Kathleen Elizabeth (Higgins) Glass of Dobbs Ferry passed away at home on Monday, May 18, at age 78.

Kathy was born in Philadelphia on Oct. 16, 1941. She attended Nazareth Academy and then earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Villanova University in 1963, shortly after the school began accepting women into the program. She used her degree to pursue a lifelong career in psychiatric nursing, starting at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/New York City in the mid-1960s, Phelps Memorial Hospital from the 1970s to the 1990s, and then returning to New York-Presbyterian/White Plains almost two decades ago, until February of this year. She loved working with others, managing the care of the patients, and helping anyone in need.

Kathy was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt who cherished time with her family. She loved the beach and staring at the sea while sitting under an umbrella with her sisters. She reveled in the accomplishments of her three grandchildren, her daughter, and son-in-law, and took pride in cheering on her granddaughters at lacrosse games and watching her grandson play basketball and surf.

Kathy followed her Villanova Wildcats team every basketball season and was thrilled to create a legacy of alumnae with her daughter and two granddaughters. She loved life, had a positive attitude, and always knew the right thing to say. She is survived by her daughter, Beth, and husband Tim Toolen; her grandchildren Julia, Devin and Jack; and her siblings Joann Naticchione, Maureen (Bill) Lang, John (Peggy) Higgins, and Sheila King.

Donations in Kathy’s memory may be made to the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova, PA 19085.

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