Deaths Death Notices
SCIAPPA, Katharine Rachel
Schiappa - Katharine Rachel A service celebrating Katharine Rachel (Swain) Schiappa, age 57, will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, in Green Cove Springs, FL. The eldest of four children, Kate was born on her father's birthday, September 16, 1959 in Buffalo, NY. Kate grew up in Williamsville and graduated from Willy South High School. Combining her love of art and desire to help people, Kate became an Occupational Therapist with a degree from University of Buffalo. Kate used these passions to invent tools and exercises to better the lives of those she helped.
Kate was passionate in all she did.
Kate and her husband Ron (Zo) met as juniors in high school. After attending college in different states and pursuing separate paths, Kate and Zo married and have spent the past six years together in marital bliss. After a rigorous hard fought fight with ALS, beloved wife, daughter, sister and mother Katharine passed at home in her sleep April 7, peacefully and without suffering with Ron at her side. Kate is survived by husband and soul-mate Ron Schiappa, parents Susanne and Alan Swain, siblings Christine, Sally and Peter, three children and her six nieces/nephews. Her wish to be interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, NY will be honored and her life celebrated at a later date. Please make donations to ALS Association Florida Chapter, Inc. and St. Mary's Episcopal Church.