D'Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel

30 Carter Street, East Hartford, CT


Gayle Lynn Katz

December 21, 1944November 26, 2019

Gayle L. “Katzy-Momma” (West) Katz, 74, of East Hartford, loving wife of 50 years of the late Julian D. Katz, died Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center, Hartford. Born in Worcester, MA on December 21, 1944, a daughter of the late Anton and Doris (Latroverse) West, she had been a resident of East Hartford for the past 52 years. A devout Catholic, Gayle was a faithful communicant of Our Lady of Peace Church, East Hartford and a member of their Thursday’s Bible Study. A talented crafts individual, “Katzy-Momma” liked drawing, painting, knitting, and crocheting personalized items for her family and friends to enjoy. She was also known for baking, cooking, and decorating for all the seasons, but especially for the holidays. She was an avid reader and loyal fan of the Pittsburg Steelers who also often watched “Judge Judy”. Most of all, Gayle was a proud homemaker who took great pride in her home and being a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Gayle is survived by her two sons, Jeffrey K. Katz and his significant other, Haydee Rivera, of Wethersfield, Mark A. Katz and his wife, Carolyn, of Pembroke Pines, FL; six cherished grandchildren, Ashley Katz of Hartford, Stephanie Katz of East Harford, Jeffrey Katz, Jr. of East Hartford, Avery Katz of Springfield, MO, Michael Katz and David Katz both of Pembroke Pines, FL. She also leaves five brothers, Buddy West of California, Jim West of California, Steve West and his wife, Cyd, of Pennsylvania, Norman West and his wife, Anita, of Colorado, Jonathan West of Texas; three sisters-in-law, Doris Mernick, Judy Blumenfeld, and Sonia Rubin all of Pittsburg, PA; many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Besides her beloved husband and parents she was predeceased by a brother, Billy West of Atlanta, GA. Funeral service will be Saturday (November 30, 2019) at 10:30 am from the D’ESOPO-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11 am at Our Lady of Peace Church of St. Edmund Campion Parish, 370 May Road, East Hartford. Burial will follow at Silver Lane Cemetery, East Hartford. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home chapel on Saturday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gayle’s name may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit www.desopoeh.com.


  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


  • Calling hours Saturday, November 30, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, November 30, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, November 30, 2019


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Library Volunteer Fire Company L.V.F.C.

December 7, 2019

A donation sent to St.Judes Children’s Hospital in memory of Gayle Lynn Katz. RIP

Steven West

December 7, 2019

Thanks to Jeff and Mark for sharing photos and eulogy of your Mom’s memorial service. We grieve with you more than you may know. We also celebrate a life well lived. A loving wife, mother and grandmother who’s faith brings hope that we will all see one another again.
With love a donation sent to St. Judes Hospital in sister Gayle’s memory.

Meg West Braymer

December 4, 2019

I was very sad and sorry to hear of my Aunt Gayle’s passing. I will always cherish my memories of her. She was a wonderful pen pal to me when I was a child in Pittsburgh; always sending the most thoughtful, handmade cards and letters (some of which I still have) from Connecticut. We also shared a special bond with being the only ‘West girls’ in our respective families full of boys.

My thoughts are with her and her family during this tough time; she will be missed dearly.

With love,
Meg West Braymer & family

Maryellen Poulin Schubach

December 3, 2019

To Jeff, Mark and family,
I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. You are in my thoughts.

Richard West

December 1, 2019

Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you. Aunt Gayle was an extremely thoughtful person. Her custom beautiful wedding card to us was one of my favorite things to have received. She will be missed by us all.

Richard, Bethany, Cole and Ryder West

Steve A. West

December 1, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Aunt Gayle was loved and will be greatly missed.

Steve, Jenn and Maddie

Drew West

December 1, 2019

My condolences for your loss. My thoughts are with you. Aunt Gayle will forever remain in our hearts and minds, and the love for her will never die.

"Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure... You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure"


Eric and Barbara Wallace

November 30, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with the family. Donation to be made to St Jude in Gayle’s honor.
Eric and Barbara Wallace
Whitney, Tony and Jamie West

Linda Latraverse wheelock

November 29, 2019

Sorry to hear of Gayle’s passing. She was a very loving ,talented lady
Cousin Linda LaTraverse Wheelock