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Katherine Higgins

Katherine M. Higgins

Tuesday, August 23rd, 1927 - Monday, March 18th, 2019
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Obituary

Katherine Higgins of Bantam, CT died peacefully on March 18. She was preceded in death by Jerome “Skip” Higgins, parents James and Carrie MacKenzie and 17 of her brothers and sisters. Katherine is survived by her children, Pauline (Lonnie) Nicol and grandchildren Bryant and Julie, great grandchildren Alexandra and McKenna Jancewicz; Margaret (Ambrose, beloved son-in-law) Healey; Thomas (Kathy) and granddaughters, Katie, Sarah and Kimberly; Ronald and Randall Higgins.

“Kackie”, as she was known to her family and friends, was born in Millinocket, ME in 1927. One of 19 children, she moved to Bantam in 1944 where she met and married “Skip” Higgins and started her family. Kackie worked many jobs outside the home retiring from the Torrington Company in 1989. Shortly thereafter she moved back to Millinocket, Maine. Although, she enjoyed the time spent with her brothers and sisters in Maine. She greatly missed her family and friends and so after the birth of granddaughter, Katie, she moved back to Bantam.

Kackie had a “heart of gold” which exemplifies everything about her. She was always willing to lend a hand to family, friends and even strangers. Her door was always open to anyone who needed a safe haven and the tea pot was always full.

Kackie was an incredibly hard working and a very funny person. She was known for her long list of jokes! You could count on her to keep her beloved nieces and nephews laughing as she regaled them with her story telling.

She loved all babies and young children and was known as a great babysitter for many young people in Bantam. Although she never drove, she thought nothing of walking her children to Goshen to visit her sister Sylvia! After moving to Bantam Village she still walked to the coffee shop every morning for her coffee and doughnut! In 1976 Kackie and her friend, Lynn Willis, got the idea to paint the Trumbull St bridge red, white and blue, and by gosh, they did it!

So, to the feisty young girl who once chased a bear out of the potato field to get a fur coat!; we say good bye! Your passing has left a huge void in our hearts and your generosity will never be forgotten.

Please join her family and friends in celebrating Kackie’s life at the Bantam Firehouse 1:00 to 4:00 on April 14th. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Kackie’s honor to the Bantam Firehouse or to The Little Guild animal shelter in Cornwall. Bring your stories to share.
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  • Celebration of LIfe

    Sunday, April 14th, 2019 |
    When
    Sunday, April 14th, 2019
    Location
    Bantam Firehouse
    Address
    92 Doyle Road
    Litchfield, Connecticut 06759
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    1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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Dawn M Rutkowski

Posted at 07:26am
I just came across this notice while searching for a friend's obit! My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family of Aunt Kackie's. Living in Florida, I'm out of the "loop". She was the life of any party and I never saw her without having earrings and a necklace on. How she loved to "sparkle"! She will be remembered with love and fondness. Dawn (MacKenzie) Rutkowski, Bonita Springs, FL.
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Coreen Litwin

Posted at 11:46am
I worked with Kackie for about 9 years. She taught me so much about being a hard worker and how to be a better person. Thinking of her will always bring a smile to my face. My condolences to the Higgins family.
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Sharon L. Hallett

Posted at 04:33pm
I met Kackie at MacDonald’s years ago when she would come and visit with Jim & Helen! She was a hoot and I liked her right from the first time I saw her. Always wearing fancy earings and bright colored clothes! She was a special lady and I am sure you will all miss her! Sharon and Bill Hallett
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RoseAnn Burgess

Posted at 03:38pm
Growing up with the Higgin family was always exciting around Kackie. Her love for all was so great that you always felt it around her. She loved her family and friends and there wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do to help out others. She was one of a kind and will be missed by all. We all know that she will be making others laugh now while watching over us, I will miss you and I have been blessed to have known you!
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Anne Dranginis

Posted at 01:50pm
My sister Mary and I grew up next to Sylvia MacKenzie Schuster on Beach Street in Goshen, so we knew Kackie and loved every minute of our time with her. She was a wonderful, positive, funny, silly, and warm woman whose presence meant fun! She will always be a bright spot in our hearts, along with Sylvia!! Anne Dranginis
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