Katherine Kelly-Molica

Katherine Kelly-Molica

April 30, 1956 - January 22, 2011

Katherine Kelly-Molica

April 30, 1956 - January 22, 2011


Katherine Kelly-Molica
April 30, 1956-January 22, 2011

Katherine Kelly-Molica passed away peacefully on January 22, 2011 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She died at her home in Aliso Viejo surrounded by her loving and devoted husband, her family and close friends. She is survived by her husband Anthony, her mother Rita Kelly of Florida, her sisters Janet Bobby of Pennsylvania and Eileen Kilkres of Connecticut, her brothers Thomas Kelly of Colorado and Larry Kelly of Florida, three nieces and two nephews, five step-children and three step-grandchildren.

Kathy had a distinguished career in the medical field for over 30 years earning the respect, admiration, and friendships of many co-workers. Her adventurous spirit took her on many amazing journeys, but she always returned to our hearts. We will miss her incredible electric smile and sweet, caring, kind spirit.

The memorial mass will be on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, 29102 Crown Valley Park Way, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 at 10:00 AM. A reception will follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, www.jdrf.org.

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20 responses to Katherine Kelly-Molica

  1. Eileen K. says:

    My sister Kathy was a beautiful, intelligent, and adventurous woman. She had the ambition to prove herself in many spheres of life and she succeeded. She put herself through college and graduate school earning her Master’s degree summa cum laude while working full-time as an Intensive Care Unit nurse. Only close family knew that she achieved everything while battling life-threatening Type 1 Diabetes Juvenile Diabetes starting in her mid-twenties.

    She had a professional demeanor and high-level skills as a nurse and gave much-needed knowledge and comfort to patients’ families. In her business career, she was successful in writing and management in several ad agencies and pharmaceutical companies. She cared about many friends, classmates, fellow nurses, business colleagues in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California.

    She enjoyed many hobbies over the years: sewing, cooking, reading, scuba-diving. She played the piano from the age of eight. She learned horseback-riding and jumping and won ribbons in competitions. She always had a new interest, a project to work on. Her last project was learning gardening and moving back to the East coast. She was sad that she was not going to be able to do that.

    She was a beautiful baby with a happy disposition. She was the child who could make everyone laugh. She was a caring sister and a good friend. As adults we were confidantes giving each other encouragement, praise, solace.

    Kathy was an attentive aunt, knowing what her nieces and nephews wanted or needed as they grew up. She provided a sympathetic ear to my parenting efforts and gave emotional support. In her last months, she projected what her nieces and nephews would do next in their lives, knowing she would not be there to see it. She needed to know that all of us were going to be all right.

    Kathy overlooked other peoples’ faults, and seemed to see only the good in people and sometimes she suffered because of that. She did not feel sorry for herself. She fought cancer with every ounce of her strength and was trying to please and care for everyone around her even as she suffered advanced illness.

    Kathy will be missed at every family gathering; at every milestone in our lives, whenever any of us needs encouragement and love.

    She was loved by her siblings “team Kelly”, my husband Gene, and our three grown children.

    Kathy will be remembered by us all with fondness as the accomplished, generous, and loving woman who graced our lives.

    Kathy’s sister,
    Eileen K.

  2. Thank you for including us in your family and for always having a welcome place for us! I was honored to celebrate your wedding and I am very sorry to miss your memorial. Kathy, I laugh about our mutual preference for small dogs fluffiness optional and I miss you very much. I will always cherish our adventurous dive trip to Cancun–our girls’ holiday! I miss our chats–you’re in my our hearts and we’re glad you’re at peace. Lots of love and hugs to Anthony and your family, Reg, Rachel, Cooper + Chibi

    I hope to visit soon though

  3. I only had the chance to know Kathy for a little over a year. We were partners together in the Friendly Visitor program. She only told me of her struggles after a few weeks, and I was truly amazed at her loving and caring nature–to want to spend what time she had visiting others. But that was Kathy, always putting others ahead of her needs. She will be truly missed by so many because she touched their lives in a very special way. It was a blessing to have known her.

  4. Nickie Kelly says:

    My deepest condolences are sent to Kathy’s family and friends.

    Recall Kathy’s wit, wisdom and love touching the hearts of her loved ones.
    She is, no doubt, enjoying the unfolding adventure of her new way of being.
    Ever so thoughtful, her radiant spirit is present and wrapping you in love.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers,

  5. I’m thankful to have had the chance to know Kathy. Through good times and bad, she always had a positive outlook. Her gentle manner and extraordinary personal integrity will always be inspiring to me. My deepest condolences go to her family and friends.

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