Catherine Sheridan Longo, lovingly known as Kitty, entered this world on Aug. 29, 1944, the oldest child of the late John and Adele Sheridan, and was welcomed into the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ unexpectedly early Sunday morning, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from Catherine McCauley High School. Kitty lived much of her life in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and later turned a stately Pennsylvania summer home into a permanent residence in the late 1980s. Along with her family, she lived in a landmark home in Honesdale for the remainder of her life. She called it "Her Mountain." When her children were young, she spent her time as an unpaid domestic engineer and famous neighborhood baker, and volunteered, teaching reading and special needs children at PS 193. Through the years she worked as a census taker, insurance inspector and secretary at the Bethany United Methodist Church. She was also a very talented portrait studio photographer.
Kitty was a kind, strong-willed woman with a witty sense of humor and a giving heart. She enjoyed camping, traveling and baking, and had a love for adventuring the ocean and bays on her beloved boat, "The Berry Patch," and casting her reel out to catch sharks, blue gills, flounder and whatever else got tangled in her lines. She was an avid lover of all things train and railroad, a love which she passed on to her grandkids in a unique way, "chasing the train" through Honesdale when they were young. She loved cooking and baking. Homemade was always best! Kitty's love of art, painting, sketching needlework and crafting was evident. Every gift she gave was either handmade or a project or a kitchen appliance. She had extensive collections of tins, geodes and rocks, Crayola memorabilia and all things blue. An avid animal lover, she adopted many animals in need from the local shelter, including her best buddies, Blue and Shadow. A game of Scrabble was a welcome event in her house and "Franklin," her word game, was never far away. On many a summer night, Kitty could be seen enjoying live music at Central Park. Her love of music was a lifelong passion. Her radio was always on, and she looked forward to the warm weather and concerts in the park. Kitty loved volunteering and supporting youth programs and other causes she believed in. She would always help any person, child or animal in need.
The only thing Kitty loved more than being a mother was being a grandmother. Her grandchildren brought her more joy than a heart could hold, and they stayed by her side until her very last breath. She loved bragging about them, watching them play sports and participate in activities and telling them how smart and special they are. She enjoyed early morning snack raids and rides in the car with the kids and watching them play in the yard and drawing with chalk and bubbles. The best thing about Granny's house was always getting a treat and a kiss and standing at the wall to get measured. Many years of pencil lines measured the growth of a family and a life well lived. Her memory will live on in the hearts of all those who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by an aunt, Hazel Cangley; great-nephew, Anthony Rachun; and many aunts and uncles. Surviving are her adored companion, Gene D. Bacorn, Green Ridge section of Scranton; daughter, Misty Longo-Losavich and husband, Kevin, and their children, Kevin II, age 11, and Nicholas, age nine; daughter, Lacey Longo-Jannetti and fiancé, Jason Pfister, and their children, Will, age 15, Christopher, age 15, Caitlyn Marie, age 12, and Carmine, age 11; a son, Robert Giangrande and children, Robert, Adelia and Mary; and a son, Joseph Giangrande and wife, Tracy, and their children, John and Jenna. Also surviving are a brother, John J. Sheridan Jr. and wife, Iwona, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; sister, Jane Sheridan-Auditore and husband, John, Long Island, N.Y.; and a sister, Susan Sheridan-Czarnecki and husband, George, Brooklyn, N.Y. Surviving also are many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and multiple generations of cousins. She will be missed by many friends from both near and far, all over the world. Kitty was considered a second mom by many, and had much "adopted family." Everywhere she went, Kitty was loved and recognized.
A blessing service will be conducted Friday at 10 a.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton, Pa., with Monsignor William Feldcamp as officiating clergy. Interment, Abington Hills Cemetery, South Abington Twp., Pa.
Friends may call Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made to Young Marine Unit 1199, Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Drive, Honesdale, PA 18431, or the
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