Kathleen Svencer Rancourt, most recently of Wakefield, Rhode Island and longtime resident of Southbury, Connecticut, passed away on March 25, 2020, at home with her loved ones, after a year-long fight against cancer that epitomized her strength, grace, and selflessness.
Kathy was born on March 1, 1949, in New York City, to Richard and Margaret Svencer and grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut as the eldest of seven children. She attended Central Catholic High School, where she played field hockey and basketball, served on the Student Council, and was Prom Queen - always active and a born leader! Kathy went on to study Child Development at UCONN, where she met the love of her life and her forever soulmate, Timothy Rancourt. Tim and Kathy married in 1971 and embarked on an 8-month trip to Europe that would define much of their lives together: travel, adventure, and most importantly, lasting friendships. Kathy had a unique gift for turning strangers into friends, and friends into family.
After a few years in Buffalo, New York, where Kathy received a Master’s Degree in Physical Education, the Rancourts moved to Cranston, Rhode Island, before settling for 30 years in Southbury, where they raised their four children, and where Kathy was a very active and cherished member of the community.
Kathy was first and foremost a mom. Her children were her greatest joy and she cared for them tirelessly from the earliest days through the endless activities and ups and downs of their school years. Even as adults with families of their own, she remained dedicated to helping them in any and every way she could. She was an exceptional grandmother and loved hosting her grandkids in Rhode Island, teaching them to swim and spoiling them with ice cream every night. Kathy’s care for others was not limited to her own family, she hosted many exchange students to whom she became a second mom, and she was always looking for ways to support and show love for anyone she could, with her thoughtfulness and acts of kindness, both big and small.
Kathy was an extraordinary woman. Her stunning smile and positive energy were infectious and she had an incredible ability to make people feel important, comfortable, and genuinely loved. Kathy was not afraid of any challenge, she believed in getting things done. She was adventurous and spontaneous - even in her sixties she rode around Indonesia on a motorbike and kayaked and biked around various countries in Europe. Kathy will be forever appreciated for her unflagging efforts to bring family and friends together.
Kathy leaves behind, and will be dearly missed by, an extensive network of family and friends, including of course, her six siblings and their families; her doting husband Tim; her children Karolyn Chamberlin and husband Aubrey, Kimberly Rancourt and husband Lucas Andreson, John Robert Rancourt and fiancee Carita Ricley, Richard Rancourt and wife Gina; and her six beloved grandchildren Clara, Islay, and Svencer Chamberlin, Wade and Laina Andreson, and Oliver Rancourt.
A celebration of Kathy’s life will be planned for a future date, when all those who loved her can come together to share their memories. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Peacedale Congregational Church, 261 Columbia Street, Wakefield, RI 02879. For guestbook and condolences, averystortifuneralhome.com.