Penny W. Katsacos, 59, a lifelong resident of Macclenny, died Thursday, November 3, 2011, at St. Vincent’s Medical Center surrounded by loving family and friends following a lengthy battle with systemic sclerosis.
Penny will long be remembered for her love of life, including gardening, cooking, camping, traveling, fishing, boating, gospel singing and spending time with family and friends. Her quick wit, amazing sense of humor and sense of adventure brought joy and laughter to all who had the pleasure of being in her life.
Penny was a great leader and motivator known for leading by example, straightforward communications, stubborn determination and perseverance in the face of great adversity. She retired in 2007 after 33 ½ years at Northeast Florida State Hospital where she was a psychiatric aide, registered nurse, nurse manager and director of nursing.
She was an active member of Christian Fellowship Temple where she sang in the choir and performed in the puppet ministry. Penny’s love of Jesus was evident in her compassion for people and generous spirit. She was predeceased by parents Vernon and Willa Jean Walker and husband James A. Katsacos.
Survivors include sons Nick Katsacos (Tamara), Joey Katsacos (Ashley), both of Macclenny; brothers Danny Walker (Charlotte), St. Pete Beach, Keith Walker (Denise), Glen St. Mary, Kevin Walker (Teresa), Macclenny; sister Jean Marie Brazell (Mike), Kingsland, GA; grandson Nathan Katsacos; best friend forever Debby Norman; ten nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service was held Saturday, November 5 at 11 am at her church. Donations may be made in her memory to the Missions Fund at CFT. Forbes Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.