Kathleen Deegan Gottsegen

March 15, 1952January 11, 2020
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Kathleen Deegan Gottsegen passed away in Boynton Beach, FL on January 11th after a hard-fought battle with respiratory distress. She was born in New York City and raised on Long Island, New York. Kathleen was the oldest of 7 children to the late Thomas and Patricia Deegan. She married Cory Gottsegen in 1980 and relocated to South Florida, where she had 2 children, Patrick and Regina Gottsegen. She was a daycare provider and a family service counselor at Dorsey-Smith Funeral Home, where she worked for many years before her retirement. Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Patricia, her in-laws, Ruth and Jerry Gottsegen, and her son, Patrick. She is survived by her loving husband Cory, her daughter Regina, her grandchildren Deegan and Kinley, and her siblings Thomas, William, Richard, Genevieve, Elizabeth, and Gerard. Kathleen was a loving and caring person, devoted to her immediate and extended family members and friends. She should be remembered by her sense of humor and positive spirit that she exuded throughout her life. To know her was to love her, and she will be sorely missed. Funeral services for Kathleen will be held on Thursday from 6:00 - 8:00PM, where her life will be celebrated on Friday at 2:00PM. Kathleen will be laid to rest immediately following at Dorsey-Smith Memory Gardens Funeral Home.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Visitation Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Prayer Service Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Committal Service Friday, January 17, 2020


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Barbara Steinberg Rosefield

January 23, 2020

I went to school with Kathy in Levittown
Kathy had a way of making everyone around her feel cared about and that was because she really did care for everyone around her she had a giant heart and a shining spirit
She always had her beautiful smile and an incredible sense of humor her strength courage and loving heart was something to behold Kath you will be missed dearly

Joan Digiglio

January 22, 2020

To all the Deegans. Just heard of the horrible news. What a shame. My thoughts will be with you all

Sarah Deegan

January 18, 2020

My favorite memory of my Aunt Kath was when my parents and I with my cousin Christine drove down to Florida to visit with Aunt Kath and Uncle Cory and spending the week with them and also celebrating the new year with them! I will forever miss my beautiful Aunt Kathleen.

Frank & Carol Hogan

January 16, 2020

Before Carol & I were married, we use to baby sit all seven of the Deegans at their Levittown home on Carnation Road. Kathleen was the only one we didn’t have to worry about. Tom & Pat paid
us with tea and pastries. I used to go to the dairy with Tom to pick
up a case of milk which would last just a few days. The entire Deegan family was priceless. We only wished our future family
would be as close Kathleen and all her siblings.
We will miss Kathleen’s wonderful sense of humor and great smile which she inherited from her parents.
We cannot forget the famous picnics at Eisenhower Park.
All our love forever.



To Kathleen Deegan Gottsegen, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Kathleen, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Kathleen really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

      Kathleen was born on March 15, 1952 at Brooklyn, NY in New York, NY. Her parents were Thomas and Patricia Deegan. Kathleen was raised in Levittown, NY. Even as a child, Kathleen had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. She was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, she succeeded in entertaining her entire family.

      Always a good playmate, Kathleen was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family squabbles. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Kathleen managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Kathleen was raised with Six siblings. Thomas, William, Richard, Genevieve, Elizabeth, Gerard.

      All of Kathleen's playful good humor carried over into her childhood. She was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed her to be constantly on the go. As a result, Kathleen experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited her very well. She took part in field hockey. In her spare time she liked taking care of siblings.

      Ask anyone who knew her from school and they would tell you that Kathleen was a class “cut-up.” She didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Kathleen simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of her friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Kathleen, grades may not have been the most important thing to her, but she really did enjoy her school experience. Since experience was Kathleen's best teacher. She enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Kathleen graduated from Division Avenue High School in Levittown, NY in 1968. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      Kathleen reveled in her college years, where her imagination could run free. She was viewed by many of her classmates as being a creative, artistic person. Kathleen was usually found at the center of things, whether it was during class or in extracurricular activities. She was a jovial person who loved to share her passion for fun with others. But for Kathleen, life was not a case of all play and no work. Kathleen relished the task of putting her imagination to work in class. She was able to discover new and different ways of answering problems and creating unusual and different solutions. She earned her degree from Long Island University in Special Education. She also pursued graduate school, earning her BA.

      Kathleen never actually encountered a stranger in her dealings with people. She was drawn to individuals and crowds, using her gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate her audience. This quality allowed Kathleen to continually develop new relationships, ever widening her circle of friends. Kathleen delighted in her role among all her acquaintances, because she viewed them all as potential spectators for her performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Kathleen was always right at home putting on a show among her friends. Kathleen utilized her interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, some of her best friends were Jacqueline Bona (best friend) and Elain Weager. Kathleen loved sharing life and having her home filled with people she knew.

      The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Kathleen very easy to approach. Bernard's Church of Levittown, NY. She tried hard not to impose on her spouse. She was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

      Perhaps the reason Kathleen related so well to children was the fact that she never really completely grew up herself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped her in raising her own children. Kathleen was blessed with two children, one son, Patrick and one daughter Regina. They were also blessed with two grandchildren, Deegan Hargrove, Kinley Hargrove. Kathleen had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Kathleen's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian, and she could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. She could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Kathleen had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

      At work, as in life, Kathleen was a real “people person.” She had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and her enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Kathleen liked to see herself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Kathleen was an adaptable realist, using her common sense and trusting her experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Kathleen's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around her to see Kathleen as an excellent problem solver. Her primary occupation was Special Need Coordinator. She was employed for 20 years by Anchor School.

      Kathleen enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Kathleen liked creating and making things. Her favorite pursuits were cooking and sewing. Kathleen was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Kathleen had an endless appetite for new and different activities. She was always ready to join in the fun and add her flair and energy to an organization. Because of her personality, her humor, and her ability to get along with everyone, Kathleen's service was greatly valued by the organizations to which she belonged. In college, Kathleen joined the special needs clubs for the kids.

      A generous person who often wore her heart on her sleeve, Kathleen often found herself involved in activities she deemed important. She was charitable, kind and giving, qualities that made her a natural volunteer. Politically, Kathleen was Republican.

      Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Kathleen recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. She was a member of St Matthew Catholic Church for 20 years.

      Kathleen was a lover of animals and cherished her pets, enjoying them almost as much as she enjoyed being around other people. One of Kathleen's favorites was one dog. They were best friends for 12 years.

      Kathleen believed that you had to experience life, and her life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in 2010, Kathleen took it in stride as one more way to have fun. Her new life involved the Dorsey-E. Earl Smith Funeral Home in Lake Worth, Florida. With her boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Kathleen remained busy with people and projects. Even in retirement, Kathleen continued to stay in touch with her old friends and, since she'd never met a stranger, she made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

      Kathleen passed away on January 11, 2020 at home from gene deficiency. She is survived by Cory her husband, Regina her daughter and two grandkids. Services were held at Dorsey-E. Earl Smith Funeral Home. Kathleen was laid to rest in Lake Worth Memory Gardens.

      Kathleen brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Kathleen Deegan Gottsegen lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.