In Memory of



Obituary for Catherine Zaletofsky

Catherine Zaletofsky, (nee Gamba) born on September 22, 1942, in the heart of New York City, passed away peacefully on December 24, 2023, surrounded by the love and warmth of her family. A lifelong New Yorker, Catherine's journey came to a serene conclusion in the same city where she first embraced life, after a valiant battle fought with grace and courage.

Catherine's early years were spent navigating the vibrant streets and diverse communities that make up the New York City School system, where she received her education. It was in these formative years that Catherine developed a profound sense of community and an unwavering commitment to service, which would become the hallmarks of her life.

Her adult life was deeply rooted in the bustling neighborhood of Spring Street, NYC, where she was a familiar and cherished presence. Catherine's passion for cooking and her dedication to her faith led her to serve as the beloved cook at St. Anthony's Church on Sullivan Street for many years. Even after a well-deserved retirement, her culinary skills and loving nature were in such demand that she was called back to nourish the bodies and spirits of the priests at the Padua Friary.

Catherine's life was a tapestry of devotion—not just to her faith and community, but also to her cherished family. She is survived by her loving husband, Jerry, and their two sons, Gregg and his wife Jane and Scott and his wife Angela. Her legacy further blooms through her five adored grandchildren Rebecca, Shane, Roman, Daniel, and Tristan who were the apples of her eye and her constant source of joy. She also leaves behind her brother Anthony Gamba, and is preceded in death by her brothers Joseph and William, all of whom held special places in her heart.

Those fortunate enough to have known Catherine would describe her as loving, faith-filled, and generous. She carried these virtues into every interaction, every meal prepared, and every moment shared with her family, especially her grandchildren. Her love was a beacon that drew people together and her faith was the foundation upon which she built her life.

Catherine's interests extended beyond the kitchen and the church; she relished in the simple pleasure of being with her family. Whether it was a quiet afternoon spent with her grandchildren or a lively family gathering, Catherine's presence was a source of comfort and happiness.

As we bid farewell to Catherine Zaletofsky, we celebrate a life lived with boundless love and unwavering faith. We honor a woman whose generosity of spirit and dedication to her community have left an indelible mark on the hearts of all who knew her. Her legacy of kindness, culinary talent, and devotion will continue to inspire those who walk the streets of New York and beyond.

Catherine's memory will be carried on in the laughter of her grandchildren, the warmth of the meals she once prepared, and the countless lives she touched. As we reflect on her life, we are reminded of the beauty of service, the strength of family bonds, and the enduring power of faith.

Though her physical presence is no longer with us, Catherine's spirit remains a guiding light, a reminder of the impact one life can have on many. In her memory, we continue to walk forward, enriched by the love she shared and the lessons she imparted.

Catherine Zaletofsky will be deeply missed, but her story—a testament to a life well-lived—will be cherished and recounted for generations to come. She lived as she passed, surrounded by love, and for that, we are eternally grateful.