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Kathleen Saunders

Kathleen Casey Saunders

July 26, 1961 - January 12, 2020
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Obituary

Kathleen Marie Casey Saunders, 58, a resident of Severna Park, MD, and previously of Camp Springs, MD, passed away peacefully at her home on January 12, 2020 due to complications from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) . Born on July 26, 1961, in Évreux, Eure, France, to the late Michael James Casey, Sr. and Kathleen Mary Casey. Kathleen graduated from La Reine High School in Suitland, Maryland in 1979. She went on to follow her dreams by earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Salisbury University and receiving her license as a Registered Nurse (RN). She worked as an RN at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, MD where she met her beloved husband and best friend of 30 years, Dr. Geoffrey Saunders, whose practice she later went on to manage. Kathleen was a devoted wife and loving mother who was immensely proud of family. She enjoyed traveling, music, sports, and spending time with her family and friends.

Kathleen is survived by her husband, Geoffrey Harold Saunders and their five children Geoffrey, Cameron, Kathleen, Ciara, and Colleen; her four siblings Linda (Gary) Connell, Michael (Nancy) J. Casey, Jr., John Casey, and Thomas (Juliet) Casey; her step-mom Mary T. Casey; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to celebrate Kathleen’s life on Friday January 17, 2020 from 4-8 pm at the Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD. A Catholic Funeral Service will be held on Saturday January 18, 2020 at 10:30 am at St. John the Evangelist, 689 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park, MD 21146 followed by her interment at Resurrection Cemetery, 8000 Woodyard Rd, Clinton, MD. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Kathleen’s name to CurePSP, 1216 Broadway, 2nd Fl, New York, NY 10001 or online at https://www.psp.org/about-curepsp/

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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 17th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory-Edgewater
    Address
    2973 Solomons Island Road
    EDGEWATER, MD 21037
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 | 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 10:30am
    Location
    St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church-Severna Park
    Address
    689 Ritchie Highway
    SEVERNA PARK, MD
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  • Interment

    Location
    Resurrection Cemetery
    Address
    8000 Woodyard Road
    Clinton, MD
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Donna Young

Posted at 03:42pm
I am so grateful that Kathy was able to attend our 40th high school reunion recently. She always had such a welcoming smile. Her presence was a good witness to us to always persevere and live life despite our difficulties. She remains in my prayers, as does her family. My deepest sympathy. Donna Young
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Patricia Moskaitis

Posted at 04:32pm
I send my heartfelt prayers to Kathy’s family, especially her children. I went to grade school and high school with Kathy, and I know that she was always full of fun, and kind to everyone she met, without exception. It has been an honor to know such a genuine and special person as Kathy. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. May God bless her and all her family and hold them especially close at this very sad and very difficult time in their lives
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Thomas Casey

Posted at 01:54pm
Dearest Kathy,

So sad here without you - we all miss you so much ... Yet we know you were tired and in so much pain. You displayed nothing but grace and compassion - day in and day out - with those sparkling blue eyes and infectious smile - while battling PSP - truly amazing and an inspiration

I have reflected so much on our time together - growing up and as grown-ups. Roommates in our youth on Kipling Parkway and on the many family trips together - brilliant times. You were always great big sis, from showing me the ropes in high school and being my personal “Uber” driving us to school, movies, dances and parties, to lending an receptive ear and a kind heart to talk about things. And who can forget the passion you had to become a nurse - from your days volunteering as a Candy Stripper at the hospital to your graduation from Salisbury your Nursing Degree - a great personal achievement. You were so happy to be working at Holy Cross Hospital as an RN realizing your career dream. Then there was that fateful day you met some intern at the hospital named Dr. Geoff. Wow, who knew that moment would lead to a wonderful life with Geoff and five beautiful children that your oh so proud of. I am quite sure that Geoff, Cam, Kathleen, Ciara, and Colleen did not enjoy wearing those “family matching” outfits on holidays and family celebrations that they looked so put together in ... but I am also quite sure that each of them looks back on those times quite fondly - the importance of family you lived by and instilled in them everyday.

More recently when you were in in pain, battling PSP so hard and I would ask how you were doing, you would reply, “I’m good ... but how are YOU doing” or you express a worry about Linda, John or Mike, Geoff, or the kids ... always the consummate mother, concerned sister, and cherished friend, more concerned with other loved ones well-being rather than yourself. I am so grateful for having you as an amazing big sister, mentor, and friend - I will our cherish our memories and hold them near and dear to my heart.

Rest now in peace now sweet Kathy ...

I love you ... and I miss you!
HS

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Posted at 01:52pm
With love and prayers from your Rock Catholic family at the SRU Newman Center.
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Linda (Clancy) McNally

Posted at 12:35pm
I became very close to Kathy while in high school. While we saw each other infrequently, we stayed in contact and each time we connected it was as though we had seen each other yesterday. When I think of Kathy I am reminded of something Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote:

To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!

Kathy was one of the most successful people I have ever known and she managed it with as much grace as anyone could have. I will miss her friendship greatly.

Linda (Clancy) McNally
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