Katherine Dudek, age 78, of Sun City Center, Florida passed away on Wednesday, November 22, 2023. Kay was a hardworking and joyful person who cherished spending time with her family and loved ones whether playing cards, Mahjong, Rumi Kub or Mexican Train Dominos.
Growing up in the North Country of upstate New York, Kay developed a strong work ethic and a love for laughter. A graduate of Alfred State College of Technology and Rochester Institute of Technology, Kay began her career as a medical laboratory technician at Niagara Falls General Hospital and later worked at Highland Hospital in Rochester, New York. A long-time resident of Penfield, NY, where she raised her family, she was always busy with a project whether it was home improvement, baking, sewing, car or bike repair, golf or gardening.
After relocating to Sun City Center, she became an active member of the community, involving herself in various organizations and groups. She served on the Caloosa Country Club Board as Treasurer and Secretary. She also served as Head of House and was active on several committees including Dinner Dance Club, Men’s Member Guest, Welcome Back Reception. She also volunteered for Meals on Wheels.
Kay was also a dedicated member of the Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, serving on several committees, and served as the Treasurer of her local Homeowners Association (HOA). Her passion project was finding more information on her family’s history and her love for genealogy helped her to establish a long-documented family tree.
Kay will be lovingly remembered for her warm and loving nature, always making memories with her friends and family. She was grateful for the support and strength she received from her loved ones and friends throughout her life.
Kay is survived by her devoted husband, Donald, her daughter Debora (Jeffrey Smith), son Nicholas Dudek (Courtney Dudek), sister Jean Belmont, and her grandchildren Alex, Adam, Abigail, and Madigan. She was preceded in death by her sister Margaret Chambers and her parents, Patricia Gayne and Richard Chambers.
A memorial service to celebrate Kay's life will be planned in the future for family and friends to come together and honor Kay's memory. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Association for continued research.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.nationalcremation.com/location/ruskin for the Dudek family.