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Kathleen Theresa (Rafferty) Petrocco

November 16, 1982July 14, 2019

Our Katie (or Kate), took care of everyone and everything around her. Whether she was raising funds and awareness for the fight against epilepsy, organizing fundraisers for the dance and football teams, or coordinating family holidays, Katie did it all with passion, purpose, and pride. She took such joy in throwing parties for others with festive decorations, ridiculous bounce houses, and way, way too much food. She was at her best when helping others celebrate and enjoy life. It is no surprise that Kate’s last professional title was Victim Advocate. She was always a voice for the voiceless, and a tireless advocate for those with disabilities.

Kathleen Theresa Rafferty Petrocco was taken far too soon on July 14, 2019. She leaves behind her ultimate pride and joy, her children Dominic and Sophia. Katie was also an adored aunt of Rose, Patrick, and Claire, the beloved sister of Danny (deceased 9/14/17) and Moira, and devoted sister-in-law to Emily and Brian. She herself was the pride and joy of Eileen and Gerald Rafferty. Loved also by the May Family, Sheila Fitzsimmons and Gregory Aldridge, and our O'Connor cousins.

To know Kate was to stand in sunlight, if only for a moment. She had an incredible, loud, full laugh and a smile that could light up a stadium. She was beautiful, stunningly so. An avid reader, Katie devoured books in mere hours and loved nothing more than a good debate around the dinner table. A true competitor, no one would ever call Kate a ‘gracious loser,’ which made it all the more fun to go against her in Scrabble, horse, or soccer. We will miss those joy-filled family battles with her that brought out the best in us.

Katie was loved by so many, and brought joy and love to others wherever she went. Her passing has undoubtedly left this world a little darker. But those of us who knew her will carry on her light and her memory, and will help raise her children to know what a force their mother was, and remains. We love you, Kate, now and always. Oh, and Kate, we found the Q.


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Nichol Chacon

July 25, 2019

I have not seen Kate for a very long time, but we stayed in touch through social media once we found one another.

Whenever I think of her, the most predominant things are laughter and smiling. She was always happy and upbeat, always. Her optimism and smile were infectious, even when faced with difficult situations.

I worked with her at Victoria's Secret a very long time ago. I always scheduled her to work on my shifts because:
A) She was a hard worker and so loyal to me as her manager. When others would let me down she would always come help me out. It wasn't the greatest of jobs in that dying mall but whatever task she was given she gave 100% and then some.
B) She made the time go by much faster because we spent our days laughing and cracking jokes. She was smart, so witty and I adored her for it. She always had me in stitches.

I will always remember her this way no matter what. My life is better to have had her in it, I was so happy to reconnect with her and see how well she had done for herself. She was such an intelligent, bright and beautiful girl - inside and out.

My heart truly aches about what she's had to endure and what she's been through. My prayers go out to the Rafferty's and to both of Kate's children. I hope it offers you the smallest bit of consolation to know how much she was loved and by so many. The world is definitely darker place without her in it.

Cheers to you Katie and I hope your beautiful soul is in a better place and at peace.

Mary Backhus

July 24, 2019

I remember sweet Katie when she was in grade school, always shining, smiling. We knew her family well and have missed them. God bless you all. Prayers are going up from Shepherd for all of you.

Laurie Janak

July 23, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of this tragedy. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Kates children, as well as the rest of her family. God Bless❤️

Cindy Bruner

July 23, 2019

My heart goes out to all of the Rafferty clan at this very sad time. I only hope that cherished memories of her vivacious spirit will somehow give you comfort.

Cynthia Vannucci

July 21, 2019

When I think of Kate (Rafferty) Petrocco, I am reminded of brilliance. A brilliant and radiant smile and a brilliant mind of a woman whose life was far too short.
I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Katie Rafferty when she came in search of a major that would suit her distinct career goals! It didn’t hurt that Eileen, her mom, was by her side encouraging her to investigate our events division in the hospitality department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. I was never sure that Kate came into the office eagerly, but she was there and her questions about the course work had clarity of thought behind them! It amazed me just how bright she was for such a young person changing universities. I can say, as her professor, she was a pleasure to teach and was never without a question, a thought on process or concept, and her occasional challenges delighted me! In keeping with Kate’s love of family, her education even included guest lectures by her dad Gerry in the hospitality law class!
Katie was always inclusive in her efforts as President of our student club or traveling to Europe to study with other MSU Denver hospitality students. Always the coordinator of activities at home and abroad! She was the consummate event planner and fundraiser and I was happy to see her carry this passion into her volunteering and mothering rolls. She always made me proud to call her a graduate of our program and later-on my friend.
My husband Peter and I extend our heartfelt sympathy to the Rafferty Family.
In loving memory of Kate,
Cynthia Vannucci and Peter Henkel

Elizabeth Mullervy

July 20, 2019

My treasured memories of Katie are many! As I think of a few with a huge smile on my face and laughter in my heart and soul, is how I feel thinking of sweet Angelic Katie! My favorite memory is when Katie began working I believe in High School at Victoria Secret at Southglenn mall. She told me Rafferty was not crazy about her new part time job! As I myself was shopped at VS Katie asked me to please tell Rafferty it is OK for her to work there since Mrs. Mullervy often frequented VS! I laughed and said if course Katie anything for you! I can remember just passing VS in the mall seeing Katie with her Stupendous smile meeting and greeting customers, with her Immeasurable Social skills she would shout “Hello Mrs.Mullervy enjoyed a beautiful day!” She was a magnet to everyone around her! I know how my life was enriched just by having by knowing your extraordinary KATIE!!! God may her sweet soul be Rest and Peace!

Cy DeBoer

July 19, 2019

There are no words. I think of Katie as a smile. I think of the entire Rafferty family as ambassadors of kindness and joy. I think hearts are aching everywhere for this uniquely gifted and deeply loved young mother.
Again, there are no words to truly express our sorrow for the Rafferty family.
In Christ’s love and ours,
Bruce and Cy DeBoer

Gerald Santomassimo

July 18, 2019

I'm so sorry for your loss, and I know that's just not enough. It's frustrating to see a wonderful person taken too soon and not to have been in a position to help. Instead I'm reduced to offering condolences. You folks don't know me, and I didn't know Kathleen. I'm just a retired policeman who still remembers the frustration of sensing that there's something wrong, yet not being allowed to do anything. I pray that Kathleen truly is in the better place we all hope awaits us, but it all rings hollow when her time among the folks that love her is cut so short. Please, take care, and know she will be forever in your hearts.

Brooke Blanton

July 18, 2019

I met Kate right after Sophia and Dominic were born. They were my neighbors before they moved. I remember going over to the house to spend time with her and the kids ❤️ We would go shopping, play hide and seek, and cook. Watching the kids grow up was such fun and I am blessed that they and Kate have been a part of my life. It is so sad to know that she is gone for us. The memories shared are unforgettable. Kate was truly a blessing to have as a friend and a role model.

Kristi Cooper

July 18, 2019

We lived next door to the Rafferty’s! The day we moved in, Eileen and Katie, Moria came over with flowers to great us. I remember the kids, Katie, Moria, Danny, and my kids Ryan and Chelby played night games. Katie was the “Mother Hen”. Watching over the younger kids.

We missed you once you moved out of the house. You’re smile so big and beautiful! We will miss you dear sweet Katie!
Love, the Cooper’s. Jeff and Kristi