Retired Police Lieutenant Thomas E. Katta, 65, of Dunkirk ended a brave fight with cancer Sunday evening (June 1, 2014) with his family at his side.
He was born in Dunkirk on June 9, 1948, son of the late August and Genevieve (Dypka) Katta.
A graduate of Dunkirk High School, Class of 1966, Mr. Katta served in the U.S. Army as a policeman and detective in Italy until 1971. He joined the Dunkirk Police Department in 1973, retiring in 2008 after 35 years of service.
Thomas E. Katta
A lifelong Dunkirk resident, he married Mary Ann Tucker in August 1973 at St. Hyacinth's Church.
Tom enjoyed watching Giants' football games, spending time with his daughters and grandchildren - especially catching frogs with Robert John, building model cars, having coffee with friends, traveling with his wife, and walking.
He belonged to Blessed Mary Angela Parish - Church of St. Hyacinth where he was an altar server. He also was a life member of the First Ward Falcon Club.
Besides his wife Mary Ann, he is survived by two daughters, Jeanette (Bobby) Kozlowski and Michelle (Bill) Kuras; four grand- children, Robert John Kozlowski, Gracey Kozlowski, Hannah Kuras and Aubrey Kuras. He is also survived by two brothers, Robert (Linda) Katta and Raymond (Linda) Katta; one sister, Barbara Katta; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 9:15 from the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 o'clock in Blessed Mary Angela Parish Church of St. Hyacinth. Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Hyacinth's Cemetery.