Katherine DiBenedetto spouse of Tito

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Katherine K. DiBenedetto (Holcomb) of Middletown, devoted wife of the late Tito A. DiBenedetto, passed away peacefully in the early hours of January 7, 2023. Kathy was born on October 20, 1940 in Hartford, Connecticut to William G. Holcomb and Katherine (Koch) Holcomb. She was raised in the Forestville area and attended local schools, graduating from Bristol Eastern High School. Kathy met the love of her life, Tito when they were both just 16 years old, and they married on November 26, 1960. The young couple moved to the Westfield section of Middletown, where they raised three children and continued to reside in their home for 58 years. Kathy loved caring for her husband, children, and grandchildren, and her nurturing nature extended to her many nieces and nephews, as well as the children and grandchildren of friends. She could often be found in the kitchen preparing for holiday gatherings, and was renowned for her delicious apple pies, which she generously baked, and Tito proudly delivered to fortunate recipients annually. The celebration of Christmas Eve was a dearly held tradition for Kathy and Tito, who welcomed the extended DiBenedetto family into their warm and inviting home each year. A talented crafter, Kathy enjoyed meeting with friends and attending classes to learn new skills; she made gorgeous counted cross stitch and felted needlework projects she used to decorate her home, or frequently gifted to anyone who admired the beautiful results of her artistry. Kathy cherished her family, to whom she was a caring and generous Mom and a wonderful and giving "Non" and Grandma. Above all else, Kathy adored her husband Tito, with whom she shared over 60 years of committed marriage until his death in July 2021. Kathy gave her all to her husband, children, and grandchildren. Kathy was a communicant of St. Pius X Roman Catholic church, where she faithfully attended weekly mass with Tito. Employed as a Teller for Connecticut Bank & Trust for many years, Kathy was well-liked by her colleagues and customers, greeting each one with a smile, providing conscientious service, and ensuring her "drawer" was always balanced. As a young mother, Kathy served as Brownie and Girl Scout leader, volunteered at Van Buren Moody School, and participated in St. Pius' Rosary Alter Society. Kathy was overjoyed to become a grandmother, and happily attended every dance recital, concert, theater production, sporting event, school, and graduation ceremony for her four beloved grandchildren. More recently, she was thrilled to witness the marriage of grandson Tom to his wife Amber. Kathy was predeceased by her beloved husband, Tito. She is survived by their loving children Maria and Steve Weinberger, Tony and Laura DiBenedetto, and Loretta and Ronald Brown, Sr., all of Middletown; grandchildren, Nichole DiBenedetto, Tom and wife Amber DiBenedetto, Mary Reinsch, and Timmy Reinsch. Kathy also leaves brothers-in-law Charlie and wife Barbara DiBenedetto, and George Fazzina, sisters Betty and husband Roy Balthazard, Tricia Rice, Mary Vachon, Nancy and husband Kevin Searles, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, sister-in-law Christine Fazzina, sister Laurie Holcomb, and brothers William and Robert Holcomb, each of whom she missed dearly. She will be remembered by far too many friends and family to mention. The family extends its sincere thanks to the staff of LiveWell in Plantsville, where Kathy resided since August 2022, for their compassionate and dedicated care. Her Funeral Liturgy will be held on Friday (Jan. 13th) at 10 a.m. at St. Pius X Church, 310 Westfield St., Middletown. Burial will be in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Friends may visit with her family at Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver St., Middletown, on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, whose mission Tito and Kathy supported, or another charitable organization of your choice. To share memories or express condolences online please visit www.biegafuneralhome.com.

Published by Hartford Courant on Jan. 11, 2023.