How does one summarize the life of woman whose presence and influence was so deeply woven into the fabric of a family that few memories or milestones exist without her?
Kathryn B. Martinkovich Korcan, Monaca, began her life as the third daughter to John and Barbara Martinkovich. Born January 12, 1930, she was a 1948 graduate of Monaca High School. She worked at the “Bell” Telephone Company before she met and married Anthony Korcan of New Brighton in May of 1953. After briefly living in Rochester, Katy and Tony eventually settled in Monaca to raise their children and live-out their lives. Kay and Tony had three children: Elaine (David) DeLuco of Monaca, Michael (Chris Weber) of Chippewa, and Jeffrey (Michaela Picmanova) of Maui, Hawaii.
In the 1960’s, Kay spent her years as a homemaker; she was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She also dedicated her time to The American Cancer Society as the Regional Chairperson and always looked back fondly of her time spent with friends in Card Club during those years. Later into the 1970’s, Kay worked as a waitress, then hostess, at a few local restaurants until her retirement to care for her mother and help raise her grandchildren. Kay then became mostly known as Gram, not only to Alicia (Tom) Scarpone, Melissa (Vince) Catanzarite, Philip Farinacci, CJ Korcan, and Korrie (Doug) Peter, but to many of her grandchildren’s friends. She treasured her grandchildren and enjoyed every moment spent with them. She loved her role with them. As the years moved on, Kay then loved her role as Nana, as great grandmother to: Vincent, Gianna, Mena, and Sophia Catanzarite; to Lauren, Allison, and Nathan Scarpone; and to Jordan Korcan. Nana never missed a recital, function, or family dinner. She sincerely enjoyed being surrounded by her family. She had a special fondness for dogs; she loved growing flowers in her garden, and was never short on “helpful” advice and always kept busy. She was a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Church in Monaca. She had a vivacious personality and kind heart. She spoke to people wherever she went.
Kathryn B. Martinkovich Korcan of Monaca passed away peacefully with her angel by her side on Friday, December 14, 2018 at Heritage Valley, Beaver, spending her final couple of days in hospice care. She is preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Korcan; grandson, Philip Farinacci; her parents and siblings Joe Martinkovich, John Martin, and Helen Stauffer. She will be dearly missed by her sister, Ann Turbish; her children, grandchildren, and many special nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received at Simpson’s Funeral and Cremation Services, 1119 Washington Avenue, Monaca on Sunday, December 16th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, and on Monday, December 17th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Visitation and final prayers will be held at Simpson Funeral and Cremation Services on Tuesday morning, December 18th, starting at 9:30 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Baptist church in downtown Monaca at 10:30 am and burial immediately following in the parish cemetery.
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