Ms. Kay G Pepitone
March 13, 1933 – July 2, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kay Pepitone, loving mother, devoted friend, and profound lover of all things feline. Kay passed away on July 2, 2020 in Pittsburgh, PA, after a long fight with Parkinson’s disease. Born in Washington, DC, to Eugenia Strickland, a homemaker and journalist, and Henry Goodall, a naval officer and World War II veteran, Kay was a world-class traveler from an early age. An incredibly vivacious person, Kay was always full of life, wonder, compassion, and curiosity. Throughout her life she championed the rights of animals and the environment and pursued social justice for her fellow human beings. A longtime massage therapist, Kay understood that social justice and individual well-being are intimately connected.
She was a voracious reader, an early supporter of the civil rights and ERA movements, a gifted gardener, a wonderful cook, and an avid birdwatcher. She loved farmers’ markets and walks with friends and was a huge supporter of the arts, attending dance and musical performances from David Morris to the American Bach Soloists on a regular basis.
A practicing Buddhist, Kay lived a full life on her own terms. She truly was a free spirit. She always looked for the good in people and was known for putting the needs of others before her own, even when acutely ill. Throughout her adult life, she took in stray cats and at times provided needed shelter for her beloved daughter Michelle’s friends. She taught Michelle how to fish and boogie board, about the joys of leafy green veggies, how to tell the difference between a soaring hawk and a vulture, the value of a well-rounded education, to respect all forms of life no matter how big or small, and to love without limits. Kay is survived by daughter Michelle Pepitone, Michelle’s father, Richard Pepitone, younger brother, Roger Goodall, sister-in-law Terri Goodall, niece Kendra Goodall and Kendra’s two children, Zeldon and Giselle. Due to coronavirus restrictions, a memorial service has yet to be announced. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania (pfwpa.org), or Frankie’s Friends Cat Rescue (www.frankies-friends.org).