It is with deep sadness that the family of Catherine Collins Curnin announces her passing on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at the age of fifty-one.
Catherine was the wife of twenty-seven years to Mark D. Curnin of Chappaqua, New York, and the devoted daughter of John B. and Carol (Driscoll) Collins of Dighton, Massachusetts.
Catherine was the mother of four beloved children in whom she took such great pride: Connor, Declan, Ryan, and Clara. She cherished her role as a mother above all others. Her children were the center of her world, her life’s purpose, and her love for them is eternal.
Catherine, also known as Kate, was born on May 11, 1969 (Mother’s Day), in Taunton, Massachusetts, and grew up in Dighton, graduating from Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School in 1987. Kate was an excellent student, talented athlete, and held several athletic records at D-R, winning the regional state long jump medal in her senior year. She was named the outstanding scholar-athlete of her graduating class, and was inducted into the D-R Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
Kate attended Dartmouth College, where she met her beloved husband Mark, and received her B.A. degree in English in 1991. She was a 4-year member of the Dartmouth College Women’s Track and Field Team, competing in the long jump and hurdles.
After college, Kate began her career as an editor with Prentice Hall, in Englewood, New Jersey. She would later go on to work for Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster in Manhattan, and was most recently with Ballantine Books, a division of Penguin Random House. Kate earned a reputation as an excellent editor and enjoyed much success in her profession, developing lasting relationships with many colleagues, authors, and literary agents.
Catherine leaves her two devoted sisters and their spouses: Elizabeth Collins Longo and F. Scott Longo of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and Susan Collins Barnett and Tom Barnett of Exeter, New Hampshire. The three sisters remained very close as the Collins Family expanded over the years, and with their parents, enjoyed many happy celebrations, special occasions and wonderful holidays together in New York and Massachusetts. The sisters were always a source of comfort and support for one another in times of need as well. Catherine also leaves many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins who were so very fond of her, as she was of them.
Kate lived with her family in Chappaqua for over twenty years and was an active member of the community. She enjoyed helping as one of the primary "editors" for the Grafflin Elementary PTA's Publishing Center, and volunteered in the Grafflin Library. She was a Board Member of Twin Oaks Swim and Tennis Club, where her children enjoyed their summers swimming and playing with their friends. She was particularly involved in the girls’ high school lacrosse program, and served as a board member of the Greeley Lacrosse Association for several years.
Kate loved growing up playing sports, and excelled in field hockey, as well as track and field. As a parent, she took such pleasure in all of her family's accomplishments, watching and cheering for her children as they pursued their personal passions, from sports, to music and computers. She was especially supportive of female athletes, and was often see cheering for the women's high school teams at local events.
Kate was a very giving person and often patronized local charities, attending auctions, and bidding generously, (in some cases against Mark's own bid!). She delighted in sharing the winnings by hosting dinners and parties with families and friends.
Kate continued a lifetime connection with many caring, loyal friends whom she adored, beginning in childhood and continuing throughout the different phases of her life. She was beloved by many as a wonderful friend and neighbor, always willing to help when needed.
Catherine has always treasured books and enjoyed watching her favorite classics on PBS. An avid reader and literary professional, she was the de facto leader of a Chappaqua book group consisting of several other local mothers. Her friends relied on her for book recommendations and insightful comments from deep reading and professional critique. She was highly respected for her intelligence and knowledge of literature.
Kate was a fabulous hostess, and loved nothing more than hosting Chappaqua friends for the holidays, for Halloween, and especially for St. Patrick’s Day.
Despite living in NY for nearly thirty years, Kate remained a devoted fan of "her" Red Sox and NE Patriots. She loved sharing that fandom with her father, nephews and other Massachusetts family and friends, as she faithfully watched, wearing her Boston gear and unabashedly sharing her enthusiasm with whomever might lend an ear. Kate loved all things New England, especially spending time with family on Nantucket and in Egremont.
Kate adored her pets, especially her dogs, Nellie, Scout, and Stella. Above all, she cherished her family.
Catherine will forever be deeply missed by all who loved her so very much.
If desired, or in lieu of flowers, donations in Catherine’s memory would be gratefully accepted to SPCA of Westchester, Briarcliff Manor, New York or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
A private graveside ceremony for close family will be held on Tuesday, January 19th at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Somerset, Massachusetts.
A celebration of Kate’s life for extended family and friends will be held at a later date in the Chappaqua area, when it is safe to do so.
Arrangements by the Hathaway Community Home for Funerals, Somerset.
To leave a message to Catherine’s family, please visit www.hathawayfunerals.com
SPCA of Westchester
590 N State Rd., Briarcliff Manor NY 10510
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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