On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, Katharine S. Winter of South Glastonbury, Connecticut, passed away at Middlesex Memorial Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut, after a courageous two year battle with cancer. Kathy was born on September 22, 1950 in Northampton, Massachusetts, to the late John R. Winter Jr. of Utica, New York, and the late Susan L. Winter of West Hartford, Connecticut, previously of Syracuse, New York.
Kathy was predeceased by her sister and only sibling, Margaret Carabillo, and is survived by her brother in law, Vincent Carabillo, of West Hartford, Connecticut. She leaves many friends and confidants whom she considered her “chosen family”. After spending many youthful years growing up on the Suffield Academy Campus, in Suffield, Connecticut, she went on to enjoy her high school years at Rogers Hall School for Girls, in Lowell, Massachusetts, and continued her schooling at Green Mountain College where, upon graduation, she was employed by the Hartford Insurance Company, where she spent her entire thirty year career. She won many awards and enjoyed her many years of employment, being transferred to many lovely locations in the Southeastern U.S.
Kathy returned to the Northeast upon retirement and cared lovingly for both of her parents until their passing.
Kathy enjoyed many years as a member of the Horticultural Society and traveled with her mother extensively in the U. S. to visit horticultural gardens. She also spent many summer vacations on Lake Ontario with her father.
Kathy and Attorney Richard Parker co-administered “The John Winter Family Fund” which was established by Kathy’s father to enrich the lives of children in upstate New York by giving them opportunities to broaden their horizons and inspiring the children to participate in activities that might not otherwise be available to them but for the funding provided by the trust fund. These activities included concerts, museum visits, county fairs, ballet lessons, “STEM” programs and summer camps for band, choir and similar programs. Kathy’s involvement in funding these programs increased her sense of charitable giving, which will translate into more opportunities for future beneficiaries, as she learned that providing children educational opportunities helps build and enhance their futures.
Kathy sat on all positions of the Southgate Condominium Association culminating with being President of the Board for 10 years. She will be fondly remembered for her exuberant personality, her love of all flowers and her beautiful gardens. She will be forever remembered for her dedication to whichever task she involved herself in and her love of her beautiful home.
Her friends and family wish to thank of all of her caretakers and her physician, Dr. Kandavelou, for their excellent care and devotion to Kathy. A memorial service will take place when the pandemic abates and public health allows for safe gatherings. Graveside services in both Kirkland, New York and West Hartford, Connecticut, will be held in April. Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com