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Katherine Primavera


Katherine M. Primavera, age 58, of Pompton Lakes, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Katherine arrived into the world in somewhat dramatic fashion on Tuesday, July 29, 1958. With not enough time to get to the hospital, Elizabeth, her mother, delivered Baby Kathy right at home with her father Bill Monahan doing his best to assist. The home where she was born was on Grace Valley Road in Butler and her parents must have believed that it took a good measure of God’s grace to help them welcome Baby Katherine into the world without the assistance of a skilled doctor.

Katherine spent her formative years in Butler and graduated Butler High School with the Class of 1976. She attended William Paterson College and, while there, she was a member of Theta Gamma Chi sorority. One night, she met a nice guy a member of TKE fraternity named Floyd Primavera. Then, shortly before finishing college, Kathy was offered a position as a Purchasing Agent at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark and she just could not resist. One could say that she didn’t get her B.S. degree from William Paterson College but she ultimately did get her M.R.S. degree from there as she and Floyd ultimately married. Floyd asked for Kathy’s hand in marriage two days before her birthday while they were out one night at Maggie’s Bar in Butler. They married on Sunday, October 5, 1980 at St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Pompton Lakes, celebrated with a reception at the former Wayne Manor, and then honeymooned in Aruba. They settled in Paterson for three years until the arrival of their firstborn Stephanie necessitated a move. They chose to move to Pompton Lakes where Kathy remained for the rest of her life.

Soon after the birth of Stephanie, Kathy returned to her job at the University of Medicine and Dentistry but only for a short time before her acute motherly instincts told her she needed to be a mom first. Soon Baby Stephanie was joined by her younger sister Nicole and her baby brother Michael. Ask any of Kathy’s three kids and they will testify to what an excellent mom she was. When her kids started attending school, Kathy quickly got involved and pitched in wherever she could. She served faithfully on the school’s PTA and on class trips. She especially looked forward to helping decorate the school halls for the annual “haunted halls” Halloween celebration, and she also served as a Girl Scout leader. As her kids got older they all cherished special times with Mom. Nicole enjoyed taking walks together, the tradition of Mom bringing her hot chocolate in bed, and going out to happy hour with her. Stephanie will always fondly recall how Kathy took her to her first New Kids on the Block concert and recently, her last. And while at Martha’s Vineyard, Kathy’s son Michael loved it when Kathy would take him to the arcade.

From a young age, Kathy loved going to the beach. In college she worked at the surf club and when her own kids were young the whole family spent summer vacations down the shore to Sandy Hook and Point Pleasant. For the past twenty years, Kathy’s whole extended family gathered every summer at Martha’s Vineyard where you could often find Kathy napping or taking a walk on the beach.

When her kids were grown, the blessing of grandchildren soon arrived. Anyone in the world would have loved to have Kathy be their grandmother! She’d get right down on the floor with them to play and enter their imaginative world. She took great delight in taking them on vacation and spoiling them with toys and ice cream lunches.

Kathy enjoyed gardening, mowing her lawn, and keeping her home in tip-top squeaky clean condition. She was opinionated and would often get into conversations with her father about politics or the latest events of the day. Above all, it seemed that Kathy never ran out of love to give. She was always sacrificing her own wants to help friends and family with whatever their needs might be. Sentimental at heart, she saved birthday cards and trinkets she received from family and those she befriended. A parishioner of St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Pompton Lakes, Kathy worked in the rectory office when her children were younger, and it’s her faith in God that sustained her through the trying days brought on by her recent illness.

Katherine is survived by her three children: Stephanie Primavera-Rowin and husband Bryan of Oakland, Nicole Primavera of Pompton Lakes, and Michael and wife Corinne Primavera of Haskell; seven grandchildren: Connor, Cooper, Cole, Carter, Madelyn, Mackenzie, and Peyton; her former husband Floyd Primavera of Clifton; a special friend Sue Miracle her parents: Bill Monahan of Butler and Elizabeth Monahan of Stockholm; two sisters: Elizabeth and husband Jack Kirrane of Weymouth, MA, and Patricia Monahan of Vernon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 4-8PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

Funeral services will be held at 8:30AM on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from the funeral home then to St. Mary’s R.C. Church 17 Pompton Ave. Pompton Lakes, where a 9:30AM Mass will be offered.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy in Katherine’s name are asked to consider the Thomas Peterpaul Foundation, 301 Windemere Avenue, Interlaken, NJ 07712, or Candlelighters NYC, c/o Barbara Zobian 345 East 73rd Street, Apt. 2L, New York, NY 10021.


Guest Book


To Floyd (Chip) and his family ?? Heart go out to you and your family at the lost of your loved one.

Tony & Alice Mendyk


Katherine M. Primavera, was one of the first people I met when I moved to Pompton Lakes on 1997. She was one of the mothers who made sure my kids were involve in sports and other summer activities. She encouraged me to go to PTA meeting and be aware of school's news and board meeting. Katherine was a second mom to my kids, she made sure she talked to them every time she saw them. When our girls grew up they were together most of school and non school days. She always complement them, spent money on their food and movies, and she made sure they always were save. Katherine was a great person, She will be missed. RIP Katherine.

Alia Attyeh


Kathy was my kitchen duty partner at all of the Primavera family events that we attended together, we had special conversations that held true to my heart. I will miss you, Rest in Peace Kathy!

Michelle Quimby


Fare well to a childhood friend from lake edenwald in butler . You left much too soon. Rest Well .

john arnold


Bill, Betsy, Patty, Elizabeth, family and friends, I am very sorry for your loss of Katherine. I wanted to be with you in person but it's just not going to be possible.

Rich Dean

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