Catherine (Kitt) Aronson
AGE: 83 • Ocean City
Catherine (Kitt) Aronson, 83, of Ocean City, NJ, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at Shore Medical Center, of metastatic, breast cancer
. Kitt was born on Aug. 17, 1930 in New York. She is predeceased by her husband, Robert Aronson, also of New York; parents, James and Sarah Mulligan, who immigrated to New York from Gallway, Ireland, circa 1895; a sister, Marion; and a niece, Rita Aronson-Joseph. She is survived by her brother, James Mulligan, Esq., and his wife, Patricia Mulligan of Dayton Ohio; brother-in-law, Dr. Neal Aronson and his wife, Shirlee Aronson; daughter, Cathy Aronson, RN of Aberdeen Township; son, Dr. James Aronson and his wife, Dr. Mary P. Breen of Arlington, MA; and son, Dr. Keith Aronson and his wife, Carolyn Scott of State College, PA; as well as her grandchildren, Kristen and Caitlin Usui, Zachary Scott-Aronson, and Molly and Ryan Breen-Aronson; and a bevy of nieces, nephews and cousins. She is especially remembered by her loving friend and companion, Ruth E. Townsend of Ocean City, NJ.
In her youth, Kitt loved handball, roller skating, bike riding, and reading - the latter a lifelong passion. Later, an aspiring actress, Kitt got her big break in 1955 when she appeared on The Tonight Show starring Jack Paar. Despite offers from several talent agents, Kitt initially chose to be a homemaker, but returned to college after her children entered school. She earned her B.A. and M.Ed. from Kean University. For over 25 years, she was a much beloved teacher at the Middletown Village Elementary School in Middletown, NJ, and was honored, Teacher of the Year, in 1995. Kitt combined her incisive wit and love of theater and language to write and perform hilarious roasts honoring retiring colleagues over the years. Her tour de force came at her own retirement banquet in 1997 when no teacher, staff person, or administrator was spared her loving jest.
Kitt embodied a complex mix of qualities and carried out the responsibilities of her several life roles. She did what was needed as a wife, mother, teacher, actress, friend, and grandmother. She was a reader, lover of language, and humorist. Perhaps her greatest talent was a profound capacity to make other people feel good about themselves with a mixture of unassuming intelligence, charm, sincerity, and humor. In times of uncertainty, she emphasized health, love, and the blue sky over material concerns. Despite being able to light up a room or stage, Kitt also had a reserved, almost timid aspect. Nevertheless, in the face of death she was courageous and philosophical. About her impending death, she said, "Nothing about this is bad!" And so, at the end, true to character, she made us feel good and pointed us firmly in the direction of life and love.
Memorial service to be announced. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Love of Linda, PO Box 1053, Wildwood, NJ 08260. For condolences to the family, please visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.com