Katherine Bendo, 70, of Baldwinsville, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at St. Joseph's Hospital Following a long and courageous battle with cancer. She died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends.
She was a beautiful woman, inside and out, tremendously successful and respected as a mother, friend and nurse.
She was born in Jamestown to the late Roy and Nicolina (Crassi) Calabrese. She graduated from Jamestown High School in 1959, then obtained her RN at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo before finally receiving her Bachelor of Science in an-thropology from Syracuse University College.
She worked for many years as an emergency room nurse at Jamestown General and as associate director of nursing at Upstate Medical Center before ultimately retiring from Bristol-Myers Squibb, where she worked for 24 years as a nurse manager.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, W. James Bendo Jr.; two daughters: Lisa (Harry) Black and Lauren (Gabriel) Angelone, both of Syracuse; a son, W. James Bendo III, of Baldwinsville; seven grandchildren: Jesse, Max, Cody, Billy, Tyler, Nina and Sofia; two brothers: Dr. Joseph (Flora) Calabrese, of Wilmington, Del. and Anthony Calabrese, of Jamestown; a niece; and a nephew.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Monday at BAGOZZI TWINS FUNERAL HOME and 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Baldwinsville, where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated. The Rite of Committal and burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery, Baldwinsville.
Calling hours are from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at BAGOZZI TWINS FUN-ERAL HOME, 2601 Milton Ave.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to a charity of choice.
Online condolences may be offered at www.bagozzitwins.com.