February 26, 2011

New Paltz, NY

Kathleen Smith Mesic, 64 years old, daughter of Edward and Geraldine Smith of West Islip, NY, died gracefully and peacefully at home on February 26th surrounded by family.

Born in New York City and later raised in West Islip, NY. She attended the Crane School of Music SUNY Potsdam, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education.

She married her college sweetheart, Lawrence Mesic, and settled in New Paltz, where she completed her Master's Degree and raised their five children. During her almost 26 years in Highland Central School teaching music, she served as Department Chair, AFS Advisor, and directed the High School Musicals. She was a member of NYSSMA, UCMEA and NYSUT. Kathleen was also a member of St. Joseph's Church and their Choir Director for 11 years.

Kathleen was a very special mother and teacher who was able to change lives by her great example. Many of her students and all of her family have been greatly impacted by her compassion, thoughtfulness, and capacity for love. Family was most important to her.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Lawrence Mesic of Plattsburgh, NY; her mother, Geraldine Smith; and her five children: son, Edward and wife, Nancy Mesic and grandchildren: Kaitlyn and Brian; daughter, Kristin and husband, Rosario Terranova and grandchildren: Oliver, Miles, and Owen; daughter: Tammy and husband, Brad Martz; sons, Matthew Mesic and Scott Mesic; sisters, Patricia and Peter Muecke and Beth and James Jensen and their families and many students and special friends that considered her Mom.

Donations may be made to American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team (Mom's Angels), Checks may be made payable to: ACS Relay for Life 2011, c/o Nancy Mesic, 2 Scotchtown Lane, Middletown, NY 10941 or to website link: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=team&fr _id=29526&team_id=896460.

Friends and relatives may call from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2 at Copeland Funeral Home, Inc., 162 South Putt Corners Rd., New Paltz, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 3 at St. Joseph's Church, 34 South Chestnut St., New Paltz, NY. Cremation will take place in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, Poughkeepsie, NY.

Funeral arrangements are by Copeland Funeral Home, Inc. (845)255-1212. If anyone wishes to express condolences online please go to www.copelandfhnp.com.