Karen M. Paterra

Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | March 29, 2020

Karen M. (Tom Katona) Paterra, 71, lifelong resident of Versailles Borough, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020 in White Oak. Karen was born in McKeesport on April 14, 1948, daughter of the late Joseph and Agnes (Smith) Paterra of Versailles Borough. She was preceded in death by her sister, Paula Paterra who died in 1972. She was a member of Mary, Mother of God Church - St. Patrick Worship Site, The Palenese League of America, and served as a past officer of the Palenese Women's Auxiliary She was retired from the County of Allegheny where she worked for over 24 years as an administrative secretary.

Karen was a jack-of-all-trades. and would attempt any home repair job that she physically could. She was a women of great faith and her family was the center of her world. She was a 1966 graduate of McKeesport High School. From 1969 to 1971 she traveled to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy and France. For her, the highlight of these travels was when she was so close to Pope Paul VI, she could almost reach out and touch him.
She leaves behind her daughters, Nicole Katona and Joelle (Lenny) Harbert of White Oak granddaughter Casey Harbert and grandsons, Jacob Harbert, Rocco Katona, and Layke Katona-Pysz, her devoted fiancée, Ted Oshinski, sister-in-law, Georgette Katona, niece and nephew, Andrea and A.J. Ackley and many cousins, friends, and grand dogs, Diesel and Scoop. Private family visitation will be held at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak. (412) 672-6322 Troy J. Gilbert, Director. Private Interment will be in Corpus Christi Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue. A Funeral Mass at the St. Patrick Worship Site will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Shrine of St. Joseph, 1220 North 11th Street, St. Louis, MO, or call (314) 231-9407. Condolences may be made at

Originally published March 29, 2020.

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