HASTINGS - Catherine (nee Higgins) of Smithtown, New York on September 16, 2012 at age 86. Born August 31, 1926 in New York City and grew up in Ridgewood, Queens. Valedictorian of Grover Cleveland High School and Graduate of Katherine Gibbs College. Legal secretary for prominent New York law firm Shearman & Sterling. Later worked in the Development Office at St. Anthony's High School. Devoted reader, baker, golfer, bridge player and solver of the NYT crossword puzzles. Married for 55 short years to the late beloved Harry. Loving mother of Tom (Arlen) of Princeton, NJ, Mary Kay of Washington, DC, Suzanne (Bob Farrell) of Smithtown, and Victoria (David Garcia) of Ithaca, NY. Grandmother of Sara and Kevin Hastings, Zachary and Emmitt Moore, Christopher and Patrick Farrell, Daniel and Patience Garcia. Sister of John Higgins, Visiting 2-4 and 7-9pm Monday, September 17 at The Branch Funeral Home, Smithtown . Funeral Mass 11am Tuesday, September 18, Infant Jesus R.C Church, Port Jefferson, New York. Donations in lieu of flowers to Covenant House, Times Square Station, PO Box 731, New York, NY 10108-0900; (www.covenant house.org) www.branchfh.com
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Published in Newsday on Sept. 17, 2012