Kathryn St. Jean

WESTFIELD… Kathryn “Kay” (Schubach) St. Jean, 94, of Westfield, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2020. She was born on March 28, 1926, and was the youngest of the five children of Paul and Katherine Schubach. “Baby Sister” was eventually referred to as “Babe” by family and friends for the rest of her life. She grew up in Westfield and was a proud graduate of the Westfield High School Class of 1943 and served on the class’s reunion committee. Kay married Raymond St. Jean of Westfield on September 27, 1947 in St. Mary’s Church, of which they were both communicants. They both spent many hours helping out at the Cross Street Playground in the early days of Westfield Little League baseball. While she and Ray raised their family, Kay worked various clerical jobs at such Westfield locations as Robinson Reminders, Old Colony Envelope, and at Noble Hospital in the Admitting and Emergency Departments.

Kay enjoyed a full life. She loved to laugh and sing, play cards, and sip a Manhattan while surrounded by friends and family. She never forgot a birthday or an anniversary, and loved to share Christmas joy with everyone she knew. In her later years, Kay enjoyed living at the General Shepard apartments where she made many good friends.

Besides her parents, Kay was predeceased by her husband Ray (in 1982), as well as her siblings Paul Schubach, Gwen Kasper, Dot Pac, and Shirley Vella. She leaves her son Tom St. Jean and his wife Donna of Conway (South Carolina), her daughter Deb Martino and husband John of Agawam, and son Mark St. Jean and his wife Janet of Westfield. She leaves grandchildren Justin, Taryn and her husband Chris, Darrell and his wife Theresa, Nick, Jamie, and Jessi, as well as her great-grandchildren Avalon, Karen, Daniel, Samantha, and Shay. She also leaves many nieces and nephews on both the St. Jean and Schubach sides.

Kay’s family would like to thank the staff at Governor’s Center for the kindness and compassion they gave “the Queen”. Per Kay’s wishes, her burial will be private. A celebration of Kay’s life will take place at a future date when the current pandemic eases enough for a gathering of family and friends with lots of hugs and handshakes.

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