On what would have been her 76 th birthday, friends and family members gathered to remember Dorothy “Dot” Callahan, who died in January after a brief illness.
A memorial mass was performed by Rev. Father Edward Hathaway at St. John Catholic Church in McLean, with sons Frank and Bruce Callahan giving gospel readings in their mother’s name.
“It is a great testament of your love and affections for Dot and her family that you’re all here today,” Fr. Hathaway said to the congregation that nearly filled the octagonal sanctuary in the church.
“Dot’s passing reminds us of the brevity of life on earth, and today we commend her to the Lord,” he said during his homily. “All of her good deeds go with her. We can continue to love and remember Dot by showing that love to her husband and family in the months as years to come, before the time comes when we hope to be reunited with her in heaven.”
Following the mass, Callahan was inurned at Arlington National Cemetery.