3/12/19 - 4/7/20
Catherine Stingo: Died, April 7th, 2020 Predeceased by her husband Salvatore. Survived by her daughters Suzanne Stingo and Kathleen Buccellato with her husband Joseph, her grand-daughters Katilynn and Kerribeth McKenna with her husband Andrew, their three children, her great grandchildren Dylan, Audrey and Kayleigh as well and many nieces, nephews and other extended family.
Born, March 12th, 1919 in Brooklyn, NY to Mary Agnes & Thomas O'Brien She was the fifth of 6 children Mable, Jack, Dolly, Lillian, Catherine & Todie. She grew up on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn.
After attending secretarial training, she went off to Washington, DC in 1938, at the age of 19 taken by her Aunt Kittie, to work for the government, during the war. The many women that went to Washington and stayed at woman hotels, became known as the Lipstick Brigade.
Kay O'Brien, as she was known for most of her life, only stayed 6 months but made a lifelong friend in Mary Gert O'Brien (from Syracuse, NY – no relation) when they were matched as room-mates.
Kay returned to New York and worked in Manhattan for the War Department.
She met Sal Stingo and married him on September 24th, 1949. They had two daughters, Suzanne & Kathleen. Kathleen was born on March 12, after Kay cooked a full Italian meal for her birthday!
Kay was a stay at home Mom for many years but was asked to help out part-time at Raybrite Corporation, also known as Metallic Novelty, where she worked and eventually became the Executive VP of Sales in their NYC offices, until retiring at the age of 72. The family lived initially on a cobblestone street in Brooklyn and later bought a house in Woodhaven, Queens where they lived until 1996. After retiring, Kay & Sal moved to the community of Leisure Ridge in Manchester, NJ to be nearer their two grand-daughters, Kerribeth & Katilynn. Kay & Sal loved spending time and caring for them both and went on many vacations and adventures with Kathleen, Joseph, her husband, Kerribeth & Katilynn.
Kay and Sal took many vacations with friends over the years and have visited Ireland, Italy, the Caribbean, St. Martin, Canada and many states across the country.
She was a Columbiette at the Knight of Columbus, she helped run the Mother's Club at Our Lady of Wisdom Academy and became the last President before they closed the school, where both her daughters went to High School.
Kay had a close family with her sisters, Mabel, Dolly and Todie and most holidays were spent with them and their children when the kids were growing up. When Kay married Sal, she expanded that family with his many brothers and sister (Mary) and their many children and now grandchildren.
Kay loved to shop, give parties and be on the move. She was a tenacious, vibrant force and strong-willed woman both in mind and body!
Around 2011, Kay moved to Asbury Towers in Asbury, NJ into an apartment that looked out at the ocean. She is blessed with three great grandchildren, Dylan (4), Audrey (almost 2) and most recently Kayleigh Mae born February 19th, the children of Kerribeth & Andrew.
Memorial donations can be made in Catherine’s memory to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Attn: Memorials Processing 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105-9959.
Due to the COVID-19 virus, all arrangements will be private and under the care of the John E. Day Funeral Home 85 Riverside Avenue Red Bank, NJ 07701
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