Katalin (Kathy) Stinson 65, of Vineyard Haven passed away peacefully at her Vineyard Haven home on Thursday evening, April 17, 2014. Kathy was the wife of Larry J. Gomez. She woke up happy every day and was blessed to live on Martha’s Vineyard. She enjoyed her family life with her husband and friends and especially loved the Beatles attending their last concert 1966 in San Francisco with her lifelong high school best friend Rita Franchi of San Francisco.
She was a graduate of the University of California Berkeley with a major in English. She taught 2nd grade for 25 years in the Los Altos and Cupertino districts of the California school system. Kathy and her husband bought their first Vineyard home in 1986. After summering for eight years Kathy and Larry purchased the Greenwood House bed and breakfast in 1994 from the Buder family. She enjoyed inn keeping and meeting guests that eventually became lifelong friends.
Her vacations were spent in Israel, South Africa, Western Europe and Budapest, Hungary. She spent many years running road races with 10 marathons under her belt with a PR of 3:30. She was able to run 10k’s at a 7 minute per mile pace. A great achievement.
Upon moving to the Vineyard, Kathy became the children’s librarian in Vineyard Haven for 10 years where she started many of the current children’s programs. She also worked with VNA as a part time home health aide for 5 years.
Kathy was born in Kiskunhalas, Hungary and immigrated, at the age of 9, to the US shortly after the 1956 Hungarian revolution with her parents Imre & Helen Szanto and brothers Ervin and Andras. They crossed the border into the then country of Yugoslavia. There they waited for one year for their visas to enter the United States via New York and San Francisco, settling in San Leandro, CA and finally in Union City, CA.
She is survived by her husband of 34 years Larry Gomez, her 97 year old mother Helen, brothers Ervin and Andras; nephews John Szanto and Tom Szanto, Andras Szanto Jr, Christopher Szanto, step-children Bob Gomez and Laurie Watson and 8 grand-nephews, nieces & 2 grandchildren, all living in California.
Her funeral service will be private and donations may be made in her memory to MV Cancer Support Group, PO Box 2214 or Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, PO Box 1748, both in Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.