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Kathleen A. Meyer
May 19, 1956 - April 25, 2020
Loving mother, sister and friend
Service Date: May 4, 2020
In Lieu of Flowers: to the Cancer Hope Network or the Lung Cancer Research Foundation
Obituaries » Kathleen A. Meyer
Kathleen A. Meyer (nee Grish)
Hackettstown, New Jersey
On April 25th, 2020, Kathy passed away following a week-long battle with COVID-19. She was 63 years old.
Born on May 19th, 1956, Kathy was the third daughter of Charles Grish and Katherine Grish (nee Bartolotta). Kathy spent her early childhood in Newark, NJ, before moving to Whippany, NJ in the 6th grade. As an adult Kathy would join the Air National Guard, serving for 9 years, during which time she was stationed everywhere from Kentucky to Norway. Following her time in the Air National Guard, Kathy would go on to become a legal secretary until her retirement, while also teaching college courses, reaching director level status with The Pampered Chef, and becoming a Dove chocolatier.
In 1985, Kathy married her husband, Robert L. Meyer, with whom she had two daughters, Kimberly and Stephanie. In 1991, she and her family moved to Hackettstown, NJ where she has been a resident for the past 30 years. When Robert passed away in 2004, Kathy continued to raise her girls, instilling in them the values of kindness she was known for. Kathy was diagnosed with small-cell lung cancer in 2006 and given 11 weeks to live. Despite the poor chances at survival, Kathy made it clear that she intended to beat her diagnosis and promised her daughters she would “live to be a pain in their ass” for years to come. Always the fighter, Kathy beat the odds and would go on to live an additional 13 years, and full-fill her promise to her children.
A dedicated friend, she was always the first to put others before herself, and to use her own experiences to better the lives of those around her. Following her battle with cancer, Kathy became a volunteer for the Cancer Hope Network, and connected with newly diagnosed lung cancer patients to share her story and give hope to those who, like her, were told they likely may not live. She used the rest of her free time to volunteer at hospitals, work with the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, help fundraise money for the Pet Adoption League, and to put together donations for our troops.
Kathy is predeceased by her husband, Robert; her sister, Eleanor Verdi; and her parents Charles and Katherine Grish. Kathy is survived by her two loving daughters, Kim and Steph & her wife Jaime Hurley; her brother Russell Grish and sister-in-law Edie Rella; her sister Rosalie Chan and brother-in-law Stanley; as well as many nieces and nephews.
There are no words to describe the love, kindness and happiness that Kathy brought into the lives of those around her. Never one to lose her sense of humor, Kathy taught her daughters to laugh through the hard times and smile through the sadness until the very end. A constant source of strength and love, she was the ultimate role model to her daughters, always teaching them to be kind and compassionate in the wake of tragedy. There will truly never be a better mother than Kathy was to her daughters.
Due to the current pandemic, which took Kathy’s life, in-person services will be limited, however a link will be provided to online video services for those who wish to join us at the wake, which will be held on Monday, May 4th, 2020 from 9:30am-10:30am at Par Troy Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be held at a later date, when it is safe to gather, and Kathy’s memory can be cherished in the way she deserves. We invite people to please wear purple (her favorite color), or white (the color for the lung cancer she survived), on the day of her burial, and to send her family the picture which will be put on a large display at her celebration of life.
In lieu of flowers, we invite folks to please donate to the Cancer Hope Network or the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, both of which were causes that were close to Kathy’s heart.