Obituary of Katherine E. Pagano
Katherine E. Pagano passed peacefully from this life on July 1, 2020, due to complications from Covid-19. She was 65 years of age.
A lifelong Peekskill resident, Kathy was born September 2, 1954, to Joseph T. and Emma (Mackey) Pagano. She attended Peekskill City Schools and graduated from Peekskill High School in 1973. Since she was a young child, Kathy was a proud member of the Empire Drum and Bugle Corps, which was started by her father. Kathy performed with the Corps as a Baton Twirler in many parades each year in the surrounding area. She was also a Twirler with the Peekskill High School Marching Band.
Although Kathy worked for a time after graduation as a hairdresser, she spent most of her adult years in the healthcare field. She worked as a nurses aide at the Cortlandt Nursing Home in Cortlandt Manor, and also at the New York State Veterans Home in Montrose. She spent the last 12 years working as a Patient Care Technician at New York-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt Manor. Kathy was a highly regarded member of the staff, not only for her clinical skills but also for the care and compassion she extended to every patient in her care. Even in the midst of a pandemic, Kathy's dedication was so strong that she continued to work and provide the utmost care to every patient who needed her until she contracted Covid-19 herself.
While healthcare was Kathy's true professional calling, she got the most joy in her life from spending time with her family and her friends.
Kathy is survived by her loving daughter, Stephanie (Pagano) Ungaro, her son-in-law Frank, her cherished granddaughters Francesca and Gabriella, her sister Nancy (Walter) Brovarski, her brother Joseph (Linda) Pagano, and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, her sisters Diana Pagano and Barbara Bizzaro, her brother-in-law Mickey Bizzaro, and her aunt, Helen Kingsley.
A memorial service celebrating Kathy's life will be held at a later date, due to restrictions and risks posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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