Catherine McCabe Wydra
1930 - 2020
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WILKES-BARRE — Catherine (Kitty) McCabe Wydra, 89, of Wilkes-Barre, died on May 1, 2020, at Riverstreet Manor Nursing Home from COVID-19.

Born Aug. 2, 1930, at the family home in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of Francis and Mary Maguire McCabe. Kitty, as she was known since childhood, was a graduate of St. Mary's High School.

Kitty was the head chef at McCabe's Barney Inn in Wilkes-Barre for 35 years. She also served as the Register of Vital Records for the PA Department of Health, Wyoming Valley.

For many years, Kitty was a devoted caretaker to her sister, Nancy, and her mother. Kitty was well known for her cooking, baking, sewing and gardening skills. She was a creative soul who loved all creatures great and small.

Kitty is survived by her sister, Maureen and her brother-in-law Jack Moran, of Wyoming, sisters, Helen Seerey, of Millersville, Md., Sr. Maureen Frances McCabe, RSM, of Dallas, and many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.

Brothers, Francis, Joseph, Philip and Maurice McCabe and sisters, Nancy, Sr. Joan, RSM and Alice preceded her in death.

A Mass of Christian Burial and celebration of Kitty's life will be held at a future date. Donations in her memory may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, Dallas, or to the SPCA of Luzerne County.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave. Wilkes-Barre.

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Published in Times Leader from May 3 to May 4, 2020.
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May 4, 2020
Dear McCabe family, we offer our deepest condolences for the loss of Kitty,she was a beautiful caring woman.

Sincerely, Nancy, Nicole, Ricky & Changing Boback
May 4, 2020
So very sorry to hear of Kittys passing. My Aunt Loretta McHugh rented out the side room as a beauty salon and I often visited with Kitty and Nancy. She was a beautiful person who loved her garden and flowers. May she Rest In Peace. Sending prayers for strength to all family members at this sad time.
Marita Harfman
May 4, 2020
Rest in Peace, sweet Kitty, faithful and devoted sister and daughter. The world needs more like you, but has very few. Farewell, until we meet again.

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