Kathleen Theresa Bergin, 62, of Binghamton, passed away peacefully at Wilson Regional Medical Center on September 19 after a brief illness. She was predeceased by her parents, Regis and Cecilia (Bowden) Bergin; and brother-in-law, Joseph Medwetz. She is survived by her loving brothers and sisters, Marlene and David West, Barbara Medwetz, John and Betty Bergin, Mary Lou and Ronald Law, Christine and William Curley, William and Roberta Bergin, and Elizabeth and Robert Connerton. She was very proud of her 21 nieces and nephews, whom she loved and bragged of as if they were her own. She is also survived by her aunt and Godmother, Mary (Bowden) Neylan; 24 precious grandnieces and grandnephews and many loving Bowden and Bergin cousins. She also leaves behind special friend, Rocco Stento; as well as her canine companion, "Lucy". She had countless friends who bridged generations - toddler to elderly and in between. She touched many lives with her big heart and generous spirit. Kathy was the owner and operator of Kathy Bergin's Beauty Salon & House of Wigs. She had a special dedication to the American Cancer Society
's "Look Good, Feel Better" program in which she volunteered for many years and became a NY State trainer for other hairdressers. Being able to help other women through the effects of cancer treatment was very important to her. She was a 1966 graduate of Catholic Central High School and a 1969 graduate of the Triple Cities School of Beauty Culture. She was a member of the Church of Saints John and Andrew, Binghamton, the Moose Club, and a social member of the Sons of Italy. Kathy lived life to the fullest and lit up every room she entered with that beautiful smile that was so characteristic of her. She will be sorely missed by all. The family wishes to thank Dr. Kalid Sethi, the staff of Wilson Regional Medical Center's ER, OR, ICU, and South Tower 5, as well as Lourdes Hospice program and the many friends and loving cousins who supported us with such compassion during this difficult time. "Dance as if no one were watching, sing as if no one were listening, and live every day as if it were your last."
A Funeral Mass will be offered at the Church of Saints John and Andrew, Vestal Avenue, Binghamton, Thursday at 12 noon. Burial will be in St. Thomas the Apostle Cemetery, Little Meadows, PA. The family will receive friends at the J.A. McCormack Sons Funeral Home, 141 Main Street, Binghamton, Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations specifically to the "Look Good, Feel Better" Program c/o American Cancer Society
, 13 Beech Street, Johnson City, NY 13790 or Loaves and Fishes Pantry, 9 Livingston Street, Binghamton, NY 13903.
Published by Press & Sun-Bulletin from Sep. 21 to Sep. 22, 2010.