Obituary: Catherine Cosgrove: A Life Remembered2024






Catherine Cosgrove Westervelt: A Life Remembered


Catherine Cosgrove Westervelt: A Life Remembered

In Memoriam: A Kind and Loving Soul

With heavy hearts, we mourn the unexpected passing of Catherine Cosgrove Westervelt on May 19, 2024. A beloved daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, Katie left an indelible mark on the lives of all who knew her.

Early Life and Education

Katie was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on February 4, 1961, to Dr. Peter and Nancy Fortuine Westervelt. Her childhood was filled with love, laughter, and a deep appreciation for nature and the arts. After graduating from Waterville Senior High School in 1978, Katie embarked on a year abroad in Canterbury, England, where she embraced new cultures and broadened her horizons.

Katie’s passion for learning led her to the University of Maine at Orono, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 1986. Her thirst for knowledge continued at the School of Library and Information Sciences of the University of Pittsburgh, where she obtained a Master of Library Science degree in 1992, specializing in children’s literature.

A Dedicated Librarian and Community Member

Katie dedicated her career to fostering a love of reading and expanding access to information. She worked at various libraries, including Waterville Public Library, Belfast Free Library, and Philadelphia Free Library, where she held various positions, including Children’s Librarian and Branch Manager.

As a librarian, Katie was known for her gentle and empathetic nature, her ability to connect with children and adults alike, and her unwavering commitment to providing exceptional library services. Her contributions to the community were recognized by her active involvement in the Philadelphia Shell Club and her membership in the Parishes of Corpus Christi.

A Creative Spirit and Nature Lover

Beyond her professional life, Katie was a talented artist and an avid collector of seashells and sea glass. Her love of the ocean and its treasures began at an early age and continued throughout her life. She spent countless hours searching for shells and sea glass along the beaches, finding joy in the beauty and tranquility of the natural world.

Katie was also an accomplished folk musician, and her love of music filled her home with warmth and happiness. Her gentle voice and skillful guitar playing brought joy to her family and friends.

A Cherished Family Member and Friend

Katie was the heart of her close-knit family. She is survived by her loving brothers, Peter (Donna), Benjamin (Carol), Owen (PJ), and sisters, Sarah (Paul) and Hilda (Phil). Her three nieces, two nephews, grandniece, and grandnephew brought immense joy to her life.

Katie was also blessed with a wide circle of devoted friends who cherished her kind heart, her infectious laughter, and her unwavering support. She had a unique ability to make everyone feel loved and accepted.

A Legacy of Love and Kindness

Catherine Cosgrove Westervelt lived a life filled with love, creativity, and a deep appreciation for the simple joys of life. Her memory will forever be etched in the hearts of her family, friends, and community. Her legacy of kindness, empathy, and a love of learning will continue to inspire those who knew her.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on July 2 at Notre Dame Church of the Parish of Corpus Christi in Waterville, Maine. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Philadelphia Shell Club or the Belfast Free Library.



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