Kathleen Ann D’Agostino (née Hellwig) of Pelham Manor passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 28, 2019, at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. She was 69 years old.
She was born on December 17, 1949 in New Rochelle, to Arline and Tom Hellwig. She graduated from Pace University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and went on to receive her master’s in special education at Manhattanville College. In 1976 she married James D’Agostino and they settled in Pelham to raise their family. Kathy was a force in the Pelham community, acting as treasurer of the Pelham Hockey Association for many years. She also served on the executive board of the Pelham Junior Skating Club and the school district PTA.
Kathy loved film, literature, museums, and music. She was fanatical about the Romantic-era poets—especially Lord Byron, John Keats and Percy Shelley. She had expert knowledge of ancient England, Rome and the Knights Templar. She favored her tea from Harrod’s, her cappuccinos from Starbucks and her wine from France. Kathy was charismatic, spontaneous and drew people close to her. She became a trusted confidant to many of her friends. Her reliability was rivaled only by her courage and strength. She was a two-time breast cancer survivor, overcoming the disease in 1988 and 2012. In addition to loving and caring for her family, Kathy adored her dogs. First, Jeanette McDougal, her Scottish Terrier, and then Isabella, her Yorkie.
Kathy is survived by her mother Arline Hellwig, her mother-in-law Antoinette D’Agostino and her three sons and their spouses: Kris and Kristen, Chase and Tanya, and Tom and Julia, as well as five grandchildren: Shilo, Chase 2, Tessa, Henry and Pilot.
A memorial will be held on September 21st, at 501 Pelhamdale Avenue in Pelham, beginning at 4 P.M. All who would like to celebrate and honor Kathy’s life are welcome to attend.
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