Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Alice Irene "Kitty" Farina passed away peacefully on Nov. 13, 2009 at Aspen Ridge Alzheimer's Special Care Center in Grand Junction, Colo.
She is survived by her husband of 73 years, Nick; sons, Terry (Bev) and Torn (Barbara); grandchildren, Lynn (Terence), Karen (Jack), Nick (Elizabeth), Mark (Meg), Laurni (Tim), Tyler and Torey (Erik); and great-grandchildren Serina, Monica, John, Dominic, Julia, Olive, Sophia, Collin and Reese.
Kitty's sister, Esther, and brother, Milt, both recently predeceased her.
Kitty was born on Oct. 20, 1911 in Sunbury, Pa., and grew up and attended the public schools there. While studying music and fine arts at Susquehanna College, she met and subsequently married Nick Farina, a student and football star at nearby Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. Kitty had a beautiful singing voice, and prior to marriage performed professionally on the radio and at church and other special events.
Kitty and Nick settled in Cedarhurst, Long Island, N.Y. in 1936. Nick was an educator, first as a high school teacher and football coach for 10 years, and then as a principal of the town's elementary school for 32 years. During this time, Nick and his partner, Harry Nathanson, started a summer day camp, Branch Athletes and year round nursery school. Kitty was bookkeeper for the businesses in the early years and homemaker for husband and two sons.
She was very active in community affairs and served on a number of boards of nonprofit organizations, receiving awards for her contributions on more than one occasion. Among these organizations, Kitty was a longtime member of the board of directors of the renowned Stecker and Horowitz School for the Arts, located first in Cedarhurst and now New York City, N.Y. During Nick's lengthy tenure as Mayor of the Village of Cedarhurst, Kitty served as a classy first lady and hostess for numerous Village events.
Kitty and Nick relocated to Grand Junction in 1995. For a number of years, she served on the altar guild of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Grand Junction, as she had for many years on the altar guild of Trinity Episcopal Church on Long Island.
A memorial service for Kitty is scheduled at St. Matthew's on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m.
Special thanks to the staff at Aspen Ridge for their loving care of Kitty for three years and similarly to staff members of Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado for their loving care for the last three months.