Katherine R. Gillen

January 29, 2013  

BEAVER FALLS, N.Y.  —  Katherine R. “Kathy” Gillen, 60, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Jan. 28, at home. 

Born Dec. 1, 1952, in Lowville, a daughter of Leo and Rose Smith Hellinger, s
he graduated from Lowville Academy and Central School and obtained an associate's degree from Cobleskill. 

She worked at Climax Manufacturing in Castorland until she took a few years off to raise her children. She returned to work full-time at Beaverite for 15 years. She then became employed with CAPC in Watertown, NY and then at Watertown Eye Center.

She married Douglas A. Gillen on June 15, 1974. 

Mrs. Gillen enjoyed spending time at various casinos, bowling, reading, crossword puzzles and spending time with friends and family. She was proud being a United Way volunteer. 

She was the recipient of the Woman of Distinction Award in 2004 from the Thousand Islands Girl Scout Council for her many years of dedication. She was also the recipient of the United Way of Northern New York, Inc. Community Spirit Award in 2003.

She is survived by her loving husband and two children; a daughter and her husband, Jessica A. and Eric Moulton and their two children, Evan and Ava of Greenfield, Mass.; a son, Jeffrey A. Gillen and his companion, Elissa J. Spaulding and their children, Bella and Talon, Castleton, N.Y.; two sisters, Luann Merry, Lowville, and Carol Comins, Lowville; two brothers, William and James Hellinger, both of Lowville, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Besides her parents, she is predeceased by two sisters, Donna Tuttle and Linda Davis, and four brothers, Pete, Hank, Randy and Leo Hellinger, Jr.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at Sundquist Funeral Home with retired Minister Rev. Bruce W. Chapman officiating. Spring burial will be in Beaches Bridge Cemetery.

Calling hours for family and friends will be 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in Kathy’s name can be directed to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.

Condolences may be made online to www.sundquistfh.com.

Information provided by Sundquist Funeral Home of Lowville and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.