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Church & Allen Funeral Service

136 Sachem Street, Norwich, CT

OBITUARY

Kathleen Gass

February 12, 1954October 24, 2019

Kathleen “Kathe” Special Gass, a beloved wife, devoted mother, grandmother, sister, and friend passed away peacefully surrounded by her family after a brief yet fiercely courageous battle with cancer on October 24, 2019. Kathe was born in Bainbridge, MD on Feb. 12, 1954 and grew up in Norwich, Connecticut where she married her husband of 45 years, Steven, at the Cathedral of St. Patrick. Kathe had a wide array of interests and passions that she pursued throughout her life including antiquing, gardening and social justice. She was a wonderful singer, an avid reader and a lover of nature, craft beer and cheese of all kinds. She was also a fabulous listener who forged meaningful friendships throughout her life, most recently with her co-workers at the William Backus Hospital. Kathe was many things to many people and the void she leaves is immeasurable. Her quick wit, loyalty, generosity and strength were legendary, and she will be deeply missed by all she touched. Never one to back down from a challenge, Kathe faced her final hurdle with dignity and humor informing those closest to her that she intended to laugh her way out of this mess and expected that they would help her by providing source material. In addition to her loving husband Steven, Kathe will be deeply missed by her adoring children, Eden Gass and Tara Gass-Braden (Hal), her beloved grandchild Harry Braden, her brother Kenneth Special (Lori), her sisters Cynthia Challinor (David), Pamela Adkins (Ronald) and Corinne Asselin (Wayne), her in-laws Cathleen Special and Carl Manning, her nieces and nephews, Reuben, Steven, Dylan, Robert, Whitney, Eileen, Raymond, Aidan, Daniel, Nadia and Erin, and aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her mother Dolores Grandchamp, her stepfather Raymond Grandchamp, her sister Judith Manning, her brother David Special and her nephew Matthew Special. Special thanks to the Asselin, Challinor and Zajac families who offered immeasurable assistance and comfort to Kathe in her final months. At Kathe’s request, burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. To leave an online condolence or share a memory, please visit www.churchandallen.com

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Janine Sullivan

November 15, 2019

Tara and Eden,
So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I didn't know her personally but she seemed like an amazing lady. I'm sending you some warm vibes to get you through this time.

Eden Gass

November 15, 2019

Oh Mummy. Sweet dreams, have a good sleep, sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite. Thank you for EVERYTHING and I love you FOREVER.

Eden Gass

November 15, 2019

Oh Mummy. Sweet dreams, have a good sleep, sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite. I love you FOREVER Mum.

Pat Nye

October 29, 2019

I met Kathy about 9 years ago when she came to Backus. She always had a smile on her face. If you needed help, she was always there. She was a true friend. After my retirement, we didn't talk so much, but I still kept in touch with her. So, Kathy, I want you to know you will always have a place in my heart. - Pat

Tara Gass-Braden

October 28, 2019

Tara Gass-Braden

October 28, 2019

We miss you so much already. XOXO

Lisa Special-Ambrose

October 27, 2019

So sorry to hear about Kathy you all have my deepest sympathy 🙏 I’ve attached a picture from the last time we were together😢

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY