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Kathleen Louise Gerardi

Posted By Wendy On April 8, 2016 @ 10:59 am In Obituaries | 19 Comments

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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

Condolences for the family of “Kathleen Louise Gerardi”

Condolence from Kerri Donovan Price on April 8th, 2016 1:29 pm

Kathy was a wonderful kind person who made me feel at home and comfortable when I started working for her and Mike at WINY. I am thankful I had the opportunity to have Kathy in my life and to the ropes of radio from her. My prayers are with Mike and the entire Gerardi family.

Condolence from Dan Jackson on April 8th, 2016 9:44 pm

Mike and family,
Our hearts are with you. A truly classy lady.

Condolence from Arlene and Larry Bellerose on April 8th, 2016 11:35 pm

Mike and family: we were deeply saddened to learn of Kathy’s passing. She was such a wonderful and loving woman. I remember many times of joy with her when our children were in St Mary’s School, and our times at Alexander’s Lake.
Our Love and Sympathies to you all. You will be in our prayers.
Arlene and Larry Bellerose
Clermont Fl.

Condolence from Peter @ Betty Aucoin on April 10th, 2016 6:19 am

Dear Mike and family we were saddened to hear of Kathys passing.
Kathy was and quiet and gentle beautiful soul. May you all find peace
With all your memories.

Condolence from John Belllerose on April 10th, 2016 9:35 am

Mike, Michele, Mark, Amy and families,

My sincere condolences on the loss of Kathy. She was a kind, caring and classy lady.

Condolence from John Belllerose on April 10th, 2016 9:36 am

Mike, Michele, Mark, Amy and families,

My sincere condolences on the loss of Kathy. She was a kind, caring and classy lady.

John Bellerose
Newmarket, NH

Condolence from Beth Salvas on April 10th, 2016 2:07 pm

My deepest sympathy to you as you mourn the passing of this beautiful lady.
I had the extreme pleasure of doing her hair for over 30 years. She was a delight to know as a person, customer, and friend.
What a joy she must be having staring into the face of God!
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Billy and Beth Salvas

Condolence from Linda Colangelo on April 11th, 2016 10:35 am

My first job out of high school was as a copywriter for WINY Radio. I worked side by side with Kathy for many years, where she served as my mentor, sounding board and friend. Kathy’s strong and unwavering faith helped me as an adult to find and establish a foundational relationship with God. I will forever be grateful for the profound influence she had in my life. My thoughts and prayers are with Mike, her children, and the extended circle of family and friends who knew and loved Kathy…and in return, were privileged to have been loved by such a special woman.

Condolence from Dee Carnahan on April 11th, 2016 12:37 pm

To the Gerardi family. I got to know Kathy in the last year or so while going to Newton, MA for a Women’s monthly Morning of Recollection. She always exuded such class, dignity, and a love of God that was something to be emulated. I wish I could have known her longer than this, but I know where she is right now — in heaven with God, who she loved so much. It is truly a great loss, but I know she is praying for her family and friends, who will miss her so much. God bless you! Sincerely, Dee Carnahan

Condolence from Terry Guertin on April 13th, 2016 8:14 am

To Michele & Michael Fall and all of the Gerardi family, my sincere condolocenses in the loss of Kathy. Sending prayers to all of you. May your cherished memories give you comfort. God bless.

Condolence from Paula on April 13th, 2016 11:51 am

I am so sorry for your loss!! Prayers go out to the family

Condolence from Tricia White on April 14th, 2016 10:28 am

We cannot express the sorrow we feel for your family’s loss and want to send our sincere condolences. We understand… I lost mom in December. Our hope is to bring you comfort!

Jesus Christ promised. “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out ” (John 5: 28, 29)

Revelation 21:4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.The former things have passed away.”

“No resident will say I am sick.”
“At that time the eyes of the blind ones will be opened and the very ears of the deaf ones will be unstopped. At that time the lame one will climb up just as a stag does, and the tongue of the speechless one will cry out in gladness.”
(Isaiah 33:24 and 35:5, 6.)

It helps me to think of the day when there will no longer be obituary columns to bring sadness, instead there may be just the opposite, announcements of newly resurrected ones… and we can welcome them back with open arms!

No matter how great the promises are, we still miss them. I miss my mom terribly every day! My husband and I were given a audio link of others who coped with the loss of a loved one and it was wonderful to receive. I’m including it for you…


Also a song I love: “He Will Call”

Our prayers are with you!
The White’s

Condolence from Shirley Ryan Harris on April 16th, 2016 8:15 pm

Shirley Ryan Harris,

Dear Ones,

The world was a better place because of Kathy….a wonderful person, a loving wife, an incredible mother, a woman of faith. Kathy always was an example to other women, and a role model for us all. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mike and the family, especially Amy who was my daughter, Melissa’s best friend all thru school. Another star has been hung in the heavens and shines ever so bright to show all of us the way home to everlasting peace.
Thanks Kathy for touching all our lives. Rest in peace and love.


Condolence from Christine Lockhart on April 18th, 2016 8:21 am

Michele, Mark and family: So very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I wish you peace at this time. Chris (Waterman) Lockhart

Condolence from Rev. Tim Gilbert on April 18th, 2016 9:17 am

To Michele and Michael Fall and the entire Gerardi Family,
My condolences to you and your family. May your many good memories comfort you at this difficult time, and may your faith give you hope and sustain you until you meet again.

Condolence from Sandra Main on April 18th, 2016 2:35 pm

Michele I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Peter & Kathy Gerardi on April 23rd, 2016 3:51 pm

Dear Uncle Mike, Michelle, Mark and Amy –

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire Rice and Gerardi families. Words cannot express how deeply saddened we are at the sudden loss of our most precious Aunt Kathy. If there was ever a saint that walked among us here on earth it was Aunt Kathy! Her life was a blessing to all that had the extreme pleasure of having her be part of their lives. She is truly by the side and in the light of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sent with sincere heartfelt sympathy and love,

Pete & Kathy Gerardi and Family

Condolence from Lea Herrick on April 23rd, 2016 4:10 pm

To the Gerardi Family

Our deepest sympathy and prayers are sent out to you. My memories of Kathy are when my mom Madeleine Gastonguay attended her bible study. My mom always spoke so highly of Kathy and would share with me that she was such a Godly woman. It is without saying that my mom and I will hold you all up in prayer during this most difficult time of loss.

Condolence from Bill and Kathy Espinosa on April 27th, 2016 7:11 am

So sorry to hear of your wife Kathy’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

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