Kathleen Carol Cassara

May 28, 1944 - January 9, 2024

Kathleen Carol Cassara passed peacefully from this earthly life on Tuesday, January 9, 2023. She was a resident of Williamsburg, Virginia. She was born in New York City to Italian immigrants and was proud of her Italian-American heritage. She lived most of her life in Hicksville, NY. In 2013, she moved to Williamsburg to marry the love of her life, Ben Cassara.

She worked in several settings as a bookkeeper. She enjoyed acting and had some small roles in film and TV. She was an avid reader who participated and led book clubs, enjoyed meetups, traveling, and creating art in many forms. She was an expert Scrabble player and could beat just about anybody. In the last few years she became an accomplished baker and loved to entertain. She was quite talented at technical and mechanical things and would work diligently to solve related problems no now matter how long it took. She did not give up easily. She was a generous, loving, and talented woman with a great sense of humor and a hearty laugh who will be greatly missed. She was devoted to her family and they could always count on her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mario and Concetta Pane; her first husband, Clifford Brown; her second husband, Ben Cassara; and her beloved kitty, Yo-Yo.

She is survived by her son, Kenneth Brown and wife, Rachel; her beloved granddaughter, Chloe; her sister, Angela Pane Stroup, and husband Thomas; her brother, Charles Pane and wife Pamela; and several nieces, nephews, and many friends.

The family wishes to express deep gratitude to Kathy’s friends and neighbors who aided her during her illness: Lois, Susie, Jane, Norma, Kristie, and Annette were amazing helpers.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made to Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease Foundation: https://cjdfoundation.org/donate/
in hopes that more can be learned about this rare and incurable disease.


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  • January 22, 2024
    Cally says:
    I was VERY shocked to hear of Kathy's passing. I met her at Bible study and she was committed to learning HIS word. I enjoyed following her on Facebook with her baking and artistic talents. Sincere condolences to her family... 1 Corinthians 5:3

  • January 16, 2024
    Hopes and experiences. Kathy was my 1st best friend! trustworthy friend with a quick lighthearted laugh.We were both in the Senior play, but Kathy pursued acting as her avocation in addtion to her job.We renewed our friendshipend with phone calls and a lu says:
    Kathy Pane became my friend while waiting in line at Hicksville Jr Highschool for our 9th grade class schedules. I was the oldest of 6 at home. I mostly visited at Kathy's house, where she was the middle child. It was quieter there, and Kathy had her own room. There we shared our teenage

  • January 16, 2024
    Tom Strode says:
    Kathy always had a good outlook on life and added to our Hospice started bridge group. She will be missed.

  • January 13, 2024
    Helena Shayer says:
    Kathy was funny, wise, a great listener, true friend, with the most infectious laugh, who loved her family beyond measure. I feel truly blessed to have known her and will remember her with deep affection.