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Catherine Broderick Hartland

Nov 6, 2017

Catherine (Kate) Broderick Hartland passed away on November 6th, 2017.


Kate was born on February 26th, 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the daughter of John and Catherine (O’Donnell) Broderick and the last of their five children. Her father, John, returned heroically from World War I and opened his own printing company in Pittsburgh. The Broderick kids, Eileen, Peggy, Jane, John and Catherine, grew up around their two Irish families and the stories of 1651 Duffield Street are legendary.

The family moved from Pittsburgh to Fort Lauderdale in the summer of 1951 when Kate was 17 years old. She spent her senior year at Saint Anthony’s High School and graduated with the Class of 1951. After high school Kate went to work for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, first as a dispatcher and then as secretary to the Sheriff. It was there that she met BSO Deputy Sam Hartland. They married in 1958 and, along with daughters Jeannie and Shannon, they officially became part of the “13th Street Gang” which included the Latham and Niles families. The kids spent time playing hide and seek, riding bikes, swimming and chasing the ice cream truck – while the parents spent evenings on each other’s screened porch with a few six packs - solving the problems of the world!

In the mid sixties, Kate started her own advertising copywriting company “KATE HARTLAND, COPYWRITER” and was so successful that she was hired by one of her clients, United Federal Savings and Loan. She became the Vice President of Advertising and Public Relations for United Federal and her innovative, groundbreaking work brought nineteen First Place Addy Awards. Kate remained a prime mover in the advertising world during those exciting “Mad Men” times.

Her retirement years saw her shift into full Grandmother mode and she was always “at the ready” to spend time with her granddaughters, Catherine, Mary, Hartland and Kathleen. A few years later, she would get to add great grandchildren Michael and Brooke to the clan and they all knew that Grandma was always up for anything – so long as it was fun.

Her retirement years also saw “Kate and Sam’s Big Adventure” as they took off to see the country in their new Winnebago. They traveled to Mexico, the Grand Canyon, San Francisco, the Badlands of North Dakota, Newport, Mystic, and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Their trips back to Florida always included a stop at the beloved “McClure Millhouse”, scene of many happy times for the whole family. Their 48-year marriage was remarkable for their open door policy, which provided a haven for many – and made the Hartland household a favorite stop for a day, a week or a year!

She is preceded in death by her husband Sam, her parents, John and Catherine, and her sisters Jane McFarland and Peggy Broderick. Kate is survived by her sister, Eileen Barnes, her brother, John Broderick, her daughters Jeannie Harley and Shannon McDonald, her son and grandson-in-law Robert McDonald and Mike Fletcher and her grand and great grandchildren, Catherine, Mary, Hartland, Kathleen, Michael and Brooke.

Please take a moment and raise a glass to this remarkable woman who grew up surrounded by a loving Irish family in the country’s biggest steel city – moved to a sleepy beachside town in Florida – worked the police radio at BSO, long before 911 – raised a family and made fast friends in the perfect “mid-century” neighborhood – set off on a challenging career in her 30’s (and nailed it!!) – retired to help raise the grandchildren – and always, always, always kept her door – AND HER HEART – open to everyone who crossed her path. Anyone who met her was better for it and she will ALWAYS be missed.



Nov 12, 2017 4:04 AM - Entered by: Mary

My Dearest Grandma, The beautiful, fun times we’ve shared together will forever remain in my heart and memories. Although your body is no longer here, I feel your soul, strength and presence within me everyday. You were one of the strongest, smartest women I’ve ever have ever had the pleasure of knowing. You instilled a lot of that strength and knowledge into me, and i can promise you that i will pass on your beliefs and endless strength and knowledge onto my children someday. From our very first adventures together, from of my first haircut, to our magic blanket, our pink stone, Where’s Wallace, Go granny Go, A Big Fat Hen, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, our swimming days at the AnaCapri and Manor Grove, endless cooking adventures, holidays, Dairy Queen nights, bubbles in the front yard at Coral Ridge, curling your hair, hiding behind corners and jumping out at you ... BOO!!!! 👻 lol Wasn’t your favorite, but i certainly got a kick out of it. Post cards you sent me from your traveling days, and waiving to me in front of Fort Lauderdale High School standing under your little umbrella at pick up time. What I wouldn’t give to have just ONE of those moments back, and want you to know what an impact you have made on my life from my childhood all the way through my adulthood. You were truly ONE of a kind. How extremely blessed I was to have you as my grandmother for 37 years !!! That is something I will always cherish and be thankful for, for the rest of my life... and no one can ever take that away from us. I’m a better person today because of you Grandma and words cannot express how much you mean to me and how much LOVE i HOLD FOR YOU WITHIN MY HEART! Anyone who had the opportunity to know you, if even for a brief second ..should consider themselves extremely blessed. They just don’t make em like you Grams. Thank you for always keeping me in your daily prayers 🙏 i want you to know that I always felt your love! A little secret between you and i. Karma Bleachers. You know what to do!! You are now FREE of all your pain. God certainly made the mold when he made YOU. Now get up there and FLY like the ANGEL you ARE!!! Forever ALL MY LOVE! ❤️❤️ Love Always, Your Little M

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