Katherine (Kathy) Frattarola (May 23, 1932- March 2, 2023) lived a beautiful, dignified life. Best known for her friendly and welcoming disposition, she provided comfort and solace while asking little in return. Her husband, Bill (now deceased), adored her and together they raised 5 wonderful children; Gayle, Joanne, Billy, Steven and Tommy. All were taught the life lesson of perseverance and hard work that has served them well. She is survived by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had two brother’s, John (deceased) and Tom (deceased), who both loved and admired her and she effectively raised them since she was 12 years old. She also had a cousin, MaryAnn Brigante (deceased), who was like a sister to her and their families remain close to this day.
Kathy was born in Mamaroneck, NY after her parents, Marie (Moo) and John Crillo (Pop), moved there from Canton, Ohio and who were born in Italy. She graduated from Mamaroneck High School before enrolling in Cazenovia College in upstate New York. She married Bill and moved to Rye, NY and then Mamaroneck. Then came the big move ‘way up’ north to Mahopac, NY, where they bought a house in 1968 and put in a pool and spent their formative years raising their children along with their dog, Minky. Each of them graduated from Mahopac High School and have gone on to live robust lives.
Joanne married Doug Hunt and they gave Kathy three grandchildren whom she cherished; Dan, Kristine and Tom. Dan and his wife Claire gave Kathy three great grandchildren; Caitlin, Tara and James. Kristine and her husband Spencer King gave Kathy another great grandchild; Elise.
Billy married Andrea, who has been a godsend in taking such good care of Kathy in her later years. Their daughter, Isabela, became Kathy’s fourth grandchild who she adored. Kathy was very proud of Billy’s contribution to society in various way. Additionally, once his father passed away, Billy assumed the family leadership role in helping his Mom.
Steven moved back to NY after working in Dallas, LA and Denver as a radio DJ and now works with his brother Billy. Steven always cherished his time with his mom and was very devoted to her. Kathy was so entertained by his big personality and enthusiasm. Tommy was Kathy’s baby and she enjoyed spoiling him with the rest of the family in his youth. She was very proud of his successful career in technology and his entrepreneurial spirit. Gayle lives in California and always stayed close to Kathy remotely.
While raising her family Kathy took a part time job at Mahopac High School. She also worked full time for the Putnam County Clerk. She later enjoyed working and had a successful career at Reader’s Digest as an Executive Administrative Assistant when Reader’s Digest was in it’s heyday. She took the Reader’s Digest bus every day back and forth from Mahopac to Chappaqua and enjoyed shopping in the company store where she regularly brought home fascinating gifts from all over the world.
Kathy learned to cook from her mother Moo and became quite an accomplished Italian chef. Her cooking had the effect of bringing the family together from far and wide on a regular basis. She absolutely loved that togetherness – it meant the world to her. She enjoyed playing Mahjong with her friends at Jefferson Village, where she lived the last 37 years of her life until her recent move to live with Billy, Andrea and Isabela. Kathy loved music – her favorite singers were Johnny Mathis and Englebert Humperdink,
She believed strongly in the American Dream but most importantly, no one ever had anything but very kind words to say about her. To her entire family she leaves behind her kindness, work ethic and her undying love.
All services will be held privately.