Obituary: Kathryn Bevacqua, Valued Community Member And Educator 2024

Remembering Kathryn Bevacqua, a Devoted Mentor Public Servant

Obituary: Kathryn Bevacqua, a Pillar of the Mentor Community

Kathryn Bevacqua, a longtime Mentor resident and beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2024, at the age of 96. Her life was marked by an unwavering dedication to her family, her community, and her passions.

Early Life and Education

Born on July 17, 1927, in Wooster, Ohio, Kathryn grew up in a loving family and graduated from Mayfield High School. Her early years shaped her hardworking nature and her love for learning.

A Career of Service at Mentor Public Schools

After starting a family, Kathryn embarked on a fulfilling career as a secretary at Mentor Public Schools. For three decades, she diligently supported the school system, providing administrative assistance and contributing to the education of countless students. Her dedication and unwavering work ethic left a lasting legacy.

Hobbies and Passions

Beyond her professional commitments, Kathryn had a zest for life and a wide range of hobbies. She found joy in gardening, creating beautiful flowers and vegetables in her own backyard. Her crocheted creations were cherished by her loved ones, and her baked goods were legendary. Music filled her home, and she loved spending quality time with her children and grandchildren.

A Cherished Family Legacy

Kathryn leaves behind a family who will forever treasure her memory. She is survived by her children, Ross (Trish) Bevacqua, Bob (Joanne) Bevacqua, and Mary Ann (Don) Marsh; six grandchildren, Tim (Britt) Bevacqua, Laura (Eric) Vaughn, Nikki (Mike) Fay, Rob Bevacqua, Donny (Hallie) Marsh, and Andy (Colleen) Marsh; and 15 great-grandchildren. Her husband of 71 years, Ross J. Bevacqua, and her brother, Robert Zeman, preceded her in death.

Memorial Service and Legacy

A graveside memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at 11:30 a.m. at Mentor Cemetery (section 27) to honor Kathryn’s life and legacy. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Mentor United Methodist Church (

Kathryn Bevacqua’s unwavering spirit, love for her family, and dedication to her community will be forever remembered. She leaves behind a legacy of service, kindness, and a love of life that will continue to inspire generations to come.