Katherine (Katy) was born in Punxsutawney, PA on November 21, 1921 to Jenny and Anthony Vario. She lived on the West Side as a youngster and attended school there.
As a young girl she worked at St. Elizabeth Hospital and during the war was a Rosie the Riveter in the steel mills. In her later years, she was a candy maker for Geordan Candy for 30 years. That job was her ultimate favorite because of her acquired friendships and her best friend Josephine (Jo) Vario.
Katy married Louis J. Vivolo on April 14, 1944 and they raised three daughters, Marilyn (Mel) Hockensmith, JoAnn (Joe) Venosky, and Kathy (Michael) Welsh.
She loved ice cream, wintering in Florida, Las Vegas, dancing, and was always the life of the party. She enjoyed watching football, baseball, golf, and her soap operas.
Katy made the best wedding soup and as matriarch of the family enjoyed the holidays with family.
In her later years, she resided at Liberty Health Center where she was named Queen of the Facility.
She sadly leaves her three daughters and their spouses; four grandchildren, Nicole (Randy Direns), Mark (Kasi) Hockensmith, Christy (Bob) Rohrbaugh, and Lori (Rick) Tackett. She leaves seven great grandchildren, Ryan, Connor, Luigi, Trevor, Lorenzo, Lucia, Bella, and Livia. She leaves her brother, Sam Vario and her special nieces and nephews whom she loved.
She is preceded in death by brothers, Felix, Joe, and William Vario; sisters, Marge Tarantine, Lucy Rivette, and Dorothy Carter.
Katy was Catholic and a member of St. Anthony Church.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Liberty Health Care Staff, Dr. John Delliquadri, and Dr. James Enyeart for the love and compassion that was shown to her.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, services will be private and burial will be at Tod Cemetery.
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