Catherine DiPanfilo Phelps

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Catherine "Kay" DiPanfilo Phelps, of Erie, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Friday, August 15, 2014, less than one day shy of her 90th birthday. She was born in Erie on August 16, 1924, the second child of five of the late Pasquale and Vallie Amatangelo DiPanfilo.

Kay enjoyed the laughter of children, so she was well suited for her role as cashier in the cafeteria of Blessed Sacrament School, a position she held for nearly 30 years. Prior to that, she worked at Clifton Automatics, Louis Marx, and General Electric.

As a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish, she was actively involved with the Ladies Guild and the PTA.

There was always room around Kay's kitchen table. She loved to cook for her extended family and friends, and was known for her outstanding Italian specialties, including ravioli, wedding soup, tripe, and numerous cookies. An animal lover, there was never a day without bread on her lawn to feed the birds.

In addition to her parents, Kay was preceded in death by her husband, Donald P. Phelps, in 1989, and her sister, Mary Phyllis DiPanfilo.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Catherine Phelps, of Alexandria, Va. and Erie (and her beloved "grandpug" Igor); three brothers: Michael DiPanfilo (Laura) of Erie; Henry DiPanfilo (Carol) of Erie; and Robert DiPanfilo (Kitty) of Martinsburg, W.Va. and Vero Beach, Fla. Kay is further survived by many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and cousins.

Friends may call at the Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th St., at Greengarden Blvd., Friday from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m., and are invited to attend services Saturday at 10:30 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at Blessed Sacrament Church at 11 a.m. Entombment will follow in Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mary Kay's dear friend Scotlund Haisley, founder of Animal Rescue Corps, 1380 Monroe St., NW, #326, Washington, DC, 20010; St. Paul's Neighborhood Free Clinic, 1608 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502; or Blessed Sacrament School, 2510 Greengarden Blvd., Erie, PA 16502. Condolences and photos may be sent at

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Published in the Erie Times-News from Aug. 21 to Aug. 22, 2014
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