Catharine was born in Co. Clare, Ireland to Burns. She immigrated to the United States with her family in 1850.
Catharine was married to Thomas Hassett, and they had six children.
Catharine died of typhoid fever when she was 86 years old.
Last evening at 8:40 occurred the death of Mrs. Catharine Hassett at her home, 1816 West Third Street. The deceased was eighty-six years of age and when attacked by the dread disease, typhoid fever, which lasted three weeks, her extreme years had left her physical condition too enfeebled to withstand the shock. All the loving efforts of relatives and friends proved unavailing and with her children gathered around her bedside she departed this life. Mrs. Hassett was born in County Clare, Ireland and 45 years ago she came to Iowa. Her husband, Thomas Hassett, died some time since. The deceased leaves four children, all of whom were at the bedside of their mother when the final summons came: Patrick J. Hassett, an engineer on the C.M. & St. Paul railroad; Martin Hassett of Horton, Kan., an engineer on the C.R.I.& P.; Mrs. Cornelius Haugh and Mrs. Michael Lamb. A brother, Martin Burns and a sister, Mrs. Mary Walsh, also survive the deceased.
The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, with services in St. Mary's church and interment in St. Marguerite's cemetery.
-obituary, Daily Times [Davenport, Iowa](Oct. 21, 1895)