“In this world of increasing ugliness, the only true protest is beauty”. On Tuesday, June 7, the very beautiful soul of Catherine Bridget Rosler, left this world, and carved a hole so deep into the hearts of those left behind; “Kate’s” beloved husband, Jim; her adored sons, Danny and Patrick; and all the family and many friends of our angel Katie. She was the treasured daughter of the late Edward and Margaret Cummings and would’ve celebrated her 62nd birthday on June 22. As a final gift to add to the many gifts that she shared with everyone always, she showed us what it truly means to be brave and above all selfless.
Katie was a graduate of Scranton Central HS and Mansfield College. Her life took her on many adventures including sharing her joy for life with her special Ed students at camp; charming hundreds as the best waitress the Castle ever had; her crossing guard duties ,up until her illness, that brought her great joy as she watched over those little lives as if they were hers; her weekly visits with her best friend and mother in law, Rita where she spent hours laughing, cooking and watching the “soaps”; and years earlier, working for Kelly Girls and being selected to represent them in the St. Pat’s Parade and being selected as the The Scrantonian’s 1972 New Year’s Cover Girl. Both of those photos graced the front page of that paper because you see, Katie was as beautiful outside. Her smile was bright and often; her sense of humor, even through all the suffering, was ever present. She loved everyone, blessed this world with her gigantic loving heart. She is irreplaceable.
But without question, the center of her universe was the love of her life, her Jim and her sons Danny and Patrick. Her conversation was always filled with words of the pride, mother’s love, worries and joy that she had for them and Danny’s Ashley. She treasured all they shared. The love of beautiful words expressed through music, poems, hand written cards that they gave her. She was equally a brilliant note writer, sharing in turn her touching and often hysterical words that filled her cards she always remembered everyone with. Katie was a devoted fan of the Philadelphia Phillies.
In addition to her husband and sons, Katie is survived by her heartbroken sisters, Mary McCormack, Buffalo; Colleen Gaughan (Bob), Agnes Cummings, Ellen Eiden and Maggie Zaleski (Hank), all of Scranton and her much loved best friend, mother-in-law Rita Rosler, and brother-in-law Bill Rosler(Karen); over 30 nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews who are devastated by the loss and her “shadows” and best buddies Brock and Sambonie who she loved so dearly.
She was preceded in death by her angel newborn son, Paulie; her parents; her only brother Joey Cummings; brother in law Pat McCormack; father in law Pat Rosler;
Friends may call Friday at 10:30 AM in Nativity Church, St. John Neumann’s Parish, 633 Orchard Street. The mass will be celebrated at noon, immediately after the viewing.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Katie’s name to the Cure Pancreatic Research Lustgarten Foundation 1111 Stewart Ave. Bethpage, NY 11714 or the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter 967 Griffin Pond Rd. South Abington Township, PA 18411.
Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of the Vanston and James Funeral Home, Ash St. Scranton.
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