Cammarata, Kathleen

Tappan and Palisades, NY

On January 24, 1933 , Kathleen was born in the Bronx to Margaret and decorated New York City detective, Arthur Horey. She was a proud alum of St. Raymond’s and Aquinas Hall. In 1959 she married fellow Bronxite, Joseph Cammarata. 

Her professional career began with the New York Telephone Company, and she worked until her retirement after +25 years with Orange and Rockland Utilities in Spring Valley, NY.

She was a generous volunteer, giving her time early on to the New York City Foundling hospital. She was a Brownie Troop leader, a companion at the Rosary Hill Home, and she loved her time as an aide in Miss Laura’s CCD class at Our Lady of Sacred Heart in Tappan, NY.

She was a talented seamstress, sewing velvet dresses for her girls at Christmas, Halloween costumes for her grandchildren,  and of course the hundreds of Raggedy Ann Dolls  she made for all who asked.

She was a devout Catholic and she was deeply committed to family gatherings  and holiday traditions. She often marked these traditions by cooking and baking. There were always cookies and fruitcake at Christmas, soda bread for St. Patrick’s Day, and Pasta Con Sardi to celebrate the feast of St. Joseph. If you were lucky enough to be her neighbor, you might find a fruitcake, soda bread or plate of lacey cookies at your doorstep.

She loved music, especially Andy Williams, Barbra Streisandand Nat King Cole. Her New York Yankees were second to none. Her bedside table was never without a stack of books and there was no problem so big that it couldn’t be solved with a chat over a cup of tea.

As a wife and mother she gave 150%, providing all that was needed for memorable holidays, birthdays, and vacations in her beloved Montauk. She was a fierce caregiver and her devotion to the care of her late husband, Joe was incomparable.

She is survived by her five children and their spouses Joseph (Randie), Richard (Jeannie), Edward ( Dana), Mary Frances (Chris Markle), and Claire (Avi Bonime), 10 grandchildren, Samantha, Marlie, Brynn, Davis, Noelle, Jonah, Sophie, Eli, Luke and Amanda,  her beloved cousin, George Horey and her best friend, Dolores Kennedy.

Kathleen’s children will be honoring her memory with a mass and celebration in Spring 2022.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to animal rescue or the Montauk Historical Society.