Katrina "Kitty" Castellini
AGE: 55 • Vineland
Katrina "Kitty" Castellini, 55, of Vineland, NJ passed away on Sunday evening in the Penn Presbyterian Hospital, Philadelphia, PA after being extremely ill the past 6 months. Kitty was born in Hinton, W. VA, raised in Bridgeton and has resided in Vineland for 30 yrs. She was the daughter of the late Stafford Poe Lilly, Sr. She was also predeceased by her son Michael J. Dickson, Jr., sister Elizabeth Orlandi & Step father Don Richmond.
Before retiring in 2000 from the Laborers International Union of North America, Kitty was employed as a Confined Space Entry Specialist and was a Federally Licensed 1st Responder in Chemicals & Explosives. She had worked on numerous Super Fund sites with the Army Corps of Engineers. She lived for over 50 yrs with Diabetes and was a longtime advocate for cure focused research & fund raising. Kitty underwent a Pancreas transplant in 2004 that lasted until developing an infection in 2013. She was the longest surviving pancreas alone transplant patient in the world. She was the President& Founder of Diabetes Living Today & hosted her radio program on 92.1 WVLT. She was recognized as a "National Thought Leader" on Diabetes, was a guest writer & consultant with Medtronics and became an Ambassador in 2014. Kitty was recognized by the U.S. Congress in 2007, the N.J. State Senate & was the Roche Diabetes Care Hero & Torchbearer in 2011. Kitty was an annual visitor to Disney Would with her daughter for the past 25 yrs. She also enjoyed playing Bingo & crafting.
Kitty is survived by her husband; Gary Castellini, daughter; Lauren Dickson, mother; Eveline Kinkaid, brother; Stafford P. Lilly Jr., brother-in-law & sister-in-law; Ernest & Joan Castellini, Jr.
Relatives & friends will be received on Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 PM & again on Friday from 9:30-10:30 AM at the Pancoast Funeral Home, 676 S. Main Rd., Vineland, NJ. Her funeral service will be conducted at 10:30 am on Friday with burial to follow in the Sacred Heart R.C. Cemetery. For those who wish, memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Fl., N.Y., N.Y. 10004 or to the Cumberland Co. S.P.C.A., 1244 N. Delsea Dr., Vineland, NJ 08360. To e-mail condolences & or tributes, please visit www.pancoastfuneralhome.
Published in The Daily Journal from Jun. 21 to Jun. 22, 2016.