CHATHAM – Katherine Ann Cima, of Chatham, formerly of Silver Spring, Md., died peacefully on July 12, 2020 at the age of 93.
Kay was born on December 5, 1926 in Rochester, N.H. to Brig. Gen. Conrad E. Snow and Katherine H. Snow. She moved from Rochester to Washington, D.C. with her family when her father was called to serve in the War Department just prior to the U.S. entry into World War II. She graduated from Skidmore College, subsequently earning a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Columbia University. She met her future husband, Louis Cima, at the International House at Columbia and they married in 1950. Kay began her career working at the Library of Congress before moving and working as a media specialist in Maryland for the Montgomery and Prince Georges County Public School systems. She was well-versed in children’s literature and well-loved by the students. Kay was musically inclined, having minored in music at Skidmore. She performed with the Silver Spring Christ Congregational Church choir at the 1964 World’s Fair, played the piano at home for her family and wrote some of her own music. Upon her retirement, Kay and Louis spent a couple of years in Casorzo, Italy, at the home where Louis grew up, before moving to Chatham in 1986. Kay had many outside interests, including volunteer work, civic activities and singing in the church choir. She was an avid photographer, with some of her photos on display in Chatham, rose early to walk with the Chatham Walkers and dressed as a clown for town events. Kay loved spending time with her grandchildren, who would often come to stay at her home in Chatham. She had a special place in her heart for each one of them. All who knew Kay loved her as an intelligent, kind, generous and caring individual. Someone whom we are all better off for having known and a role model for members of all generations. She will be greatly missed.
Kay was pre-deceased by her husband, Louis (1989), granddaughters, Kathleen (1985) and Rachel (1991), and her sister, Connie (2019). She is survived by her: brother, Richard C. Snow (Shirley); children, Ronald P. Cima (Rita), Roanna C. De Spirito (Marzio) and David A. Cima (Cindy); grandchildren Caroline, Katherine, Christopher, Jennifer, Tyler, Ashley, Kristen and Erin; and, great grandchildren Ford, Coen, Anson, Lawson and Ivy.
A private ceremony will be held at the First Congregational Church of Harwich. The family asks that contributions, in lieu of flowers, be made to the First Congregational Church of Harwich, 697 Main Street, Harwich, MA 02645, Attn: Memorial Fund – Katherine Ann Cima.
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