Kathleen Rose Higgins, of Newcastle, California, passed away on March 5, 2013 after a brave struggle with cancer.
Kathleen, known as Kathie to her friends and family, was born to the late Rose and James Vincent Pinnetti in Brockton, Massachusetts in 1952. She graduated from Brockton High School and received her degree from the School of Fashion Design in Boston. She taught dance at the Shirley Matta and Paula Coffee dance schools in the Brockton area and married Charles "Kenny" Higgins on July 24, 1976. They started their family in West Bridgewater, Mass., before relocating to Madison, N.H. to raise their children.
A dancer since she was a child, Kathie combined her passions for dancing, teaching, and fashion design by opening her own dance studio in Madison. She made a difference in many children's lives by passing on her knowledge of dance and encouraging them to shine at yearly recitals. Kathie also worked as a substitute teacher at Madison Elementary school. She loved to travel and went on annual family trips with her husband and children.
Later, Kathie and her husband relocated to California, where she taught dance at the Green Tree Studio in Loomis and continued with her fashion design work.
Kathie was also an avid gardener, writer, and all-around artist.
Kathie is survived by her two children, Krystal and Kyle; her sister, Linda Uhlman and family; her sister-in-law, Wendy and family; brother-in-law, Jeff; plus many aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family will have a small ceremony for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be sent in her name to Stand up to Cancer (www.standup2cancer.org