Kathleen “Katie” Dillon Morreale passed away Thanksgiving morning, November 23, 2023, at the age of 84 due to complications from dementia. She was born in Port Griffith Section, Jenkins Township of Great Pittston, the daughter of the late James A. Dillon and Margaret “Peg” (O’Hare) Dillon.
Katie’s fondest memories are of her teenage years living in France. During those years, she graduated from Rochefort American High School in Rochefort, France. Living abroad was a dream for Katie and an opportunity to travel to parts of Europe. Katie also enjoyed being a majorette during her high school years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Misericordia University. completed a Master of Science in education from Johns Hopkins University and a masters in reading from Loyola University, Maryland.
Tony and Katie Morreale married in 1961 and found teaching careers in Baltimore, Maryland where they raised their family. The marriage ended in divorce.
Katie’s pride was always her students and school. She taught 2nd grade for a total of 40 years, briefly in New Jersey, at Saint Rita’s School in Baltimore County and for Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland. She shared her passion for learning with well over a thousand children throughout the years and inspired so many.
Joy in life for Katie was always simple; walks with her dog, attending mass, summers at the beach, watching the Baltimore Ravens, Notre Dame football, anything Irish and enjoying a cold glass of beer on her deck. Her pleasant personality and hearty laugh were contagious and will truly be missed.
Surviving Katie are her sons Anthony and Jerry, daughter Ann and son-in-law Joe of Baltimore County; cherished grandchildren Katelyn, Kristen, Meredith, Andrew, and Morgan; beloved sisters Marilyn Krall and Margy O’Malley, and kind brother-in-law Ned O’Malley; many loving and adored nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, Jimmie, Joe, and Billy Dillon.
The family wishes to extend their appreciation to the Bridges staff at Highland Park Senior Living for their kindness, compassion, and care for Katie.
The family will receive friends and relatives Sunday, December 3, 2023, from 3pm-6pm in Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, December 4, 2023, at 9:30am in St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William Street, Pittston.
Those attending are asked to go directly to the church. Interment, at the convenience of the family, in St. John the Evangelist Cemetery, Pittston. The family requests that those who wish to express their sympathy to please donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, a charity dear to Katie’s heart.