Katherine Cortez Nicosia
Katherine Nicosia died after a courageous battle with cancer on June 26, 2007. She was 33 years old, born on November 14, 1973 in Mount Kisco, New York to Vilma and Edwin Cortez.
Katherine attended Lakeland High School from 1987 - 1991. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1995.
Katherine had a passion for life. She was a standout athlete in soccer and field hockey at the high school level. She earned All-America field hockey honors at Lakeland while helping her team to an undefeated record in their journey toward winning the New York State Class A Championship in the Fall of 1990. She continued her achievements in field hockey at the college level, going on to earn College Regional All-America honors in her time at UNH. After college, she met her husband of seven years, Michael James Nicosia.
After staring her family with Michael in June 2002, her passion for life and excellence was focused on raising a loving family. She was a role model of a mother, wife and friend who was relentless in her efforts to transfer her love of life to her children and to those around her. Her home was welcome to all who visited. Katherine is survived by her husband, Michael James Nicosia, 37, and their three children, Kacey Alessandra, 5, Matthew James, 3, and Sean Michael, 8 months. She is also survived by her mother and father, and her two older siblings, Deanna Marie Zaicek of Fishkill, NY and Edward Quinton Cortez of Round Rock, Texas.
She was originally a member of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Shrub Oak, NY and lastly a member of St. Mark's Catholic Church in Huntersville, NC.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Funeral services will be conducted 10:30 AM Thursday, June 28, at St. Mark Catholic Church with Father James Stuhrenberg officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the American Cancer Society, 6000 Fairview Road Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28210 is appreciated.
Arrangements by Raymer Funeral Home, Huntersville, NC.
Published in Charlotte Observer on June 27, 2007