Dorothy Hughes Callahan -- Rochester

October 11, 2018

Dorothy Callahan, 92, of Rochester, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at Charter House.

Dorothy was born March 3, 1926, to Alfred and Ellen (Hennessey) Hughes in Boston. She graduated from Harvard University in 1947 with a bachelor’s degree in biochemestry. She married John A. Callahan on May 26, 1951, in West Roxbury. They moved to Rochester in 1952. Dr. Callahan died on March 31, 2007.

Dorothy was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church (now a Co-Cathedral). She was a committed volunteer in many areas, including Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted Area Community Corrections, the Rochester Area Foundation, the League of Women Voters, St. Mary’s Auxiliary, Amnesty International, and the Reading Center. Both Dorothy and John became Oblates of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville in 1955. She was on the board of trustees for the College of St. Teresa, and she helped to create and directed the Rochester/Olmsted Community Housing Partnership.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Peter J. Callahan, of Byron, Christopher J. (Madeleine) Callahan, of Bloomington, Ill., Paul J. (Julie) Callahan, of Arlington, Mass., Joan C. (Steven) Farrell, of Brooklyn Park, Peggy (Mark Beckel) Callahan, of Hinckley, Betsy Callahan, of Clayton, Wis.; daughter-in-law, Jane Callahan, of Rochester; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She also is survived by a sister, Marie Morgan, of Boston; and two brothers, Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes and the Rev. Kenneth J. Hughes SJ. She was preceded in death by her husband, John, and her son, Mark.

The funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, with Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes, Rev. Kenneth J. Hughes SJ, and Rev. Msgr. Gerald A. Mahon officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Rochester.

Memorials are preferred to Seasons Hospice, Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.

Update hourly