Kathryn Gainor Ventura, 60, lost her courageous battle with cancer on January 29, 2013 in Chesapeake, VA with her loved ones by her bedside.
Kathy was born in Bethesda, MD and grew up in Virginia Beach, VA. She participated in many sports and was a cheerleader at her beloved Princess Anne High School, Class of 1970. She then attended O.D.U., where she studied Physical Education and was a TKE Fraternity little sister. Marriage carried her to the West Coast, where she eventually settled into her loved city of San Diego and spent the last 22 years with her husband, Angelo Ventura. Kathy was employed by General Dynamics in San Diego, but her true passion was photography. She documented the lives of all of her nieces, nephews, family and friends’ sporting events, family get-togethers, weddings, and everyday lives through her beautiful photography. It was very rare to see Kathy without her camera in hand or close by.
She is survived by her loving husband, Angelo Ventura; her sister, Debbie Miller and her husband, Buddy; her best friend, Debbie Bell; her in-laws; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and many wonderful friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nina Lewis Gainor Hatchell and Robert Gainor.
A celebration of her life and gathering of friends and family will be held on Saturday, February 2nd at 1 p.m. at Family Choice Funerals & Cremations, 5401 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach.
Services are being planned also for the San Diego area. Please check back for updated information as it becomes available.
Those desiring may make memorial contributions in Kathy’s name to the San Diego Zoo (www.sandiegozoo.org).
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