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Catherine A. (Costello) Dorrance

November 8, 1930 — March 26, 2023

Herkimer, New York

Mrs. Catherine A. (Costello) Dorrance, age 92, a longtime Herkimer resident, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, March 26, 2023, at the home of her daughter in Chappaqua, New York.

She was born in Watervale NY, the middle child of the late Daniel L. and Anna Quirk Costello.  She graduated from Cazenovia High School, and worked at the Brae Loch Inn, Mulligans and General Electric.   Kate was married in 1957 to Robert Dorrance, and they eventually made their home in Herkimer, NY, where Kate worked at St. Francis de Sales School as the secretary.  Dr. Dorrance passed away on April 26, 2017.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, hiking, birding, gardening, sewing, baking, and was an avid sports fan. Kate could knit a mitten while they watched baseball.  Survivors include her three girls, Anne Dorrance (Thomas Tierney), Laurie Warshofsky and Jean Beckerle as well as eight grandchildren, Hannah Tierney (David Glick), Forrest Tierney, Megan , Emma, and Sarah Warshofsky, Patrick, Daniel,  and Catherine Beckerle. Also surviving is one sister-in-law, Margaret Costello and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband Robert, by her parents and her SIX lovely brothers and their wives, Leo and Nancy, Paul, Eileen and Rita, Vincent, Francis and Penny, Edward and Beverly, and James.

Burial will take place in St. James Cemetery, Cazenovia, at a later date. Please consider donations in her name to Frank J. Basloe Library, 245 N. Main Street, Herkimer, NY 13350.  There are no calling hours.  In honoring her wishes, an anatomical donation will take place under the direction and care of Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5, between Little Falls and St. Johnsville, 315-508-5131.  

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