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Palm Northwest Mortuary & Cemetery

6701 North Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

OBITUARY

Kathryn A. Di Rosario

July 10, 1955February 3, 2020
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It is said, a military spouse always promotes one rank ahead of their serving military member. To that end, on 3 February 2020 Brigadier General “USAF Retired” Kathryn Ann Di Rosario, age 64, faded like soldiers do from the battlefield of life. After 41 years of honorable and faithful service to our country, while retired in Las Vegas, she was surprisingly and viciously attacked by the scourge of Ovarian Cancer. Not to be overwhelmed, not to go gently into that good night, Kathryn rallied her forces to lead a dynamic, strategic, and last full measure, defensive campaign. For five years, Kathryn boldly rode into the mouth of hell, storming the enemy with shot and shell, yet when the smoke cleared, she is one of those who will fight no more, forever. One of those whose glory will never fade and we will honor the charge she made.

She was a daughter of the City of Boston and a graduate of its Mission Hill neighborhood; true believer in the original parquet floors of the Garden where Larry, Kevin, and Robert reigned; religious devote to the taste of Fenway Franks and the power of the Monstah; servant to the truth that skating like Orr only requires a leap of faith; and finally an awed spectator of the miracles of a guy named Tom and a Coach named Bill.

She is survived in legacy by her husband Col.(Ret.) Joseph Di Rosario USAF; her sons Major Joseph Di Rosario and Nicholas Di Rosario; her daughter in-law Jennifer Di Rosario; Two beloved grandchildren Zachary and Anthony Di Rosario; her sister Mary Ellen Di Rosario and her husband Jack; a dear nephew Brian Di Rosario; and a host of loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and longtime friends from around the world. A wake will be held at Palm Northwest Mortuary at 6701 N. Jones Blvd from 5pm to 8pm on Wednesday 12 February, 2020. On 13 February at 10 am a funeral mass will be held at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in North Las Vegas with internment to follow at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Boulder City, NV. The family asks that in lieu of flowers please make a donation in her name to the American Cancer Society or the Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas, NV.

  • FAMILY

  • Patrick Loughran, Father (deceased)
  • Mary Loughran (Rooney), Mother (deceased)
  • Joseph Peter Di Rosario, Husband
  • Joseph Di Rosario, Son
  • Nicholas Di Rosario, Son
  • Tommy Donohue, Brother
  • Mary Ellen Di Rosario, Sister
  • Jimmy Loughran, Brother (deceased)
  • Pitter (Patrick) Loughran, Brother (deceased)
  • Jackie Loughran, Brother (deceased)
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Joseph Di Rosario, Pallbearer
  • Nicholas Di Rosario, Pallbearer
  • Jack Di Rosario, Pallbearer
  • Billy Di Rosario, Pallbearer
  • Brian Di Rosario, Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Committal Service Thursday, February 13, 2020

Memories

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Lori DeRoo

February 16, 2020

My dear, sweet friend Kathy,

I couldn’t possibly share just one memory, when you left us with a treasure trove of special moments. So I will simply say thank you for blessing my life with your endless grace, wit, kindness and spiritual guidance.

Your boys, Joe , Nick and Joey did you proud by being so stoic in giving you such a tender and loving send off in escorting you to your next journey.

To of had you as a loving mentor was truly a divine gift. You will always be our “moral compass” and because of that we (will try) to never feel lost...

I will always be inspired and in awe of your courage and strength in fighting the good fight with your unwavering faith.
I think I will miss our chats the most “HOWEVER” now I will just look to the heavens and converse.
I will love and miss you forever until we meet again on the other side of the stars....

Love,
Lori (the board licker)

Michael Medlin

February 12, 2020

Kathy, Life is a roller coaster and although exciting, scary, and simply a lot of fun! The twists and turns come to an end and all that we have left is the memories .... those great memories. From Sking/snowmobiling in Bartlett New Hampshire to a pontoon boat ride and those amusement park rides in Sumter South Carolina to just hanging out in a hot tub as the snow fell from above in Gilford New Hampshire.......Just as those snowflakes will always fall from above the Memories you gave us will always be with us. Thanks for the memories.

Charlie Perham

February 11, 2020

Kathy was my first Air Force mom. Assigned to Shaw AFB as a first duty assignment, I had the privilege to work for Joe and get to know Kathy and her young boys. In fact, my first couch as a Lt was passed down from Kathy as she upgraded. Kathy went above and beyond in her role as a military spouse... lord knows Joe wouldn't have been so successful without her backing. She went so far as to read Air War College details into a tape recorder so that Joe could listen while running. I don't know what is funnier... listening to AWC while running, or having it be in a thick Beantown accent... either way, priceless!

I was luckier than most, as I got to see Kathy on three more assignments, working for Joe again at Langley AFB on the ACC staff and then working together at Nellis one final time. In between, I had the 'small world' experience of being Joe Juniors first commander at Davis Monthan AFB as life came full circle.

Getting to emcee promotions and retirements brings you close to those families and I always cherished my time with Kathy during those moments. She could always set you at ease with a comment or joke.

You'll be missed, Kathy... but the lives you touched are all richer for having met you. I know you'll enjoy all future Red Sox games from the rafters of Fenway...

Blessings to all,
Charlie

kathy Medlin-McSorley

February 10, 2020

Sending lots of love and prayers to all of you.

Linda Mcpherson

February 10, 2020

May you rest in peace Kathryn. RIP

Patricia Clarke O'Brien

February 10, 2020

Kathy- You will be dearly missed and I will think of you always. As far back as I can remember you were my 1'st friend in Mission Hill. I will never forget all the laughs and giggles we had as small children. Our families have been friends for years and we cherish that. You are so loved by your family and friends and will be so missed. You are cherished and you are loved. I know you are with your mom and dad and brothers. Fly among the angels friend- Love Patty

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Biography

It is said, a military spouse always promotes one rank ahead of their serving military member. To that end, on 3 February 2020 Brigadier General “USAF Retired” Kathryn Ann Di Rosario, age 64, faded like soldiers do from the battlefield of life. After 41 years of honorable and faithful service to our country, while retired in Las Vegas, she was surprisingly and viciously attacked by the scourge of Ovarian Cancer. Not to be overwhelmed, not to go gently into that good night, Kathryn rallied her forces to lead a dynamic, strategic, and last full measure, defensive campaign. For five years, Kathryn boldly rode into the mouth of hell, storming the enemy with shot and shell, yet when the smoke cleared, she is one of those who will fight no more, forever. One of those whose glory will never fade and we will honor the charge she made.

She was a daughter of the City of Boston and a graduate of its Mission Hill neighborhood; true believer in the original parquet floors of the Garden where Larry, Kevin, and Robert reigned; religious devote to the taste of Fenway Franks and the power of the Monstah; servant to the truth that skating like Orr only requires a leap of faith; and finally an awed spectator of the miracles of a guy named Tom and a Coach named Bill.

She is survived in legacy by her husband Col.(Ret.) Joseph Di Rosario USAF; her sons Major Joseph Di Rosario and Nicholas Di Rosario; her daughter in-law Jennifer Di Rosario; Two beloved grandchildren Zachary and Anthony Di Rosario; her sister Mary Ellen Di Rosario and her husband Jack; a dear nephew Brian Di Rosario; and a host of loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and longtime friends from around the world. A wake will be held at Palm Northwest Mortuary at 6701 N. Jones Blvd from 5pm to 8pm on Wednesday 12 February, 2020. On 13 February at 10 am a funeral mass will be held at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in North Las Vegas with internment to follow at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Boulder City, NV. The family asks that in lieu of flowers please make a donation in her name to the American Cancer Society or the Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas, NV.