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In Memory

Kathleen Ann Pagano (Collins) - Class Of 1962

Kathleen Ann Pagano (Collins)


Kathleen Ann Collins

Kathleen Ann Collins (née Pagano), formerly of Yardley, PA, died peacefully at home in northwestern Connecticut on Thursday, March 17, 2022. She was 77. Born in Philadelphia in 1944 to the late Frank and Eleanore Pagano, Kathleen had a successful print and runway modelling career while in high school and college. She appeared in national TV commercials and in print publications, including Life Magazine, and became Miss Bucks County in 1963. Later that year, she was first runner up in the Miss Pennsylvania Pageant.

Asked to do a screen test for Hollywood casting director Joyce Selznick, Kathleen declined so that she could continue her education at the University of Miami and Temple University.

Returning to Bucks County, she taught at St. John the Evangelist School in Lambertville, NJ for several years before marrying and starting a family. She had a lifelong love of medicine and healthcare, prompting many of her friends to call her "Doctor Kathy."

In 1966, she was set up for a blind date with John J. Collins, a Bucks County lawyer who proposed marriage within three weeks; they were married soon after in 1967. In their fifty-four years of marriage, John and Kathleen traveled the world both with and without their three children. Kathleen was well-known among family and friends for her a love of cooking and superb skills in the kitchen. For many years, she ran a catering business specializing in cakes and desserts. Her love of travel opened up an interest in European and Asian cuisine, which she would make for her family, friends, and clients. Throughout their married life, Kathleen was, in the words of her husband, the "hostess with the mostest." She loved entertaining, and did it with great style.

Kathleen was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Serving others and being with her loved ones was her life's greatest joy. Kathleen is survived by her husband John, son Kevin (Rachael), daughter Krista Walters (Brett), daughter Kara Stuller (Nicholas); grandchildren, Maria, Lucinda, Oliver, Philippa, Kyle, and Tallulah; and brother Richard A. Pagano (Dorothy); as well as many dear friends, who will miss her generous, loving personality and quick wit.

Interment at Washington Crossing National Cemetery at 9am, Friday, March 25, followed by a funeral Mass at the St. Ignatius Church, 999 Reading Avenue, Yardley, at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, donations in Kathleen's memory can be made to the Animal Welfare Institute, awionline.org.

Posted online on March 19, 2022

Published in Bucks County Courier Times

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03/22/22 01:57 PM #1    

Frank A. Tochterman (1962)

Kathy was a beautiful person.  We attended both elementary and high school together.  In grade school we were "special" friends.  Kathy will always hold a special place in my memory.

03/23/22 06:02 PM #2    

Shirley Anne Neitzel (Lefferts) (1964)

Remember Kathy well from high school. She was so popular, and was a beautiful person. Our mothers worked on the Prom Committees and PTA together. It was a wonderful relationship, and they kept in touch even after Kathy graduated. Heard all about Kathy's wonderful accomplishments over the years. Our family has used her husband's former law firm over the years. Everyone there also spoke highly of her. She will be missed. Condolences to her wonderful family and friends.  

04/03/22 07:23 AM #3    

Regina E. (Rene) Hiller (Devlin) (1962)

Kathy was always a lovely and gracious girl in our class of 1962/BHS. May she rest in her Eternal reward with her God and Savior. My sympathy and prayers go to her grieving family.


Renee Hiller Devlin 

04/04/22 11:26 AM #4    

Vivian Vicki Puzycki (1962)

     I remember Kathy very well and will hold my memories of her close to my heart. She was a beautiful person both inside and out. I remember her kindness and her wonderful sense of humor.

My deepest  sympathy to all her family and friends.

Kathy I will miss you and pray for you and yours.

My love, Vivian


04/04/22 05:23 PM #5    

Stoney MacAdams (1962)

I knew Kathy before high school we were somewhat neighbors . My heart felt sympathy to her family and friends.                                                                         Stoney

04/06/22 05:54 AM #6    

Larry E. Dahl (1968)

I remember being totally enamored with Kathy when I was a sixth grade student attending school in 1962 in the far wing of the original BHS. Her locker was situated in that wing of the building that housed our class. She was beautiful and friendly to the sixth grade students. A totally class act even then. A fond memory. I'm sure she will be missed by all of her family and friends. My deepest condolences. 

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