Kathleen Carroll Nibbi
In her beloved home, surrounded by her loving family, “Kathy” passed gracefully into a world of peace, on July 13, 2017, ending a courageous five-year battle with Leiomyosarcoma. Her commitment to fighting this cancer was truly inspiring.
Kathy is survived by her beloved husband of fifty years, Larry; her three daughters, Gina, Michele, and Amy (Dan Leder), precious grandsons Daniel (12), Jay (10) and Timothy (7); brothers John Carroll, Michael (Sonia) Carroll; brother-in-law Sergio (Karen) Nibbi, and many loving nieces and nephews. Kathy is preceded in death by her parents Kevin and Carolyn Carroll; and her brothers Kevin, Brian, and Dennis Carroll.
Kathy was born on October 3, 1945 in San Francisco. She graduated from Mercy High School and attended San Francisco College for Women (Lone Mountain). She was the oldest of six children, and as such, had a very nurturing way about her since she was a young girl. She took pride in looking after her five younger brothers, as her father worked as a butcher, and her mother as a nurse.
In 1962, Kathy met her husband, the love of her life, Larry, at a Riordan High School dance. The two high school sweethearts were married in 1967. They went on to create a loving, close-knit family through a 55-year relationship that was based on love and mutual respect. Together, they were the perfect couple, a true love story, that family and friends celebrated life with for over five decades.
Kathy and Larry’s home was a place where many family gatherings were celebrated. She loved cooking for her family and friends. Her dinner parties were renowned and always memorable. The holidays were always special, especially Christmas when she’d bake homemade cookies for weeks. A true homemaker, she loved to cook, bake, make pasta from scratch, try new recipes from her travels, sew, garden, and take care of her beautiful home. Although Irish by lineage, her Italian food was second to none! One of her favorite hobbies was to be in her kitchen, making pasta by hand while listening to Pavarotti. Her pasta became award-winning, when she took top honors for her piccoli cuscini con spinaci e formaggio at the Museo Italo Americano Museum's annual Pasta Cook-off Contest.
Above all else, Kathy’s greatest passion was her family: being a wife, mother and grandmother. She succeeded in all three, producing a fifty-year loving and exemplary marriage, three warm and compassionate daughters, and three adored grandsons, that lit up her life. Affectionately known as "Lala" to her grandsons, she was a very loving presence in their lives. Her love for her family was shown in thoughtfully planning many celebrations, vacations and taking many photos to commemorate it all. Favorite memories were made on family vacations, which included many cruises to destinations around the world (she especially loved her days at sea), annual Spring Training trips to Scottsdale, and the family home in South Lake Tahoe.
In addition to her family life, Kathy was deeply committed to giving back to her community. For more than 40 years, she was an active and enthusiastic member of the San Francisco Auxiliary to the Children's Hospital at Stanford (which later became Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford). As a dedicated volunteer leader, she chaired the Auxiliary's Jewel Ball three times, and served as the organization's President for three years. The Jewel Ball is one of San Francisco's longest-running charity benefit events, started 65 years ago, to provide funding for medical care for children in need. Kathy's leadership skills led to her election as President of Packard Hospital's Association of Auxiliaries. She served on the Board of Directors of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford soon after it opened in 1991. She worked tirelessly throughout her life to support the hospital's work.
The family would like to thank everyone who offered their love, prayers and support throughout her illness, and especially during the last several weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations in Kathy's honor may be directed to the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, 400 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 340, Palo Alto, CA 94301.
A Vigil will be held on Thursday, July 20th at 7:30 PM at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, 1721 Hillside Drive in Burlingame. The Funeral Mass will also be held at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church on Friday, July 21st at 10AM. Entombment following at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, CA.