PHOENIX, AZ —
Casmira Marie "Kaye" (Klaja) Catanese, age 94, passed from this life on July 25, 2013 in Phoenix, AZ, where she resided with her son, David. Kaye was born in Niagara Falls on January 25, 1919 to Casimer and Rozalia (Janik) Klaja. She married Alphonse "Fritz" Catanese on December 2, 1939. They were married for 62 years until his death in 2002. Kaye took great pride in all of her accomplishments, including her various careers, volunteer work, cooking, knitting and bowling. She was an avid reader and casino patron, and was never one to miss a great party. Kaye will always be cherished for her strength, independent nature and the love of learning she instilled in her family.
She is survived by four children, Dr. Carmen (Kathleen) Catanese of Rocky Hill, NJ, Sal (Madelyn) Catanese of Mundelein, IL, Patty (Maurice) Walp of Perrysburg, OH, and David Catanese of Phoenix, AZ. In addition, she leaves ten grandchildren who adored their Grandma Kaye: Cristine (Doug) Jones, Thomas (Maria) Catanese, Dr. Sarah (John) Munzer, Paul (Jody) Catanese, David (Erin) Catanese, Alex Walp, Philip Walp, Caroline Walp, David Palosika and his mother, Paula; great-grandchildren, Christian, Matthew, Madison, Sophia, Ava and Marcus. She is also survived by her sister, Sophie Peunic. Kaye was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Sylvester Klaja and her sister, Gladys Kendzia.
A "Celebration of Kaye's Life" will be held in Niagara Falls on October 19, 2013. Entombment in Gate of Heaven Mausoleum, Lewiston, NY.
"Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night, Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there; I did not die."
Arrangements by the LABUDA FUNERAL HOME, INC.
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