Kathie Hawk

October 30, 1954 - May 14, 2022

Kathie Hawk, age 67, May 14, 2022 of Estero, Florida, formerly of Amherst, NY. She was born October 30, 1954 to John and Helen Kogut, now deceased, and was the stepdaughter of Richard Zalewski, also deceased. Kathie is predeceased by her dear brother, John Kogut.

Kathie is survived by two loving sisters, Janice Baehre (Daniel) and Louise Petronsky (Stephen); as well as two nieces, Sherry Hunter and Kate Petronsky.

In 1972, Kathie earned a Regents Scholarship which afforded her attendance to Buffalo State College and then on to State University of New York at Buffalo, where she earned a BS in Finance. After working for M & T Bank and NCR, she eventually moved on to work at Merrill Lynch as an account executive since 1979. In 1995 she earned the accreditation of Certified Financial Planner

Kathie was active in the Tenis League of Amherst, The Merrill Lynch Volleyball League and ML Racquetball Club.  She also served on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood and served on the Board of Directors of the Bond Club, where she arranged Financial Expert Speakers for the members. After 37 years, Kathie retired from the Financial Industry and in 2016 she moved her permanent residence from Buffalo, NY to Estero, Florida. Here she formed a Pickle Group and a Dinner Club. making many new friends. Her legacy is a college Scholarship Program dedicated to funding education for those determined to succeed.

No formal services are planned at this time.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Jane Lawrence May 25, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    I was so sorry to read about Kathie’s passing in the Buffalo News this morning. We lived in the same development when she and her dog, Dooley, lived in Woodstream Farms on Rollingwood. I’ll never forget the time that Dooley got “skunked” in her yard. He loved to swim in the pond at nearby Bassett Park and Kathie said the water would bring back the smell from the skunk every time he took a dip. I always enjoyed walking by her house to see what new flowers she’d planted in her front yard. She was such an exceptional gardener and her lawn was so beautiful. I only ran into Kathie once after she moved two more times in the area but will always remember our talks at Bassett Park as we watched Dooley and my dog, Molly, enjoy going for a swim. May Kathie rest in peace. She was a lovely woman.

  2. Colleen Pittner May 25, 2022 at 3:36 pm

    I was so saddened and shocked to read of Kathie’s passing in the Buffalo News. She was my best friend from 3rd grade to 12th grade and she stood up in my wedding. We lost touch after high school and only saw each other a handful of times but the memories remain. She was very talented in many ways. She was quite artistic and a good interior decorator an occupation she told me could have been one she would have liked to pursue. Rest in peace my good friend.

  3. Christine L Talowski May 25, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Worked with Kathy at MLPFS back in the 80’s, always enjoyed our conversations. May peace be with her now and forever. . This world lost a lovely soul!

  4. Andy Boller. May 27, 2022 at 12:02 am

    I grew up 4 houses down from her and her family on Ellen Drive …Spent many hours at thier house since her brother John was my best friend…ran into her at Edmonds in Williamsville NY years ago….happy she got to retire and enjoyed her retirement years in Florida…Rip Kathie

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