Catherine F. “Kate” Histed

Catherine F. “Kate” Histed – (92) – formerly of Brainard Hill Rd., Belfast, and also formerly of Hornell, died Thursday afternoon (March 19, 2020) at Elderwood of Hornell Nursing Facility where she had resided for the past three months.

Born in Hornell on February 21, 1928, she was the daughter of Thomas & Evelyn (Feeney) Fenton.

Kate grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of St. Ann’s School.  She later graduated from Hornell High School (class of 1946).  She has resided in Belfast since 1968.

While living in Hornell, Kate was a communicant of the former St. Ignatius Loyola Church.  While residing in Belfast, she was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church.

For many years she was employed as an operator for New York Telephone Company, retiring in 1961.  She was happy to be a “stay-at-home” mom and enjoyed raising her family and visiting friends & relatives.

Kate was married on November 4, 1950 to Francis Royal Histed who died June 24, 1991.  She was also preceded in death by her brother, Jack Fenton; her sister, Ruth Comstock; her daughter-in-law, Debbie Histed.

Surviving are 4 sons, John Histed of Belfast, Timothy Histed of Belmont, Robert (Lorrie) Histed of Belfast and Patrick (Darlene) Histed of Belfast; 2 daughters, Rebecca (Stan) Shafer of Belfast and Elizabeth (Jeff) Cole of Belfast; her sister, Betty Fenton of Hornell; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces & nephews.

Due to the recent health concerns regarding the Coronavirus, there will be no calling hours.  A Private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ann’s Church in Hornell at the convenience of the family.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fremont, NY.

Family & friends of Kate Histed are invited to view the Funeral Mass on the Dagon Funeral Home Facebook page on Tuesday at 10:00 AM by visiting  The video will remain available for viewing on our Facebook page for 30 days. 

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY

Kate’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, PO Box 1000 – Dept. 300 Memphis, TN  38148.  Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.

5 Responses to “Catherine F. “Kate” Histed”

  1. Kim Clifford Wood says:

    Sending prayers and sympathy to the Histed family.

  2. Ruth L Lilly says:

    My condolences to John, Tim, Bob, Pat, Becky and Betsy. I have many memories of Kate’s, quick wit and humor. The card nights that my parents would have with Kate and Franny would always be filled with laughter. Us kids would be playing in our bedrooms, not allowed to hang around with the parents when they played cards for an evening out, but we could hear the laughter that was going on.

    You have my deepest, sincerest sympathy.

  3. Mary Lilly says:

    To all the Histed family, My sympathy for your loss. Kate was such a good friend to me. So many great times,that Windy and I had with Kate and Franny.

  4. Bridgit Buono says:

    Dick and Barb Clancy and family would like to send their condolences to the whole Histed family in the loss of Catherine. “Dickie” as “Kate” always called him was reminiscing and telling his family a lot of stories and adventures he had about and with Kate when they were young. He did try to visit Kate at Elderwood when he heard she was there but she was asleep. Remembering the good times and the laughs they had together and remembering how close the Fenton sisters were to Florence and her family back in the good old days. Sending or thoughts and prayers to you all at this difficult time. Love Dick, Barb and family.

  5. Nancy Countryman says:

    May the Family of Mrs.Histed please accept my sincere condolences to the loss of your Mother and through this most difficult time. I have been very impressed with my business interactions with her Son’s, John and Tim, as they worked so closely and diligently on behalf of their mother; and could tell they were a very loving and dedicated family. Prayers for you All.