Kathleen M. McCabe, 79, of Springfield, N.J. passed away on April 16, 2018.
Kathy will be profoundly missed by her beloved husband of 51 years, Stephen, and her devoted daughter, Kathleen Ann of Denver, CO. She was predeceased by her parents, the late Louis and Marie Nargi.
Born in Newark, Kathy was a graduate of West Side High School, Newark State College and Kean College, where she earned a masters degree in education. She was a teacher and learning disabilities consultant for Linden Public Schools for 37 years. In the 1980s, she won a ground-breaking grant to use computers to teach special needs students.
Kathy had a contagious enthusiasm for life. She adored wire fox terriers and was loved throughout her life by Chester, Harry, Cooper, Spencer and Phineas. Kathy rarely had time to sit still. Following her retirement, she designed award-winning jewelry for Dream of Italy Designs. She recently created Tubes of Life jewelry to benefit bladder cancer research. Kathy loved to play tennis and pickleball, cook, make wine, travel and volunteer with the Artists Mentoring Group.
She made dozens of trips to Italy with her daughter, the host of the PBS travel series Dream of Italy, and is featured in an episode about their ancestral hometown Castelvetere sul Calore. Kathy was devoted to the town’s patron saint Madonna delle Grazie.
Visitation will be on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bradley Smith and Smith Funeral Home, 415 Morris Avenue in Springfield, NJ. The Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 11:15 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church, 50 Short Hills Avenue in Short Hills, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Attn: Emily Carter, 885 Second Ave, 7th Fl., New York, NY 10017 or to American Fox Terrier Rescue, 2564 43rd Avenue S., Saint Cloud, MN 56301. For more info, or to send condolences to the family, visit www.www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com