Katherine “Kathy” R. (nee DeSimon) McGovern, 74, passed away Thursday night surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer. She was born September 30, 1937 in Jersey City. Katherine grew up in North Bergen and was a graduate of Union Hill High School and the Berkeley School of Business in Manhattan. In 1958, Katherine married the love of her life William P. McGovern and moved to Union where they raised their 5 children. When her children were school aged, she worked as a secretary and office assistant at the American Lung Association for more than 12 years. She was a loving and caring mother and wife. She lived her life to the fullest and always had a smile on her face. Kathy and Bill recently celebrated 50 years of marriage and enjoyed a wonderful party with family and friends. In addition to raising her five children, she volunteered in any and all activities that involved her children. She was a caregiver to many and her door was open to all. Kathy enjoyed their summer home in Surf City, Long Beach Island, where her whole family would frequently gather. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Union for more than 50 years and most recently of St. James Catholic Church in Springfield. Predeceased by her parents Anthony J. and Katherine DeSimon; She is survived by her devoted husband, William P. McGovern, her children, William P. McGovern Jr., Katherine DiFranco and her husband Thomas of Watching, Susan Scalgione and her husband Michael of Manalapan, Hillarie Scannelli and her husband Michael of Hillsborough, Brian A. McGovern and 10 loving grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Joseph and his wife Lillian DeSimon of Oradell, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 10:15 am at St. James the Apostle Church, Springfield. Interment Hollywood Memorial Park. Visiting will be held on Sunday 2-4 & 7-9 pm at the Bradley Smith & Smith Funeral Home, 415 Morris Ave, Springfield. In lieu of flowers donations in Kathy’s name may be made to the Springfield Volunteer First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 247, Springfield, NJ 07081 or Surf City First Aid Squad, 713 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City, NJ 08008.
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