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November 13, 2023
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Kathleen Anne Filak, of Jersey City, NJ passed away on Monday November 13,
2023. Kathleen was born and raised in Jersey City. She was a loving daughter,
sister, and aunt. She graduated from St. Dominic’s Academy in 1981. She also
attended Providence College in Rhode Island and Georgetown University in
Washington, DC. before graduating from New Jersey City University with a
Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a Masters of Arts in Mental Health
Kathy had a passion for working with young adults and loved her time working as
the Assistant to the Director of Advisement at NJCU and as a counselor in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida for a number of years. She later became a full time caregiver
for her parents but was still able to put her talents to use offering counsel and
advice to her many nieces, nephews, family, and friends. Her ability to listen and
offer advice without being judgmental was a gift, and Kathy’s family and friends
are going to immensely miss those late-night conversations with her. She was
also a therapist for the Alfred M. Fiume Foundation, a cause very near and dear
to her heart.
Kathy had a keen intellect and unending compassion for others. She will be
remembered for her warm smile and her amazing sense of humor, which
included an ability to find comedy in any situation. She was extremely well-read
and could converse on just about any topic, and was especially passionate about
her hometown of Jersey City and the revitalization of Journal Square, in her own
Kathy is survived by her father Andrew T. Filak, her sisters Barbara Goss (the late
Jimmy) and Maureen Sauer (Shaun) and her four brothers , Andrew, Jr (Patricia),
Michael (Carol), Douglas (Jacqueline) and Ronald Filak (Michele). She is also
survived by 18 nieces and nephews, as well as a large extended family, and her
beloved “morkie” FiFi. Kathleen was preceded in death by her mother Grace
Miller Filak, her companion and confidante Fred Filak, and her niece Beth Anne
A visitation for Kathleen will be held Friday, December 8, 2023, from 6pm to 8pm
at Evergreen Funeral Home, 159 Garrison Avenue, Jersey City, NJ. A funeral Mass
will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 10:00am at St. John the Baptist
Roman Catholic Church, 3026 Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alfred M. Fiume Foundation,
which was founded by her dearest friend, Joanne Mastrolia Fiume.