Catherine R. Calabrese
Calabrese, Catherine R., (nee Hickey), "Kay", 98, of Totowa, passed away on October 21, 2020. Devoted wife of the late Patrick M. Calabrese (1996). Beloved mother of Kathy Pizzichetta and her husband Larry. Cherished grandmother of Patrick Pizzichetta and his wife Katrina. Adored great-grandmother of Dominick Pizzichetta. Dear sister of Rosemary Smith and the late Charles Smith. Loving aunt of Carolyn Kasunich and Laura Parry.
Kay grew up in Hoboken and lived in Lodi before moving to Totowa. She was a long time parishioner of St. James of the Marches Church. Kay loved her gambling excursions, visits to the beauty salon, manicures, pedicures, and going out to lunch with family and friends. She was famous for her hot peppers which were always a favorite at family gatherings. A devoted cat lover most of her life, in her later years Kay doted on her grand-dog Callie, who always kept her company.
The family will receive their friends on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 9-10 AM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM at St. James of the Marches Church, 410 Totowa Rd., Totowa. Interment to follow at George Washington Memorial Park, 234 Paramus Rd., Paramus. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org or to a favorite charity of your choice would be appreciated. Masks are required to enter the building and social distancing protocols will be followed.
Arcadio and Donna Shelichach
10/22/2020 09:18:18 am
Kay Calabrese was our neighbor for over 40 years and what a pleasure it was for us to have such a wonderful person living next door. Always elegantly dressed and wearing a smile, Kay and her husband Pat were warm, friendly and eager to help others. She will be sorely missed, but we take comfort in knowing that she is now reunited with Pat in the Kingdom of God. God bless you, Kay. Rest in peace.
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