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Katherine M. "Katie"

June 9, 1995 – January 23, 2020

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"We are honored to provide this Book of Memories to the family."
— Morse-Bayliss Funeral Home
"Thinking of you today and everyday. Love to all and prayers ."
— With all my love. Aunt Kathy (Kinney)
"A Life That Touches Others Goes On Forever. Rest In Peace, Beautiful Officer Katherine Thyne🌹"
— R.L. Myers
"Maureen Reilly Kesslen from Chesapeake, Virginia. Katie's passing has had a tremendous impact on our entire Hampton Roads community. May..."
— Maureen Reilly Kesslen
"My sincere condolences to your family, friends, co-workers, and all of the people whose lives you touched. Rest peacefully Officer Thyne...."
— Jennifer C
"Thank you for your service and courage.. you’ll be forever in our hearts"
— Tracey McLean
"Thank you. You were an inspiration. "
— Anonymous
"I would like to send my Heart Felt Condolence to Officer Thynes daughter , family , friends. I live in Hampton Va , but born and raised..."
— LaTonya Barnes
" It is with great sorrow that we extend our deepest sympathy to Katie’s family and friends. May Katie RIP and may time make this loss..."
— Donna and John Aylward
"Condolences to and prayers up for her precious daughter and family. I send up prayers for peace and healing power. 🙏💜"
— Sylvia Freeman, Hampton, VA
"With all of our love and gratitude for your service. "
— Amanda Wroten - Newport News Police Foundation Christopher Matthiae - Hampton Police Division

Obituary for Katherine M. "Katie" Thyne

Devoted Mother, Dedicated Police Officer, U.S. Navy Veteran

Officer Katherine “Katie” Mary Thyne, of Newport News, Virginia, formerly of Hudson, New Hampshire, died January 23, 2020, from injuries sustained in the line of duty while serving with the Newport News Police Department. She was 24 years old.

Born in Lowell, MA, June 9, 1995, she was the daughter of Tracy (Leclair) (Thyne) Maher of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and the late Joseph J. Thyne.

She received her early education in the Dracut school system, and graduated from Alvirne High School, Hudson, NH, with the Class of 2013. During her high school years, Katie was a member of the ROTC, and a gifted athlete playing both softball and basketball.

Katie enlisted the United States Navy right after high school, and served for five years before entering the Navy Reserves in 2018. She was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. While in the Navy, she met her former wife Whitlee, and together they became the parents of a beautiful baby girl, Raegan Grace.

Becoming a police officer was always in Katie’s plan. Accepted at the Police Academy in January of 2019, she realized her dream when, upon her graduation in June of 2019, she was assigned to the South Precinct of the Newport News Virginia Police Department as a patrol officer. Well-liked and respected by even the most senior officers, Katie felt right at home and was deeply proud to be part of her police family.

She recently spent much of her free time laughing, loving, and exploring her way around Virginia with her daughter Raegan, and fiancé Brittany Lewis. Katie always enjoyed a good road trip to surprise family with a visit, dragging her mom all over to see concerts and shows, playing basketball with her dad, and cribbage with her grandmothers.

Katie’s warm heart, never ending compassion, and contagious smile inspired everyone around her. She had a quick wit and a great sense of fun and adventure. Her life, while much too short, was a life of service, a life of passion for her community, and most of all, a life of love for family and friends - especially the light of her life, Raegan.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her two year old daughter, Raegan Grace Thyne; three brothers, Timothy J. Thyne and his wife Heather of Nashua, NH, Jonathan J. Thyne of Phoenix, AZ, and Braedyn C. Thyne of Nashua, NH; her fiancé, Brittany Lewis of Newport News VA, her stepfather, Gary Maher of Port St. Lucie, Florida, her grandparents, Robert and Brenda Leclair of Port St. Lucie, FL, and John “Jack” J. Thyne and Maureen A. Gilroy, both of Lowell, and her former wife, Whitlee Thyne of Hampton, VA.

Friends are invited to celebrate Katie’s life and legacy on Friday, January 31, 2020, at the Immaculate Conception Church, 144 East Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA, from 3 to 8 PM. Her Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Church at 11:00 AM. All are asked to kindly meet at Church. Interment with full military and police funeral honors to follow in Lowell Cemetery, 77 Knapp Avenue, Lowell. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations in support of her daughter Raegan to the Officer Thyne Memorial Fund, Newport News Police Foundation, P.O. Box 120496, Newport News, VA 23612 ( Arrangements in the care of the MORSE-BAYLISS Funeral Home, 122 Princeton Boulevard, Lowell. Funeral Director, Frederick W. Healy.


When Friday, January 31, 2020 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Immaculate Conception Church
144 East Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01852

Service Information

Saturday, February 1, 2020 11:00am
Immaculate Conception Church
144 East Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01852

Interment Information

Lowell Cemetery
77 Knapp Ave.
Lowell, MA 01852
With Ceremonies of Full Military and Police Funeral Honors.
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