Dayville, CT & Jupiter, FL – Kathleen Louise (Rice) Gerardi, 73, died peacefully surrounded by her family on April 2, 2016 in Jupiter, Fl. Born on May 19, 1942 in Buffalo, NY, she was the daughter of the late Herbert C. and Ethel A. Rice. She will be missed by her beloved husband of 54 years, Michael J. Gerardi, of Dayville, CT and Jupiter, FL.
Kathy grew up in Stamford, CT and then moved to Willimantic, CT where she graduated from E.O. Smith High School in Storrs, CT. She worked as a secretary for the family owned Nutmeg Broadcasting Co., and at radio stations WILI in Willimantic and WINY in Putman, CT where she met the love of her life, “Mike G.” Married on July 4, 1961, she devoted her life to her husband and their three children. Not only was Kathy the model homemaker and compassionate mother, she was a strong partner with Mike as they purchased WINY and operated the Gerardi Broadcasting Corp. in Putnam. Her deep faith in God gave her an interior life that brought joy to all that she did. She served her family and friends with humility and love. Kathy enjoyed reading, Bible studies, quilting, sewing, digging in the garden, and creating in the kitchen. She was an active member of the Catholic parishes of St. Peter in Jupiter, FL and St. Joseph in Dayville, CT. Her eyes were always open to the beauty of nature and to the value of every precious person she met.
In addition to her husband Mike, she is survived by her children, Michele Fall and her husband Michael of Suffield, CT, Mark Gerardi and his wife Suzanne of Nantucket, MA, and Amy Reutter and her husband Brook of Tulsa, OK; her brothers, Michael Rice and his wife Carol of Mansfield, CT, and Colin Rice and his wife Loretta of Lebanon, CT; her sisters, Sheryl Leone and her husband Tony of Southington, CT, Corrine Bock and her husband Larry of Vernon, CT and Robin Rice-Nardi and her husband Jack of Mansfield Center, CT; her nine grandchildren, Jessica, Nathan and Sarah Fall, Evan, Sophie and Hannah Gerardi, and Jordan, Kara and Emily Reutter; and many brother and sister-in-laws; nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate a Memorial Mass at St. Peter Chapel, 1701 Indian Creek Pkwy, Jupiter, FL 33458 on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 in St Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St., Putnam, CT at 12:00 noon. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Kathy’s memory be made to St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St., Putnam, CT 06260 or St. Joseph Church, P.O. Box 487, Dayville, CT 06241 . For Memorial Guestbook, visit www.GilmanAndValade.com