PENKAVA, Catherine A. 84, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 26th, at Willow Point Nursing Home, Vestal, NY. She moved there to be near remaining family members, following the death of her husband, Joseph. She grew up in Queens County, NY and moved to Rocky Point in Suffolk County early in her marriage. Many of us will remember them as loving caretakers of the many children they fostered, others for their generosity and boundless love in the caring for their aging family members, through illness, disease and ultimately, their final days. Following her husband's death, she made her final move to Vestal. No matter where Catherine lived she made lifelong friends. Willow Point Nursing Home was just supposed be a temporary residence while she recovered from a broken wrist. Within a little more than one week she requested permanent residency at Willow Point! Soon thereafter she became a regular volunteer greeting visitors to the Home, playing Bigo or occasionally cards, going out with other residents to seasonal area attractions and restaurants. Catherine was a member of the Red Hat Society. Perhaps the most lasting memories we will all hold in our hearts were her sociability -- no child, Willow Point resident, staff member, family or friend went unacknowledged -- and her whit -- she loved to get a rise out of people and it was rare to leave her presence without a smile on one's face. Those who preceded her will rush to greet her in the hereafter. And those of us who remain, and knew and loved her, will see her in everything that is beautiful and breathtaking until we once again reach out to hug her. Reposing at O.B. Davis Funeral Homes, 1001 Route 25A, Miller Place, LI. Visitation Wednesday 6-9 PM. Funeral Mass 9:30 AM Thursday at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church, Rocky Point, LI. Interment to follow at Washington Memorial Park. Instead of sending flowers please consider sending a donatio, in Catherine's honor to the breast cancer research organization of your choice.
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Published in Newsday on July 30, 2013