Kay Ann Cottone
Kay Ann Koenig Cottone was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1940. She was the daughter of Isabelle and Gilbert Koenig. She graduated in 1962 from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Education Degree. She was an elementary school teacher in Wisconsin and Ohio. Kay was married to Samuel Cottone, her high school sweetheart. They lived in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and Chagrin Falls and Solon, Ohio and for three years in The Hague, The Netherlands. They came to Cleveland in 1973. Kay was a cultural maven and active member with the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Ballet, Cleveland Playhouse Square and the Cleveland Piano Competition, among others. She was a party planner who attended to every detail. She was a member of the Intown Club, as well as a gourmet luncheon club for 40 years and a religious study club. Kay is survived by her husband, Samuel Cottone, three children, Anna Laubscher (Brian), Nicholas Cottone (Lindsey), Alicia Bell (Mack), and seven grandsons and one granddaughter, Matthew and Michael Laubscher, Owen, Evan and Emmitt Bell, and Nico Jr., Giovanni and Charlie Cottone. She was survived by her brother Kurt Koenig (Barbara Kommer) and her brother Kent Koenig is deceased.
Kay was a courageous woman fighting pancreatic cancer for the last year. Having a lust for life, she fought as hard as anyone could while valuing quality of life versus quantity by spending time with family members and friends.
She was a compassionate wife, loving mother and nurturing grandmother and a friend to all she met. She was always positive and enjoyed life. She was an outstanding gardener and active in gardening
societies. She enjoyed traveling extensively in many parts of the world and especially traveling with her family. She will be deeply missed by her family and her friends.
A Funeral Mass will be held at on Friday, October 6, at St. Joan of Arc Church, 496 E. Washington St., Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022 at 10:30 am, followed by a reception at the Church Hall. There will be no visitation hours at the funeral home. Burial will be private after the reception with only the family members.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Hospice of The Western Reserve here in Cleveland.