Surrounded by loved ones, Kathryn Ann Selvia of Wilbraham, Mass., passed away on Jan. 17, after a long battle with cancer. She was born on April 15, 1943 in Throop, Pa., to Stanley and Catherine Rudzinski. She is predeceased by her loving husband of 38 years, James.
Kathryn is survived by her beloved son, David, daughter-in-law, Yao Yan, and grandson, Zachary, of Beijing, China; daughter, Amy Smith, and son-in, law Jeffrey Smith, of Wilbraham, Mass.; and her cherished brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Barbara Rudzinski of Hamilton, Va.; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
Kathy was an active member of her community. She founded New England Promotional Marketing in 1989, which quickly rose to a successful and recognized woman owned business. Kathy achieved many accolades for her professional success, Babson College named NEPM one of the top woman led businesses in Massachusetts; NEPM named small business of the year by the Hampden-Wilbraham Chamber of Commerce; Kathy was named woman of the year by Quabog Zonta Club and Woman Business Owners' Alliance; Kathy was given the Paul Harris award by the Wilbraham Rotary Club
; and Kathy was also given the Rick Moriarty Citizen of the Year Award by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Kathy served as past president of the Women Business Owners' Alliance, the Wilbraham Community Association and was the past chair of the Hampden-Wilbraham Chamber of Commerce. Kathy also served as co-chair of the Wilbraham Peach Festival.
Kathy was known for her kindness and philanthropic manner. She was driven to support and nurture her family, as well as foster the entrepreneurial spirit of students in the community.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at St. Cecilia's Church, 42 Main St., Wilbraham, Mass., followed by a luncheon.
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to either Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 (www.dana-farber.org/gift
), or to St. Cecilia's Church, 42 Main St., Wilbraham, MA 01095.