Kathryn Jane McClusky was born July 11, 1949 in New York City. She passed away Tues., Oct. 4, 2022 after a brief illness. Kathy is survived by her brother Jeffrey and his wife Jill of Chicago and two nieces, Lauren McClusky, 32, of Nashville, and Rachel McClusky, 29, of Hollywood, Calif.
Kathy grew up in Yonkers and Bronxville, N.Y., attending St. Joseph’s grade school in Bronxville, She was also a graduate of Maria Regina High School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. and Ohio State University in the class of 1971. There she earned the prestigious position of becoming one of the editors of The Lantern, the school’s daily newspaper. She found her passion in this area of work, which included her coverage of “a changing and divided America” towards the end of the Vietnam War. She was there and covered the Kent State Shootings.
Kathy spent her career in print journalism, beginning with a position with the food Network in Westchester County, New York for a short period before being recruited by Gannett. She joined the lifestyle editorial staff for the Westchester-Rockland County Newspaper Group and participated in the formation team of USA Today. At Gannett she earned many journalism awards and spent the rest of her career there. After 40 years there, she retired from Gannett several years ago.
Kathy loved outdoor activities, especially enjoying cruise ship travel, which she did twice a year for many, many years, often with her mother, whom she lived with in the family home. Kathy also had sincere interest in caring for stray animals, deviating much time and effort to feeding and finding homes for lost cats and dogs. Kathy was an avid reader, being part of many book clubs, and was still active with her fellow Ohio State alumni.
Interment will be at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, Westchester County, N.Y. with our family grandparents.