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Kathleen M. Sweeney

Born: Sat., Feb. 4, 1956
Died: Thu., Dec. 20, 2012

Celebration of Life


12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Wed., Dec. 26, 2012
Location: Sugar Grove Branch of McKinney Funeral Homes

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Kathleen M. Sweeney, 56, of 9740 Davey Hill Road, Tidioute, PA, passed away Thursday, December 20, 2012 at her residence.  She was born in Jamestown, NY, on February 4, 1956, a daughter of Evelyn E. (Stufflebeam) and William A. Sweeney, of  Kortwright Road, Jamestown, NY.

Kathy graduated from Southwestern High School in Jamestown, NY in 1974. She was employed  at the USDA Forest Service in Irvine at the Forestry Science Lab for the past 20 years.  She especially loved spending time on the river.  She was a lifetime member of the   AMVETS ladies auxiliary in Sugar Grove, the VFW in Tidioute  and the  Halgren-Wilcox Post 658 of the American Legion in Youngsville.  She was loved by many nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her parents and 3 sisters, Judy (Gary) Fry, of Sugar Grove, Pa;  Becky (Jeff) Wilbur, of Yukon, OK;  Marjorie (the late Scott) Roy, of Jamestown, NY; a sister-in-law Mary Sweeney, of Ashville, NY, and several nieces and nephews.   She was preceded in death by a brother, William A.  Sweeney, Jr. in  October 2012.  

Friends will be received on  Wednesday, December 26th from  
12 - 2pm.   at the  Sugar Grove Branch of McKinney Funeral Homes  where a Celebration of Life will be held  at 2 pm   with Rev. Brian Haight, pastor of Mission Covenant Church officiating.

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Bill Coddington
   Posted Sat December 22, 2012
We will all miss Kathy, she was a wonderful person and friend. We had many good times and lots of laughs together. I will miss her dearly.

Jim Battista
   Posted Sat December 22, 2012
I worked with Kathy at Philips lighting. We had our differences, but sad to see this happen to her. No one deserves to die like this. Glad the guy has been caught!

Steve, Chels, Tara and Eric
   Posted Sat December 22, 2012
Aunt Kathy, We will miss your smile and your laugh!! We love you!!

judy galati
   Posted Sat December 22, 2012
Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with the family during this most difficult time. May you have many wonderful memories. Sincerely, Dave and Judy Galati

Kathie Liffner
   Posted Sat December 22, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

Todd Ristau
   Posted Sat December 22, 2012
This is one of the hardest things I have ever faced, yet it cannot compare to what Kathy must have faced. You never expect this sort of thing to happen to someone you know, yet here we are, in an unreal situation that we need to realize has happened and now we must move forward. A lot of sadness, a sense of emptiness, maybe wondering "what if", or "if only I had done this". But there is nothing that can change what has happened.

I met Kathy back when I was a senior in college working my first summer at the Forestry Sciences Lab. Over the 21 years I have known her, I have grown to consider her not just a co-worker, but a friend. Not many days went by when we did not have some conversation. Her grief at the loss of her dog Sadie, the loss of her close friend in Florida, the struggles faced by first her brother being sick then passing, then her mother's struggles. Maybe on the outside she showed a strong face, maybe sometimes with a touch of anger, but from some of our conversations I know she cared so deeply and loved her family so much.

Nearly all of my memories of Kathy, or "The Sween" as we often called her are full of laughs. My most recent memory was asking her if she had ever seen "Deuce Bigalow Male Gigilo" the movie. She had not, so we played a clip on youtube of the part with Amy Poehler...I think tears came to her eyes as she listened and laughed. I was going to lend her my copy of this movie. Back several years ago we would talk about Seinfeld episodes and even in recent months we would still laugh and scream "Stella!!!!" like Elaine did in the episode where she took muscle relaxers. Kathy loved to laugh. So many things will remind me of her. We talked a lot about the "good old days" at the office and I think by sharing stories we kept some the fun alive that we had with folks who have retired or moved on to other jobs. Our group has changed a lot in 20 years at the research lab, but the stories live on and stories about Kathy will live on too. Of course, everyone didn't always get along, but that is human nature.

Sometimes, especially recently in the last year of so, we would talk about faith. Kathy was developing quite a respect for Mission Covenant and their work as God's hands and feet with her family by both Brian and the congregation there. An expression of love that only comes from God. She knew that was the source and I hope that in the face of such a horrible end she was able to cling to and trust the source of that love.

We may wonder how an all knowing and all powerful God can allow such horror to happen. Why does He not intervene with His power? It is a question contemplated throughout the ages. The unfortunate answer seems to be that in a fallen world where there is sin, bad will happen. When it does it is always hard to face. We must not blame God, but instead remember Him. He gave us a Savior, whose birth we celebrate right now, so that we may know that after we are gone from this life, there waits for us a room in His Father's house where we will be received unto Him.

In my mind I can see Kathy there without any pain. Her knee is fine, not swollen and painful. There are no allergies, no worries and fears. In that sense, though she is gone from us...the murderer did not win! Kathy's spirit lives on! I will miss my friend. I am sad. But in this I find a bit of relief from my sorrow. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Sweeney family and to everyone else that knew her and mourns!

Dan & Fran Kenney
   Posted Sun December 23, 2012
We are so sorry for the tragic loss of your sister. May you find comfort and peace during this sad time. God Bless you all.

Laurie Decker
   Posted Sun December 23, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go out to Kathies family and anyone that was fortunate enough to know her.

Vanessa Ross
   Posted Sun December 23, 2012
Learning of this tragedy was hard and so unexpected. We've recently discussed everything that was happening with her family, and how everyone was handling the loss of a brother and the health challenges of the other family members. No matter what she was going through, she always took the time to ensure I was ok.

Her strength is something I have admired over the years I was blessed with her friendship. We would laugh, we have shared some tears. I looked forward to the emails; they kept me going on those tough days. Who will I share my dating woes with?

My thoughts and prayers got out to Sween’s family. I know we are feeling the loss; however my belief tells me I will see my friend again.

I will always love and miss you Sween.

Your forever friend, Vanessa “Vanna White”

   Posted Sun December 23, 2012
Aunt Kathy we will all miss you. I hope to see you some day up in heaven.

Andy and Sharon Ross
   Posted Sun December 23, 2012
We will miss you "Sweenie", our times with you were great. You were the life of the party, fun, lovable, and very caring. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Mary Rodrers
   Posted Sun December 23, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

The Rodgers Family

Denny and Jenny Maze
   Posted Mon December 24, 2012
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Toby Wolfe/Jeff Carlstrom
   Posted Mon December 24, 2012
So sorry for your loss.

rose and skip sutter port orange fl.
   Posted Mon December 24, 2012
we were so sorry to hear of your loss. our thoughts and prayers arre with you at this very difficult time.

Lee & Jenny Graham
   Posted Mon December 24, 2012
We are sorry for the lose of a good friend. Our prayers are with the family.

David deCalesta
   Posted Mon December 24, 2012
I knew Kathy Sweeney as a kindred spirit when I worked at the Warren Forestry Sciences Lab. I retired over 10 years ago, but every time I returned she gave me the warmest greeting and the biggest hug. She was a true friend and I will miss her and her verve, but I will keep her alive in remembrance.

A Paraphrased Irish Lament

"Kathleen Mavourneen! awake from thy slumbers
The blue mountains glow in the sun's golden light,
Arise in thy beauty, thou star of our night.
Mavourneen, mavourneen, our sad tears are falling
To think that from thee we must forever part."

Lamentation from Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe

"O lost, and by the wind grieved, ghost, come back again."

You are lost, but not forgotten, Sween.

Jamie, Amy, Carter, & Brady
   Posted Mon December 24, 2012
My Dear Aunt Kathy~ The special relationship we had makes this so difficult. I beg for clearer memories because we shared so many amazing times together, and I want to see them more vividly than I am able. You were so beautiful to me. You cared so deeply for me my entire life, and shared that same care with my family, especially your "Doodles", Carter & Brady!

I'm sorry for the sadness you carried. We all go through so many tough things in our lives, and I'm so far away out here that I was there for you the best I could be...I really didn't truly know...

Thank you for your beautiful laugh, and being the Aunt Kathy that I'll remember. Thank you for all of the great care you gave Craig & I, and all of the wonderful things you did for us growing up. My heart is full of lovely thoughts of those times.

I'm sorry the Lord chose to take you this way, but I thank him for saving you, and I look forward to the day I get to be with you again.
All my love~and the love of my family~Amy

Wendy Jamieson
   Posted Mon December 24, 2012
Sween has been my friend for over 25 years. She is and will always be 'Queen Betty'!!!! I love you and miss you dearly my friend. You will always be in my heart!

John H. CLark
   Posted Mon December 24, 2012
I worked with Kathy at the Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Irvine, PA from August, 2004 through April, 2006. We had a lot of laughs together during that time and I still recall some of the "nicknames" we had for each other (the "Sween" and "Johnny Cat" comes to mind and still makes me smile).

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Sweeney family. Rest in Peace Kathy in the Lord's House. You are gone from us but will never be forgotten as you will live in our hearts and minds always.

John H. Clark

Gary and Anne Olson
   Posted Mon December 24, 2012
We were shocked to read in this mornings newspaper of this terrible tragedy that has overtaken your entire family... We send our sympathies and prayers to everyone.

scott hutley
   Posted Mon December 24, 2012
Kathy will be sadly missed and always in my heart

Heather Higgins
   Posted Mon December 24, 2012
Sween R.I.P. my friend. I will miss you dearly..my you be in a better place. it will not be the same without you. The Betty's will never be the same wiht you. To our True Queen Betty my you rest in peace my friend.

bert snyder
   Posted Mon December 24, 2012
uncle bill aunt evelyn judy becky marge mary and familys we are thinking of you with sincere and deepest sympathy at this awful time. kathy was such a good kid always had smile and will be missed by many. just cant express how much im thinking of you all.love u guys. ron and bert

Karla Kostkas
   Posted Mon December 24, 2012
May the angels lead you to heaven where you rest in peace
Sadly missed your friend Karla Kostkas

Jamie and Chris Molek
   Posted Mon December 24, 2012
First and foremost, You will always be loved beyond belief. I want to thank you for all the things you did for us when we were children and even adults. For some reason Sweeney would love to take me and my brother Chris, but to her she called him "Poop Stain and I was Lovey. She would take us places with her and even take us where we wanted to go. I can remember being in her Subaru and we would be singing to her Hootie and the Blowfish or Diamond Rio.
To this day I wonder why she wanted to do things with us 2 little heathens and why she loved us so much. But I am so glad she took the time for us. She was like an aunt I never had. I still laugh at the things she would let us get away with (My mom wasn't pleased) but I will always have those memories and her laughing and smiling and our songs we use to jam out to.
Every time I seen Sween I was sure to get a "HEY LOVEY", huge hug and kiss on the cheek. She would always ask about Chris and Jadyn. I am so privileged to have had those times with her and to be loved by her. She is one that I knew she genuinely and deeply loved us and nothing can take that away. Sweeney may you rest in peace and the angels take good care of you. You will forever be in my heart and memories.

Martha Bliss
   Posted Mon December 24, 2012
There are no words to express my feelings. Denial didn't work. Now horror has set in.
There should have been a sitcom titled "Sween". Seriously. Kathy could take the most mundane situation and turn it into something wildly hilarious. While her sense of humor was legendary, she was also a very caring person. I am having a really hard time thinking that I will never hear that laugh again. There is a huge void in the world as we know it that will never be filled. Safe passage, my friend. You are probably making St. Peter laugh right now. Love and miss you forever.

Becki and Keith Briggs
   Posted Mon December 24, 2012
OH MY - The shock of learning of Kathy's passing was enough for one morning at work and then I checked further in to the "news" and discovered what happened...OMG... I am still so shocked tonite at !0:15 PM almost 12 hours after learning this .... Dear, Dear Kathy, I will always remember you as the sweet individual you were, having known you since 1972 and having the blessing of your friendship all these years, I am forever THANKFUL - You are now one of GOD'S Angels and in such a better place... I will always remember you, Barb, Margie and I together so many times in those years helping each other find their way and you always the serious, postive one... When Marge came home to Jamestown for a visit from FL, YOU brought her to our home on Stewart Ave for a visit, It was a beautiful afternoon and I am so grateful for that... My heart is just broken for your family even knowing YOU are in a better place. May GOD BLESS you and your family. Keith and I send YOU and your FAMILY our forever LOVE .... GOD BLESS I will forever miss you but can now "talk to you everyday as I do all my Angel's <3 <3 <3

sarah sherrard
   Posted Tue December 25, 2012
my heart goes out to all of you. i knew kathy years ago from sugar grove and what a pretty , lovely girl. you are in my thoughts and prayers!

Joel and Anita McKown
   Posted Tue December 25, 2012
Sween, you will be missed. Our heart felt sympathy goes out to the family. Nothing but time will ease the pain that is felt right now, except knowing that she is in God House now. God Bless you all.

dottie chudina
   Posted Tue December 25, 2012
Dear family of Kathy, I send you my deepest sympathy at the death of Kathy. I will surely miss my dear email buddy. Love and Prayers, Dottie Chudina

Bridget, Onnalee and Austin
   Posted Tue December 25, 2012
Aunt Kathy, We will miss you so much. Sneaking popcorn into the movies, picking out pumpkins at GG, smiles, laughter and fun times shared will be somethings that we hold dear. To me, my greatest memory that truly reflects your kind and loving spirit came just a few months ago, in the final days with dad. You lovingly gave him a manicure and visited with him. You were so very pleased that you could do something for him and your joy was contagious. It was a shining moment for us all. We will miss you. We love you,

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He make His face shine upon you...and give you His perfect peace.

Kathie Schiebel
   Posted Wed December 26, 2012
I have known Kathy for 20 years as I worked with her at the Forestry Sciences Lab & then I moved to the Allegheny NF. I moved to Albuquerque, NM in February of 2008 but we always kept in touch. We had some great times together and I sure will miss her. Of course she was better known as Sween to me. I want to give my condolences to the family. I know what it is like to lose a loved one. My prayers are with you & I wish that I could be there but I can't. Kathie

jody schnars miller kevin miller
   Posted Wed December 26, 2012
Sending my prayers,to all the Sweeney family sorry to learn of Kathy death.
Please remember all the good times thru out the familes life time.Sincerely Jody and Kevin

Jay & Julie Champion
   Posted Wed December 26, 2012
Our hearts go out to Kathy's family, words can not express the saddness we are feeling over this terrible tragedy. May all your wonderful memories
help give you peace thru this. Our prayers are with all the family. R.I.P Kathy as you soar with the angels.

Vern and Sandy Ahlgren
   Posted Wed December 26, 2012
You are all in our hearts and prayers; may God wrap His loving arms of comfort around you.

"I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love." Leo Buscaglia

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. ROMANS 5:1

Randy & Katy Lord
   Posted Wed December 26, 2012
Our hearts out for your loss and suffering these last couple of months.
May God Bless and comfort you.

Laural Falconer/Stan Gobrich
   Posted Wed December 26, 2012
We were so sad to hear about Kathleen. She was a good person to all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family and friends.

Paul Herbert
   Posted Wed December 26, 2012
Dear Sweeney Family,

As a vendor to the Irvine USDA for 7 years, there was no job that didn't go well with out Kathy's input. She was the foundation of sucess for me at the USDA Irvine location. Talking about life and love, her church, family, sisters, her parents, her allergies, sharing a smoke and that lovable Subaru she drove all are glued to my memory of her. We at Kepa Services will not be the same and she will never be forgotten. Please read the atached prayer.

Comfort For Those Who Mourn
by Marianist Mission

So many people see in death nothing but a cruel separation from loved ones. Even good and religious people make that sad mistake. In death there is certainly the very real pain and sorrow of physical separation. But it is equally true that our loved ones remain with us. They do not just go off to some dark and distant place. They simply continue into eternal life. We do not see them because we are still in the darkness of this world. But their spiritual eyes, filled with the light of heaven, are always watching us as they wait for the day when we shall share their perfect joy. We are born for heaven and we end this life of tears to begin our life of endless happiness.

I have often reflected upon this beautiful truth and found it the greatest and surest comfort in time of mourning. A firm faith in the real and continual presence of our loved ones has brought the conviction and consolation that death has not destroyed them, nor carried them away. Rather it has given them life!, a life with power to know fully and to love perfectly. With this new life and new power our loved ones are always present to us, knowing and loving us more than ever before. The tears that dampen our eyes in times of mourning are tears of homesickness, tears of longing for our loved ones. But it is we who are away from home, not they! Death has been for them a doorway to an eternal home. They are still with us, lovingly and tenderly waiting for the day when we, too, will enter the doorway of our eternal home. It is such a mistake to see death as separation and nothing more. For us who believe, death is a preparation for eternal union with those we love, in the peace and joy of heaven.

Sue Shields
   Posted Wed December 26, 2012
Although I do not know Sween's family, I'm sure a part of all of you shone through her in her life and zest for living life to the fullest. She could create fun in any situation, and sometimes it was even appropriate. :-). I have wonderful memories and will cherish them always. Sween will remain a kindred spirit and accompany we river enthusiasts on our many adventures as we lazily float down the Allegheny enjoying nature and the scenic beauty that she loved so much. Sympathy goes out to family and friends, she will be remembered by so many and truly missed.

Chris & Sonya Shields
   Posted Wed December 26, 2012
We send our deepest sympathy. She will be missed dearly, but we know that there was a place reserved for her up in heaven. We shared many laughs and are thankful for the memories. Forever in our hearts, we hope to see you again someday.

Wes & Jan Wilcox
   Posted Wed December 26, 2012
We are deeply sadened by your loss and send our condolences to the family

Dean and wynonie Gibson
   Posted Thu December 27, 2012
We send prayers to the Sweeney family ,May Their lost rest in peace,the family we know as friends are wonderful people to know,God Bless Each And Every One.

Don and Beth Watts
   Posted Fri December 28, 2012
To all of Kathy's loved ones, we express our deepest sympathy. May all of your wonderful memories, and love from family and friends help to comfort you.

Dawn and Marc Wilcox
   Posted Fri December 28, 2012
To all of Kathy's loved ones, we express our deepest sympathy. May all of your wonderful memories. Kathy will be missed..... God Bless....
Dawn and Marc Wilcox

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