Memory Gardens pays tribute to Board Director

November 6, 2012



The Memory Gardens community expresses its deepest appreciation to Kathryn Prividera, who served on the Board of Directors from February 2009 until her passing on Oct. 29, 2012.

Mrs. Prividera served as editor of the newsletter and co-chair of Friends of the Gardens. She also participated in the Chapel renovation project. Mrs. Prividera was greatly involved in the annual Easter Sunrise Service as well as the Christmas Remembrance Celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony.

From Cathi Romano, President - Board of Directors:"Kathy's love for the Gardens is evident through her input and tireless hours she spent working on the newsletter. Truly missed by one and all, we are thankful and proud to call her our colleagueand friend. To Kathy's family, we thank you for sharing her with us; and extend to each of youour deepest sympathy, love and prayers."

Fellow Board Director Andy Marino, who worked with Mrs. Prividera on the Newsletter Committee, said her leadership was surpassed only by her charm.

“Our meetings always lit up when Kathy entered the room,” Mr. Marino said. “She had a very calming presence, and brought a smile to everyone’s face. Kathy was devoted to making the newsletter not only informative, but a visual delight for our readers.”

Mrs. Prividera’s participation in Memory Gardens represented just one of many facets of civic involvement. Mrs. Prividera served the nursing community nearly 50 years after earning her registered nurse and master’s degrees. She was also a certified geriatric nurse practitioner.

Mrs. Prividera worked at Albany Memorial Hospital and later taught a generation of nursing students as a professor at Russell Sage College. She also taught nursing at Adirondack Community College in Glens Falls, and was an adjunct professor at Excelsior College in Albany.

Mrs. Prividera devoted more than 16 years to the unique health care needs of female veterans at the Samuel S. Stratton Veterans Administration Hospital in Albany as women veterans program manager.

Dedicated to advancing the nursing profession and nursing issues, she was past president of New York State Nurses Association District 9, a lifetime member of the New York State Nurses Association,past president of the Delta Pi Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and a former officer of the Memorial Hospital Nurses Alumni Association.

Mrs. Prividera also served on the Professional Advisory Committee of the Eddy Visiting Nurses Association. She chaired the North Hillsdale Methodist Church Pastor-Parish Relations Committee. Mrs. Prividera was president of Nurses House, which provides financial assistance to registered nurses in need as a result of illness, injury or disability.

The Memory Gardens Board of Directors extends its deepest condolences to Mrs. Prividera’s family.


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