burial in Central Cemetery in Dunstable, MA. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at

16 Condolences for Catherine M. (Pierson) Souza Of Hollis, NH, formerly of Westford, MA

    Karen Baffone

    My deepest sympathies to you Janet and your entire family. I believe that she is in a safe resting place of peace. God Bless your family and Michael and I will continue to pray for your family


    Leigh Richards

    To the entire Souza family with a heavy heart my thoughts and prayers go out to you all. I was blessed to be able to spend time with her during her days at Fairview. She always had a smile, kind works and gentle soul. Not a day went by that when I left the room she would say love you. Mrs. Souza thank you for being like a 2nd mom me. You will be missed but never forgotten. Rest in peace another angel has her wings. I love you too.


    Alyce J Wong

    Janet, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Though I never met your Mom, through our discussions of Moms and motherhood, I feel I have known her. May she be at peace in the presence of our Lord.


    Kevin and Robin Ward

    Janet, Kevin and I send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this difficult time,
    Much love and May your beautiful Mother Rest In Peace.


    Don Wetmore

    My condolences to the Souza family. My sincerest sympathies during difficult times of the loss of such a wonderful member of your family. Catherine will always be remembered fondly by all who had the privledge to know her. My best to all.


    Cathy Clark

    Fond memories of growing up in Nabnasset, may all the good memories bring you comfort. Our sympathies to the Souza family..

    The Driscoll’s –
    Jim & Cathy Driscoll Clark


    Jill Radcliffe Byrd

    God bless and love the Souza Family. May Mrs Souza Rest In Peace. Keep memories of her tucked away in your hearts.



    To the entire Souza family, I’m so sorry for your for loss. My heart goes out for you. I’m so glad I got to see you Carol & Janet so recently, it was a blessing ❤️



    Janet and Family,
    Even after a life well-lived it’s so difficult to say goodbye to the physical presence of a loved one, especially a parent and grandparent. I am so very sorry for your loss. I know you will see and feel her presence in each and every person her grace and beauty touched all the years you were blessed to have her. You are all in my prayers, Kathee


    Roxanne Knoop

    Dear Carol, my deepest sympathies to you and your family. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. Please know, you are in my thoughts and prayers.


    Stacey Herrera

    Hi Janet
    Although it’s been awhile, I am sorry to reconnect on hearing the sad news. My thoughts are with you and your family


    Lisa Radcliffe

    What a lovely picture of your mom. I have such fond memories of her and your whole family. My condolences. Give everyone a hug.


    Laurie Glasser

    God rest your dear Mama’s soul. God’s great mercy and our faith practice is our great hope and God’s promise that we will be together one day again enjoying the Beatific Vision. Keep the faith, Carol, Janet, Jamie, and all your family. 😇🙏🏼😇


    Jeanne Lalich

    Dearest Janet and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Mother. It is a passing of an era and I am sure a sad time for you and yours. No matter how expected, the death of a Mother is never easy to bear. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are extended to you at this difficult time.
    Jeanne and Marco


    Charlie and Suzanne Grimm

    Dear Janet and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was such a beautiful lady. You are all in our prayers and thoughts.
    Charlie and Suzanne Grimm


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