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Kathryn E. 'Katie' Storino Rowell

October 3, 2021

Kathryn E. 'Katie' Storino RowellKathryn E. "Katie" Storino Rowell, 48, of Watertown passed away Sunday, October 3, 2021, at Samaritan Medical Center from complications of COVID-19.

Katie was born in Watertown August 23, 1973, daughter of Joseph P. Storino and Nancy D. Dollinger Storino. As a child her family's cottage in Fisher's Landing was her favorite place to be. She cherished all the memories she made with her family and friends.

She was a graduate of Watertown High School in 1991 then moved to the Big Apple to join her sister and best friend Christine. Living on the Upper West Side she attended and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology. On December 24, 2002, while home for Christmas she was introduced to Stephen Rowell. They fell head over heels in love - true soulmates. She moved back to Watertown soon after to begin their journey together.

They married December 24, 2004, at Wakeview Estate. On August 9, 2012, they welcomed their beautiful daughter Greta Sophia into the world. Becoming a mom was Kate's greatest gift. Katie loved her daughter to the moon and back every day of her life. The two were attached at the hip and never left each other's side.

She was a real estate broker and property manager for Nancy D. Storino Real Estate Company, Watertown. She was the owner of Katie's Collection, her own fine vintage clothing company, as well as a teacher at Holy Family School.

No matter what she was doing she was a one-of-a-kind person with the biggest heart for giving and never expecting anything in return. She brought her smile and positivity with her everywhere she went.

She made you feel special - whether you were the grocery store cashier, the first-time renter looking for a chance or a child in her presence - she made you feel special. The customers of her online store would rave about their experience. It was not about the purchase of a piece of clothing it was the experience of working with Katie. They felt special and that is always how she did it.

She found one of her true passions in teaching. As a teacher she was described as a bright light in the school who dedicated much of herself to the school and the students. She greeted everyone with a kind word, a smile, and oftentimes a Hershey Kiss. She touched every student at IHC in a positive and loving way.

Katie enjoyed her family, fashion and vintage clothes, her dogs, running, and making others happy. Her dogs Ra Ra, Astro, and Moonlight Star will miss her as they were cared for like she cared for everyone else. One of her many running accomplishments was completion of the NYC Marathon in 2010 raising money for the American Liver Foundation.

Along with her husband, Stephen, and her parents, Katie is survived by her daughter Greta Sophia Rowell, and sister Christine M. Storino, all of Watertown and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A private funeral mass at Holy Family Church will be at her family's convenience. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc. and online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in Katie's name may be made to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Katie was truly an Angel in life. She will be deeply missed by all her loved ones. Anyone who ever met Katie is a better person for it. As life moves on, we should all try to give a little more and live by the example set by Katie!


#62 Gary Case 2021-10-20 19:17
My family loved Katie. My kids and wife always enjoyed when she called. She will truly be missed. God bless her soul and her loving family.
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#61 Jessy Alvarado Hudon 2021-10-18 14:17
All my thoughts and Prayers are with you all during this heart felt time. I went to school with Katie & Christine and I'll cherish all my memories I had w/ katie. She was a free spirit who loved everyone and she will not be forgotten. God Bless you all.
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#60 Melanie Osterhout 2021-10-16 19:25
We are so devastated by the loss of our niece and cousin.As a family, we spent summers together on the river. Our favorite stories would require a novel. Those times included tube olympics, air bands, rainy day card games, horror movies that sent us running to our cottages and diving for treasure. Our teenage years included rides in the Pink Cadillac (when it started), Bonnie Castle and boats that, sometimes stayed afloat. In our adulthood we enjoyed visits to the city and meeting back up (at the river) with our families. Katie was always kind, caring and patient. But most of all Katie was happy, which is a testament to Steve and Greta, her family and entire support system. We will miss you Kate, but think of you in your black jeep; doors and top off with the stars shining down on your face and the wind in your hair. We hope you’ll pick us all up on the road someday.With love and prayers your Aunt Sandy, Cousins Mel and Mariah and our families Brian, Joe, Sydney and Tyler and the pups
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#59 Crystal Becoat 2021-10-15 18:21
Nancy & Family, What an amazing, beautiful young woman Katie was. So sad to hear that she has passedd. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers
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#58 Joanne Armstrong 2021-10-14 21:46
So sad. Katie was such a sweet person with great compassion always making people feel good about themselves. Steve u am sure you and Greta are really hurting and lost right now. When the time is right tell Greta Koo is thinking of her. You both are in my prayers. Please let me or Leroy if there is anything we can do for you two. God bless and watch over you. Feel free to bring Greta up to see the animals. Hope Katie s mother and sister are holding up through this trying time
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#57 Cathy Gilbert 2021-10-13 20:28
I’m so very sorry for the loss of your wife. May God give you peace with the memories you shared. Stay strong for your daughter. My thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time.
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#56 WILLIAM CAULDER 2021-10-13 10:47
Chrissy, Nancy, Steve and Family,

Sincere condolences to you and you family. It was many years ago, but I'll always remember Katie as she was a beautiful soul. Very sorry for you loss. She will, though, live on through Greta and you all.
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#55 Ashley Mason 2021-10-13 06:53
Katie was truly one of a kind, my thoughts and prayers are with Stephen, Geta, and family. She was one of the absolute sweetest people, we should all be so lucky to be a little bit like her. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
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#54 Jill Rosette 2021-10-12 19:07
I had the pleasure of working with Katie recently. She was so sweet and she will surely be missed by her family. Your family is in my prayers.
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#53 LuAnn Burnham 2021-10-12 08:21
I'm deeply sorry to here about your loss. I didn;t know Katie, but sounds like a beautiful person.My condolences go out to you and your family.
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