The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Obituaries

July 19, 2013

Kimberly Ann Casamassima

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — CASAMASSIMA – Kimberly Ann, Millstone Township, N.J., passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013, after a long illness with breast cancer. Born Aug. 7, 1964, in Johnstown. Preceded in death by parents, Nick and Barbara Gail (Mehall) Kawchak. She married Mathew Casamassima on June 8, 1991, and moved to Ocean Grove, N.J. Kim is survived by children, Jessica, 18, and Joseph, 14, as well as her siblings, David Bruce Kawchak and Dana Null, Lock Haven, Pa.; and Dr. Tammy Haslett, Johnstown. Also survived by nieces and nephews, Alex Null, Nick Null, Carter Null, Will Haslett, Ben Haslett, Gordie Severino, Alex Severino and Emma Severino. Kim is a 1982 graduate of Greater Johnstown High School, received her bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and her master’s degree in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania. She was employed as a software engineer by AT&T, Compaq and Hewlett-Packard until 2005, before devoting the rest of her life to family and community service. She was a strong advocate for breast cancer research, including working as an advocate in Washington, D.C. She also counseled newly diagnosed women facing breast cancer.  Kim was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and then again in 2005 and metastatic breast cancer in 2008. Arrangements are being handled by Peppler Funeral Home, Allentown, N.J. Funeral service will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Millstone Township. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for any donations to be made out to South Jersey Breast Cancer Coalition, 78 S. White Horse Pike, Berlin, N.J., 08009.

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