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Church & Allen Funeral Service

136 Sachem Street, Norwich, CT

OBITUARY

Katherine T. Downey

June 11, 1926November 5, 2019

BRANFORD, CT – Katherine T. (Kostrisky) Downey, 93, passed from this life on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

She was born in Bridgeport, CT on June 11, 1926 to the late Efem and Frances (Krehacik) Kostrisky. On July 18, 1955 in Trumbull, CT she married her beloved husband, Roy Downey who survives her.

Katie was an energetic, loving woman with a soft spot for children and animals. She saw beauty in all of creation. A member of the greatest generation, she worked as a telephone operator during and after World War II. Katie’s finest accomplishment was the job of being a mother. Katie later worked as a home health aide, which she thoroughly enjoyed. She was known for her healing hands and as the go to person for the difficult patients. She was ahead of her time in support of women’s rights. In 1989 Katie and Roy retired and moved from their home in Madison, CT to Seneca, SC, where she became an avid golfer, a member of several social groups and a volunteer at Oconee Memorial Hospital. She loved to laugh and sing, enjoyed good conversation and a fresh, hot cup of coffee. In 2016 Katie and Roy returned to Connecticut to be closer to their family.

Besides her husband, Katie is also survived by her children; Nancy Randall (Bob) of Norwich CT, Doug Downey (Donna) of Higganum CT, Allison Bartholomew (Gene) of Chester CT and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sisters; Ludmila Golden and Helen Kostrisky. Katie’s kind spirit lives on in all she touched. She is a bright spot in the universe.

A celebration of Katie’s life will be held at the convenience of the family. To leave an online condolence or share a memory, please visit www.churchandallen.com Donations in honor of Katie’s life can be made to VNA Community Health Care or your local animal shelter.

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Emilie Ewald

November 17, 2019

So sorry to hear. What fun she was. I love this photo, it truly catches her spark. The memories of her picking up Nancy & I and also sitting around the kitchen table will be remembered always. Mine and Rob's love to you all. Nancy, if I can do anything for you, let me know.

Jan Crismore

November 15, 2019

Roy, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have many great memories of enjoyable times with you and Kate through our golfing adventures. Kate loved her golf, and added many enjoyable moments for all of us as she loved to laugh and have fun. She will always be remembered as a dedicated member of the OCC Ladies Organization.

Jan Crismore

Greg & Joy Bartholomew

November 15, 2019

We're very sorry for your loss. She was an absolute joy to be around and lit up a room. We have been blessed to know her.
Love Greg, Joy, Josh and Jason

Michele Johnson

November 15, 2019

Sorry for your loss. She was a friend of my mother's (Anne Kovach) when we lived on Voight Avenue in Bridgeport.

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Katie & Roy

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Katie, Aunt Millie, Aunt Helen

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Katie, Roy, Aunt Millie, Uncle Woody & George

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Katie & Nancy?

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Katie & golf friends

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Katie on her wedding day

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Katie & Roy

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Katie, Aunt Millie, Aunt Helen

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Katie, Roy, Aunt Millie, Uncle Woody & George

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Katie & Nancy?

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Katie & golf friends

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Katie on her wedding day

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Katie & Roy wedding, l-r Katie, Roy, Roy's mother Mary, maid of honor Aunt Helen, best man George Wilkas

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