Preston - Kathy J. Fleming, 55, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, March 15, 2013.
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She was born in New York City, on May 16, 1957, to the late Virgilio and Florence (Gotleib) Esbri. On Aug. 12, 1978, she married her beloved husband Edward and they began their life journey together.
Kathy was defined by her faith as a Jehovah's Witness and her passion and commitment to her family. Her house was open to everyone and anyone at any given time. She found much joy in giving to others and sharing her faith. Taking family vacations was a highlight of each year, especially to her favorite spot on Old Orchard Beach in Maine. She had a passion for gardening and a special bond with her grandchildren, who affectionately referred to her as "Curly".
In addition to her husband, Kathy is survived by her two daughters, Sara and husband, Michael Smith, and Bethany and husband, Adam Collins; son, Ryan Fleming and wife, Melissa; brother, Arthur Esbri; sister, Joan Cullen; grandchildren, Lily, Lucas, Hannah and Kyle; a large extended family and countless friends.
A Memorial Talk will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Veteran's Memorial School in Preston. The family will be available starting at 1 p.m. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Center for Hospice Care Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360.
The Labenski Funeral Home is entrusted with these arrangements.
Published in The Day on Mar. 17, 2013