I am an old friend of Cathy's, from elementary through high school. She lived next door and her parents ran the Maplewood School where my mother worked. We all grew up together and I still have some notes that a few of us passed to each other in junior high school, sharing all those crazy emotions you have as an adolescent. I always looked forward to hearing from Cathy every five years when we held our Wantagh High School Class of 1971 reunion as we did this past summer. Since Cathy had moved, we were unable to contact her but we all spoke of her then and at a mini-reunion at the end of August in Denver. I was so touched by The New York Times article on Cathy's memorial service. I will miss her enthusiastic voice -- so very full of life.
Kathy Hughes Perras, high school friend