Sara Catanese

Born July 27, 1942 in Fairhope, Alabama
Departed May 2, 2024 in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida

Sara Catanese passed away in her sleep after a brief illness on 2 May 2024. She was born in Fairhope, AL on 27 July 1942. Her family moved to Atlanta, GA where she attended Druid Hills High School and The University of Georgia, studying to be a teacher like her parents. She married Anthony J. Catanese in 1968 ,and they spent a wonderful life in the world of universities. They lived in Atlanta, Miami, Milwaukee, New York, Gainesville, Boca Raton, and Melbourne. She was the First Lady of The Florida Institute of Technology as well as The First Lady of The Florida Atlantic University.

Sara was active with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and its South Guild. She was well known for her involvement with various charities including the Health First Foundation; Indialantic Rotary; St. Stephens Way; King Center for the Performing Arts; and several others. She loved playing Bridge with her many friends at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club and elsewhere. She especially loved being with her Southern Belle soulmates at the Steel Magnolias Group.

Sara is survived by her husband Anthony, President Emeritus of The Florida Institute of Technology: Also her sons and daughters-in-law Mark Catanese and Lori and Mark Inglis and Kim, as well as her grandsons Anthony, Robert, and Dominic Catanese.

She was preceded in passing by her loving parents Eugene and Miriam Phillips and her brother Eugene, Jr.

Calling hours will be Sunday May 5th from 4pm-7pm with a Funeral Service on Monday May 6th at 10am in the Brownlie-Maxwell Chapel in Melbourne, FL.

Anyone wishing to make an expression of sympathy is asked to consider the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, South Guild, or The Anthony and Sara Catanese Scholarship Fund at Florida Tech.

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Betty Lou Steen-Clarke from MELBOURNE BEACH wrote on May 8, 2024:
I will always see those sparkling eyes and beautiful smile that welcomed everyone with kindness and love. My Friend,
Sue Rice from Melbourne wrote on May 5, 2024:
My deepest condolences to Mr Catanese and family. Sara was such a kind and beautiful lady whom I met through Bill Farina when we catered events and also with Jeanne Farmer.
Joshua Rokach from Indian Harbour Beach wrote on May 5, 2024:
Tony, My most sincere condolences to you and the Catanese family. Joe Rokach
Lucille D Rugg from Indialantic wrote on May 5, 2024:
Dear Family, My sympathies are with your family at this sad time. Sara was a lovely lady in so many ways. She was so gracious, always helping others. She will be missed, but she will now grace Heaven. May God bless her. Lucy Rugg
Kay Elliott Burk from Viera wrote on May 5, 2024:
Sara was a beautiful, kind, thoughtful friend to all blessed with knowing her. She was a joy to be with at our Steel Magnolias' luncheons, symphony concerts, art gallery events and community activities. She will be deeply missed. I send my deepest condolences and wishes for peace and solace to Anthony and all the family and friends who are grieving her loss.
RALPH JOHN MIOZZI from Melbourne Beach wrote on May 5, 2024:
For many years when Sara and Tony lived in Melbourne Beach, almost daily Sara and I would chat when we were on the treadmill at the gym that we attended. I always enjoyed her calmness and how pleasant she was. I enjoyed those conversations. I wish you strength, Tony, in this difficult time.
Lisa Gonsalez from Freehold wrote on May 5, 2024:
Al and I wish to express our deepest and heartfelt condolences. Aunt Sara was always so kind and gracious. Her contributions and dedication to serve the community with a sense of purpose and compassions were immeasurable. Sending love and strength to Uncle Tony and our family during this difficult time.
Jacqueline Gares from PEEKSKILL wrote on May 4, 2024:
Deepest sympathies to Uncle Tony and family. The love that Uncle Tony and Aunt Sara shared was always present in the rooms I have shared with them. May peace be with you.
Marty Dandridge from Melbourne wrote on May 4, 2024:
Sara was a lady, she will be missed. Always had a smile and love in her heart with Tony at her side. May God bless her in her next life.
Bill & Mary Ann DiBerardino from Indialantic wrote on May 3, 2024:
Tony Mary ann and I want to offer our condolences. Hope to see you at the memorial service. You are in our prayers. Bill DiBerardino
Robin Braswell from Melbourne wrote on May 3, 2024:
I'm so sorry. She was such a gracious person and did so much for the community. Prayers for comfort now and in the days ahead.
Ed Baranowski from Melbourne wrote on May 3, 2024:
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sara was a special friend of my late wife. I am sure they will get together in heaven for Bridge. Blessings!
Julia Craft from Melbourne wrote on May 3, 2024:
Sounds like I missed out on knowing a very graceful, gentle, yet powerful Lady. My condolences to you and your family. Sincerely, Julia Craft Florida Tech Parking Officer
Hon Dave Weldon and Nancy Weldon from Indialantic Fl wrote on May 3, 2024:
Sara always had a smile and a kind word with a beautiful southern lilt to her voice. A delightful reflexion of grace a peace at many busy events. Our condolences to Tony and the family.
Jean Hender from Satellite Beach, FL wrote on May 2, 2024:
Tony, My heart and thoughts are with you. She was a lovely lady, and I admired her so much. - Love to you and family. Jean Hender
Rich Elmore from Viera, Florida wrote on May 2, 2024:
Tony, All my best to you and your family. Rich Elmore
Leonor ZIES from Indialantic wrote on May 2, 2024:
So very sorry to hear this. Lovely Sara. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. She so enjoyed her kids and grandkids. She will be greatly missed.
Peter and Karen Dyson from Merritt Island wrote on May 2, 2024:
Tony, we are so very saddened by the news of Sara's passing. Whenever we would see her over the past many years (especially if we had a Modus meeting on bridge day at EGYC) she always was so warm and gracious. Our sympathies and prayers are with you and your family. Peter, Karen and your friends at Modus Operandi.
Jim Brenner from Melbourne wrote on May 2, 2024:
President Catanese, we express our condolences on your great loss. May you and your family be consoled. Jim Brenner
Sharon Mischker from Melbourne Beach Florida 32951 wrote on May 2, 2024:
Very sad to hear of Sara’s passing. We volunteered together at the Brevard Art Museum and at FIT. One of the most gracious kind people I’ve met. You have earned your angel wings Sara. Prayers to your family. Sharon MISCHKER

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