Katherine Pitts Young, 60, Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, NY – Katherine (Pitts) Young, 60, passed away on Tuesday evening, June 11, 2019, at the Jefferson County Hospice Residence in Watertown.

Born Jan. 5, 1959, in Gouverneur, New York, the daughter of Gerald Jay and Audrey (Wood) Pitts, she attended Indian River Central School. She received an associate’s degree in early childhood education from Jefferson Community College.

She worked various jobs over the years including housekeeping, secretarial work, truck driving, bartending and food service. She even picked grapes in Oregon for a time. She was also an electrician. Her most recent position before her illness was a teacher’s aide at Indian River Central School.

A marriage to Jesse Young ended in separation.

Katherine was a volunteer pre-school and Sunday school teacher.  She was known for her drive to help others, often taking in families that were in need.

She is survived by a daughter, Anna Young of Philadelphia, NY; three sons, Austin Young of Jacksonville, FL; Jacob Young of San Diego, CA; and Jared Young of Theresa, NY; her mother, Audrey Pitts of Philadelphia, NY; six siblings, Laurie Pitts of Philadelphia, NY; Louise Pitts of Evans Mills, NY; William Pitts of Florida; Ervin Pitts of Philadelphia, NY; Linda Pitts of Watertown, NY; and Rita (John) Wilm of Tennessee; as well as one grandchild, three foster grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Katherine was predeceased by her father, Gerald; a nephew, Nathan Dimon; two brothers, Frank and David Pitts as well as a sister, Karen Durocher.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. June 19, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Philadelphia with Pastor Chilton McPheeter officiating. Burial will be held in Sandy Hollows Cemetery in Philadelphia.

Memorial donations may be made to Jefferson County Hospice at 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.

Arrangements are entrusted to Northridge Cremation Chapel, 31291 Town Line Rd., Philadelphia, owned and operated by Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc.